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Rochester shines on the big screen

Henrietta, N.Y. -- One year after a major film crew set up shop in Downtown Rochester, dozens of special guests got to see the finished product on the big screen first.

For several days, the crew of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" shut down traffic, disrupted work and turned Rochester into the Big Apple.

Fans, many of whom served as extras in the film, said it did not disappoint after getting a special premiere Wednesday night in Henrietta.

"I thought it was a fun film, a lot of action. I thought it was exciting because you could tell Rochester," film critic Jack Garner said. "The thing that helped was that bridge from the convention center across Main Street and I also recognized the First Federal Building and the county office building."

It was a special night for Justin Presciutti, a big Spider-Man fan who was one of the hundreds of extras featured in the film.

"I saw the chase scene, I knew we were in there somewhere but I couldn't really tell because it was going so fast," Presciutti said.  "I will wait until I get it on DVD and when it gets to the chase scene I'll pause it, and fast forward to the part to see if I can spot us in there."

Crowds cheered as they recognized parts of their city, and there was a round of applause at the end of the movie when the closing credits gave a special thanks to Rochester.

It was shining moment for fans and a city that got a shot at the big screen in a big way.

The movie premieres in theaters Friday.

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Washington Times