For movie buffs, wanting to disappear inside your favorite movie is something that you probably wish for often. Unfortunately for us, most movies now are shot on giant sound stages or on green screens, which means that the place that you’ve been dreaming of probably doesn’t exist in real life.
Luckily, some movies require real-life locations, and location scouts are tasked with finding the perfect stand-in. Many of these buildings are public, and are open for visitors. Take a look at some of our favorite movies locations, and where you can find them in real life.
1. Nakatomi Plaza – Die Hard
One of the most iconic action movies of all time has to be Die Hard. It was set almost exclusively inside Nakatomi Plaza, a fictional office building that John McClane uses as his playground to hunt down the evil German terrorists who have taken his wife hostage. The real building that was used as a stand-in for Nakatomi Plaza (before McClane started blowing it up, that is) is called Fox Plaza, and it’s located in Los Angeles. The demolition on the building was made possible through the use of a scale model.
2. The Firestation – Ghostbusters
The building that stood in for the exterior shots of the original Ghostbusters HQ is actually a real firehouse. It stands at the corner of Varick and North Moore Streets in Tribeca neighbourhood of New York City.
The film crew was allowed to use it for exterior shots, but all interiors were re-created on a sound stage, because it’s an actual working firehouse. It’s home to Hook & Ladder Company 8, who were some of the first responders to the 9/11 attack. It even made an appearance in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, and will probably play a part in any sequels.
3. Gazebo and Church – The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music, the film that made us all fall in love with Julie Andrews, was primarily shot in Salzburg, Austria. Many interior shots were filmed at sound studios in Hollywood, but the vast majority of the external shots and on-location scenes were filmed in this picturesque Austrian town.
If you’re a fan, you should definitely stop by the grounds of Schloss Hellbrunn to see the gazebo from “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” and visit St. Michael’s Church in nearby Wredeplatz, where Maria was married.