July 1, 2008

Plymouth’s Hollywood East Sign Relocating


Plymouth Rock Studio's "Hollywood East" sign is coming down, just three days after it was unveiled at a gala celebration.

Veterans have complained that the 50-foot-long, 6-foot-high sign on the Plymouth courthouse's front lawn blocks views from the street of a Korean and Vietnam war memorial.

"I was absolutely flabbergasted, said John Hedge, a Plymouth resident whose brother's name is on the memorial. "It's desecrating."

On Sunday, the veterans decided against moving their memorial to the town's Memorial Hall.

Instead, they want the film studio to relocate its sign.

Plymouth Rock Studios is a not-yet-opened film and television production studio that is expected to expand New England's entertainment industry.

The Plymouth County Commissioners recently agreed to let the proposed film studio erect a smaller, and slightly modified, version of the Los Angeles landmark in front of the now-vacant courthouse.

Plymouth Rock executive Thom Black said in a written statement that "we were working with the understanding that there were discussions under way to move the memorial over to Memorial Hall."

But on Sunday the veterans voted to abandon their plans to move the memorial. Now, the film studio's sign is getting moved to the studio - whose location has not yet been determined.

"Once we heard that the memorial was staying put, we made the decision to move the sign to our studio home," Black said.

Originally published by By CHRISTINE McCONVILLE.

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