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  • Blair Waldorf Salad 1,100 posts

    I’m currently in a hotel where every tv channel on my tv is pixellated. All I’ve had is Youtube which keeps serving me up interviews with the Dune 2 cast.

    It got me thinking as they discussed filming locations, have you ever travelled specifically to see where tv or films were filmed/set?

    At Easter 2022 in New York, I ventured further north on the subway than I’d be minded to in order to visit the Arconia apartment block from Only Murders In The Building. W 86th At and Broadway if interested.

    Blindman67 135 posts

    Not specifically travelled for that reason but I do look for locations if that’s where I’m going.

    Several sites in NYC from MIB

    Dead Horse State Point (UTAH) was where “Thelma and Louise” jumped into the canyon (Not the Grand canyon as per the movie)

    AJA 1,071 posts

    I thought the whole of NYC was a film set. Or more accurately you’d probably have to visit Toronto which doubles as NYC in many films.

    Never visited LA so does a trip to one of the studios or Hollywood itself count?

    I’m not particularly interested to specifically visit anywhere because it’s been in a film but apparently many people visit Whitby because of the Tarzan connection and also people viist wherever Game of Thrones was filmed.

    AJA 1,071 posts

    Dead Horse State Point (UTAH) was where “Thelma and Louise” jumped into the canyon (Not the Grand canyon as per the movie)

    On that basis I suppose The Eden Project counts given it was used as the Bond villain’s lair in Iceland in Die Another Day

    davefl 1,223 posts

    Going to Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como next week which is where some of Star Wars 2 and Casino Royale was filmed. But I’m a sucker for posh houses and decorative arts rather than film locations.

    You might find this useful https://moviemaps.org/

    NorthernLass 7,573 posts

    We always visit a location if it’s near where we’re staying, we are huge film fans. Seen quite a few of the Bond ones, we must be attracted to glamorous places, lol. Off the top of my head – Key West, Chantilly, Nassau, Paris, Glen Etive, Rome. As @davefl says, it’s especially enjoyable if there’s a beautiful building or scenery involved.

    Thaliasilje 12 posts

    Battersea Park – seems to have filming crews/sets every other week!

    peterH 7 posts

    Not travelled specifically but have gone out of my way in a place to visit a spot. One that springs to mind immediately is making a point to walk to the Hook & Ladder 8 Firehouse in NYC, better known as Ghostbusters HQ (and now I believe marked as such on Google Maps).

    Did also enjoy getting a photo at the top of the Sears Tower next to the sign that says “You are now standing where Ferris, Cameron, and Sloane were iconically filmed in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986).”

    Have picked up a couple of good books on the subject (The Film Lovers…Paris and New York versions) and there are a series called World Film Locations too.

    Richie 990 posts

    I was in Dallas, so I went to the obvious.

    Travel Strong 258 posts

    Whilst I don’t travel to the place for the purpose of location visiting, I do enjoy finding a few if I am in the area anyway:

    – Californication (hanks apartment, venice canals)
    – The OC (pier, bait shop, crab shack, harbour school)
    – The Office (the office)
    – The Hangover (chow trunk discovery, jades apartment)
    – The Weeknd Blinding Lights music vid (plaza lights)
    – One Tree Hill (the river court)

    … and also I’ve been inspired by dozens of activities after first seeing them on ‘Travel Man: 48hrs In…’!

    Travel Strong 258 posts

    I was in Dallas, so I went to the obvious.

    Same here. Gas monkey garage!

    The real Swiss Tony 654 posts

    I thought the whole of NYC was a film set. Or more accurately you’d probably have to visit Toronto which doubles as NYC in many films.

    More bizarrely, Glasgow also doubles as a set for NYC. Was up there a few years back as they were setting up for Indiana Jones Dial of Destiny.

    Ant M 57 posts

    I dont travel specifically to visit movie locations, but will sometimes visit them if I’m nearby. Chicago has a lot of movie/TV locations and while I was there for a few days I saw locations used in The Dark Knight, Ferris Buellers day off, The untouchables, and of course The Blues Brothers.

    NorthernLass 7,573 posts

    @davefl, you might also enjoy Chantilly, there is a beautiful chateau with a wonderful collection of Renaissance art it’s worth a visit in itself, as well as featuring in A View to a Kill. If you stay at the new IC Mont Royal nearby you get the double chateau experience!

    Richie 990 posts
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,100 posts

    Going to Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como next week which is where some of Star Wars 2 and Casino Royale was filmed. But I’m a sucker for posh houses and decorative arts rather than film locations.

    You might find this useful https://moviemaps.org/

    I did love the look of that lake in Casino Royale; I prob would travel just to see it. Chill on a day bed like Bond. Very useful link thanks.

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,100 posts

    @davefl, you might also enjoy Chantilly, there is a beautiful chateau with a wonderful collection of Renaissance art it’s worth a visit in itself, as well as featuring in A View to a Kill. If you stay at the new IC Mont Royal nearby you get the double chateau experience!

    Oh yes Chantilly! That is a standing trip plan with a friend who is also a fan of the guilty pleasure of A View To A Kill.

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,100 posts

    I dont travel specifically to visit movie locations, but will sometimes visit them if I’m nearby. Chicago has a lot of movie/TV locations and while I was there for a few days I saw locations used in The Dark Knight, Ferris Buellers day off, The untouchables, and of course The Blues Brothers.

    They were filming that awful tv show The Bachelor/Bachelorette in Chicago years ago on a bridge across the river. I was in a rush to get back to my hotel to check out and some work experience crew kid told me I would have to go around cos they were filming. I said “No time, it’s a main bridge ffs” and marched past them, passing a smoochy couple at the midpoint of the bridge.

    BA Flyer IHG Stayer 2,083 posts

    The film / TV location tourist trail is very popular.

    Lots of Americans do the Morse locations. Highclere for Downton.

    Cardiff for Dr Who / Torchwood locations

    If there’s a popular TV show or Film someone somewhere will have designed a tour for it!

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,100 posts

    The film / TV location tourist trail is very popular.

    Lots of Americans do the Morse locations. Highclere for Downton.

    Cardiff for Dr Who / Torchwood locations

    If there’s a popular TV show or Film someone somewhere will have designed a tour for it!

    I’ve yet to see anyone advertise a tour for the Spanish Med filming locations of Sky One 90s classics such as Mile High and Prickly Heat

    The real Swiss Tony 654 posts

    I’ve yet to see anyone advertise a tour for the Spanish Med filming locations of Sky One 90s classics such as Mile High and Prickly Heat

    A couple of my local tradies do however proudly holiday in the hotel that was at the centre of the Benidorm series….

    Aston100 1,388 posts

    I’ve had a couple of attempted visits to Ouarzazate cancelled.
    That’s my sole contribution to this thread.

    NorthernLass 7,573 posts

    Not that interesting, but my old school in Bolton seems to be hiring itself out for every other binge-worthy drama on TV these days! Most recently that Michelle Keegan thingy.

    *Fool Me Once!

    MF176 187 posts

    Going to Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como next week which is where some of Star Wars 2 and Casino Royale was filmed. But I’m a sucker for posh houses and decorative arts rather than film locations.

    Have been there and it is absolutely stunning. Was for a wedding too, so closed to the public that afternoon.

    Someone mentioned Game of Thrones too- Dubrovnik has loads and the “shame” steps were very popular when I was there.

    Froggee 901 posts

    Mrs Froggee and I stopped by Auckland on our honeymoon which was kind of necessary in getting from French Polynesia to Australia. I had to get to Brisbane in T+20 to be best man for my best man in case anyone thinks “WTF – Brisvegas on a honeymoon!?”

    As it turned out Mrs Froggee had been somewhat preoccupied by the whole wedding thing and had not concerned herself about the honeymoon. Therefore she hadn’t made her wants and needs known.

    So two years later we made a special trip back to New Zealand.

    To go to Hobbiton.

    £9,294 for us to go EDI-LHR-LAX-PPT-AKL//WLG-AKL-HKG-LHR courtesy of a lovely Air NZ J fare.

    NZ$132 for The Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour.

    Happy Mrs Froggee = Priceless.

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