Washington state was a filming location for the "Patent Leather Kid" in 1927 and for Elvis Presley's 1963 film, "It Happened at the World's Fair," but "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Fifty Shades of Grey" are among the best-known movies coming out of Washington. "Sleepless in Seattle" includes scenes on Lake Union, near the Pike Place Market, at Gas Works Park and Alki Beach in West Seattle. "Fifty Shades of Grey" includes several downtown Seattle locations and Sea-Tac Airport.Continue Reading
Another well-known movie, "Harry and the Hendersons," about a family dealing with Bigfoot, was also set and filmed in Seattle and the Cascade Mountains along Interstate 90 and State Route 2. Filming of "Parallax View," set in Seattle and starring Warren Beatty, included scenes at Space Needle and at the Gorge Dam on the Skagit River near Newhalem.
Other films with ties to Washington state are "The Hunt for Red October" and "An Officer and a Gentleman," filmed in Port Townsend. Washington State locations used in the film "10 Things I Hate About You" included Stadium High School in Tacoma and several well-known Seattle spots, such as the Fremont Troll, Gas Works Park, the Paramount Theater and the Aurora Bridge.
Primary filming locations for "Safety Not Guaranteed," a 2012 film set in Seattle, were Ocean Shores, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula and various Seattle locations, including the Laurelhurst neighborhood and Discovery Park.Learn more about Art & Literature