'Grown Ups 2' set testing Swampscott residents' patience
SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (WHDH) -- The weather may be great, but a Hollywood movie is giving beachgoers a headache in Swampscott.
Swampscott's seeing red along with seeing stars. "Grown Ups 2," starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, is shooting in Marblehead but production will soon move to Swampscott.
A soundstage is being built on top of 170 parking spots for Eisman's Beach.
“They’re sort of hidden away and they're more like a family kind of beach. And that's the kind of beach I like,” said Jane Riley, a resident.
It's also the kind of beach that's going to be even harder to get to this summer.
“For elderly people or mothers and strollers and stuff, things like that, it's going to be a little difficult to move around the path,” said Rich Malagrifa, Swampscott Board of Selectmen.
But Swampscott officials say their new parking policy will solve the problem by adding 40 parking spots on-site, reserved for residents with permits. A weekend shuttle for off-site parking is also in the works.
Many locals say the pros of having a major movie filmed here far outweigh the cons.
“They moved into town, they're living in town, they're spending money in town,” said David Van Dam, Swampscott Board of Selectmen.
Columbia Pictures, the studio behind "Grown Ups 2," is paying Swampscott $300,000 to film in the town. Renting tennis courts alone is $10,000 for four weeks.
It will be a summer of stars and a summer of adjustments.
“I haven't attempted to park over there yet, but it's clearly not really going to be an option. We'll have to go to another beach, probably,” said Kate Flanagan, resident.
Filming is supposed to start in a few weeks and should wrap up in August.