Dressed up girls wearing cat-eyed glasses and sipping milkshakes talked to slick-haired boys puffing cigarettes while perched on the hoods of muscle cars — a sight likely not seen in Douglasville since the 1950s. 

But Thursday, a closed section of Church Street was bustling with boom mics, rolling video cameras, and dozens of cast and crew members for the first day of shooting in town for “The Founder,” a biopic on McDonald’s mogul Ray Kroc.

Kroc is played by Michael Keaton, known for his role in “Batman” and “Batman Returns.” Keaton was spotted downtown in the parking lot beside the old Douglasville Police Department wearing a long-sleeved navy blue shirt and sitting in a vintage car. Keaton was recently in “Birdman” and “Need For Speed,” which was mostly filmed in Georgia last year.

Some members of the public caught a glimpse of Keaton. However, a watchful crew kept the throngs of curious onlookers at a distance.

The production company made final touches Wednesday to the 1950s-era Midwestern McDonald’s restaurant set it has been building downtown beside the Sentinel office at Church and Bowden streets since June 1. Thursday, young men wearing paper hats that read, “I’m Speedee,” could be seen through the large windows of the red and white-striped structure, which is wedged between two golden arches.

Filming for the movie is expected to continue Friday and will also take place June 25 and July 10, at which times Church Street and Courthouse Square East and West will be closed. Filming will also take place elsewhere in Georgia including Canton. 

Contact Laura Corley by email at laura@douglascountysentinel.com or by phone at 770-942-6571 ext. 233.

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