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Posted on: February 25, 2020

Mayor Brown Welcomes Academy Award-Winning Director Guillermo Del Toro of “Nightmare Alley"

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that work has begun on acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro’s latest motion picture, titled “Nightmare Alley” at iconic Buffalo City Hall, Niagara Square and other parts of the City of Buffalo and Western New York. Mr. del Toro won Oscars for Best Director & Best Picture in 2018 for his film “The Shape of Water” and is known for other Hollywood hits including “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy”. Nightmare Alley stars Bradley Cooper and Rooney Mara.

During a press conference today at Buffalo City Hall, Mayor Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz proclaimed it “Guillermo del Toro Week” in the City of Buffalo and Erie County to show their support for the film and its impact on Western New York.


“Hollywood continues to come to the City of Buffalo to tell their stories, and we are open for business,” said Mayor Brown. “We are a welcoming City and I encourage residents to show the cast and crew of Nightmare Alley why we are known as the City of Good Neighbors.”


Buffalo City Hall will be open during filming, however the front entrance will be closed between the hours of 11am through 11pm. Visitors are asked to use the South Elmwood entrance. The front entrance of

City Hall, Niagara Square and surrounding streets will be closed from 11am through 11pm on Thursday, February 27. Mayor Brown encourages residents to be aware of posted parking signs and detours that may be in place during filming.

Resident should also be aware of the following closures: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 11AM – 11PM, NIAGARA SQUARE

  • Genesee St. between Niagara Square & Franklin
  • Delaware Ave. between Niagara Square & W. Eagle St.
  • Perkins Dr. between Niagara Square & S. Elmwood
  • Niagara St. between Niagara Square & S. Elmwood
  • Delaware Ave. between Niagara Square & W. Mohawk
  • Court St. between Niagara Square & Franklin
  • Niagara St. between Niagara Square & Franklin

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 11PM -1AM, GOLD WYNN BUILDING (69 DELAWARE AVE.)

  • Delaware Ave. between Niagara Square & Church St.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 4PM – 9PM, BUFFALO CENTRAL TERMINAL

  • Intermediate Closure of Memorial Dr. and Curtis St.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 7PM – 4AM

  • Howard St. between Stetson & Montgomery
  • Fillmore Ave. between William St. & Olga Pl.


The movie industry has been making significant contributions to our regional economy recently. ‘A Quiet Place 2’ accounted for 13,000 room nights at local hotels and more than 250 local jobs. Cineposium, an international gathering of film commissioners, will take place in Buffalo in September. About 200 film commissioners from across the world are expected to attend the conference.

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