If you’re a film buff, you’ve probably thought about visiting the backdrops from your favorite movies before. From the Alamo Draft House of Austin Texas to The Academy Museum of Los Angeles, we’ve rounded up seven destinations movie fans should add to their bucket lists. Grab the popcorn and get ready for us to inspire your next trip.
1. The Making of Harry Potter, Warner Brother Studios, London
According to reports, over nine million Muggles have made their way through the Leavesden studio, where the original eight Harry Potter movies were filmed. If you’re a superfan, a visit to the London studios is somewhat of a right of passage to ride broomsticks, see the castle, and stock up on chocolate frogs. For those in the US, while it’s not quite the same, Universal Studios, Orlando makes for a pretty good experience for Harry Potter fans. Watch out for moaning myrtle.
2. Lord of the Rings Tours, New Zealand
The hobbit holes of the North Island’s Hobbiton movie have transformed into a portal to New Zealand’s movie legacy. Lord of the Rings fans can go on an adventure of a lifetime as they explore the rolling hills that were the backdrop for the world-famous movies.
3. Alamo Drafthouse, Austin, Texas
The Alamo Drafthouse is a dine-in cinema by movie lovers, for movie lovers. As you tuck into a tasty meal, you’ll enjoy timeless movies, Austin style. If you’re in Texas, it’s well worth stopping by to experience the unique Alamo Drafthouse.
4. New York City
The Big Apple has been a backdrop for famous movies for many years. Whether you visit Grand Central to create a standout scene or head to Times Square to pose where your favorite actor shot an iconic scene, NYC is bursting full of movie hotspots.
5. The Academy Museum, Los Angeles
While it’s currently under construction, Los Angeles Academy Museum is set to be the world’s premier institution dedicated to celebrating the art and science behind our favorite movies. As it celebrates films of the past, present, and future, it’s a must-visit for movie buffs all over the world.
6. Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theatre is a historic mission-style theatre. The popular theatre showcases first-run films, stand-up comedy, and big-name brands. As the most significant movie theatre and performing arts venue in the area, many movie fans are sure to stop by when they’re in the city. With an action-packed roster, you’ll want to plan ahead.
7. Bollywood Tours, Mumbai, India
Grossing more than £140 in the US, hit movie Slumdog Millionaire is a standout movie to come out of the streets of Mumbai. While it wasn’t a Bollywood blockbuster, Mumbai is also home to Bollywood, which offers tours of their studios and film cities to tourists. You might even spot some stars along the way.