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Joe Willcox


26th July 2013

Bruce Willis shooting movie at Central Hall Westminster

With the official box-office release of the blockbuster movie RED2 in August, Central Hall Westminster has finally been given permission to announce its involvement as a film location.

It was ‘lights, camera, action!’ at Central Hall Westminster, when central London’s largest Conference & Events Centre was transformed into a grand Parisian Hotel featuring a key scene in the film sequel of RED.

The original cast includes Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and is joined by actors Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins. The first movie grossed over £130 million worldwide in 2011 and the official cinema release date is Friday 2nd August 2013.

RED2 – London Film Location - Central Hall Westminster

The venue, an imposing domed building from the early 19th century, located opposite Westminster Abbey was identified as the ideal film location for the blockbuster sequel. Mable flooring, spacious hallways and high ceilings were key characteristics for producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and location manager Martin Joy.

The Great Hall Foyer overlooking the Great Staircase is usually used for corporate event receptions, but was adapted for a key scene in the movie, when the protagonists meet the head of the Russian secret service. The scene is featured in the official trailer – min 1:21 – on YouTube -

The addition, the 2,000 seat capacity concert and conference auditorium, the Great Hall, functioned as backstage, make up and wardrobe space.

The location manager of RED2 Martin Joy and star-actress Helen Mirren are returning professionals to Central Hall. Joy transformed Central Hall in 2009 with Martin Sheen acting opposite Dennis Quaid, as Clinton in Peter Morgan's TV drama The Special Relationship and Mirren starred in the 2003 blockbuster movie Calendar Girls, featuring the Grand Staircase and the Great Hall.

Maria Schuett, Marketing Manager at Central Hall Westminster points out: “The fact that Central Hall is getting more and more involved in quirky long-term projects such as Balcony TV, a monthly music show promoting artists live from London’s most spectacular balconies or such film projects, shows the flexibility of this 100 year old venue.”
“We host seminars and large assemblies for clients such as Barclays and Amazon but in recent years we have re-established a strong reputation for special events and public concerts from classic to hip hop. You never know what’s coming up next but, whatever the booking, our clients can rely on the high degree of professionalism of our events team and the great efforts they make to meet our clients’ requirements, ” added the venue’s Managing Director, Paul Southern.

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