Originally intended to document my experience of DeLorean ownership, focus is often radical and strange, boring and obtuse.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Filming At The DeLuxe

Radical 1950's Chinese Food Restaurant.

On Monday I took the opportunity to head over to the DeLuxe Restaurant, a local Chinese Food emporium which hasn't served any food in over 50 years - Chinese or otherwise. It is famous for being preserved in its 1950's-ness, and the fact that no one had set foot in it until about a year ago.

It was owned by a Chinese couple, and when the husband passed away prematurely in the late 1950s or so, his wife closed the doors forever, letting decades of dust settle upon everything inside.

The wife lived in an apartment above her husband's restaurant, shunning all requests for an interview about the status of the well-known restaurant. Her age eventually reached the triple digits and she passed away soon thereafter.

I don't recall her exact age, but it may have been 103. When she left this world, her time-capsule "air-conditioned" restaurant became available for film crews to use due to its incredibly preserved authenticity.

Coincidentally, the DeLuxe is the same restaurant where my pal Kev had a conversation with Robin Williams while he was filming there back in December.

And on Monday, in the staggering 32-33 degree heat (90-91 F), some more famous acting people filmed some scenes inside the place. I was able to stop in front of one of the trucks and snap a couple of pictures of the film crew packing everything up, but sadly, that is all I could get.

Unfortunately, the filming must have taken place earlier in the morning and I was too late to capture Neve Campbell, Richard Attenborough and Christopher Plummer on camera. The movie they were filming is called Closing the Ring and if you would like to know the premise, I can't help you.


Blogger Chana said...

..sorry you missed your shot but hey you still came out with a great story..

about the heat in the previous post and this one...i can't handle it anywhere near that hot...my idea of a beautiful, enjoyable day is overcasted, wind and in the mid-teens...yeah, i have heard it before i'm nuts...Oh Seattle or England...

8:33:00 PM

Blogger SJ said...

You call 30 degrees staggering heat? It's 40+ over here.
Tip: Don't visit India between March and July.

12:05:00 AM

Blogger Rainypete said...

The Spec did a good article on the place a while back. I thought it was pretty cool looking through the window as it was like the glass was holding two seperate times apart from each other. Should it break would the 50's overatke our world??

7:24:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Not 30 degrees.... 33! For May, in Canada, 33 is staggering considering the normal temp is usually 21. And it doesn't help that our city essentially has the lowest air quality in all of Canada.

But I agree - 40 degree heat is staggering on a whole different level. I used to work in a greenhouse and when the temp. reached 55 degrees you weren't allowed inside without a 'buddy'.

10:42:00 AM

Blogger Ham said...

How do people sleep in India between March and July?

5:14:00 PM


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