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Disney Shoots on Location with Bryan Cranston

Lakeland on the Silver Screen

Southgate Shopping Center got, yet again, another movie close up as Disney filmed The One and Only Ivan in Lakeland this past summer.

In 1990, the Southgate arch was featured in Tim Burton’s film, Edward Scissorhands.  This year, another movie production took advantage of the unique architecture of the Southgate arch. In June, Disney announced that a portion of the filming of The One and Only Ivan, an adaptation of the beloved children’s book written by Katherine Applegate, would shoot in Lakeland. Shortly after this announcement, Southgate began a full transformation to Big Top Shopping Mall and Video Arcade, and the parking lot filled with vintage cars and cranes as the local shopping center prepared for its movie close-up. Other shoot locations included Dobbins Park and Silver Moon Drive-in. Angelina Jolie, Danny DeVito, and many other A-list actors are confirmed to play in the film.

Read our behind the scenes coverage of the 2 day shoot.

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