DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Donaldsonville is going to light up television sets across the country this weekend. The city plays a big part in the made for TV feature, Bonnie and Clyde.
City leaders report, the motion picture has brought big business to the downtown historic district.
The streets of downtown Donaldsonville are relatively quiet. You wouldn't know it but the city is sizzling with Hollywood fever.
Big scenes from the movie, Bonnie and Clyde, were shot there. The city has the second largest historic district in the Louisiana.
Donaldsonville Main Street Program Director, Missy Jandura, said the production shined a huge spotlight on business along Railroad Avenue, which runs through the heart of downtown.
"It's almost our Steel Magnolias. This is a really big deal. They filmed somewhere around 23 scenes," Jandura said.
One involves a big gun fight in front of the old Mason building, the tallest building downtown. Jandura said movie producers transformed it into a bank. It also features The Chief, the oldest newspaper in Louisiana.
"They actually used close-ups of this building, inside this building. It was a total of six or seven scenes they used for Bonnie and Clyde," Jandura said.
The two month long production, Jandura, said, has played a big role in building business.
"They rented parish buildings, city buildings, helped out our merchants. They also paid fees to the merchants for use of their buildings," Jandura said.
She said it has also encouraged others to invest in a piece of downtown charm.
Entrepreneur, David Hambrick, bought the former Bank of Ascension. He and his wife are reviving it into a reception hall. But a few months ago it was the scene of a Bonnie and Clyde bank robbery. In the movie, the pair actually hits the bank's original safe.
"It is pretty neat knowing that you own a building that movie was shot in. They have places in here we haven't even found yet," Hambrick said.
Hambrick hopes the old flick will encourage others to dive into Donaldsonville's rich culture and help preserve its history.
"I'm hoping it'll generate some business and hopefully bring some more businesses to town. Donaldsonville has some beautiful places and has been forgotten," Hambrick said.
Locals are betting Bonnie and Clyde will give others a reason to remember.
Bonnie and Clyde will air on Sunday 8 p.m. on the Lifetime Movie Network, The History Channel, and the A&E Network.