PASADENA >> The era of smoke-filled meeting rooms and "high- tech" typewriters is coming to an end all over again.
Cast and crew of the acclaimed AMC show "Man Men" on Tuesday filmed scenes for the drama's seventh and final season at the American Red Cross at The Cravens Estate, 430 Madeline Drive. The Red Cross was closed and off-limits while five principal cast members and 75 crew members filmed internal dialogue scenes from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to the film permit.
"[The building is] imposing, it's interesting," said Terri Corigliano, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross Los Angeles region. "I think our rooms offer a variety of options when filming."
The brick building, completed in 1930, has also served as the backdrop for "Glee," "24" and "Desperate Housewives." This was not the first time "Mad Men" filmed at the estate, according to the Internet Movie Database, also called IMDb.
To give the cast and crew free range of the historic building, Red Cross employees on Tuesday worked out of other offices, Corigliano said.
"Mad Men" premiered in 2007, and chronicles the life of ad man Don Draper and the rest of his liquor-swirling, chain-smoking colleagues at a high-end firm in 1960s New York City.
Locally, Beckham Grill, Rose City High School, the Mayfair House, Ambassador College, La Casita Del Arroyo, Lower Arroyo Casting Pond and Arroyo Cross Country Trails have all doubled as backdrops for the period piece during its run.
"To have a show as beloved as 'Mad Men' film here is a positive feather in the city's cap," said Ariel Penn, city film manager.
Tuesday's filming permit cost $3,393.57 overall. As of now, UROK Productions has not filed to film anymore "Mad Men" scenes in Pasadena, but the film office goes "script by script," Penn said - "We don't know if they're going to write something in."
Tuesday's filming in Pasadena came shortly after production of "Mad Men" was briefly suspended on Nov. 1. Cast and crew members were filming at LAX the same day of the shooting that killed a TSA officer and wounded others.
On Tuesday, no-parking cones lined Madeline Drive immediately outside the Cravens Estate, and two officers deterred anyone from intruding on the closed set. Some film crew trucks were parked at 1095 S. Orange Grove Blvd., a condominium complex on the corner. Crews can park there for $1,000 while filming is underway. The money is pumped into the city's Homeowner's Association, resident and Homeowner's Association president Louis Barnard said.
"We like them," his wife, Rita Barnard, said.
Nino Sutcliffe, also a resident of the complex at 1095 S. Orange Grove Blvd., is a fan of "Mad Men," but said filming at The Cravens Estate always congests her residential area and is "annoying," even if they're filming one of her favorite shows.
"You live next to it, and it's like living in Burbank next to Warner Bros.," Sutcliffe said. "Sometimes they block the street, and this is the only way in or out."
Sutcliffe tunes in to "Mad Men" to see the evolving personal relationships of the cast of characters. Having lived through the 1970s, she wishes the show would end in the 1960s. However, the final season will follow "Mad Men" into the next decade.
"The '70s is not my favorite era," Sutcliffe said. The '60s were classier. Seeing Jon Hamm in bell-bottoms and sideburns is not going to work. The scotch and cigarettes are more interesting."
Pasadena resident and "Mad Men" fan Patrick O'Neil walked his dog by The Cravens Estate during filming, totally unaware of the shoot. He said he's quelling his expectations for the series' end.
"I try not to get ahead of myself - I did that with 'Dexter,' " O'Neil said. "Now that Jon Hamm is a producer, he won't let anything bad happen to Don Draper."
Despite being a consistent production for Pasadena, the end of production won't worry city officials.
"A new series always takes the place of old ones," Penn said. "We anticipate we'll get a new series, or even a feature film, to take their place."
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