4 Must-See Gainesville Sites for Film Buffs

    Are you a movie fan? Do you enjoy talking about every aspect of movies, including where scenes were filmed? Have you ever visited, or wanted to visit, the actual places that appear in the movies? Gainesville, Florida, has been featured in all kinds of movies, from big screen hits to indie films. If you’re really into movies and would like to spend a day visiting filming locations in Gainesville, check out the four places below:

    University Auditorium

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    In the 1989 movie “Parenthood,” the character of Gil, played by Steve Martin, daydreams about the day his son graduates from college. That scene was filmed on the east side of University Auditorium, also known as the University of Florida Auditorium, on campus at 333 Newell Drive. Originally known as Memorial Auditorium, it was built in the early 1920s and features a vaulted ceiling inside and spires and gargoyles outside. The auditorium is also home to the Anderson Memorial Organ, one of the largest organs in the United States. And if you’re up for a snack, meal, or drink, you can find many places to choose from, including The Swamp Restaurant, Bistro 1245, and Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza.

    Greater Liberty Hill United Methodist Church

    The opening of the movie “The Devil’s Advocate” takes place in Gainesville, the home of attorney Kevin Lomax, who was played by Keanu Reeves. One scene was set at the Greater Liberty Hill United Methodist Church, located at 7600 N.W. 23rd Ave. If you’re a history buff, too, note that next to the church is the Liberty Hill Schoolhouse, which was rebuilt in 1892 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on Aug. 28, 2003. As you approach the church on Route 75, consider stopping by one of these restaurants along the way: Pomodoro Cafe, Wahoo Seafood Grill, and One Love Cafe.

    Regions Bank

    The former Regions Bank at 608 Green St. has been transformed into different set locations. In “Baby Driver,” a crime thriller about a young getaway driver played by Ansel Elgort, the former bank becomes a post office. In “Powers,” a short-lived PlayStation Network streaming production, the former bank was put into make-believe service for a robbery scene. While you’re in the area, check out one of the local restaurants for a bite: Recess Southern Gastro-pub, Avocados Restaurant, and Mule Camp Tavern.

    L&S Auto Trim

    In the movie “The Hawk is Dying,” Paul Giamatti plays George Gattling, a Gainesville auto upholsterer who attempts to train a wild red-tailed hawk. L&S Auto Trim, located at 5721 N.W. 13th St., served as Gattling’s shop. Just south of L&S are several casual food establishments, including Adam’s Rib Company, Civilization, and Dragonfly Sushi and Sake Company.

    As you can see from the suggestions above, you will have a full day out and about in Gainesville soaking up the sights and discussing your favorite movies. So consider reserving a room at one of the many hotels that are conveniently located near these sites.

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