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Misfiled in the Don Bolles files: Filming 1976’s ‘A Star Is Born’ at Sun Devil Stadium

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Barbra Streisand sings on stage at Sun Devil Stadium for the filming of “A Star in Born.”

A misplaced document shows how “A Star Is Born” producers got crowd scenes for the movie. They put on a dirt-cheap concert at Sun Devil Stadium

By Richard Ruelas, Arizona Republic

It was a festival concert with big name acts and dirt-cheap tickets. The only hitch: The show started at 7 a.m. And filming for a movie would mean the headliner wouldn’t finish until after 5 p.m.

It was a concert staged to serve as a backdrop for the 1976 film, “A Star Is Born,” starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. The script called for a packed venue, which meant producers had to figure out how to draw tens of thousands of people to Sun Devil Stadium.

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Their solution was a day-long concert headlined by Peter Frampton and Santana, with tickets selling for just $3.50. The schedule would block out two-hour windows in which the film crew would grab the shots it needed of Kristofferson and Streisand in front of the stadium crowd.

Some of the logistics for the day were spelled out in a document that was sent out to the crews for the bands involved. That document was discovered this month in a file cabinet of materials that had been padlocked shut and stored away in a warehouse.

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