Frequent set location with great shopping
Strolling down Royal Street gives you the quintessential French Quarter experience, with tons of shops, people in the streets and music all around. For this very reason, it's a popular place to film in the city, especially when a more old fashioned feel is necessary. On the corner of Governor Nicholls and Royal stands Lalaurie Mansion, which was used in the filming of American Horror Story: Coven as Madame Lalaurie’s House of Horrors and the Gallier House next door was used for exterior shots of Madame Lalaurie’s Mansion. While AHS is fictional, the horrors of Lalaurie Mansion are real. In 1834, a fire broke out in the home that was intentionally started by an enslaved woman who was chained to the stove. Upon entering the burning building, neighbors found seven starved and tortured enslaved people. When the public discovered the deplorable conditions the enslaved people in the mansion were living in, Madame LaLaurie fled to Paris to avoid retribution.
1018 Royal Street is where Elvis famously sang Crawfish from the second floor balcony in King Creole. More recently, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back filmed a chase scene during a Halloween parade down this stretch of Royal Street. While they did include a few scenes from the real Krewe of Boo parade, most of it was staged as the parade doesn't actually go down Royal. Jack Reacher and the rest of the characters were also supposedly staying at the fictional Hotel Dauphine at 1018 Royal Street, so there is a scene where Tom Cruise is looking down onto the parade from the same balcony Elvis sang from.
Just byond St. Philip Street on the right is Sigle's Antiques, which was used in Green Book as a pawn shop. There are many beautiful antique shops along Royal, like M.S. Rau and Keil's, if you would like to pop in as you are moseying down the street.
The 900 to 700 blocks of Royal just ahead were used extensively in the filming of Interview with the Vampire. You might not recognize this area from the film because the crew went to great lengths to scrub any signs of modernity from the street that was supposed to be set in the 1790's. Pitch Perfect 2 also used this street to portray something different. Just past St. Anthony's Garden on the left is Pirate Alley, which was used to film a scene that supposedly took place in Copenhagen.
Just one block off Royal at Dumaine and Chartres, you will see the spot that the jazz funeral passed in the opening scene of Live and Let Die, Roger Moore's first film as James Bond. If you have seen the movie, you probably remember the alligator scene, which shockingly was real. Crocodile wrangler Ross Kananga took five takes to run across the backs of three crocs in the river to get to the other bank. The writer Tom Mankiewicz was so inspired by this daring man that he named the film's villain, Dr. Kananga, after him.
The Sazerac Bar
Inside the film ready Roosevelt hotel
Over the years, the Roosevelt's glamour has drawn production companies to set scenes in the hotel. Even though the Oscar-winning film Green Book was about a road trip of sorts, it was almost entirely filmed in the city. At one point when the characters are supposed to be pulling up to a Memphis hotel, they pull up to the grand front entrance of the Roosevelt and into the gorgeous lobby, which can also be seen in the Oscar-nominated Trumbo as a stand in for old Hollywood. Another supposedly national tour that is almost entirely filmed in New Orleans was Ray, with a scene filmed in the Roosevelt's Blue Room. During the holidays, the Roosevelt decks out its already decadent lobby with Christmas decorations, which are on display in Twilight: Breaking Dawn. While the entirety of Girls Trip is set in New Orleans, the scenes they film at the Roosevelt are actually supposed to take place at the famous Hotel Monteleone where the women were staying in the movie. Although they filmed lobby scenes at the correct hotel, the scene filmed in the bedroom was filmed at the Roosevelt. The hotel's Sazerac Bar has made a few movie cameos as well. You will notice the beautiful Paul Ninas mural in the JFK scene filmed in the bar, even though they are eating lunch in a bar that doesn't serve food. Now You See Me, which features many easily recognizable New Orleans locations, shot a scene here as well.
130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA
24/7 diner and Oscar-winning film location
This cheap, no-frills spot serves classic diner fare, which is a God-send if you happen to be hungover from last night's debauchery. If the interior of this cozy eatery looks familiar, then you have most likely seen Green Book. The hot dog eating scene at the beginning of the movie was filmed at the bar. The Best Picture-winning movie is not the only Oscar winner to to be film in this diner. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button filmed the scene here where Daisy and Benjamin eat and watch Elizabeth Abbott cross the English Channel.
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
The most filmed local cemetery
Located in the beautiful Garden District, this active cemetery is a great example of the above ground cemeteries characteristic of the city. It may be those very cemeteries coupled with numerous ghosts sightings that draw vampire movies and shows to town. Anne Rice wrote many of The Vampire Chronicles books while living a few blocks away and often peppers her pages with bits of inspiration from the city. When the first book of the series, Interview With the Vampire, was turned into a movie, they filmed most of it in the city, including a scene here. In fact, the cast iron tomb of the Karstendiek family was Rice's inspiration for the vampire Lestat's tomb in her book. While American Horror Story: Coven isn't exclusively about vampires, it was the next gothic work to be filmed here, when they shot the jazz funeral scene. The next vampire activity in the cemetery was from The Originals, The Vampire Diaries spinoff, that shot numerous scenes in this cemetery over its five season run in the city. If you would like to book a tour and learn more about the general history of the cemetery, check out Save Our Cemeteries linked below. If you want to do it yourself, click the information icon below for a self guided tour. Keep in mind that the cemetery closes at 3:00 on weekdays and 4:00 on weekends.
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The Columns Hotel
St. Charles hotel bar with oft filmed interior
While this 1883 Italianate home that was converted into an idyllic hotel and bar is a perfect place to sip a drink on a nice day, it has also been home to some less than idyllic scenes on the big screen. The Columns was used to film the interior scenes of the brothel in Pretty Baby. While this movie that launched Brooke Shields's career is set in New Orleans, it is supposed to take place in the former red light district of Storyville, which is on the other side of town from this Uptown mansion. This building was also used as the Washington D.C. hotel where Solomon Northup, Chiwetel Ejiofor's character in 12 Years a Slave, was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Much of the movie was filmed at four plantations around the state including Magnolia Plantation, which was only a few miles from where the actual Solomon Northup was held. Order a drink at the grand, dark wood-lined bar inside before grabbing a table on the large front porch that overlooks the live oak lined St. Charles streetcar line.