Arcade Restaurant hosts Million Dollar Quartet filming - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Arcade Restaurant hosts Million Dollar Quartet filming

Arcade Restaurant during filming of Million Dollar Quartet. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Arcade Restaurant during filming of Million Dollar Quartet. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

South Main got a Hollywood makeover Wednesday morning, as crews started filming a new television series, Million Dollar Quartet.

Part of South Main in Downtown Memphis was blocked off. Classic cars, women with pin curls, and men with thick-rimmed glasses filled the street as part of the filming for the CMT television series Million Dollar Quartet.

Wednesday was one of the first days filming for the new small screen piece. Extras waited to get inside The Arcade Restaurant, a nearly 100-year-old restaurant that was once one of Elvis Presley's favorite spots, for a chance to be in the background of one of the show's scenes.

"They kind of touched it up a good bit, and we started filming," Arcade Restaurant partner Jeff Zepatos said.

Million Dollar Quartet is set around the famous 1950s jam session at Sun Studios with famous Rock & Roll idols Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins. Zepatos said Arcade Restaurant's already been in the spotlight with movies and TV shows featuring some of the famous stars from that session.

"We had 'Great Balls of Fire,' that was Jerry Lee Lewis. We had the Johnny Cash film, 'Walk the Line.' They did that here. Elvis actually used to eat here," Zepatos said.

Jill Maybry with Double J hoped the filming would bring nothing but more positive publicity to an area of town sometimes looked over.

"There's a lot that this area has to offer. So, if that brings people who don't normally come down this way, that would be fantastic," Maybry said.

Crew members said filming will continue throughout the numerous musically historical locations Downtown, and Memphians said they were looking forward to seeing it all on the small screen.

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