Owner of downtown Cleveland parking lot files restraining order against 'Captain America'

CLEVELAND - The owner of a downtown Cleveland parking lot filed a temporary restraining order against the production companies involved in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier".

The Pit Parking Lot, on Lakeside Avenue, is the second largest parking lot in the city, but stands to lose most of its customers because of road closures, Cuyahoga Lakefront Land LLC's attorney said on Thursday.

The main entrance to the lot in on West 3rd Street, but that will be blocked for two weeks starting on Saturday for the movie. Cuyahoga Lakefront Land LLC Vice President Elias Kassouf said the "Captain America" production will stop about 95 percent of its customers from entering the property.

Cuyahoga Lakefront Land LLC is asking a judge to stop "Captain America" filming from interrupting the flow of foot and vehicle traffic on West 3rd Street.

"I always heard that the image of Captain America was as a defender of all Americans and their rights as citizens... Apparently the movie producers have a different ideal:  to take away someone's business, because they can get away with it," Kassouf said.

The attorney representing the Pit said there have been negotiations between the production company and his client about closing access to the lot.

A preliminary hearing on the issue is scheduled for Wednesday at noon in a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas courtroom.

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