Farewell to Crescent Beach.

Two of my kids are autistic, so for the past three years we have been taking one or both of them to a special preschool for autistic children in a beautifully scenic neighbourhood called Crescent Beach. Yesterday, however, that era came to an end. One of my kids still has a year of preschool to go, but the preschool itself is moving to a new location… so, after three years of making the half-hour trek there and back three times a week, we said goodbye.

And the reason I mention it here? Because there’s a movie connection, sort of! One of the houses that lines the walkway at Crescent Beach was featured in Tron Legacy (2010), as the house where Flynn tells a bedtime story to his young son Sam.

Here is a picture I took of the house while going for a walk not too far from the preschool several months ago:

And here is how the house appeared in the movie (or in the trailer, at any rate):

Come to think of it, you can also see the house in this YouTube clip of the movie’s opening sequence, starting around the 1:15 mark (and note, in real life, there are no skyscrapers right across the water from this house; instead, in the far-off distance there is Point Roberts, a piece of the United States that is cut off from the rest of the country because it sits on a peninsula that juts out of Canada):

Given that my hometown of Vancouver has been a bustling hive of moviemaking activity for a few decades now, one of the things I’d like to do with this blog is start a semi-regular feature, comparing shots from movies that were made here with the locations where they were filmed. So consider this post a taste of things to come.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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