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Old 08-29-2019, 09:24 AM
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Some scenes of Batman v Superman were filmed at the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State. I passed by it on my morning commute and thought it was cool to see news vans parked outside it that had "Gotham News" on them.
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Old 08-29-2019, 09:25 AM
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In the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace, Panama subs for both Bolivia and Haiti. I had fun recognizing many of the locations, including the National Institute of Culture and the Old Union Club, both of which were supposed to be hotels in landlocked Bolivia although both are directly on the waterfront. The transformation of the derelict Union Club into a fancy hotel and the site of a fancy party held by the villain was pretty amazing. Colon, a very poor city on the Atlantic coast, substituted for Haiti. I recognized its "look" but not specific sites.

The Tailor of Panama of course was filled with familiar sites, and it was fun trying to figure out exactly where the street scenes were. (As in most movies, routes taken by the characters made no geographical sense.)
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Old 08-29-2019, 09:49 AM
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There was an old Clint Eastwood movie with I think, George Kennedy, too. Filmed in Northern Nevada. Been all over that shit. One scene, they drive up a dirt road, and onto Kingsbury Grade. I know that road very well. Also, where they shot some guy on the bridge just prior. All in my wheelhouse.

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Old 08-29-2019, 10:07 AM
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I knew The Place Beyond the Pines was shot here in Schenectady, but it was fun to spot all the locations (more interesting than watching the movie).
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Old 08-29-2019, 10:16 AM
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21 Jump Street was filmed at the high school where I spent my Junior & Senior years but I had been gone too long to recognize anything other than the stairwells.
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I didn't see A Christmas Story for the first time until quite a few years after it was made. The scenes at the department store looked really, really familiar - oh wait! It's Higbee's, and Public Square in Cleveland! My mom took me down there to see the display windows and do Christmas shopping when I was a little kid too.
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Old 08-29-2019, 10:41 AM
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I wouldn't know where to start, honestly. Prominent ones that come to mind are Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, Oregon, which was used for some of the exterior shots for The Shining, and Astoria, OR, where scenes were shot for The Goonies. Been to Devil's Tower, WY, which was used in Close Encounters.

The Southwest US has been background scenery for tons of movies, particularly those done by John Ford/John Wayne. Mount Rushmore was in North By Northwest and National Treasure.

Any movie that had Egypt's pyramids or the Sphinx.

Bourne's travels in Europe showed some familiar sights for me (Marseilles, Berlin, Moscow, Paris, London).
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I grew up near New York City, and there are lots of shots I've seen in movies of Manhattan. Too many to name the movies. Times Square, the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, Rockefeller Center, Grand Army Plaza, and locations in Central Park (especially the Sheep Meadow, the Zoo, and the Bethesda Fountain (which seems to be in an awful lot of movies).
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I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this on the boards before - and keeping with the stairway theme from the OP - but I live on the same block where the famous Laurel & Hardy short "The Music Box" was shot. I walk up and down those steps all the time.
Three years ago I made a special trip to go see those stairs.
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On reflection, for Angelenos a better question might be "Where have you been in Los Angeles that hasn't been on film or television?

This. I used to frequent Dangerous Visions bookstore on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks quite a bit during the 90s. It seemed like every time I walked out of the store I would be walking through a TV shoot. Something about those blocks of Ventura just called to the location people for cop shows.
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I've been up and down the San Francisco streets where the famous chase scenes in Bullitt were filmed.

I've been in both Portage Bay and Alki Beach, where Meg Ryan watched Tom Hanks and his movie son motorboat to play toss, in Sleepless In Seattle. That's one hell of a trip to take in a small motorboat, by the way. I wouldn't try it.

I've been to the small beach in southern California where all the action took place in Gidget. Can't remember the name of it now.
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According to IMDB, 144 films or TV show episodes have scenes filmed in or around Las Cruces, NM. Most of which I have never heard of, and only two of which I have seen.

https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?l...f_=ttloc_loc_1

The opening scenes of Hang Em High were filmed by the Rio Grande. I couldn't tell you the exact location, but that landscape is definitely ours.

Gas, Food, Lodging has an exterior shot of what the movie bills as a hospital. Actually, it is Gerald Thomas Hall, home of the Agriculture department at NMSU.

Curse II: The Bite was filmed here. I have not seen the film, but I remember seeing the crew when they were filming scenes at NMSU. I saw Jamie Farr from about 50 yards away. (He gave one interview to the local paper. He was not impressed with the town.)
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Old 08-29-2019, 12:28 PM
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A few that haven't been mentioned yet--

The Alabama Hills, east of Lone Pine, CA where hundreds of movies and TV shows used for location filming.

Red Rock Canyon State Park, CA was the backdrop for many western and sci-fi shows.

There used to be a movie set in the Paria River canyon north of UT89, I visited there before it got washed away in a flash flood. They rebuilt the set, but it got burned down after that.

Oh, and Monument Valley.
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Kind of the OP, but not quite....

I saw "The Hunt for Red October" in the theater when it first came out. The theater was in Bangor, Maine, which is on the Penobscot River, about 20 miles upstream from the ocean.

One of the final scenes of the movie is Captain Ramius and Jack Ryan speaking while standing on the sail of the Red October. The subtitles indicated that their location was up the Penobscot river, in Maine! Quite a cheer from the unsuspecting movie-going crowd went up at that point, and got louder as Ryan points to an island, saying, "I grew up around here, my grandfather taught me to fish off that island."



Of course, the scene was actually filmed on a lake in one of the Carolinas, I believe.
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The site of the house in What Lies Beneath is now occupied by a stone picnic shelter at a state park in Vermont. Camped there two weeks ago. Nice lake view.


(The shelter was built by the movie studio after the house set was removed.)
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I've been to the small beach in southern California where all the action took place in Gidget. Can't remember the name of it now.
According to google, Leo Carrillo State Beach.

I grew up in Culver City. I went to a Catholic elementary school, and our church was directly across from the front entrance to MGM Studios (on Sundays, our overflow parking was the MGM lot across the street).

So, yeah, practically everything I saw as a kid had familiar shots in it. Too many to mention. The closest physically (other than once when our church was used in an old Richard Boone TV show) was a Twilight Zone episode where a guy's car chased him down for committing a hit-and-run murder. There was a park scene, which was a block from the house I grew up in. That same episode had a scene in the local branch library parking lot at Vet's Park where I worked in high school.

I see movie signs all over the place now. Ubiquitous.
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Just a few....

Along with certain scenes from the movie of the same name, Sunset Blvd. has been seen in numerous films, including the senseless car race action of Against All Odds (where in alternate shots, they are driving east or west). Norma Desmond’s mansion in Sunset Blvd., was, of course, not on Sunset Blvd., being located at the intersection of S. Irving Blvd. and Wilshire Blvd.

One of the oddest experiences I’ve had was watching the obscure film noir The Crooked Way (1949) in which the intersection of Sepulveda Blvd. and Sunset Blvd. is referenced. The 405 Freeway, which began construction in 1957, obliterated this intersection and the two streets have never crossed paths since I’ve been alive.

I was actually in one of the buildings (not a set) on the MGM lot while they were shooting police station scenes for Last Action Hero (1993). I recall seeing numerous midgets and dwarves in black leather waiting around. I believe they were intended to be background extras, their smaller size giving the illusion they were farther away from the foreground than they actually were (and hence, that the size of the station was bigger than it was).

Pacific Ocean Park was used as a location for many movies and TV shows, most notably the final episode of The Fugitive. I was there twice, both times after it had closed.
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The hospital scenes in the movie "Due Date" were shot at a local hospital. The hospital had just completed construction on an annex but not yet officially opened i, making it ideal for filming. My wife was having some surgery at the time. From the surgery waiting room I could look down into the first floor lobby and see them filming an interior scene with Robert Downey, Jr. From her recovery room I could look out the window and see them filming exterior scenes with Jaimie Foxx. I learned that making movies is not so much a spectator sport. Good heavens was that boring! They must have shot a scene of RDJ walking out of the hospital 100 times.
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I had seen it several times, but was delighted to notice on a recent rewatch that the scene from the campy 1960s Batman: The Movie where Batman is running around unable to get rid of a bomb was filmed on the Santa Barbara pier.
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Boogie Nights was filmed almost entirely in the San Fernando Valley. Fittingly, as most of American Porn is filmed there anyway.

The nightclub where they met, the donut shop where the shootout happened, the parking lot where Eddie was turning tricks and other scenes were all filmed within a few blocks of Sherman Way and Reseda Blvd in Reseda.
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Breaking Away was set in Bloomington, IN, home of Indiana University where I went to college. I saw lots of familiar settings.
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The movie Easy A was filmed in my home town. Most of it took place in my high school, which they renamed "Ojai North High School" (the real name is Nordhoff, so all the buildings were labeled NHS). The downtown restaurant they went to (I think it was supposed to be a seafood restaurant) was actually a Carrow's. According to Wikipedia, all the houses used in the film were not sets, but actual homes of Ojai residents (which is easy for me to believe).
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I worked for a restaurant delivery service for a few years here in Portland. I drove all over the metro area on a daily basis, and saw the insides of many homes, of all types, in all neighborhoods.

If you've watched Portlandia, most of the skits start out with a shot of a house or building, with text on the screen saying something like "NE Glisan St." First of all, those street names are real. I won't say I've ever thought "hey, I've seen that house," but the building they show is typical of the neighborhood that the stated street resides in. And when they show the inside of a house, it matches what the inside of homes in the area look like. In other words, just going by what I see, I'd say the chances are good that the house being shown, inside and out, truly does reside on the street named on screen.

Of course, some of the business and downtown locations I do recognize, but I can't think of any offhand. Maybe I should watch the series again and see how many locations I can say I've been to.
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I was confused by the Marvel Black Panther movie cuz it was set in Wauconda but it was full of black people. I've been to Wauconda and there aren't enough black people to fill out the royal family, much less an army.
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I'd forgotten to mention the Rodney Dangerfield movie Back to School. Most of the exterior campus scenes were shot at the University of Wisconsin-Madison while I was a student there. The scenes which took place outside of the dorms were shot at the dorm where I was living (Tripp-Adams), and at the dorm across the street (Schlicter) -- it was the building where Dangerfield's dorm room was located, though it was, in fact, a girl's dorm at that time.
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Also, just about everything in 'Scott Pilgrim vs the World', and many of the shots in 'Shazam'.....
I recognized Casa Loma in "Scott Pilgrim" (of course) and I instantly recognized the underground path beneath the Royal York Hotel in the trailer for "Shazam".
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Fun thread.

I too was in Johnstown, PA for the filming of Slapshot, which was a huge deal at the time. In addition to the locations already mentioned, a scene with a van careening down a steep hill alongside the steel plant was filmed in Franklin borough, on a street I traversed almost every day for work; and there was a fake soda fountain created for the movie in a downtown building facing Central Park (the park was also the location of the parade at the end of the movie).

I lived in Paris for several years, so there are any number of films where I might recognize a place I'd been; the most recent ones I can think of that included recognizable locations I frequented were Ronin (the Zenith concert hall in La Villette, about a half mile from my flat) and Inception (the Seine bridge near the Bir-Hakeim Metro stop).

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In the film adaptation of The Road, there's a scene where the two protagonists come across the steel skeleton frame of a ship that ran ashore on a beach. That wrecked boat is the Peter Iredale. When I saw the movie, I immediately recognized the ship because I've often visited the northern Oregon Coast.
Same movie: several scenes were filmed on a bypassed, derelict section of the Pennsylvania turnpike near Breezewood, PA that included an abandoned tunnel. I hiked that stretch several times.

Lastly, sometime back in the early '80s I found myself in Iquitos, Peru, where I happened to take a photo of a striking Victorian-style river boat that was tied up at a wharf in town. It was only a few years later when I saw the movie that I realized it was the vessel that gets hauled over a mountain in Fitzcarraldo.

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I'd forgotten to mention the Rodney Dangerfield movie Back to School. Most of the exterior campus scenes were shot at the University of Wisconsin-Madison while I was a student there. The scenes which took place outside of the dorms were shot at the dorm where I was living (Tripp-Adams), and at the dorm across the street (Schlicter) -- it was the building where Dangerfield's dorm room was located, though it was, in fact, a girl's dorm at that time.
Me too! I remember having to find a detour going down Bascom to get to Helen C White for Sanskrit Literature in Translation because they were filming a scene on Bascom. Rodney was in his bathrobe.
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Kind of the OP, but not quite....

I saw "The Hunt for Red October" in the theater when it first came out. The theater was in Bangor, Maine, which is on the Penobscot River, about 20 miles upstream from the ocean.

One of the final scenes of the movie is Captain Ramius and Jack Ryan speaking while standing on the sail of the Red October. The subtitles indicated that their location was up the Penobscot river, in Maine! Quite a cheer from the unsuspecting movie-going crowd went up at that point, and got louder as Ryan points to an island, saying, "I grew up around here, my grandfather taught me to fish off that island."



Of course, the scene was actually filmed on a lake in one of the Carolinas, I believe.
A favorite movie, from an excellent book.

Yes, North Carolina.

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The final scene, as Ryan and Ramius pilot the October to a hideaway supposedly on the ‘Penobscot River in Maine’, while quoting from a (totally fake) poem by Christopher Columbus, is a last-minute re-shoot.

The backdrop is Lake James, a large reservoir in the mountains of Western North Carolina, straddling the border between Burke and McDowell Counties.
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The opening scenes of the 1965 movie Hawaii were shot at Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA, not far from where I worked for four years. If you've been there, you instantly recognize the locations in the film. Sturbridge Village is a reconstructed mid-19th century village, which is open with people acting the roles of the original inhabitants. The village is basically the Antiques Collection of the Wells family, who owned American Optical in nearby Southbridge. Only they didn't just collect old clocks and farm equipment, but entire house, shops, and churches, and needed someplace to put them.

They took down the modern signs, covered over some roads, and tied fake flowers onto bushes (because it was the wrong time of year for them), and let Julie Andrews, Torin Thatcher, and Max von Sydow shiver through what was filmed as summer, but really wasn't. Here's a page devoted to it:

http://www.dickwhitney.net/RBWSouthb...waiiMovie.html
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A favorite movie, from an excellent book.

Yes, North Carolina.



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That re-shot scene is clumsily done, and you can see the background "bleeding through" the characters in the foreground. The actors weren't even on that lake, but were clearly added to shot footage
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The Matt Damon failure Promised Land had scenes shot within walking distance to our home. Our friends' farm market was "remodeled" and used in several scenes. They made the market look more run down, using a machine to spray dirt on the exterior walls.

On the plus side, they paid very well.
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Breaking Away was set in Bloomington, IN, home of Indiana University where I went to college. I saw lots of familiar settings.
Same with me and The Day After which took place largely in and around the University of Kansas, around the time I was going to school there.
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In the 1988 film Rain Man, while the two are on their way to Las Vegas, they stop by a gas station in Oklahoma to make a phone call at a phone booth. (Link to video clip.)

I visited the gas station in the spring of 2015 and took some photos. Here is a DB folder containing the photos.
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I've been to plenty- the movie "Robocop" was filmed in Dallas, so...
  • I live about a mile/mile and a half from Murphy's house (a nameless condo in Lake Highlands)
  • I work at OCP Headquarters (City Hall)
  • I've seen concerts at the Detroit PD headquarters (Sons of Hermann Hall)
  • and a few others...

In Houston, I've been to St. John's high school a couple of times (where 'Rushmore' was filmed), and the Johnson Space Center, where any movie involving NASA seems to have something filmed. Been to the Astrodome (in many movies) as well. I've also been in the Houston Hyatt Regency, whose atrium was a major filming location in "Logan's Run".

And the frat carnival/games scenes in "Revenge of the Nerds" were filmed at Texas A&M where I went to college.
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Years ago I visited the ghost town of Grafton, Utah (just outside Zion National Park) and realized the bicycle scene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was filmed there. I could almost hear B.J. Thomas singing faintly in the wind.

The movie also filmed other scenes in the vicinity, such as the Hole-In-The-Wall hideout location, where Butch won a knife fight with Harvey Logan by cheating outrageously.
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When I was at the University of Colorado I visited the National Center for Atmospheric Research, in the foothills above Boulder, several times. The futuristic architecture served as the background for the Woody Allen film Sleeper.

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Not including standard locations like big tourist destinations, I've been to a number of filming locations, mostly in and around Philadelphia:
  • 30th Street Station from Witness (where Samuel stares at the statue and later witnesses a murder in the men's room)
  • Reading Terminal Market from National Treasure (part of the big chase scene on foot, when Diane Kruger hides behind the counter of a food stand)
  • Pat's King of Steaks from Fallen (and many others)
  • Eastern State Penitentiary from 12 Monkeys (stand-in for the mental asylum)
  • Pennsylvania Convention Center Grand Hall from 12 Monkeys (the old train shed now part of the convention center and set-dressed as the airport for the climactic scene)
  • The G-Lodge Diner in Phoenixville, PA from The Happening (renamed in the movie)
  • The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA from The Blob (and home to the annual Blobfest)
  • Algiers Ferry in New Orleans from Deja Vu
  • The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London from Thor: The Dark World (where Malekith's ship lands, making a mess of the lawn)
  • The Embarcadero Hyatt Regency in San Francisco from High Anxiety (and if you have even a hint of acrophobia the elevators might make you plotz)
  • Jersey Freeze in Freehold, NJ from Blinded by the Light
  • My hometown of Welch, WV from the opening scene of Z for Zachariah (a little post-apocalyptic film made in New Zealand but with an opening scene shot in WV)
  • Welch again from The Glass Castle (went to school for a couple of years with Jeannette Walls)
  • The Duquesne Incline in Pittsburgh from Flashdance
  • The Liberty Tubes in Pittsburgh from The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh from JVCD's Sudden Death
I could probably come up with more but that's enough for now.
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A friend in Philadelphia once showed me the train station and men's room from Witness.

I've been inside (on a high school student tour) and often passed by the old, castle-like Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh that's featured in Mrs. Soffel with Diane Keaton and Mel Gibson.

The modern, gleaming Baltimore hospital for the criminally-insane in the crime movie Manhunter is actually the High Museum in Atlanta, which has a great collection of modern art: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Museum_of_Art

While we were in town, we also visited the Swan House, a beautiful 1920s mansion which stood in for the palace of President Coriolanus Snow in the Hunger Game movies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swan_House_(Atlanta)

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I was confused by the Marvel Black Panther movie cuz it was set in Wauconda but it was full of black people. I've been to Wauconda and there aren't enough black people to fill out the royal family, much less an army.
I get it. Spelling is key: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wauconda

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The opening scenes of the 1965 movie Hawaii were shot at Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA....
My sister-in-law used to work there, and I visited once, but have never seen the movie.

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I'd forgotten to mention the Rodney Dangerfield movie Back to School. Most of the exterior campus scenes were shot at the University of Wisconsin-Madison while I was a student there. The scenes which took place outside of the dorms were shot at the dorm where I was living (Tripp-Adams), and at the dorm across the street (Schlicter) -- it was the building where Dangerfield's dorm room was located, though it was, in fact, a girl's dorm at that time.
I remember this! I also remember the "other" movie filmed in Madison, with a couple of then-famous TV stars. It had an exterior shot in the neighborhood I walked through to get to (elementary) school: "The Boy who Drank too much." It was a TV thing, so probably nobody knows about it. I did see them filming a scene where someone was jogging backwards to keep talking to another character, then saw that scene in the finished movie.

I moved to the Seattle area a few years after Twin Peaks was a thing. This show, supposedly shot in the mysterious town of Twin Peaks, was of course (as is commonly known) shot in many locations around the area. I've been to almost all of them:
- The town of Roslyn (exterior house scenes; also used for the show Northern Exposure)
- North Bend - the cafe ("Damn good coffee!"), scenery shots of the big mountain nearby, known as Mt. Si (pronounced "mount sigh"), and streets frequently filled with logging trucks
- Snoqualmie falls and its famous lodge. For a while they weren't letting people in there, only registered guests, because they were tired of Twin Peaks tourists.
- The town of Everett had a few locations, including Laura Palmer's house.
The funny thing is, in the show, during a typical day, Laura walks down a street to her friends' house, and to school, then to meals on wheels. Each location is at least an hours' drive along interstates from each other, as one place is in Everett, another in Roslyn, and the other in North Bend.

I recently visited Monument Valley, and there's a spot where all the tourist buses pull up to, where a famous scene from a John Wayne western was shot. That, and a whole bunch of other westerns had monument valley appearing in it. They have a small museum nearby dedicated to all the Hollywood movies that were filmed there. As you may imagine, most were black and white, and were made several decades ago.

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When I was at the University of Colorado I visited the National Center for Atmospheric Research, in the foothills above Boulder, several times. The futuristic architecture served as the background for the Woody Allen film Sleeper.
Was any part of Mork & Mindy actually filmed in Boulder? Aside from the football stadium appearing during the opening credits...
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When I was at the University of Colorado I visited the National Center for Atmospheric Research, in the foothills above Boulder, several times. The futuristic architecture served as the background for the Woody Allen film Sleeper.
I had forgotten about Sleeper! I used to live a block away from the "dome" at Colorado Christian University. It was portrayed as a futuristic McDonald's Restaurant in the movie.

And then there's the "Sleeper House" west of Denver off I-70 near the Genesee exit.
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I recently watched Star Trek IV for the first time since moving to San Francisco. The ”Cetacean Institute” (which is supposed to be in Sausalito) is played by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which I’ve visited several times. The scene where Gillian picks up Kirk and Spock (which is also supposed to be in Sausalito) is very obviously in the Marina district of San Francisco, right along where I’d just gone for a walk a few days earlier; the area looks very similar today. The scenes shot along Market Street felt very familiar, even though that area has changed quite a bit in the last 33 years.
The scenes set in Golden Gate Park were not actually filmed there. Apparently they wanted to, but there were weather issues. It’s a shame, because I know GGP quite well now, and that would have been fun to see.

Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is full of San Francisco as well. Andrew Dice Clay’s character’s apartment is about 3 blocks from my house.

Lots of movies filmed in Chicago, such as The Blues Brothers and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off[/i] are loaded with locations I am familiar with.

Bull Durham was filmed at several different Minor League ballparks I’ve visited. I’ve also been to the Field of Dreams field many times. Plus, any scene that takes place in any Major League Baseball park, I can say “I’ve been there!”

It’s kind of odd how thrilling it can be to see a familiar location on-screen. One of life’s sublime simple pleasures. 
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I've been up in the T-Rex's mouth where Pee Wee and Simone watch the sunrise.
I've driven by those dinosaurs like a billion times. Never stopped. I did stop at Hadley's once 'cause I had to have a date shake. Not as gross as it sounds.
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Was any part of Mork & Mindy actually filmed in Boulder? Aside from the football stadium appearing during the opening credits...
Very little. The show was popular when I lived there in the late 1970s/early 1980s, and I know the house. From this site, some scenes in the season 3 episode "Dueling Skates," were filmed on the Pearl Street Mall. I used to live on Pearl Street, and Tom's Tavern, shown in one of the photos, was my favorite hangout. I also visited the New York Deli many times, and know the Flagstaff Road well.

They mention one other Colorado location, an AFB in Aurora. Other locations are in California.
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I was watching The Nature of Things last night. There was a segment filmed in London, and I was suddenly back at Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square.
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Blues Brothers, Ferris Bueller, and The Untouchables have been mentioned, and yes, most Chicagoans have been to most of those locations. Not mentioned yet: the Thompson Center (aka, State of Illinois Building) where Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines had their climactic scenes in Running Scared. I change trains there frequently.

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We lived in the 4 Corners for 7 years, so just about any old western has a place I recognize. I always look at the credits, and if that doesn't verify it, IMDB will.


I grew up near Baltimore. Watching Major League II is almost painful. Looking down on the National Aquarium and pretending it's in Cleveland is the only laughable moment in the whole movie.
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