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Allow 3-4 days
Travel across Indiana with an itinerary full of famous film sites on our Filmography trail.
Begin your weekend getaway in Gary to see where several hollywood classics such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Pearl Harbor, Richie Rich and With Honors were filmed. Begin at Gary’s City Methodist Church , a nine story abandoned gothic church. Originally abandoned in 1975, the building is a popular site for curious visitors, movie crews and photographers. The church was used as a backdrop for a handful of scenes in A Nightmare on Elm Street and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Next, drive by one of the sites used in the making of Pearl Harbor. Set on several miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, The U.S. Steel Gary Works was used in place of Industrial Tokyo in the 1940s in the film. The U.S. Steel Gary Works played a short but significant role in the making of the film. Then take a quick stop by the Gary Chicago International Airport to see one of the locations of Richie Rich. Richie, a young millionaire boards a dollar sign designed plane at the airport.
Watch your favorite depression-era bankrobber from Public Enemies come to life at the John Dillinger Museum . The John Dillinger Museum takes visitors on an interactive, historical adventure through the life and times of John Dillinger and other gangsters of the 1930s depression era. Through the stories of the infamous gangsters, visitors will also learn of the rise of the FBI and advancements made in crime fighting technology.
Feel the luck of the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame University . Notre Dame is known for their outstanding academics, athletics, traditions and as the filming site of Rudy. From a young age Rudy dreamed of one day playing football at Notre Dame. After several years and rejection letters, Rudy finally feels the luck of the Fighting Irish and fulfills his childhood dream. Take a tour, cheer on the Fighting Irish and see where Rudy was filmed at Notre Dame University.
Central/ Indianapolis Metro Area Region
Celebrate Indiana's favorite sport with a visit to Frankfort High School’s gymnasium. This is no ordinary high school gym, this is where Blue Chips was filmed in 1994. NBA stars such as Larry Bird, Dick Vitale and Bob Knight were all featured in the film.
Continue your day with a drive to Indianapolis for brunch at a “student union for adults”. Cafe Patachou , a world-class awarding winning breakfast and lunch restaurant offers a brunch experience like never before. Chosen in the September 2002 edition of Bon Appetit as one of“Our Ten Favorite Places for Breakfast in the Nation”, the restaurant continues to thrive and grow today. Cafe Patachou makes a commitment to only use fresh, local ingredients at their restaurant. Their premium ingredients and made from scratch brunch and lunch items are sure to put a smile on your face.
After your stomach is filled make your way to Butler University to visit Hinkle Fieldhouse . Used in the movie Hoosiers for the Indiana State Basketball Finals, today Hinkle Fieldhouse is home to the Butler Bulldogs. Hinkle Fieldhouse is where all men’s basketball, women’s basketball and volleyball games are held every year.
Just a short drive away is the burial site of the infamous depression era bank robber. Located at Crown Hill Cemetery , the grave of John Dillinger is a favorite site for fans of Public Enemies.
Continue your celebration of Indiana’s favorite sport in Knightstown. Take a trip back in time to the place that started it all, the Historic Hoosier Gym . Not far off of U.S. 40, the Historic Hoosier Gym sits virtually unchanged since the ‘50s. Once inside the gym, you’ll be taken back in time as you celebrate Indiana’s favorite sport. In 1985 Knightstown’s gymnasium became the home of the Hickory Huskers in the movie Hoosiers. Relive the magic as you stand in the same spot where Jimmy shot the game winning basket, sit in the stands, and walk through the locker room.
Visit the historic rivertown of Madison to see where Some Came Running and Madison were filmed. The 1958 classic hollywood movie, Some Came Running featured stars such as Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine. The 2001 movie, Madison featured Jim Caviezel, Mary McCormack and Jake Lloyd. Visit downtown Madison to see Main Street, the Central Hotel, and to take a scenic drive on Vaughn Drive along the Ohio River.
Did you know that The Judge is set in Indiana? The movie, based off the fictional town of Carlinville, Indiana is located in the southern part of the state. Although the movie was not filmed in the beautiful state of Indiana, if you’re looking to get your fill of The Judge we recommend visiting the Hoosier National Forest . Home to a majority of Indiana’s 2500 caves, the Hoosier National Forest offers a wide variety of sightseeing and recreational activities. Hike, fish, and ride your way through the 203,000 beautiful acres at the Hoosier National Forest.
End your adventurous, fun filled day with a cozy night at the French Lick Resort . Splash around at a nearby waterpark, take the family golfing, race at French Lick-West Baden Indoor Karting or relax in the spa! With more than enough attractions and events, you’re sure to have a fun filled or relaxing evening at the French Lick West Baden.
Kick off your day with a visit to Huntingburg where Hard Rain and A League of Their Own were filmed. Hit a homerun with a baseball game at League Stadium as you cheer on the Raiders. The stadium was refurbished and expanded for the filming of A League of Their Own in 1991. Take a tour, watch a game and see where stars Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Rosie O'Donnell and Madonna filmed this iconic movie.
Take a timeout and head on over to Old School Cafe where their home cooked meals are sure to knock it out of the park. Their menu has some of your favorite classics as well as inventive entrees that will soon become your new favorites. The multi-cuisine menu at Old School Cafe is sure to have something everyone will love. After lunch visit two nearby locations used for the filming of Hard Rain. First stop by Fairmont Cemetery , used as a hiding spot for Tom’s money for a photo opt. Next visit the Salem United Church of Christ which was also used in the movie.