For filming purposes, the Old Towne Orange Plaza is the area surrounding the intersection of Glassell Street and Chapman Avenue and is bordered by Lemon Street, Almond Avenue, Grand Street, and Maple Avenue. The historic and Anytown, USA look of Old Towne Orange makes it a popular and sensitive filming location.
The area is considered a sensitive location in that:
Customer and merchant parking is limited;
Glassell Street and Chapman Avenue are major thoroughfares into and out of the City of Orange;
This area is frequently filmed.
The City of Orange follows more stringent guidelines when permitting this particular area. Granting of film permits is not automatic. All film permit requests for Old Towne Orange will be granted or denied according to the following factors.
Number of filming days requested.
Number of days needed for preparation, strike, or other film-related activities.
Nature and impact of the proposed film activity.
Proposed number of vehicles on street and availability of parking.
Adequacy of proposed parking plan.
Amount of activity on private property.
Publicity and exposure for the City.
The decision made by the city's film liaison, may be appealed to the director of economic development.
No filming activity (with the exception of event-related filming) will be allowed in the Old Towne Plaza area during the following events:
Orange International Street Fair (Labor Day weekend)
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Harvest Fest Trick or Treat Thru the Streets
Antique Fair (President's Weekend)
These conditions are in addition to those normally required for film permits in the City of Orange. The City film liaison has the discretion to impose additional conditions if warranted.
Traffic Control and Street Closures
There will be no complete street closures on Glassell Street or Chapman Avenue during business hours (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.).
Periods of intermittent traffic control will be limited to three (3) minutes maximum during business hours (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) and during peak traffic flow periods (morning and evening rush hours). All waiting traffic must be released before another period of ITC begins.
Lane closures, including the inside lane of the Plaza traffic circle, will be permitted at the discretion of the Orange Police Department.
A parking plan must be submitted in conjunction with a filming layout diagram.
Only essential vehicles may be located in the Plaza area.
All crew, cast, catering and other non-essential vehicles must be parked in one of the following public parking lots: Lemon Street, East Chapman Avenue (next to Main Library), or the parking structure at the southeast comer of Sycamore and Olive. (Please refer to map of City parking lots.) There are some private parking lots in the area, the use of which should be negotiated with the property owner.
All vehicles and equipment associated with filming activities must park in designated areas only.
The production company is responsible for posting and removing No Parking signs. Signs are available at no charge from the City's Economic Development Department. No Parking signs must be posted 24 hours prior to the start of production to be enforceable. Business owners and residents in front of whose property equipment or vehicles are parked or No Parking signs are posted must give written approval. Completed signature forms must be submitted 48 hours prior to the start of production.
Filming Hours, Notification and Signature Requirements
Normal hours for filming activities are from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Though the Plaza is primarily a commercial area, there are residences located above or adjacent to Old Towne businesses. Requests for extended filming hours require approval signatures from a majority of residents within a 500-foot radius of filming activity or equipment. An approval signature from the apartment complex manager is acceptable.
A large percentage of businesses in Old Towne are open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. (However, there are businesses and restaurants that open earlier and close later.) If any filming activity occurs during this period, approval signatures are required from those merchants directly impacted by the filming activity. All merchants in the Plaza area must be notified in writing 72 hours in advance of filming activity, including prep work.
Determining Direct Impact:
The City of Orange believes a business is impacted when:
Equipment is placed, or personnel are positioned, in front of a merchant's business (with his/her approval) which would prohibit or discourage customers from entering the store;
The merchant's exterior storefront is used (with his/her approval) as a definite background;
The interior of the merchant's store is used (with his/her approval);
Prep or strike activities cause a demonstrated hardship to the merchant's business;
The business is located adjacent to the filming site.
The notification letter must be submitted with all other required documents when the permit application is submitted. Please use the City's standard format letter titled, City of Orange Film Notification. If the project involves multiple dates and locations, the production company may draft their own notification letter as long as the letter meets the guidelines required by the City. Please refer to the document "Notification Requirements for Filming" for complete instructions.
The location manager or a designee must be available to resolve issues or answer questions. This person should be identified to the City's film liaison and the Orange Police Officer on location (if PD is assigned) and appropriate telephone and pager numbers provided.
All signage (including directional posters, notification flyers, no parking signs, etc.) must be removed upon completion of filming. If City staff is required to remove signage, the production company will be charged for clean-up costs.
The production company is encouraged to borrow and post the City-owned "Businesses Open During Filming" signs.
All equipment and vehicles associated with filming activity in the City of Orange must park in areas specified in the parking plan or on private property only.
The production company is responsible for posting the No Parking signs 24 hours in advance of the permitted starting time in commercial areas, but no more than 48 hours in advance. Signs posted any later than the required 24-hour advance are not enforceable.
No Parking signs may only be posted in areas where signatures of approval have been secured.
No Parking signs are available at no charge from the City of Orange Economic Development Department, 230 East Chapman Avenue, Orange. The department is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and closed on alternate Fridays.
No Parking signs must be removed by the production company immediately after filming activity is completed.
City of Orange
Film Liaison Contact: Paul Sitkoff
Phone: (714) 288-2590
Student Film Coordinator
Contact: Sally Trejo
Phone: (714) 288-2580
Orange County Film Commission Janice Arrington, Film Commissioner
California Film Commission (800) 858-4749