LYONS — Sean Dobbins and his wife, Imelda, didn’t have to wait for the Rochester premier on Friday of “The Tomorrow Man,” a romantic comedy starring acting icons John Lithgow and Blythe Danner.
They got an invitation-only preview Thursday night at the Little Theatre in Rochester.
The invite was deserved: Their pharmacy on William Street is featured in the film, as are other Lyons scenes Dobbins said will be recognizable to many.
Filmmakers also used the second floor of the drug store and gift shop as a base for their Lyons filming operations.
The movie, directed by Noble Jones and filmed in September 2017, tells the story of Ed Hemsler (Lithgow), who spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come, while Ronnie Meisner (Danner) spends her life shopping for things she may never use.
“In a small-town somewhere in America, these two people will try to find love while trying not to get lost in each other’s stuff,” said Bleecker Street Media, the movie’s producers.
Sean Dobbins said he didn’t want to give too much away about the film, because he wants local folks to see it, but assured that there are many recognizable scenes.
“My true belief is it really makes Lyons look pretty,” he said. “There’s a lot of street scenes. You have to see it.”
He estimated that close to a quarter of the movie’s scenes come from Lyons.
Filming was also done outside Rochester as well.
Is it worth the price of admission?
“Very much so,” said Dobbins.
Besides the Little, on East Avenue in downtown Rochester, the movie can be seen at Pittsford Cinema 9 at Pittsford Plaza on Monroe Avenue (Route 31). It’s also at the Cinemapolis in downtown Ithaca.
As for a showing in the town where so many scenes were filmed — Lyons — Ohmann Theatre owner Bob Ohmann said he’s working on it.
“We expect to play it, but I don’t know when,” he said Friday.
“We had asked (movie distributors) to play it on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,” because the film is likely only to draw interest from older adults, like himself, he said.
Ohmann said the historic theater likes to run movies with broader appeal on the weekends when they are more likely to draw families.
While reviews for “The Tomorrow Man” have been somewhat mixed, most have praised the movie’s co-stars.
Said critic veteran Rex Reed of the New York Observer: “If you cherish the rare opportunity to watch magnificent actors as perfect as Blythe Danner and John Lithgow giving it all they’ve got, in a film about grown-ups, then the line starts here.”