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Old 09-03-2019, 01:01 PM
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A couple of years ago, Mrs. Wheelz and I took an anniversary trip to the St. Regis Resort in Bora Bora. The 2009 film Couples Retreat was filmed there, and there is a channel on the TV showing the movie on a continuous loop.

The place is spectacular in its own right, of course, and it added an extra bit of fun to walk around spotting all the different filming locations.
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Old 09-03-2019, 03:00 PM
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I was a regular at the revival movie theater in South Pasadena: The Rialto. That's the theater where Tim Robbins went to meet the guy he ultimately killed in the movie The Player.

I've been to the Tacoma restaurant which was a pizzeria run by Kevin Kline and Tracy Ullman in the movie I Love You To Death.

I've eaten a few times at the restaurant The Hitching Post, which was featured in the movie Sideways. It's where Paul Giamatti met the waitress he would eventually date. I've also been to all the wineries shown in that movie.
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Old 09-03-2019, 05:39 PM
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I was a regular at the revival movie theater in South Pasadena: The Rialto. That's the theater where Tim Robbins went to meet the guy he ultimately killed in the movie The Player.
Cool old theater! It's where they did the Rocky Horror thing for years. Don't know if they still do.
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Old 09-03-2019, 11:09 PM
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Lots of locations in Hawaii too including TV shoots. In fact, Hawaii Five-0 is scheduled to shoot on our condominium grounds for three days later this month.
Just to mention: The Hawaii Five-0 trucks are setting up on the street outside as I type. Looks like it will be a night shoot. The wife saw "Adam" from the show entering our building today with a bunch of crew. Looks like our building, one of three in the compound, will be the one for the shoot but not our floor. Scheduled to shoot tonight and two more days next week.
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Old 09-03-2019, 11:43 PM
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Two come to mind immediately. The first is the "ferry dock" in Wargames where Matthew Broderick and his girlfriend are (supposedly) running to catch the ferry to the island where the reclusive scientist lives. As I said in another thread, they must plan on swimming since they're actually running down a boat ramp in Steilacoom, WA — the actual dock is on the far side of the railroad bridge.
Already mentioned in this thread. What were you doing in Steilacoom?

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The LA River is also featured in Buckaroo Banzai (closing credits), Grease (the drag race), Them! (the ant nest entrance) and so, so many others. Anyplace they race along a big concrete ditch, there you are.
To be a bit more specific, I think the Buckaroo Banzai closing credits were shot at Sepulveda Dam.
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Old 09-04-2019, 07:40 AM
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I've been to MANY places that have been in movies, but very few that I hadn't already seen in a movie before I went there. I grew up in Seattle area, so, the Space Needle? That's all I can think of.
Gas Works Park shows up in a lot of stuff. E.g., 10 Things I Hate About You and in the background in Sleepless in Seattle.

A lot of shots of downtown taken from Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill are used by many movies and TV shows (e.g., the view out Frasier's window). Just not a lot of shots of the park. But some movies fimed there: Life or Something Like It, A Guy Thing and again 10 Things I Hate About You. Grey's Anatomy has filmed in it a couple times and uses the view shot a ton of times.

10 Things ... also had a scene at the Fremont Troll. IMDb doesn't list any other film (but does give some TV shows) that shot there. I've been there many times. All-pre troll, tho.
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Old 09-04-2019, 09:06 AM
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I once visited a beach that I knew I had never been to before and yet felt very familiar to me. I originally ascribed that to it just looking a little bit like somewhere near where I grew up, but it was a very strong feeling of familiarity that I couldn't shake. Years later I was on a nostalgia kick and decided to watch the opening titles of a TV series I grew up with, and as soon as I watched I felt that same sense of familiarity again. I mean I already knew this show's credits, maybe that was it, but no, I was completely certain I knew the location that the scenes were shot, the beach I had visited five years earlier. And I also knew that when I originally watched the show I had pictured that location as resembling the aforementioned place near where I grew up.

Here's the title sequence.

Here's the location it was shot.

Even though the visible evidence seems extremely limited, I am 100% confident I'm right.

By the way, that's currently popular villainous actor Ben Mendelsohn starring in that show, also playing a villain.
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Old 09-05-2019, 12:00 AM
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My first adult vacation was on Grand Bahama Island and Freeport, and I was naive enough to be gobsmacked by crawling around the Thunderball set. News is so sad now...
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I spent almost a week in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany, where much of The Sound of Music was filmed, and there's no way to avoid all of the promotional stuff reminding me of that fact. The place is beautiful, the Eagle's Nest is also there, Schönau am Königssee is worth a visit, but that damned movie is inescapable.

In July of this year we drove down the Potash Road from Canyonlands in Utah (an amazing drive) and took a bit of an off-road detour from the off-road trail and ended up where Thelma and Louise drove over the canyon at the end of the film of that name.

On this same trip I made it a point to drive to the top of Mt. Hood to make a pilgrimage to the Timberline Lodge. I thought that I would be the only weirdo looking for the hotel used for the exterior scenes of the Overlook Hotel in the film version of The Shining, but it was pretty busy there.

Oh, I can't forget Somewhere in Time and the Grand Hotel, which is a Michigan version of the Stanley Hotel that originally inspired the Overlook.
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Old 09-05-2019, 09:08 AM
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I once visited a beach that I knew I had never been to before and yet felt very familiar to me. I originally ascribed that to it just looking a little bit like somewhere near where I grew up, but it was a very strong feeling of familiarity that I couldn't shake. Years later I was on a nostalgia kick and decided to watch the opening titles of a TV series I grew up with, and as soon as I watched I felt that same sense of familiarity again. I mean I already knew this show's credits, maybe that was it, but no, I was completely certain I knew the location that the scenes were shot, the beach I had visited five years earlier. And I also knew that when I originally watched the show I had pictured that location as resembling the aforementioned place near where I grew up.

Here's the title sequence.

Here's the location it was shot.

Even though the visible evidence seems extremely limited, I am 100% confident I'm right.

By the way, that's currently popular villainous actor Ben Mendelsohn starring in that show, also playing a villain.
It also has the lovely Nadine Garner from the Doctor Blake Mysteries.
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Old 09-05-2019, 10:06 AM
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Hey, I've been there - today!


Just cycled past Shipley Windmill*, best known as the home of Jonathan Creek.

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I lived in Minneapolis in the mid-90s and saw a few scenes of "Jingle All The Way" being filmed. I LIVED on Nicollet Ave, just south of Nicollet Mall where the parade was filmed and I happened to be at Mall of America when they were filming those scenes. They also filmed in St. Paul and I rode a bus past the library there, which was covered in fake snow for the shooting of the movie. It's amazing how much less convincing fake snow is when you're looking at it live rather than on a movie screen.
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SINGLES had some good locations. What hill was Sheila Kelly trying to pedal up? I think Sleepless In Seattle had Tom Hanks paddle his kayak from Ballard to Northlake in record time.
Oh that reminded me. In the movie Assassin (a Stallone flick) there is a funeral cemetery scene that iirc was supposed to be on the east coast. It was actually filmed in Everett, WA. I knew that bebore going into the movie though, as news of the filming was in the local paper.

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Old 09-06-2019, 07:39 AM
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SINGLES had some good locations. What hill was Sheila Kelly trying to pedal up? I think Sleepless In Seattle had Tom Hanks paddle his kayak from Ballard to Northlake in record time.
The infamous scene in question has them start at their house on the west side of Lake Union, right under Queen Anne Hill. They end up at at Alki Beach. Which is quite a paddle: through locks and down the Sound. All the while Meg Ryan somehow keeping up with them. In order to keep track of them visually the whole way would have required some really non-direct driving. Really tough for an out-of-towner.

So quite a lot of geographic "What the fudge?" stuff going on the whole way.
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You're not the first person to notice this. It's got to the point of being very annoying!
My wife actually works at the Old Royal Naval College - film crews are onsite (either outside or in the Painted Hall) several times a year. She's even met Johnny Depp (very briefly) during the Pirates shoot.
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The infamous scene in question has them start at their house on the west side of Lake Union, right under Queen Anne Hill. They end up at at Alki Beach. Which is quite a paddle: through locks and down the Sound. All the while Meg Ryan somehow keeping up with them. In order to keep track of them visually the whole way would have required some really non-direct driving. Really tough for an out-of-towner.

So quite a lot of geographic "What the fudge?" stuff going on the whole way.
Yeah, that reminds me of the set from Frazier, where his apartment view of Seattle would have been impossible.
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One of the things I liked about visiting Seattle was seeing locations that were in a short film from MST3K. Specifically, the fountains from the '62 World's Fair that featured in "Century 21 Calling" are still there and I waited next to them to get into the Pompeii exhibit at the Pacific Science Center. Sometimes my job requires me to sit in the same courtroom where Sean Connery and Denzel Washington sat for "Just Cause." And every work day I walk around the downtown locations used in "Day of the Dead."
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Old 09-06-2019, 12:34 PM
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Yeah, that reminds me of the set from Frazier, where his apartment view of Seattle would have been impossible.
As mentioned above, the view I (and Wikipedia) remember from the show is the one from Kerry Park. A bit further NW of his apartment building but not too far off.

Another Seattle "impossible". Grey's Anatomy in the early years would sometimes show an aerial shot that included the Kingdome. The show debuted in 2005 and the dome was demolished in 2000. (And, no, the show wasn't set in the past.) Plus the hospital was basically in the shadow of the Space Needle in some shots but had no nearby tall buildings at all in others. It's like those other shots were done somewhere N. of LA.
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I visited well after I saw the original Star Wars movie, but I have visited Tikal in Guatemala which was used for some of the shots on Yavin IV. Climbed Temple 4 where this scene was shot.

Also well after the fact: Doune Castle in Scotland, where much of Monty Python and the Holy Grail was filmed.
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I used to drive over the same bridge that Bill Murray stopped his cab on in the opening scene in "Stripes."
I used to drive over the same bridge to and from work.

While not a movie.... there was an grocery store I passed by on the way home from work. I would shop there if I needed to pick up an item or two. It was where the filmed the supermarket scene in the video for the song for the video for The Streak.
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The Mothman Prophesies was filmed in Pittsburgh and Kittanning, PA. The bridge that is a big part of the movie is a bridge in Kittanning that I pontoon under all summer.


ETA: at the time of the filming, I had an employee who was a huge Richard Geere fan. I rigged a practical joke that very believably made it appear that Mr Geere wanted to meet with me at work, and I turned down his request because I had other plans. She freaked out, the joke went too far, but it was fucking hilarious.

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I visited well after I saw the original Star Wars movie, but I have visited Tikal in Guatemala which was used for some of the shots on Yavin IV. Climbed Temple 4 where this scene was shot.
I was there! I was very amused at the vultures casually lurking at the bottom of the temple by the ladders.

I've been to Sabino Canyon here in Tucson where part of The Three Amigos was filmed.
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Just to mention: The Hawaii Five-0 trucks are setting up on the street outside as I type. Looks like it will be a night shoot. The wife saw "Adam" from the show entering our building today with a bunch of crew. Looks like our building, one of three in the compound, will be the one for the shoot but not our floor. Scheduled to shoot tonight and two more days next week.
Five-0 will be back Monday and Tuesday. Filming in the lobby of our three-building condo complex, then inside one of the units (not ours) and the carpark. We've been told there will be simulated gunfire, so don't panic. I've heard it will be an abduction scene. The scenes will air on the October 18 show, so be watching that night if you want to see where Siam Sam lives.
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Almost forgot: I was walking down Saville Row about six weeks ago and noticed that the tailor shop from the Kingsman series has kept the "Kingsman" sign outside on one side of the shop, with the real name (I forget at the moment what it is) on the other side.

And speaking of Greenwich and the Old Royal Naval College (as I was earlier), the wedding scene at the end of the second Kingsman film was filmed in the ORNC chapel, which is right across from the Painted Hall. My daughter was baptised there (not during the filming, obvs).
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A fair number of locations in Theatre of Blood" were in the streets roundabout my childhood home in Putney (London) and I was distantly acquainted with the people who lived in one of them. The climactic scene took place on the old Hippodrome cinema just before it was demolished.
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Vague memories from the John Grisham movie The Firm came floating back to me as I visited the pool area of the Hyatt hotel in Grand Cayman. Only later did I learn that scenes from the movie had been filmed there.

I recognized the underwater locales from a Penn and Teller special Off the Deep End, parts of which were filmed off Grand Cayman's western shore. I know where they filmed the underwater saw-a-girl-in-half trick. And I was there as they filmed parts of the make-a-submarine-disappear trick, though I'm not sure if footage of me made it in the final cut.

And i visited the film set of the village from the Robin Williams movie Popeye which is still a tourist attraction in Anchor Bay, Malta.

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Many films are set in and around Harvard, although very few are allowed to actually film on campus so most shots are of elsewhere. The area around Harvard Square has been used in lots of films, so those are pretty common. The house that Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw live in is just off campus on Oxford St, I walk past it all the time.
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I live near Sacramento, so I have been to many of the locations used in Lady Bird:
-The "blue house"
-The convenience store where Lady Bird buys cigarettes and porn on her 18th birthday
-Terminal A of the Sacramento International Airport
-The walkway along the riverfront where Lady Bird and Julie go after prom
-The J Street Bridge (seen in the montage where her mom is driving home from work)
-The Jibboom Street Bridge and The Pasty Shack (seen in the montage where Lady Bird is driving around Sacramento)
-The Tower Theater, Club Raven, and the Crest Theater (seen in the montage of neon signs). In fact I saw the movie at the Tower Theater.

I've also been to The Breakaways, near Coober Pedy, South Australia, which was used in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome, among others. Apparently it's a favorite spot for directors looking for a forbidding looking desert landscape.

When I was a kid some made for TV movie used our town's Main Street as a filming location, but I couldn't tell you what it was called nor did I actually see the movie.

A few that have been previously mentioned: I have also been to the Monterrey Bay Aquarium where parts of Star Trek IV were filmed, and Katz's Deli in New York where Meg Ryan faked an orgasm in When Harry Met Sally.

Speaking of New York Delis, I've been to the Carnegie Deli as well, where Woody Allen shot a scene for one of his moves (I don't know which one off the top of my head).
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I was watching The End of the Universe on TVO last night. At one point, Jim Al-Khalili went inside the control room of the Jodrell Bank radio telescope.

I was there in July 1976 as the guest of a pen-pal's pen-pal's next door neighbor, who was an astrophysicist. I really hit the jackpot with this one!

Of course, the room bore almost no resemblance to the one I saw 43 years ago. The most sophisticated readout back then was a scrolling printer that traced the outlines of radio sources in ink, like an old-fashioned rotating seismometer recording vibrations.
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I just saw Public Enemies this weekend because I wanted to see the filming locations. Namely, the Portage Theater is just up the street from where I live. There are other locations that are actually where the story actually took place in Chicago, so that was pretty cool to see.
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One more I forgot to mention in my last post: Chimney Rock Park and Lake Lure in North Carolina, where much of Dirty Dancing was filmed.
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One more I forgot to mention in my last post: Chimney Rock Park and Lake Lure in North Carolina, where much of Dirty Dancing was filmed.
Yup, my planning internship included that area, which was also used for parts of Last of the Mohicans. Every time I watch that film I miss my days on the Blue Ridge.
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San Francisco is full of film/TV locations, but the favorite I recognized (and then looked up to be sure) is the butcher shop in So I Married an Axe Murderer . Not there any longer, but a local establishment for many years.
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