Sure there was “The Blob” back in the 1980s where most of the movie was filmed in Abbeville, and, every now and then, a TV production movie will film in Abbeville. So, the bottom line, it has not occured often over the last 30 years.
Last year, scenes for the new Disney movie “Secretariat” was filmed at Abbeville High School, while the rest was filmed near Opelousas.
A handful of people from Vermilion Parish also had “walk-in” parts in the movie.
Because of all that local flavor in the new movie, David and Bob deGraauw, owners of Lafitte Cinema 4 in Abbeville were able to persuade Disney to let their small movie house secure a copy of the film for the debut on Friday.
Getting the movie was not that easy.
“We have been fighting to get it for six months,” said David. “Disney normally does not release movies to towns the size of Abbeville and Crowley. But because the movie was filmed around here, I thought it had a significant value to the community.”
The first showing of it will be Friday at 4:15 p.m. He said there will be other showings at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. (double check the times) throughout the weekend.
David was worried about opening with the movie on Cattle Festival Weekend, but he said, he gives parish residents something else to do in between the festival.
The movie is expected to be in Abbeville for three weeks.
David also boasts that his prices ($5 for children and $7 for adults) are also the cheapest in Acadiana.
What is the movie about?
Based on the remarkable true story, “Secretariat” chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Housewife and mother Penny Chenery Tweedy agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing experience. Against all odds, with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin, she manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.