Atlanta…AGAIN?! Here it goes with the same old hotel, same old room service pizza, and same old Netflix. Don’t lie, you’ve been there. You’ve overnighted in that city at least a million times before – maybe even got stuck there!
To pass the time you’ve hit all the “must-see” restaurants, shops, and visitor hot spots, and when you ran out of things to see you watched just about all you can on Netflix and the hotel room pay-per-view. You’ve HAD IT with this city. Too bad you’ll be back at least a million times more.
Don’t fret, dear one, we’ve got you covered. It’s time to take your Netflixing to the streets! Those big cities where you often find yourself trying to catch some Zzz’s before your next flight are hotbeds for serving as filming locations. And we’re just not talking LA (although obviously the city deserves a mention).
Now get out of that hotel room, brush up on your movie buff trivia, call yourself an Uber, and check out these famous movie-filming locations. Ladies and gentlemen, we present you with the entertainment for your next overnight, city by city.
GHOSTBUSTERS — NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK:
THE BIG APPLE! Ok, let’s be real, it’s pretty hard to be bored in this amazing city, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t throw a few more tourist spots your way. If Netflix has taught us anything, it’s that many a movie/tv show has been “set” here, but not all, of course, were primarily filmed here (*cough* *cough* HIMYM). That doesn’t stop many famous scenes from taking place in fabulous NYC.
Who you gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS! The firehouse headquarters from this delightful classic sits at 14 North Moore Street on the corner of Varick Street in Tribeca. Currently it houses the Hook & Ladder Company #8 and serves as an operational FDNY firehouse. Don’t go barging in there though, this building may have served as the façade in the film, but its interior shots were filmed at a now decommissioned fire station in LA. For a comprehensive Ghostbuster’s tour click here. Want to stay closer to this location than your airline hotel? Click here.
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DIE HARD — LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA:
Say it with me Arnold, CAL-I-FOR-NIA, the home of the stars, La La Land, the City of Angels, LOS ANGELES baby (sorry, but we warned you it got a mention). You’ve been to the Walk of Fame, you’ve traversed Hollywood, and may have even seen a star or two, but have you seen where they go to work?
Fox Plaza, at 2121 Avenue of the Stars, served as Die Hard’s Nakatomi Plaza, and currently serves as corporate headquarters for Twentieth Century Fox. Unlike aforementioned movies, a large chunk of Die Hard was filmed here. For you action/thriller junkies, take note that Speed, Airheads, and Fight Club filmed scenes here as well. For a comprehensive L.A. tour click here. Check out additional accommodations here.
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A CHRISTMAS STORY – CLEVELAND, OHIO:
Welcome to the Midwest and the “Rock and Roll Capital of the World!” Didn’t know that Cleveland could be cool enough to film a movie in?
Cleveland is PLENTY cool, in fact many action films utilize beautiful downtown for their fight scenes to pinch a penny or two!
Now before you go running downtown to see if you can recognize buildings from the Captain America, The Winter Solider, pop over to the home from A Christmas Story. Although the movie is based in Indiana, the exterior shots were filmed at 3159 W. 11th Street in the Tremont neighborhood. In fact, duck inside – the house now serves as a museum that displays multiple cool props and memorabilia from the film. Need help getting around? We’ve got you covered.
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THE HUNGER GAMES – ATLANTA, GEORGIA:
A city that’s more than just peaches, ladies and gentlemen, Atlanta is home to the filming location for The Hunger Games! Don’t be fooled, we’re not just talking the one measly scene, we’re talking Catching Fire and most of Mocking Jay (Part 1 & 2)!
A variety of industrial buildings, such as the crumbling remains of the Griffin Textile Mill (now completely destroyed), were further damaged to create the disintegrating streets of District 12. The hospital and central square of District 8 from Mockingjay Part 1 was filmed at the Goodrich Plant/Martha Mills, and the hydroelectric dam is a computer-enhanced version of Georgia’s Power Plant Yates in Newnan (much smaller in reality).
Don’t pass up the beautiful Marriott Marquis at 265 Peachtree Center Avenue NE where they shot the posh tributes’ quarters and training center in Catching fire. Finally, please know that President Snow’s mansion exists. Yes, let me repeat that, HIS MANSION ACTUALY EXISTS (and yes, we know he’s evil but that house is LUSH!).
It’s called the Swan House (HOW BEAUTIFUL IS THAT) and the address is 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305. (Side note, you CAN PLAN YOUR WEDDING THERE, LIKE WHEN YOU FIND THE PEETA TO YOUR KATNISS, ok I’m done.) For a comprehensive Atlanta tour click here.
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GROUNDHOG DAY – CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
CHI-TOWN, aaand we’re back to the Midwest (it’s the best!). Seriously, who doesn’t love Chicago? We know who DOES…HOLLYWOOD. It became almost impossible to narrow it down and decide which movies to feature, as an entire slew of them used this bustling city as their base.
From About Last Night, Public Enemies, High Fidelity, Transformers, The Dark Knight, The Untouchables, The Break-Up and Backdraft to the Blues Brothers and The Fugitive, many a box-office hit took to the Chicago streets. Our favorite? GROUNDHOG DAY. (YAS!)
While this Bill Murray classic takes place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the vast majority was shot in Woodstock, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The bed and breakfast that poor Bill wakes up in on repeat, the Royal Victorian Manor, is located at 344 Fremont Street. In honor of the film Woodstock hosts an annual Groundhog Day where fans can live out the movie experience with special events around the town. If you REALLY want to experience it all book a two-night stay at the B&B! That hotel’s all booked up? We’ve got you covered.
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Well, there you have it, a comprehensive list to up your Netflix and Travel game! Enjoy your next trip, overnight or layover to one of these incredible cities, treading where your favorite stars have tread before you. Take some cool pictures like these and share them with us in the twittersphere, on facebook, or via Instagram if you’re hip like that! Consider the research portion done.
Author: Emily (@ID90 Travel)
Emily is the Content Marketing Manager here at ID90 Travel. An avid non-rev flyer (she grew up in the industry), and passionate private pilot, Emily can’t get enough of all things aviation. When not writing awesome ID90 Travel content she can be found on a Texas patio, being one with nature, or annoying her ID90T co-workers with her many, many, crowdsourcing questions.