Dusting Off DC's Old Movie Locations
There’s a new tour guide outfit in Washington, but instead of shepherding fannypack-sporting touristas across the Potomac via Duck Boat, they’re trolling the the sites behind the city’s most famous on screen appearances…or at least the ones that weren’t shot in Vancouver.
For $36 a pop, On Location Tours — a company also responsible for Sex & The City, Sopranos and Gossip Girl-themed sightseeing excursions in New York — will whisk patrons through the (surprisingly few) local sites that played backdrop behind the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vince Vaughn and, um, Rob Lowe (twice). Here’s the Cliff’s Notes of what to expect:
The Shops at Georgetown Park mall featured in Kevin Costner-led Cold War potboiler No Way Out and (very briefly) in James Cameron‘s True Lies
The facade of longtime Georgetown bar, Third Edition, that was featured in Brat Pack dramedy, St. Elmo’s Fire (even though it was reportedly based on The Tombs around the corner and interior scenes were shot ala soundstage)
Locations from various DC-located TV shows like The X-Files and West Wing
The National Mall, which has been featured in everything from The Day the Earth Still (the original, dummy) to Forrest Gump and Independence Day, along with the sundry hotels, monuments, federal buildings, metro stops and treason-friendly public parks featured in likes of In the Line of Fire, Minority Report, All the President’s Men, The Godfather Part II and Mission Impossible III to name but a few
And, of course, the requisite trip to the deathly steep M Street steps where Father Karras meets his end in The Exorcist (pictured) — but take it from us and save that trip for Halloween.