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Kingston gets a taste of Hollywood treatment

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Film crews have set up shop on the historic streets of Kingston to shoot a feature film. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt tells us how the area is getting the Hollywood treatment.

KINGSTON, N.Y. -- It’s an ordinary day at Joe Beez Deli, but this past weekend, it was a not so ordinary customer who came in for a bite.

Kal Penn was in town for the production of the independent feature film “Sisterhood of Night."

“Kal had a sandwich on Saturday. He came back on Sunday and hung out and talked to whoever was here,” said Joe Beez owner, Joe Baganz.

The actor, who has been featured in films such as “Harold and Kumar” and “Malibu’s Most Wanted,” even gave the popular spot a shout out, praising their uniquely delicious sandwiches.

“He loved it. He posted stuff on Facebook and Twitter put some links to us and said one of his favorite things about shooting on location was going to local eateries,” said Baganz.

The cast and crew have been frequenting lots of local places while filming, generating close to a million dollars in revenue.

“They spent money in staying in our hotels. They have generators and they have to fill up with gas and they eat our food and they shop in our stores,” said Jillian Fisher, Coordinator of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.

The movie is a contemporary slant on the Salem witch trials, a third of which will be shot at Kingston High School. The executive producer says that all of the on location spots, like KHS, will keep their original names in the film.

“Kingston High will be called Kingston High, the Town of Kingston is Kingston, New York. We’re using the Kingston Fire Department, police, everything is Kingston. Yeah, we’ve been here for six weeks and just loving every minute of it,” said “Sisterhood of Night” Executive Producer David Urrutia.

And so have the city's local business owners who continue to reap the benefits provided by both cast and crew.

“It’s been quite a little buzz, so it's definitely been cool,” said Baganz.

Crews will be wrapping up within the next few days. The movie's expected to hit theaters about a year from now.

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