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A Pennsylvania couple featured in an episode of MTV's 'True Life' were filmed Dec. 6 playing 18 holes at Monster Mini Golf on William Penn Highway. Submitted photo

Just over the border

A few other films set up shop just outside of Monroeville's borders over the years.

Some of the scenes in “Kingpin” — a 1996 bowling comedy that featured Bill Murray and Woody Harrelson — were shot in Trafford. Scenes in the 2010 Denzel Washington train movie “Unstoppable” were shot in the Hooters just across the border in Wilkins Township, and school and stadium scenes in 2011's “I Am Number Four” were filmed in Franklin Regional High School in neighboring Murrysville.

By Kyle Lawson
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

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