‘Hap and Leonard’ now filming
Cedartown doesn’t quite look the same as it did some weeks back.
Storefronts that were empty now have new names and items in the windows, ranging from a hardware store to a Christmas-themed television repair shop, and much more. The A.C. Cobb building now has another purpose, serving as the Grovetown Inn.
Then last Friday and over the weekend the final touches went up to turn Main Street into a fictional east Texas town during the holidays: a Christmas tree was setup in the park in front of Polk County Courthouse No. 2.
All of this work was done — and much more — for film crews who selected Cedartown into the setting for season 3 of “Hap and Leonard,” which started on Monday after press time.
Today and Thursday, filming continues with intermittent detours on Main Street between Sterling Holloway Place and Stubbs Street approximately 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. with full closure at night from 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
The final day of currently scheduled road closures will be on Thurs- day Sept. 28, with vehicular traffic will be intermittently detoured on Main Street between Noyes Street and Stubbs Street from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and full closure at night approximately 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Originally, the closures had been planned for Tuesday, Sept. 26 through Friday, Sept. 29.
Additionally, the Department of Transportation added an electronic sign reminding local drivers of the impending detours and closures coming up next week as well.
In the meantime, crews have been busy in the blocks around Main Street on turning empty storefronts into businesses that are appropriate film crews to use as a backdrop in 1989.
“We strive to be responsible and respectful guests in your neighborhood, and to that end, we are working with the Department of Transportation and Cedartown Police Department officers will be present on the above dates to ensure public safety,” the letter stated.
Christmas decorations also went up ahead of Labor Day for film crews to have for use as backdrops for their fictional town of Grovetown, Texas, celebrating the holidays in 1989.
The upcoming third season of “Hap and Leonard” is expected to premiere in spring 2018 on Sundance TV.
It was beginning to look more and more like Christmas in Cedartown ahead of the start of filming of scenes for Season 3 of “Hap and Leonard” that started after press time on Monday. On Saturday, production crew brought out lights and ornaments to make the tree feel more like the holidays.