June 13, 2012


CBGB Movie Will Feature Club's Original Toilets, Cash Registers

David Corio
David Corio

The team behind the upcoming CBGB movie are making some peculiar choices regarding authenticity. For starters, they're shooting most of the movie in Savannah, GA, which is really far from New York City. But according to The New York Times, the filmmakers are taking certain steps to ensure the film's authentic feel, including shipping the venue's real toilets and cash registers down to the set.

According to The Times, "The assorted items still have hints of the glory days at 315 Bowery. The beat-up old desk has a list taped to it of phone numbers for old staffers at the club that closed in 2006. The toilets are still filthy and showed no signs of scrubbing (a latrine and a urinal from the women’s room are shown in our slideshow). Most surfaces are covered in band stickers, and the cash register still has a cut-out image of [Hilly Kristal, the late owner of the venue] alongside a photo of Shakira."

The movie is set to begin filming on June 25 and will star Alan Rickman (Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland) as the club owner, Sting's daughter Micky Summer as Patti Smith and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop.

So are you going to catch the movie when it hits theaters? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to catch this other rock documentary about '70s power-pop group Big Star and its late frontman Alex Chilton, who is one of the most influential musicians of the past 30 years.