Ready For Filming

Downtown Grantville gets new look

by Celia Shortt


The Barbara Hershey Mural Shrine on the side of the building at the corner of Church Street and Broad Street in Grantville. The mural will remain on the building through filming, but will be painted over once completed. 

On September 30, Grantville, Georgia, will become Barbara Hershey’s hometown in Kansas as scenes for “Dumb and Dumber To,” the upcoming sequel to the original “Dumb and Dumber” movie are filmed in the southwest Coweta city.

The downtown area of Grantville is already preparing a new look for the filming. The building at the corner of Church Street and Broad Street, opposite the genealogical library, has a new mural, the “Barbara Hershey Mural Shrine.” The library building will also have some changes as it is transformed into the Barbara Hershey Museum.

“The mural is great,” said Grantville City Council Member Rochelle Jabaley. “I am sorry it can't stay. But it is a conversation starter for its duration on the wall.”

“The mural is quite unique and really stands out,” said Grantville Mayor, Jim Sells. “Because it is on a historic building it will be painted over when filming is finished.”

The changes made to the library building will also be reversed after filming concludes.

At the Sept. 9 regular Grantville City Council meeting, Maida Morgan asked the council for permission to film in the downtown area of Grantville. Morgan said she had filmed in Grantville on two other occasions and enjoyed the image of the town. The council voted unanimously to allow filming.

“I love the idea that movies are filmed in Grantville,” said Jabaley. “As I stated in the council meeting, I think any activity that brings people to Grantville is a plus.”

“I am happy ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ is filming at Grantville,” Sells added. “The city of Grantville is a beautiful quiet community with a very attractive historic downtown district. It is ideal for filming. We welcome the film industry.”

“The filming industry attraction to our ‘old town image’ generates tourism and creates financial opportunities for our hometown business,” said Council Member Johnny Cooks. This is a good thing and allows the community to focus and support more arts and cultural activities.”

They are also excited about future filming opportunities and what they could mean for Grantville.

“I see the filming industry being an important "cog in the wheel" for our city to move forward with our ‘Long Term Strategic Planning’” said Cooks.

The signage at the shopping center on LaGrange Street, next to Dollar General, will also be changed to say “Hershey Squirts.” It will serve as another element of the film scenes and will be switched back once the filming has finished.

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