"Lincoln" movie being filmed in Petersburg

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Filming for the Steven Spielberg movie, "Lincoln", moves from the State Capitol to Old Towne Petersburg. Dozens of people came out hoping to catch a glimpse of the movie making magic.

It's an amazing view says onlooker Glenn Muller.

Glenn Muller: "We're chasing Spielberg , Daniel Day Lewis, and Sally Field."
Nicole Bell: "Have you caught a glimpse of anybody?"
Glenn Muller: "No, just horses and wagons."

Filming in Old Towne kicked off Tuesday morning -- after wrapping up at the State Capitol in Richmond.

"Petersburg is a city not only rich in architectural treasures - that's the reason why the movie came here - it's also a city rich in history," said Kevin Kirby, Director of Tourism for Petersburg.

Production has given an economic boost to the city.

"Probably tens of thousands of dollars have been generated to date with pre-production. It extends from restaurants to suppliers," said Kirby.

Several streets are closed for filming. Even so, the majority of businesses in Old Towne are open and parking has been made available at neighboring lots.

Ginger Jenkins manages The Oak Antique Mall in Old Towne. She calls the filming exciting and hectic.

"It's a little crazy because you're not knowing which way to go because of the traffic -- the roads are blocked," said Jenkins.

The film company is providing free golf cart shuttle services to those who want to shop in the area while the movie is being shot.

Jenkins is hopeful she'll meet one of the Hollywood stars in the film.

"Sally Field because she's my mom's favorite. So I want her autograph for Christmas," said Jenkins.

Filming is expected to wrap-up on Monday in Petersburg. "Lincoln" is expected to hit theatres in December 2012.

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