Time Capsules Of Cinema: Old Movie Sets Frozen In Time

By Divya G December 12, 2023

Once the cameras cease rolling and filmmakers dismantle their equipment, certain film sets remain frozen in time, becoming captivating remnants of cinematic history. These abandoned movie sets offer enthusiasts the opportunity to embark on a journey through the past. It’s a fun way to relive your favorite scenes in your favorite films.

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The Hunger Games

In The Hunger Games franchise, the decision to use a ghost town as the backdrop for District 12, Katniss Everdeen’s home in the mining district of a post-apocalyptic realm, is a notable example of an abandoned set. The Henry River Mill Village in North Carolina, once a bustling textile town, now stands as a poignant testament to cinematic artistry.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

The timeless setting of the medieval village in the 2013 fantasy film Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters resides on the premises of the Babelsberg Film Studio in Germany. Enthusiasts can explore this mysterious village as part of an all-encompassing studio tour.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl

While Jack and his swashbuckling friends may not be present anymore, the Port Royale set from Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl remains intact on Wallilabou Anchorage, St. Vincent. Once a backdrop for the franchise’s inaugural movie, the site now beckons tourists with abandoned props, costumes, and buildings.

Jurassic World

Jurassic World’s dinosaur theme park, set against the backdrop of the abandoned Jurassic Park on Isla Nubar, is, in reality, an abandoned Six Flags in New Orleans. Although entry into the park is restricted, fans can explore its perimeter.

Field of Dreams

Situated just a short distance outside Dyersville, Iowa, the renowned baseball field depicted in the 1989 film Field of Dreams remains a magnet for visitors. Constructed across two farms in 1988, the field serves as a testament to the enduring allure of cinematic landmarks.

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

George Lucas’s return to Tunisia for the production of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace led to the creation of Mos Espa, a petite village consisting of 20 distinct townships. With the encouragement of the Tunisian government, Lucas chose to leave the set intact, turning it into a renowned destination for tourists.

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The Lord of the Rings

Frodo and Samwise Gamgee’s home was constructed on the Alexander Farm in New Zealand. The 44 Hobbit holes, including Bilbo’s Bag End home, the Party Tree, and Bagshot Row, are now accessible to fans through guided tours, offering a glimpse into the enchanting world created by Peter Jackson.