A Hulk of a Good Time

By Jason Leach
Published October 05, 2007

I encourage residents to check out filming of the Incredible Hulk one of these evenings during the next week.

A friend and I took in the scene last night and it was fantastic. Restaurants and take-out places were booming in the area and the set is downright fantastic. We also saw our fair share of explosions and firebombs.

A great viewing area is the upper levels of the Ramada Hotel parking garage. Just wait for a car to go in, and walk on in.

Having just returned from New York City, I'm amazed at the detail in this set. There is even a replica subway station.

Also, don't miss the Harmony Furniture sign ­ all the lights are fixed and glowing beautiful neon again, as it did for many years on Barton Street.

Despite media reports making this event sound more like a nuisance (remember the World Cycling Championships), this is actually a great event in downtown Hamilton. People are everywhere and you don't need to yell to carry on a conversation with someone like you usually do on Main Street.

All is quiet other than the odd explosion, and that centre yellow line painted down the middle of Main Street is a sight for sore eyes.

Check the city's website for filming times.

Jason Leach was born and raised in the Hammer and currently lives downtown with his wife and children. You can follow him on twitter.


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By Genghis (anonymous) | Posted October 07, 2007 at 21:45:21

When I saw all the fake graffitti on the set I thought waht a waste of time.

24 hours and it would have been covered by the locals in a much more creative way.

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By highwater (registered) | Posted October 08, 2007 at 09:50:06

That's scab labour!

Seriously though, I hope they didn't import Toronto scenic painters to tart up the set. There's loads of local (union) talent.

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