If there’s one thing we know about this Covid-19 Fall, it’s that we don’t want no stinkin’ second wave. Stay home, stay cozy, and maybe catch up on your Tacoma cinematic trivia!

Here are six movies filmed in Tacoma that every Tacoman should watch (or rewatch!):

1. 10 Things I Hate About You


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This is probably the most famous “filmed in Tacoma” movies, and basically half of Tacoma was used as an extra in this film. This 1999 flick is supposed to take place in Seattle, but you’ll quickly realize that much of the film was shot in Tacoma. The iconic Stadium High School in Tacoma’s Stadium District is used as the high school in the film (including the Stadium Bowl, which shows off an incredible view of the water). Also, the home at 2715 North Junett Street in North Tacoma was used in the movie (both interior and exterior shots). 

Here’s closer look at the home:

2. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle 

This 1992 film pretty much scarred anyone who grew up in Tacoma in the ‘80s and ‘90s—no one can forget the scene where Rebecca De Mornay is on North Yakima. The house used in the movie is at 808 N Yakima, and there are also scenes shot in Wright Park. 

3. I Love You to Death

This movie takes viewers all over Tacoma, and probably the most iconic building featured in this film is the Bostwick Building (down on 7th and Broadway—you’ve seen it if you’ve ever been to Tacoma’s Antique Row or driven by the theaters!). We love imagining a young Keanu Reeves traipsing around Tacoma! You’ll also spot places like Bob’s Java Jive, the Elks Building (now McMenamins!), and Stadium Bowl (at Stadium High School). Also, the home featured in this movie is at 424 North C Street, just down the street from Stadium High School. 

4. Three Fugitives

The ‘80s and ‘90s were apparently the heyday of film in Tacoma, because Three Fugitives from 1989 also features scenes in the City of Destiny. Tacoma’s Old City Hall downtown makes an appearance in the film, as do a few Tacoma streets and McNeil Island Prison (off of Steilacoom). 

5. Prefontaine 

This biopic film about runner Steve Prefontaine from 1997 was filmed largely at Peyton field at the University of Puget Sound. Prefontaine actually went to University of Oregon, so the set designers had to transform the Tacoma field to look like Hayward Field in the 1970s. 

6. Rose Red 

Alright, so this one isn’t *technically* Tacoma, but Lakewood is close enough, and we wanted an excuse to talk about Thornewood Castle! This Stephen King film needed a creepy setting, and you really can’t beat a Tudor Gothic castle on a gray day here in the Puget Sound area. Well, it also turns out that there aren’t a lot of castles in America, but that makes Thornewood Castle unique. This 500-year-old castle (yes, you read that right) was shipped here from England and reconstructed in Lakewood. It’s the perfect setting for this 2002 film!


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