That’s a wrap, and for one local city it was a lucrative brush with Hollywood.
Columbia Pictures, which shot the feature film “Here Comes the Boom” in
Quincy, paid the city $114,500 in rental fees for the buildings it used. The
film, starring Kevin James, is expected to premiere next summer.
Of the $114,500 in fees, $80,000 for rental of Quincy High School went to
the school department’s music program and $10,000 for rental of Veterans
Stadium went to the athletic department. The rest of the money went into
the school department’s rental budget or to stipends for students who made
cameo appearances in the film.
“All in all, for the Quincy Public Schools I thought it was a very positive
situation,” Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro said.
Initially, the city and Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. of California only
agreed to rent the former Quincy High School on Coddington Street, which is
vacant, for $80,000.
But as shooting progressed, the crew expressed interest in using other city
property. The third floor of Coddington Hall, a former Quincy College
building, was renovated into Kevin James’ apartment in the movie,
Columbia paid $7,500 to use the third floor of Coddington and $15,000 to
use the building’s parking lot, which was jammed with trailers and other
support vehicles during the filming, which ran from February through June.
The studio’s agreement with the city allows crews to return through August
for any re-shooting.
DeCristofaro said the studio hired their own cleaning and security crew to
maintain the property. “They really took care of the former Quincy High
School,” he said.
The movie’s plot is about a teacher who becomes a professional fighter to
raise money for the school’s music program. Quincy school band members
were tapped for some scenes and were paid a total of $2,000.
“They felt that our students in the band deserved a stipend, so it was given
to the band,” DeCristofaro said.
A casting call was also held, landing some locals spots as extras.
Mayor Thomas Koch, whose office negotiated the initial lease agreement,
said Quincy was a perfect fit for the movie because it was set in a school
and the city had vacant school space.
“This was tremendously positive,” he said. “Certainly it didn’t hurt us
economically. It had to have been a boost to local business in some ways.
The stadium (shoot) was one day and we got a $10,000 check for school
athletics. I think that’s awesome.”
Koch said the logistics have been less favorable in other movie proposals
the city has had, like one that called for busy Newport Avenue to be closed
Despite the smooth experience, cameras aren’t likely to roll again in the old
school buildings. The city plans to demolish the former Quincy High School,
which was built in 1922, and move school department offices into
Quincy collects $114,500 from filming of Kevin James movie
by Roland Hansen
|Delta Films - Movie News
with a local focus
On the set of “Here Comes the Boom” actor Henry Winkler, left,
Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch, center, and actor Kevin James.