Perk up, TV series addicts and aficionados: Netflix is coming to the Castro next week. Crews will be in the neighborhood from Monday to Wednesday of next week to shoot segments of the upcoming series Girlboss, based on the memoir by Sophia Amoruso, founder of clothing brand Nasty Gal. Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland) will star as a young Amoruso in the comedy series, which is being produced by Charlize Theron.
The show's Castro shoot will largely take place at the Castro Theatre on Tuesday, August 9th from 7am-8pm, with a scene also being shot on Castro Street between 16th and States that day. However, crews will also take over the theater on Monday, August 8th from 9am-10pm, to prepare it for filming.
As we reported earlier this week, Girlboss will also be filming at various locations in the Upper Haight on August 8th, 12th, and 18th, and will be in San Francisco for a total of 12 days.
According to Matthew Riutta, the series’ location manager, Girlboss is a rags-to-riches story that depicts Amoruso’s Cinderella-esque rise through the tech world, and is primarily being shot in Los Angeles. He says he's been coordinating with the Theatre, SFPD, the San Francisco Film Commission, and SFMTA to minimize the shoot's impact on local businesses and residents.
In addition to the Castro Theatre itself, crews have requested the use of the theater's parking lot on Monday and Tuesday. On Tuesday, they'll also be using parking spots on Market Street from The Cafe down to Noe Street, and a few spots on Castro between 16th and States.
On both Monday and Tuesday, large food trucks will be parked out front of the Eureka Valley Recreation Center on Collingwood to serve lunch to the Netflix crew. They'll occupy five to six parking spots from 10am-3pm.
On Wednesday, August 10th, no filming will take place; however, crews will spend the morning removing the rest of their equipment. The parking lot behind the Castro Theatre will be at least partially available on Wednesday, and the Netflix crew is aiming to be gone by noon.
In recent years, the Castro has become a major destination for film and TV crews, with shooting for productions like Milk, Looking, and Girlboss' fellow Netflix series Sense8 taking place in the neighborhood. The latest Hollywood production to visit was the forthcoming ABC miniseries When We Rise, which caused some damage to the neighborhood's rainbow crosswalks when it filmed in May. (ABC is paying for the repairs, which will begin next month.)
Riutta told us businesses and residents in the immediate area who might be affected by the location filming will be contacted “soon," and offered his thanks for their ongoing help and patience during filming.
“I know that filming and parking can be a pain in the butt, but I appreciate that you allow us into this space," he said. "It makes our job easier, yes, but what we really get to do is show off the Castro."
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