Hollywood Club Says Surprise TV Filming Ruined Its Party

Hollywood Club Says Surprise TV Filming Ruined Its Party
Cosmo

We've heard the complaint before: A Hollywood film shoot sets up shop on a Los Angeles sidewalk and shuts down business and parking.

But this is the first time we've heard of a night club suing over it.

Cosmo in Hollywood filed a civil suit in Los Angeles Superior Court this week. It alleges that FilmLA, the organization that handles film permits for the city and county of L.A., failed to give the venue proper notice before essentially shutting down business on its block for an NBC-related television shoot April 1.

The club says it was notified of the filming for the pilot Endgame at 10 p.m. the night before it was to begin. The venue is at 6364 Hollywood Blvd. The plaintiff says the whole block outside the front of the club was taken over from 6 p.m. April 1 to 6 a.m. April 2.

"Said filming would severely impair and jeopardize the Cosmo's expected volume and revenue," the filing says, " ... which was substantial on Wednesday nights."

A FilmLA rep emailed the club the day of the shoot and suggested that the posted notice of filming could have been torn down, according an attachment to the suit.

"FilmLA," the suit says, " ... never provided any advance notice of the filming to the plaintiff."

The result is that the club shut down for Wednesday night festivities. 

Production company Topanga Productions also was named in the filing.

A FilmLA spokesman told us the nonprofit had not yet been served with the suit; he said he couldn't comment. The organization says its goal is to provide two days' or more notice when filming comes to a neighborhood. 

The FilmLA email included with the suit says notice of the Endgame shoot was distributed in the area on Friday, March 27, amounting to at least four days' notice.

The suit alleges "private nuisance" and negligence. It seeks unspecified "special damages" as well as the costs of filing the claim.

How much is a big Hollywood club night worth? Tens of thousands of dollars, perhaps. 

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero. Follow L.A. Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews.


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