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Donovan’s Pub to Close Nov. 7 to Shoot Rom-Com Starring Jennifer Lopez, Milo Ventimiglia, Leah Remini

Donovan’s Pub at 57-24 Roosevelt Ave. (Photo courtesy of Donovan’s Pub)

Nov. 6, 2017 by Nathaly Pesantez

Donovan’s Pub, the longtime Woodside staple, will close on Nov. 7 as film crews move in to shoot scenes from a romantic-comedy movie with an all-star cast including Jennifer Lopez, Leah Remini, Milo Ventimiglia, and Vanessa Hudgens.

The film, called “Second Act” but operating under the project name “240”, will film at Donovan’s Pub, located at 57-24 Roosevelt Ave., according to Dan Connor, the pub’s owner.

The film crew is set to arrive at the pub at 6 a.m. on Nov. 7 to begin hanging Christmas-themed decorations for a scene in the film, set to be released in 2018, according to IMDb.

“It’s going to be somewhat of a wild scene from what I understand,” Connor said. “They have a lot of extras.” The sheer number of people involved in the scene required the film crew to find a a second site, about a block away, to hold the crew, Connor said.

The actors will film inside Donovan’s Pub sometime around 2 p.m., and will move to film some scenes outside the pub once the sun sets. Prior to the pub, there will be some filming elsewhere in Woodside at around 11 a.m.

Connor said he expects the film crew to wrap up with the pub at around 1 a.m. on Nov. 8, and will open the pub along with his partner, James Jacobson, at their normal operating time of 11 a.m. that day.

Connor and Jacobson were approached a couple of months ago by location scouts to use the pub, standing at the corner of 58th Street and Roosevelt Avenue since 1966.

“It’s pretty cool,” Connor said. “It’s by far the biggest film and biggest stars to come in and film,” he added, noting that the pub has had its fair share of famous visitors over the years.

Connor and Jacobson will be on hand at the filming site to help out and makes sure everything runs smoothly with their pub.

“Second Act” centers on Maya, played by Lopez, who “reinvents her life and her life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do,” according to the film description on IMDb. Remini plays Lopez’s best friend, while Ventimiglia stars as Lopez’s long-time boyfriend, according to Variety. Peter Segal is listed at the film’s director.

The film’s cast and crew were spotted around Queens filming on location days ago.

The news was first reported by the Queens Courier.

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Woodside Street Bums LLC

Wonder if she can use some of us Debozo Sponsored Street Bums as extras on the scenes out front (to give it a realistic look of true Woodside Bumery). Maybe Debozo will get the SAG Card fee waived for us.


If they’re looking for more extras, or hidden stars waiting to be discovered, they should approach the SSP community..


I’m sorry but I’m more excited about Leah, who has got to be one of the most down to earth people (judging from her show on Scientology ) than I am about JLo. Sorry JLO but Leah has such a natural beauty (and just keeps lookin more beautiful and younger everytime I see her…nothin against you). With her personality (def her mouth lol) is pretty close to mine and she’s so (once again) down to earth. Good luck ladies


It’s too bad the locals will be denied their daily beautiful pints for this piece of hollywood crap.


I ain’t sure if I understand you. Are you saying that if you think Hollywood makes total crap that means you voted for Fat-Donny-Big-Pants? Or do I misunderstand you?

Ummay oh

I just saw jennifer lopez there when she was ready for a shot. but crew didn’t allow to get the picture or make videos

Hoof Hearted

A couple of years ago, Blue Bloods shot a scene in the Bliss Street Station pub with Tom Selleck. It closed just after that. Bad omen perhaps?


Hoof hearted – Person of Interest shot scenes in Pete’s Grille and McGuinesss’. NYPD Blue shot many scenes in McGloughlins (Now McGuiness). St. Vincent a movie with Bill Murray was shot at the Globe.Maggie Maes was the home base for the show Benders with many scenes from the show shot there. Jacks Ale House was the setting and subject for Bar Rescue. The movie Spider-Man was filmed on 43rd street with scenes shot in and around Bar 43. These places are alive and well if not thriving not to mention the dozen of the establishments used as film sets in the area. Bliss had a long and prosperous run. The owner decided to retire and sold out to the new restaurant in its place. Do you normally exaggerate like this?


Hoof hearted – Person of Interest shot scenes in Pete’s Grille and McGuinesss’. NYPD Blue shot scenes in McGloughlins (Now McGuiness). St. Vincent a movie with Bill Nurray was shit at the Globe.Maggie Maes filmed scenes for the cable hockey show Benders on a regular basis. The movie Spider-Man was filmed in and around bar 43. Jacks Ale House was the set and subject of the show Bar Rescue. These establishments are all alive and well and actually thriving as are the dozens of other establishments used as backdrops and sets in the area. Do you normally exaggerate like this on a regular basis?

Ernie Roth

Lily and I used to close that place out. One time we drank a whole bottle of McCallan 18 after watching the fights at Sunnyside Gardens circa 1975. Fun times.

Ernie Roth

Lily and I used to close that place out. One time we drank a whole bottle of McCallan 18 after watching the fights at Sunnyside Gardens circa 1975. Fun times.

Laurel Hill Blvd Street Bum

Yes it is Teeth! El Loco is still drinking Fat Al from Sunnysides bath water.

Fan of doughboy park

Will she be serenading the crowd with her #1 song ” Taco Flavored Kisses” with Eric Cartman?


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