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Downtown Abbotsford hosts film crew

Chris Herrick of Bourquin Printers is framed by a fake palm tree as he posts a sign Thursday morning on a building at the corner of Montrose Avenue and George Ferguson Way for the filming of the movie Holiday Spin.  - Vikki Hopes
Chris Herrick of Bourquin Printers is framed by a fake palm tree as he posts a sign Thursday morning on a building at the corner of Montrose Avenue and George Ferguson Way for the filming of the movie Holiday Spin.
— image credit: Vikki Hopes

Hollywood has again turned its focus on downtown Abbotsford.

In an attempt to recreate small-town USA, Montrose Avenue is the site for a film crew shooting the Christmas movie Holiday Spin.

The film is a sequel to the movie Trading Christmas, which was also shot in Abbotsford two years ago.

Holiday Spin is based in Miami and tells the story of Reuben, the owner of a dance studio, who is busy preparing his students for a Christmas Eve competition. When his studio is hit by hard financial times, he and his dancers face many challenges.

The made-for-television film is being shot for the Lifetime Movie Network and stars Ralph Macchio.

"He's actually playing the father in the movie, which really baffles me because I still remember him as the Karate Kid," said Tina Stewart, executive director of the Abbotsford Downtown Business Association.

Having a film crew in the downtown core seems to have a positive impact on most of the local businesses.

"It definitely creates a stir of excitement," said Stewart.

She said lots of people have walked by to take a look and have stayed to watch the filming process.

"Hopefully, they'll grab a cup of coffee while they watch the actors."

One side of Montrose is open to foot traffic for those wanting to take a look. Filming is scheduled to continue until early Sunday morning.

 

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