It's a Wrap: Liberace filming ends in Palm Springs

Movie stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon

POSTED: 05:14 PM PDT Aug 21, 2012    UPDATED: 05:16 PM PDT Aug 21, 2012 
Liberace filming
PALM SPRINGS, Calif -

A new HBO movie about the life of Palm Springs resident Liberace wrapped filming in the desert Tuesday.

Film crews for "Behind the Candelabra", a film starring Academy Award winning actors Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, were stationed outside "Our Lady of Solitude" Catholic Church and Palm Springs City Hall Tuesday filming key scenes.

Hundreds of valley residents were also on hand as the film production reached out to the community to fill extra roles for the film.

The filming is also good for business.  Local hotels are packed, and Sherman's Deli in Palm Springs is providing the food on set for the cast and crew. "It's fantastic we've been doing catering for 2 days, says the Deli owner Sam Harris.  "There are a lot of extras here and Michael Douglas also had lunch here on Monday."

6 months ago the City of Palm Springs passed an initiative to make Palm Springs a film friendly city and waived all filming permit fees.  This effort was spearheaded by City Councilman Paul Lewin.

Filming in the desert wraps up Tuesday and they crews return to Hollywood to finish the film.

The movie is based on the 1987 book by Scott Thorson, former love of the famed entertainer.  Thorson played by Damon wrote a book titled "The Candelabra: My Life with Liberace".  There has been no air date announced yet when the film will air.