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Retro Roadmap Connection to Super 8 Movie – Was I Fooled by Hollywood’s “Vintage” Signage?

Posted on: June 13, 2011

Retro Roadhusband and I decided to to check out the new J.J. Abrams movie Super 8 this evening and got an unexpected Retro Roadmap surprise.

There is a shot in the movie of a downtown area and I almost leaned over to RRH to say it kinda reminded me of the little town of Weirton, WV we had breakfast in on the last day of our Retro Road Trip. Suddenly there on the big screen is a shot of some characters in a used / new car lot  and I almost jumped out of my seat – because it was indeed the town we had been in, and I had snapped some photos of the very signs we were seeing in this Hollywood blockbuster!
P. Schreiber Auto SalesThe total clincher was seeing the oval signs below on the big screen in the background of one of the scenes.
Real Vintage Signs or From the Movie Super 8?Click here to see a still from Super 8 on IMDb that shows the Quality sign shown above in the background of the scene!

Now that I look at them, they do look to be in awfully good shape for a car lot that doesn’t exist anymore…so I think I’ve been had by leftover movie set dressing!

Reminds me of more local to us when they were shooting the M. Night Shyamalan movie The Happening, and used our local restaurant The G Lodge as a location. They renamed it The Filbert for the movie:

Mr Toast on the set
After the movie they actually repainted the signage for the restaurant with the G Lodge logo, and Larry’s Garage next door got a new sign as well.

So keep your eyes peeled the next time you see some vintage signs- you never know if you’re seeing something legitimately vintage or some good old Hollywood magic!