Couple provides movie props

Another antique shop has provided props for The Happening, they also provided some for The Village a few years ago.  Here’s the story from

A local antiques stores that has provided furniture to decorate the sets of director M. Night Shyamalan’s popular movies is helping to decorate the set for his current film in the works, “The Happening.”Suzanne and Michael Cooke, owners of Royal Port Antiques located at 13 Market St., started working with set decorators about 10 years ago when they owned two shops,King’s Row and Queen’s Row Antiques in Mullica Hill.

The Cookes, who opened Royal Port Antiques here in the fall of 2004, are continuing to furnish pieces needed for period films.

“We helped furnish The Village’ and sold them pieces and rented them pieces,” said Suzanne Cooke.”The pieces that were used were mostly early American they used baskets, a spinning wheel, a pie safe-cover which was used for food storage and dry sinks.”

The Cookes have also sold plenty of set pieces to the set  decorators for Shyamalan’s “The Happening,”which is being filmed in Philadelphia by 20th Century Fox.The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel and John Leguizamo. It is scheduled to open next summer.

“Set designers have made about three trips for this movie and buying a lot more set pieces like rugs, jars and things to outfit a home. They have certain buildings they need furnished,” said Suzanne Cooke.

“The Northeast of the United States is set in a horrific journey of survival and the rest of the world listens and watches helplessly as the answers are revealed,” said Christine Wick, assistant set decorator for “The Happening.”

Wick, who is originally from Philadelphia, has been shopping with the Cookes for many years, going back to the 90s. For this movie, a farmhouse is featured that has been in the family for a long time.

“We have bought beds, chairs, fireplace mantles and old tools from the Cookes. They have a (large) selection of things across the board.”

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