GALLERY: Acting in Agassiz

By Nina Grossman

‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ filming turns Pioneer Avenue into 1950s movie set

Lights, camera, action! Fake snow, fire arms and stunt driving turn Pioneer Park into a movie set. Is that Jeff Bridges over there? (Nina Grossman/The Observer)
Can any Agassiz residents remember the last time cars like these were parked on Pioneer Avenue? For long-time locals, walking down Pioneer Avenue might feel like walking back in time as 1950s-model cars line the street for the filming of ‘Purple Harvest.’ Nina Grossman/The Observer
Will your Christmas tree be famous? For weeks, Allenby’s General Store collected discarded Christmas trees for a mysterious project. See them now as the backdrop for the filming of ‘Purple Harvest.’ (Nina Grossman/The Observer)
Every detail mattered for the filming of ‘Purple Harvest’ Jan.30-31. Signage along Pioneer Avenue was given a retro spin for the 1950s Christmas scene. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)
Crews worked for days to take Pioneer Avenue back in time. The scene shot on Jan. 30-31 takes place during Christmas time in the 1950s. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)
Smoke, masks and stunt driving: The Observer couldn’t get close enough to see which stars were in the scene, but filming of ‘Purple Harvest’ was fully underway Jan. 30. Nina Grossman/The Observer

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