Tupper’s turtles open today

TUPPER LAKE – This town hits the big screen again with today’s opening of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie.

The movie’s production crew spent about two weeks in the area and filmed for three days at the Big Tupper Ski Area in March 2013. During that time, Empire State Development Public Affairs Assistant Director Jola Szubielski said $1 million was pumped into the local economy.

Most of the movie was filmed in New York City, but producers needed a ski mountain for a scene that involves a truck crashing on snowy slopes.

The 80-person cast and crew were mainly housed at the Best Western hotel in Saranac Lake, but they also rented some houses and motels in the Tupper Lake area. Several restaurants, Lemieux Contracting and LaValley Real Estate reported boosts in revenue, Szubielski said.

The movie’s stars, who include Megan Fox and Will Arnett, reportedly did not make the trip.

An invite-only screening of “Ninja Turtles” was held at the State Theatre in Tupper Lake Thursday evening. The public can check out the movie in theaters around the region today, including the 4:30 p.m. opening at the State Theatre, where it will also be screened at 7 and 9 p.m. At Lake Placid’s Palace Theatre, the movie is scheduled for 1, 4, 7 and 9:30 p.m. today.

“Ninja Turtles” is the third movie filmed in Tupper Lake in recent years, and the most famous by far. The teen horror movie “Recreator” was recorded entirely in the area in 2009. Actor Paul Giamatti also brought a film crew to Park Street in spring 2012 to shoot a film that was at the time being called “Lucky Dog,” but was later renamed “Almost Christmas” and finally “All Is Bright.” It was released around Christmas 2013.

A press release from ESD said the movie paid $3.2 million in taxes to the state and more than $30 million in salaries in New York labor.