The advanced technology has helped movie makers to create a realistic looking world but sometimes it is difficult to beat the real thing. There are numerous real sites in the world that are used in popular films. Here is a list of some amazing movie locations that you can actually visit.
1. Oxford’s Christ Church College and Cathedral (Harry Potter)
You must remember the great dining hall of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the J.K.Rowling’s film Harry Potter. It is actually a Christ Church College and Cathedral situated in Oxford, England. The 16th century stone staircase of the church was also filmed in the movie.
2. Matamata (The Lord of the Rings)
Most of the ‘Lord of The Rings’ fans know that the shooting of the stunning landscapes in the film was done in New Zealand but many don’t have an idea about the exact location. Shire’s scenes were shot in Matamata, the town famous for its thriving racehorse breeding. Green Dragon Inn and habit holes were also filmed in this area.
3. Atlanta Marriott Marquis (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
If you want to explore posh Tributes’ Quarters and Training Center of the sci-fi adventure movie ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’, then Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel is a perfect destination for you. The film maker chose the hotel because of its fabulous glass elevators and huge atrium. The movie set was constructed on the roof of the hotel whereas Tributes’ living quarters were shot on the tenth floor.
4. Camp Towanda ( Wet Hot American Summer)
Located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, Camp Towanda is the place where various scenes of ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ were filmed. Though the movie was released in hot summer but the shooting was done in very cold and rainy environment. The producers told the owners of the sleepaway camp that ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ is a family comedy, so that they could get permission from them for the shooting. After watching the film, the camp owners were appalled by it.
5. Homestead Crater (127 Hours)
At the starting of the movie 127 hours, the trio (Aron Ralston and the other two hikers) jump into a subterranean pool having a 55-foot drop. In fact, that pool is a geothermal spring situated at the Homestead Resort in Midway, Utah. But, the resort will not allow you to dive into the Crater for safety reasons.
6. Bourne Wood (Multiple films)
Bourne wood has got prestige in the film industry. This forest has been filmed in several movies such as Captain America, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince, The Golden Compass and Gladiator. It is not only a film location but also a home to numerous rare animal species. However, animals and the people living nearby area get disturbed due to loud noises made during film shooting.
7. Gorlitzer Warenhaus (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
The scene for atrium lobby of the comedy film ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ was shot in the Görlitzer Warenhaus, the departmental store that was scheduled for demolition but saved by the production. Adam Stockhausen, the production designer told the Hollywood Reporter, “The columns, the staircases, that really magnificent window and that huge chandelier, that was already there, that’s all original. We built everything else.”
So, these were the some best film locations to visit. Which one do you like the most?