Saga Ghostbusters
Movie Ghostbusters: Afterlife Jason Reitman (2020)
After arriving with his family in the small Oklahoma town of Summerville, 15-year-old Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) falls in love with Lucky (Celeste O'Connor), an employee at the Spinners restaurant. Without delay, the teenager applies to work in the fast-food restaurant. A facility actually located in Canada, in the Alberta region.
Apple Pie Café
Apple Pie Café by Apple Pie Café

I can’t believe this kind of place still exists.

Callie (Carrie Coon)

For the past few years, Canada has been the promised land of the major Hollywood studios because of the lower cost of filming than in the United States. Like many other filmmakers before him, Jason Reitman set up his cameras on the other side of the border when the time came to start shooting Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the third and late part of the saga initiated in 1984 by his father Ivan Reitman. To portray Spinners, the restaurant where Lucky (Celeste O’Connor), the girl Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) is in love with, works, the team sets its sights on the Apple Pie Café and decides to completely remodel it. So much so that today, it is difficult to recognize it.

Since the film is supposed to be set in the United States, it is important for the set designers to make up the buildings to give them an American patina. And what could be more American than a retro fast food restaurant? So the modest café-restaurant becomes Spinners, a sort of alternative version of Sonics, the fast-food restaurants where the employees move around on roller skates, in a setting reminiscent of the 1950s. In addition to the illuminated sign, two carpools are added. The interior is also redecorated. A place featured in several scenes, yet spared from the ghosts’ attack.


It was in 1990 that Dan Aykroyd wrote the script for a third Ghostbusters. Unfortunately, he was unable to complete the project. Many of his ideas are nevertheless used in the video game released in 2009.

Spinners in Ghostbusters: The Legacy
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By Gilles Rolland

Monday, December 6, 2021

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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