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Fillmore Avenue transforms into Nightmare Alley

Posted at 11:40 PM, Feb 28, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Checkered taxis, vintage Chevrolets, and antique City of Buffalo police cars took to Fillmore Avenue for the filming of Nightmare Alley. Film crews readied the road Friday evening for cars that don't have today's weather features, helping depict a scene right out of the 1940s.

Cedric Littlejohn lives around the corner. He went out to run errands, but did not expect to run into Oscar winning director Guillermo del Toro's newest film. The Buffalo native said he's never seen anything like this here.

"It's kind of cool, bringing stuff down here to the inner city, because we need something to go around here, it's kind of nice," he said.

716 Food Mart had a front row seat. Manager Joe Rego said it's been the talk of the town all day.

"It's good for the business, and good for the neighborhood, so they can watch Bradley Cooper," he said.

Snow dusted the set for the final day of filming, a stark contrast from the first day where crews had to lay down white tarp and pile on fake snow.

While the movie may be set in the 1940s, neighbors said the filming is a sign of a bright future.