The new issue of Dreams Magazine not only once again looks great and includes a full-page ad for the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, it also includes a photo of the Santa Anita Depot at the L.A. County Arboretum on the Arcadia/San Marino page.
The story with the photo of the depot (at left) notes that the historic structure had a cameo appearance in Disney’s recent critically-acclaimed film, “Saving Mr. Banks,” which is shown in the photo below right and which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Tuesday, March 18. The depot is seen in one of the flashback scenes starring Colin Farrell as he escorts his young daughter — who would later be known as P.L. Travers, the author of “Mary Poppins” — to a train station in Australia.
The timing of the movie’s release on Tuesday is coincidentally just two days before another Chamber member, the Arcadia Historical Society, holds a member program on March 20 featuring Santa Anita Depot docent Dale Carter providing an illustrated overview of the Santa Fe Railroad depot that served Elias Baldwin’s ranch and Sierra Madre from 1890 to 1940.
Disney seems to love using Arcadia for filming scenes in some of its biggest movies.
Many residents may recall that Disney monopolized the parking lot of Chamber member Santa Anita Park race track in the summer of 2012 for the production of special effects and stunt shots for the studio’s version of “The Lone Ranger,” starring Johnny Depp. The recent Blu-ray and DVD release of the film features a thank you to The City of Arcadia in the closing credits.