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Toronto is a popular location for filmmakers from Hollysood and elsewhere to shoot film and television movies and series. This is a list of some of the most well-tread locations in Toronto where you might catch a crew in action, spot a celebrity, or maybe land yourself a walk-on extra role.
This versatile area has been featured in such feature films as My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Serendipity and Focus. Its Victorian homes and walk ups can represent brownstones of New York or row houses in San Francisco, while the cluster of high rises at the North end of the neighborhood have been used to stand in for the gritty apartment complexes of New York City in such TV movies as Kojak. Two historic graveyards and a small farm within the downtown neighborhood also make for versatile sets and interesting visiting!
With its postcard-beautiful buildings and grand halls, this university has provided some of sets for such movies as Mean Girls, Chicago and Capote. The Scarborough campus is also a popular spot for film locations.
More than just a luxury hotel, the historic Fairmont Royal York has loaned its elegant architecture and lush interior to numerous films, including The Cinderella Man and Serendipity, as well as the television movie RFK. The Royal York has also been featured in television series filmed in Toronto, such as Sue Thomas, F. B. Eye.
Its gritty atmosphere and constant rush of people makes Yonge Street a popular location for film. The area has been utilized in such feature films as The Cinderella Man and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, as well as the American television series Queer as Folk.
Queer as Folk also prominently features Church Street, particularly the bars and apartments near the gay village area where Church intersects with Wellesley Street. Further south on Church the many churches after which the street is named, along with some of the city’s more interesting architecture, have made this area a location of choice for such television movies and miniseries as Kojak and The Grid.
There may be no more popular filming location in Toronto than the historic building at 10 Adelaide Street, which is also home to the Ontario Heritage Centre. Among the many films that have used this building as a location are The Cinderella Man, Serendipity, Focus, The Rules of Engagement and Godsend, to name but a few.
The castle-like structure and clock tower of Toronto’s Old City Hall have attracted filmmakers to use the beautiful building and grounds as a backdrop to multiple films. From TV movies such as The Pentagon Papers to feature films like Chicago, a variety of movies have used this historical landmark to set the scene.
The New City Hall has also drawn movie makers to its innovative architecture. Its double arcs provided a futuristic structure to represent the Umbrella Corp’s main buildings in Resident Evil: Apocalypse.
The turn-of-the-century creation of eccentric millionaire Henry Mill Pellatt, this Toronto tourist attraction has drawn a number of films to utilize its medieval-style castle rooms and hallways to provide setting. From representing Xavier’s School for the Gifted in X Men to giving a gothic backdrop to Chicago, this site has proven a versatile location, also showing up in such films as The Pacifier and Touch of Pink.
Along with the neighboring Distillery District, St. Lawrence Market is one Toronto’s most popular neighborhoods for film location. Once the site of the city hall buildings, the area is home to some of the city’s oldest and most enticing architecture, attracting such films as Fever Pitch, Rules of Engagement and the TV movie Out of the Ashes.