5 Pittsburgh things in the new Mister Rogers movie
There is plenty of Pittsburgh in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”
However, the city is not quite ubiquitous in this film about the real life friendship between Fred Rogers, played by Tom Hanks, and a cynical journalist portrayed by Matthew Rhys.
Make no mistake, you will see plenty of Pittsburgh landmarks … the Downtown skyline, bridges and the Monongahela Incline.
But you will see them in miniature, like the ones that were featured so prominently in “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” The use of the miniatures is an integral part of the movie’s charm.
So what are the actual parts of Pittsburgh moviegoers can look forward to seeing?
The WQED studios
The set that was home to “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was, as Rhys told the Trib this week, “rebuilt to the very last inch.” Not surprisingly, there are multiple exteriors shots of the WQED building in Oakland.
The Mandarin Gourmet Restaurant
The Downtown eatery is located on Wood Street by Point Park University. A scene in which Fred Rogers and Rhys’ character, Lloyd Vogel, are having lunch features several people who figured prominently in Rogers’ life as extras, including wife Joanne Rogers and David Newell, who played Mr. McFeely on the show.
An alleyway known as Exchange Way shows up in several shots near its intersection with Ninth Street Downtown, across from Catholic Charities. The location is used to portray a New York City alleyway leading to the building where Vogel lives with his wife and child.
Omni William Penn Hotel
The historic hotel’s two-tiered ballroom is shown in an early scene where Vogel is presenting an award.
One of the Three Sister Bridges
Pittsburgh’s Sister Bridges at Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Street include the Roberto Clemente, Andy Warhol and Rachel Carson bridges. We’ll let you figure out which one shows up in the movie.
Paul Guggenheimer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or [email protected].