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Tour the Filming Locations To Celebrate 'Almost Famous' Turning 15

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | September 18, 2015

Tour the Filming Locations To Celebrate 'Almost Famous' Turning 15

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“Almost Famous” turns 15 on Sept. 22, which means it could very well tour with Stillwater.

The movie is partly based on the exploits of director Cameron Crowe and covers the fictional adventures of William Miller, a 15-year-old who is tabbed by Rolling Stone to cover a band as it crosses the country.

The movie itself delivers a poignant coming of age tale and fantastic music. But it also features a wide swath of this country, which you can see from the IMDB page that lists off the various locations.

To celebrate a movie that ages so well, we decided to discuss just a few of those locations that you may only know from cameos in the movie:

California, New York and the roads of Arizona feature heavily in the movie. But we might as well start where young William meets the band: the San Diego Sports Arena, now the Valley View Casino Center

While not the most glamorous of locations, one YouTuber visited the door where movie magic happened: delved deep into the many concert halls and hotels featured in the 2000 movie.

The following video, which contains some NSFW imagery, features Cleveland Arena — at least that is what it’s called in the movie.

As the website tells us, this is actually the Hollywood Palladium, which still holds concerts to this day:

Off to the other side of the country, On The Set of New York helps us out with the locations young William ventured around the city.

This includes a drive over the Queensboro Bridge, a stop by Gramercy Park Hotel and night at Max’s Kansas City, which Movie Locations offers has since been shuttered.

We can’t forget The Plaza Hotel and nearby Central Park, both of which have featured in so many unforgettable movie moments.

Video contains NSFW images:

That was a far different experience than the one we saw in “Home Alone 2.”

While taking just a glimpse of the various locations, you begin to appreciate the work that went into cultivating a movie that would move audiences on a journey from innocence to adulthood, a road trip that offered no less than a life changing experience.


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