Best Movies Filmed In Seattle

April 25, 2015 5:00 AM

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The mega hit movie, Fifty Shades of Grey is based in Seattle, but none of the movie was actually shot in town. The same is true for 2012’s Chronicle and many others. Wouldn’t you love to see more movies filmed in Seattle? And, why not? Seattle is a beautiful city and you know what they say – if you’ve got, flaunt it. Here are five films to add to list with names and addresses of the locations where the movie was filmed around Seattle.
It Happened At The World’s Fair (1963)
The Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 684-7200

This Elvis Presley movie was shot in and around the Seattle Center, the site of the 1962 World Exposition. Throughout the movie, Elvis is seen dining in the Space Needle Restaurant and walking around the grounds with many shots featuring landmarks still there today including the Monorail, the arches and fountains of the Pacific Science Center and more. The film stars Presley, Joan O’Brien, Gary Lockwood and Batgirl herself, Yvonne Craig.

The Parallax View (1974)
The Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 684-7200

The Space Needle has a starring role in the beginning of this political thriller that stars Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss and William Daniels. The story begins with a reporter witnessing the public assassination of a presidential candidate on top of the Needle. From there, she investigates the Parallax Corporation who may be connected to the crime. The film is based on the book of the same name by Loren Singer and was produced by Alan J. Pakula who also produced Klute in 1971 and All the President’s Men in 1976.

The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

The Fabulous Baker Boys stars real-life brothers Jeff Bridges and Beau Bridges as piano playing musicians playing in various clubs. Michelle Pfeiffer joins them to become a trio. Many of the movie’s exterior shots were filmed in Seattle as well as a few interior shots. Landmarks that can be seen in the movie include the El Gaucho’s restaurant (2505 1st Ave.), the Il Bistro Italian restaurant, Post Alley by Pike Place Market (93 Pike St.), Pier 54 on the waterfront, and Fairmont Olympic Hotel (452 Seneca St.) among others.

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The Black Widow (1987)
Inn at The Market
86 Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 443-3600

Debra Winger stars as a federal investigator on the trail of a gold-digging woman who kills her rich husbands for their money. While the trail takes place is various locations, the story stays in Seattle for some time and features scenes involving the outside of the University of Washington campus, aboard a Washington ferry, and the outside of the Inn at the Market which is located at 86 Pine Street.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)

The prequel to the weird David Lynch TV series, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me was shot at many greater Seattle locations just like they were in the TV show. The film was an attempt to show the events that happened before the murder of Laura Palmer, which was the basis of the short-lived TV show. Locations shot for the movie included the Fall City Airport (4731 354th Ave SE, Fall City), the Snoqualmie River, The Salish Lodge (6501 Railroad Ave, Snoqualmie), The Palmer House (708 33rd St., Everett), Donna Hayward’s house (3316 Grand Avenue, Everett), Snohomish High School (1316 5th St. in Snohomish), Mt. Si Motel (43205 NE North Bend Way, North Bend), and Twede’s Cafe (137 W. North Bend Way, North Bend).

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at