‘Black Mass’ Filming Will Close Lynn Streets to Parking: Central Square Area to Be Affected

Film crews from the Hollywood movie “Black Mass” are scheduled to return to Lynn next week, and begin filming inside the old Anthony’s Hawthorne Restaurant, located at 37-45 Central Avenue, just outside of Central Square.

Based on the novel of the same name by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill, “Black Mass” is described as the true story about how James “Whitey” Bulger, onetime head of the Irish Mob in Boston and John Connolly, a former FBI special agent, conspired together in the 12970s and 1980s.

Anthony’s Hawthorne, which has been closed for more than a decade, is standing in as a bar for a scene, which will include Bulger, played by Johnny Depp in the film.

According to a spokesperson for Charlestown Productions, the film company plans to shoot interior scenes at the old restaurant between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Monday, July 21. Parking and some traffic restrictions in the neighborhood will take effect starting at 1 a.m. on Monday.

The parking and traffic restrictions include the closure of one lane to traffic on Oxford Street, immediately adjacent to the Hawthorne, as well as intermittent traffic control on the following streets: Central Avenue from Munroe Street to Olympia Square; Oxford Street from Willow to Olympia Square; Washington Street from Olympia Square to Oxford Street; and Washington Street from 517 Washington Street to Union Street.

Parking restrictions, which begin at 1 a.m. and end at 11 p.m.  for the same day include:

No Parking on Oxford Street from Willow St. to Central Ave. – both sides.

No Parking on Central Ave. from #12 to Oxford St. – both sides.

No Parking on Central Ave. from Oxford St. to #47 – odd side.

No parking on a section of Willow St.

No parking on Washington St. from #$517 to Union St. – both sides from 4 to 9 p.m. only.

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