Follow the 'Gilmore Girls' Revival to Some of the Show's Best Filming Locations
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Where they lead, will fans follow? That is what the producers of the ”Gilmore Girls” are wondering as they work on four new 90-minute episodes of the series that will air on Netflix later this year. So far, the answer seems to be yes.
The show's dedicated fan base is devouring all of the scoop they can find about the new episodes. They're even making pilgrimages to the show's sets hoping for a glimpse of Rory and Lorelai, or at least a chance to relive their favorite fast-talking moments from the original series.
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The show is set in Connecticut but actually filmed in Los Angeles. This week, the “Gilmore Girls” revival is filming at The Ebell Club, a location the series frequented the first time around. It was the venue for Rory’s first dance, the location of Rory’s “coming out,” the place where Richard and Emily renewed their vows and Rory's high school cafeteria in season one.
Another frequented “Gilmore Girls” filming location is the historic Greystone Mansion, located at 905 Loma Vista Drive in Beverly Hills. The Greystone served as Rory's private high school, Chilton, in the first couple of seasons. The show has also returned to this location since the revival started filming, leading some fans to believe Rory is now a teacher. Unlike The Ebell, which is a private club, the parks surrounding the Greystone are free and open to the public daily.
After graduating from Chilton, Rory went straight to Yale but, really, she was just a few miles away from the WB Lot, on the USC campus. When Lorelai and Christopher visited Rory on Parents' Day and, later, when Rory graduated, the action all took place at USC.
Though these locations have been featured regularly on the series, the vast majority of the show was filmed on the Warner Bros. Studios Lot in Burbank. Stars Hollow including the gazebo, Luke's Diner, Doose's, Miss Patty's and all of the other town square locations frequented by the mother-daughter duo, can be found along Midwest Street at Warner Bros. Even when the characters went out of town they were usually just on another set at the WB backlot.
Remember the time Lorelai, Alex, Sookie and Jackson went to New York to see a show? That was filmed on New York Street, just a few blocks away from Stars Hollow. The only way the average fan can get a chance to see Stars Hollow is by taking the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. The downfall of the tour is you never know exactly what you're going to see. The lot is massive and the tours are always being altered based on what soundstages and sets are in use. In other words, if “Gilmore Girls” is filming a scene in Stars Hollow, you can bet the tour trams won't be passing through.
But, that doesn't mean you can't get a glimpse of the sets from afar. Some fan photos of “Gilmore” sets and set pieces have already surfaced on social media, despite the fact that the show's crew is doing everything it can to keep any potential spoilers under wraps. The WB tour is $62 for adults and can be booked at wbstudiotour.com. Want to reminisce about those Friday night dinners or breakfast at Luke's but can't make it to LA? You can watch all of the original “Gilmore Girls” episodes right now on Netflix.
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