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Fun Movie Filming Spots in San Diego

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Will Ferrell's Anchorman revitalized big-screen enthusiasm for San Diego, but San Diego's movie picture history includes a score of iconic locations featured in Hollywood films. Here are five memorable locations that not only shine on the silver screen, but can play a starring role in your next meeting or event.

Balboa Park in Citizen Kane Movie

Balboa Park seen in Citizen Kane

Balboa Park

One of the all-time classic films, Citizen Kane, directed by Orson Wells, features Balboa Park in an opening newsreel montage. Plan an offsite event at the park and visit locations including the Museum of Art, El Cid statue, the Prado, and more.

Kansas City Barbeque in Top Gun Movie

Kansas City Barbecue seen in Top Gun


The movie that made Tom Cruise a superstar was filmed at this quaint BBQ joint by the railroad tracks in downtown San Diego. Celebrating 35 years in business, Kansas City Barbecue has never lost that lovin' feeling for awesome food. Hosting an event at this prime urban location, just steps from major hotels and the convention center, will delight any movie buff.

Hotel del Coronado in Some Like It Hot Movie

Hotel del Coronado Featured in Some Like It Hot


Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemon star in this romantic comedy that featured their characters causing havoc throughout the Hotel Del Coronado as they eluded the mob. This historic seaside resort can be your playground for a memorable meeting or event.

Mission Bay in Freaky Friday Movie

Mission Bay Featured in Freaky Friday

Mission Bay

The unforgettable ending of this Disney classic features mother and daughter, played by a young Jodi Foster, waterskiing on Mission Bay as they miraculously switch back to their original bodies. Schedule an off-site event on the water for a quintessential So-Cal meeting opportunity.

Ocean Beach Pier in Almost Famous Movie

Ocean Beach Featured in Almost Famous

Ocean Beach

Recreating a 1970's beach town isn't easy, unless you film in Ocean Beach. The iconic pier and main drag of Newport Avenue were featured in the opening scene of the award-winning film Almost Famous starring Kate Hudson. Host a meeting here and attendees can step back in time to enjoy a laid-back, groovy afternoon break away from keynotes and seminars.

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