Have you ever watched a movie or TV show and wished to walk in the footsteps of your favorite characters in the places where the action was shot? As a super fan, that would be one of the most exhilarating experiences. You’re finally able to get an intimate feel of how your favorite show was made, and take a few pictures as mementos. While many movie scenes are shot in sound stages, there are many scenes that are shot in real life locations. Some of the places to visit that were the set of iconic movies and TV shows include:
The House from A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story has its setting based in Indiana, but it was in Cleveland, Ohio that the exterior house shots were filmed. You can find the Parker’s home in the Tremont neighborhood at 3159 W. 11th Street. The house acts as a museum that contains props and movie memorabilia. It’s open to the public, so you can head over there and get a feel of ‘A Christmas Story’ setting.
Marriott Marquis Hotel – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The luxurious Tributes’ Quarters and Training Center from the movie Hunger Games: Catching Fire can be found at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia at 265 Peachtree Center Avenue NE. The hotel’s huge atrium and breathtaking glass elevators made it the perfect choice for the Training Center’s setting. The 10th floor of the hotel hosted the tributes’ living quarters.
Camp Towanda – Wet Hot American Summer
Camp Towanda is a summer camp found in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. This is where Wet Hot American Summer was shot, in the spring. There was a bit of mischief included in getting clearance to use the location for shooting, with the film producers telling the owners that they were shooting a family comedy. Contrary to the title, the four week shoot happened through cold and rainy weather.
The Firehouse from Ghostbusters
The Ghostbusters’ headquarters was filmed in two different firehouses, one for the interior set and the other for the exterior. The exterior firehouse can be found in New York, at 14 North Moore Street in TriBeca. It’s a fully operational New York Fire Department firehouse and the home of Hook & Ladder Company #8. The interiors of the headquarters were shot at a firehouse in Los Angeles found on 5th Street. It closed down about sixty years ago and was later declared a Historic Cultural Monument.
Hogwarts from Harry Potter
The impressive Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the Harry Potter film series is made up of a few locations around England. Gloucester Cathedral was used as the set for the school’s hallways in the first two films.
Christ Church College and Cathedral in Oxford had its 16th century stone staircase featured in the films. It’s dining hall’s design also inspired the Great Hall at Hogwarts. Lacock Abbey hosted a number of the classrooms. It’s found in Wiltshire, near Chippenham.
Other locations included Fourth Form Room of Harrow Old Schools in Greater London, the Bodleian Library of Oxford University and Alnwick Castle found in Northumberland.
The Cherry Street Inn from Groundhog Day
Most of Groundhog Day was filmed in Woodstock, Illinois. This is a suburb of Chicago, and the bed and breakfast where Phil Connors stayed is the Royal Victorian Manor found on 344 Fremont Street. You can get the full Groundhog Day experience by attending the annual Groundhog Day held in Woodstock and take part in special events related to the film.