In the early years of Hollywood…
Big studios used elaborate set designs to create the illusion of small towns in the movies. Metro Goldwyn Mayer was known as the “city within a city” for their elaborate backlots and cityscapes. Over the years small town sets on sound stages have been replaced by actual small towns. As fans seek to connect with their favorite characters from the films they love these locations and towns have become popular tourist sites. Check out these popular Hollywood locations across America.
This town in Georgia is a happening spot for film locations. Not only has it been used as the town of Mystic Falls for the Vampire Diaries series, there have been over 43 movies or television series filmed here. The shows include, but are not limited to: Dukes of Hazzard, In the Heat of the Night, My Cousin Vinny, Sweet Home Alabama, and Tyler Perry’s the Family the Preys, and Zombieland. A copy of locations that have been used for films can be obtained at the Visitor’s Center.
In 1985 the small town of Brownsville was used as the fictional town of “Castle Rock,” for Stephen King’s movie Stand by Me. Now every year on July 23rd the town holds a festival honoring the movie. Participants can take walking tours of the locations used for the film. The tour covers roughly a dozen spots, including the park where the pie eating contest was filmed. There is no fee for the festival.
The beautiful home that was used as the family home in the horror movie The Purge, can be found at 11484 Iverson Road in the Los Angeles suburb of Chatsworth. Because the film had a low budget and a short shooting schedule, the entire film was shot at this single location.
in 1968 Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda started in the movie Yours, Mine, & Ours. A large part of the film was shot in a Victorian style home in Pasadena, California. The home, which was built in the late 1800s, is still standing and in amazing shape. Known as the Blankenhorn-Lamphear House, the property can be found at 346 Markham Place.