Longtime Local Business Welcomes Hollywood Stars to Hudson Valley
A longtime business in the region is welcoming some of Hollywood's biggest stars to the region.
On Tuesday, officials with the Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center, formerly Mid-Hudson Civic Center, welcomed HBO to the region.
"Welcome HBO," the marquee outside the Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center read early Tuesday morning.
More information wasn't released and the marquee was changed as of Wednesday morning. But we think we know what show and stars the Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center was talking about.
Back in early March, Hudson Valley Post reported The White House Plumbers, a five-part HBO limited series, was scheduled to film all over the region this spring.
The highly anticipated show stars Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux. The series will revisit President Nixon and the Watergate scandal.
We were told filming will take place in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and more. The Orange County NY Film Office previously said filming in Newburgh was scheduled in April.
The White House Plumbers is based on public records and the book “Integrity.” It will highlight Nixon’s “plumbers,” a secret group of special investigators that included CIA officers E. Howard Hunt, played by Harrelson, and G. Gordon Liddy, portrayed by Theroux.
The Whale starring Brendan Fraser has also been filming at Umbra Sound Stages in Newburgh. Fraser plays an English teacher in Idaho suffering from obesity who attempts to reconnect with his estranged 17-year-old daughter.
The film also includes “Stranger Things” actress Sadie Sink and Samantha Morton of “The Walking Dead” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” as well as Ty Simpkins and Hong Chau, according to The Orange County New York Tourism and Film Office.
Earlier this month, Orange County New York Tourism and Film Office organized and delivered welcome baskets for the cast and crew of "The Whale" and officials say a welcome basket will be given to the cast and crew of "White House Plumbers" as well, when they film in Newburgh next month.
All of the actors received their own welcome basket with items donated by Orange County businesses. Participating businesses included:
- Finding Home Farms (Greenville)
- Love Bites Chocolatier (Monroe)
- City Winery Hudson Valley (Montgomery)
- Newburgh Brewing Company (Newburgh)
- Soons Orchards (New Hampton)
- Brotherhood Winery (Washingtonville)
Filming for “The Whale” began in February and is expected to continue through April. Umbra Stages has been home to the production crew with most of the filming taking place indoors at the company’s Stage 4, an 18,000-square-foot drive-on sound stage.