Richmond cancels tree lighting ceremony for ‘Lincoln’ shoot


The State Capitol in Richmond, Va. (Steve Helber/The Associated Press)

In the matchup of Hollywood vs. Christmas, Hollywood prevails. Richmond’s annual tree lighting has been canceled this year because Steven Spielberg’s movie “Lincoln’ is shooting in the state capitol.

The governor’s office made the announcement Thursday and Bob McDonnell addressed the issue during an afternoon conference call from India, where he’s on a trade mission. Spielberg’s studio DreamWorks, which is pumping $35 million into the state economy, has “several venues in and around Richmond reserved for them,” he said. “Honestly, they have taken over Mr. Jefferson’s capitol.”


Steven Spielberg. (Francois Lenoir/Reuters)

Read also: Virginia Politics: Spielberg film pulls plug on Richmond’s capitol tree lighting, 11/17/11

Read earlier: Sally Field to play Mary Todd Lincoln; actress prepped for role with visit to Ford’s Theatre, 4/13/11

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Virginia Politics: McDonnell hosts Spielberg, film crew, at mansion, 10/2/11

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