MTV reality show swings by to film at Monster Mini Golf
By Kyle Lawson
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, 8:50 p.m.
Local fans of the MTV reality television series “True Life” might recognize the location of an upcoming episode, which was filmed in part at Monster Mini Golf on William Penn Highway in Monroeville.
Alice Rathjen, co-owner of Monster Mini-Golf, received a phone call Dec. 6 from a producer of the show seeking permission to use the indoor mini-golf course for an episode titled “My Partner is High Maintenance.”
The show is scheduled to air in mid-January, Rathjen said.
Producers of the MTV show could not be reached for comment.
“It was an odd thing,” Rathjen said. “They heard about us (online).”
When the camera crew showed up two days later, other golfers took notice, Rathjen said.
“People knew something big was happening,” Rathjen said.
“There was a whole buzz on the golf course.”
A couple who is featured on the episode were filmed as they played through the course.
It's not the first time Monroeville has been featured on film.
“Dawn of the Dead,” was filmed primarily in the Monroeville Mall, and “Flashdance” also included scenes in the mall.
In 2008, director Kevin Smith's “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” was shot in several Monroeville locations, including the mall, Gateway High School and the Twin Fountain Plaza — home to Tolerico's — along Monroeville Boulevard.
“Anytime Monroeville is able to gain exposure on a national level, it's a good day for our community,” said Debbie Iszauk, director of membership for the Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce.
“It is especially nice for a small business like Monster Mini Golf who is invested in our community and whose owners take an active role in Monroeville to be a part of the national scene.”
Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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