The powers that be should have the world premiere of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" in Cleveland next year.
It is scheduled to open on April 4, 2014 and, although it is actually set in Washington D.C., I think all the stars should come to Cleveland for the gala premiere at Tower City Cinemas at multiple theaters.
I mean, we have an entire international film festival there every year for 11 days and nights so one night would be a piece of cake.
I thought of this as I drove along the West Shoreway from Rocky River towards downtown Cleveland Sunday where there's a huge ODOT-style road sign that reads: "Thanks Cleveland for your patience and kindness. The movie crew"
For non-Clevelanders, filming began here May 17 and wrapped up on June 27. Towards the end, the film crew got permission to close the West Shoreway for two weeks for filming, leading to traffic woes, from May 31 to June 14.
Other streets in downtown Cleveland were closed before for weeks and traffic was no picnic there either but it was tolerable.
On June 3, in the first throes of the Shoreway shutdown, Captain America -- actor Chris Evans -- even tweeted "Sorry we're screwing up your traffic, Cleveland! You've been a very gracious host."
(I also follow Captain America's Samuel L. Jackson on Twitter and he did not make a comment.)
Anyway, I mean, the Russo brothers -- Anthony and Joe -- directed the film and their roots are in Cleveland. Both attended Benedictine High School and CWRU as graduate students. It's like a homecoming.
The Cleveland Indians likely won't be playing their home opener yet and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be just finishing their regular schedule. The weather should be somewhat tolerable as well.
If the cast and crew really wants to thank us, I say they hold their premiere here. If the crowds who watched from the sidelines on each and every day are any indication of our interest, the premiere would sell out in minutes.
And here's another point.
Starting on April 1, filming began at the Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios in Los Angeles, under the working title "Freezer Burn." (Even signs posted near filming in Cleveland had "Freezer Burn" as the "event" taking place.)
On May 14, production moved to Washington, D.C. with filming taking place at the National Mall and the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge. (On May 15, Garry Shandling was spotted on the set reprising his Iron Man 2 role of Senator Stern.)
Other filming locations in Washington, D.C. included the Willard Hotel and Dupont Circle.
Once in Cleveland, filming also took place at the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant in Cuyahoga Heights, outside the Federal Reserve Bank, at the Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland State University, outside the Cleveland Arcade and the Lake View Cemetery Dam.
There was a ton of filming done here, enough to justify a premiere here.
See, Cleveland was chosen as a stand-in for Washington, D.C. The city's East 6th Street doubled as 7th and D Streets in southwest D.C.
And a momentous part of the movie took place in Cleveland.
The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) was spotted sharing a steamy on-set kiss with time-jumping Evans in Cleveland. (He lost his first love in an earlier movie.)
So, love is in the air in Cleveland. There's something truly magical about getting your first kiss in Cleveland and I should know.
And we now know the score will be composed by Henry Jackman, who also did 2008's The Dark Knight and the just-opened This is The End, just to name a few.
So, Ivan Schwarz and the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, Mayor Frank Jackson and any other Cleveland movers-and-shakers need to get on this right now.
THAT would be the perfect way to "thank" Cleveland in a huge way. Besides, L.A. doesn't need another movie premiere and Washington D.C. has enough drama without a movie premiere.
Let's make this happen!