The best movie locations that you can actually set foot in

We all know about the Friends set, and the Harry Potter one if you’re based in the UK, but most of us just dismiss movie sets as the parts which are reserved for the rich and famous. In other words, it’s just not possible to visit them on a rainy day.

While it’s true that some of the movie makers will employ a location scout to help them find a rough diamond in the middle of nowhere, there are some that rely on locations which are utterly accessible and open to the public.
Bearing this in mind, let’s now take a look at the best movie locations in the world that you can currently visit.

A Christmas Story (the house)

With Christmas creeping up quicker than most of us would like, let’s start with a festive film. It might have been based over three decades ago, but there’s no mistaking that this is one movie which is still a favourite.

For those of you who are particularly keen to take a trip down memory lane, try and make your way to Cleveland, Ohio. The house in which the Parkers lived in is based on 3159 W. 11th Street in Tremont and has been decorated into a museum for the movie. It attracts countless fans every single year and while it’s not strictly the official house that was used (this is based in Toronto), you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference nonetheless.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (tribute training centre)

It’s proven to be one of the most successful franchises over the last decade, so many people are immediately surprised to see that a set from the Hunger Games is still available to visit for the public.

The tribute training centre was actually filmed at the Marriott Marquis Hotel over in Atlanta, Georgia. While the hotel obviously functions in its main use now, the main thing that will become apparent is the huge atrium. At the time of filming this was one of the largest of its kind in the world, while you can also navigate up through the building by using the famous glass elevators.

127 Hours (the subterranean pool)

For those of you who have watched 127 Hours in the past, you’ll know all about the subterranean pool in which the main character dives into at the start.

This pool is actually based in Midway, Utah, and is officially classed as a hot spring (a little different to what the film depicted).

There’s a bit of bad news here though, the resort in which the pool is based have stopped people from recreating the scene from the movie. In other words, no diving is allowed.

Ghostbusters (the firehouse)

Halloween may have just passed, but we can still end with a section on the famous Ghostbusters movie. If you are interested in casting your eye over the exterior of the Ghostbusters HQ, make your way to the Hook & Ladder Company in New York City.

At the same time, if you’d rather delve into the interior, you’ll need to travel to Los Angeles. This is where the internal scenes were filmed, with the specific address being 225 E. 5th Street for those of you who are planning an excursion.


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