Babe’s Pizza and Pasta and the neighboring laundromat get a temporary makeover. | Photos courtesy Robert Pitts.


Humboldt County’s social mediasphere has been abuzz with breathless reports of Leo sightings and firsthand accounts of simulated police chases as a Warner Bros. film crew continues its locally shot production of the new movie by renowned director Paul Thomas Anderson (“Boogie Nights,” “There Will Be Blood,” “Licorice Pizza”).

Most recently, some shops inside Cutten Plaza, including Babe’s Pizza and the nearby laundromat, were transformed into a Mexican grill and a lavandería (“laundromat” in Spanish), respectively.

The production, which is being filmed under the working title of “B.C. Project,” has been in town for the past week and a half, at least, and pre-production efforts date back years, according to Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commissioner Cassandra Hesseltine.

See photos of the remade Cutten Plaza below. And scroll down for photos and video of a police car chase scene that was shot in Trinidad about a week ago.

The actual Cutten Plaza sign (left) and the temporary film version.

Hollywood version (top, photo by Robert Pitts), regular version (Google Street View).


And below you’ll find some photos and video submitted to the Outpost by Carrie Peyton-Dahlberg:

“Okay, when he says ‘action,’ you guys act like cops.”

A camera arm mounted atop a Porsche Cayenne.

The man in the black jacket is director Paul Thomas Anderson, according to personnel on set.