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July 02, 2007 | General

05/04/07

Edmonton — Parts of Edmonton International Airport (EIA) will be turned into a temporary movie set on May 7 as the Christmas in Wonderland movie relocates from its main location at West Edmonton Mall to shoot two scenes at EIA.

The movie, jointly produced by Canada’s Insight Film Studios and the Academy Award-winning Yari Film Group from Los Angeles, is being filmed entirely on location in Edmonton. Although the movie is set in Edmonton — and both West Edmonton Mall and the City of Edmonton are named throughout — EIA will double as Los Angeles International Airport.

“Edmonton International Airport is pleased to be able to support our local film industry by offering our facility for use as one of the film’s locations,” said EIA President and CEO Reg Milley.  “The Edmonton Film Commission and Alberta Film have done a great job in bringing this film production to Edmonton, and the entire region will benefit from the international exposure Edmonton will receive as the location for a major Hollywood movie.”

The plot of Christmas in Wonderland revolves around a family that moves from Los Angeles to Edmonton. On Christmas Eve, they go to West Edmonton Mall to do some last-minute shopping. Their six-year-old daughter is enthralled by the mall and becomes convinced Santa lives somewhere inside it, instead of at the North Pole.

The film is scheduled for release in theatres in November 2007.

Airport disruption kept to a minimum

The airport will operate as usual while the film crew is on site, with some areas closed to the public during filming. Filming will take place Monday, May 7, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and will be confined to the north end of the Airport Terminal on Departures Level and the Observation Deck on the Mezzanine Level.

Areas with reduced public access

• The north end of the Airport Terminal (Departures Level) will be closed to the public from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., but will be open as usual for check-in of charter flights scheduled to depart Monday morning and Monday evening.
• Curbside access for passenger drop-offs at the north end of the Airport Terminal (Departures Level) will be restricted during filming from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
• The Second Cup (pre-security, Departures Level) will be open from 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
• The Observation Deck will be closed to the public from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Edmonton International Airport is Canada’s fastest-growing major airport.

Further Information:
Edmonton International Airport, Corporate Communications
Roy Thorpe, Phone: (780) 890-8324, Cell: (780) 951-4719
E-mail: rthorpe@flyeia.com