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Moviemakers have long-chosen the streets of Boston as the setting of more than 400 TV shows, motion pictures, and high-budget car-dealership commercials featuring explosions and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Grab today’s Groupon for 90 minutes and 1.25 miles of reveling in TV-silverscreen-fantasyland: Boston Movie Tours takes you around Beacon Hill to famous filming locations from famous films starring famous and semi-famous actors.
Walk around the Boston Movie Mile in Beacon Hill (the most filmed part of the city) while listening to an expert guide spout off about gossip, behind-the-scenes secrets, and fascinating trivia from TV shows and movies, including:
- Good Will Hunting: Visit the park bench where Matt Damon and Robin Williams once sat and acted.
- Ally McBeal: Check out the building used for exterior shots of Cage, Fish & Associates, the law office where Calista Flockhart once practiced.
- The Departed: Stand where Matt Damon played rugby in the Oscar-winning movie starring Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Reggie Bush fan Anthony Anderson.
- Blown Away: Discover the street of the runaway car crash starring Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones.
- Cheers: Visit the inspiration for America’s favorite bar-sitcom starring Ted Danson (Cheers’s bar was based off Bull & Finch pub on Beacon Street). Choose either 15% off at the Cheers gift shop or any food item in the restaurant (doesn’t include alcohol). If you’re feeling hungry, take a stab at the Norm Burger (muenster cheese, mushrooms, onion rings, tomatoes, lettuce, and onions), which has been scientifically proven to be too much for anyone other than George Wendt.
Note: Tours are available Thursdays through Mondays in August, and Saturdays and Sundays in September. Dates subject to change.
Boston Movie Tours earns a near-perfect 4.5 owl eyes on TripAdvisor and ranks 17th among the 328 Best Things to Do in Boston: > * This 90 minute walking tour offers a taste of a wide variety of Boston movie and TV shows. Over 30 are discussed. This interactive tour even allows for a great prize at the end. Highly recommended for anyone looking for something new to try! – TripAdvisor contributor > * It was a beautiful break from seeing all the historic sights of Boston and instead being immersed in the Pop culture of Boston… The tour was not only able to showcase the movies that were filmed in Boston but also showcased the beautiful scenery of Beacon Hill (where the tour takes place). – connoly, TripAdvisor > * The guide was super and handed out prizes for answering movie trivia correctly. Loved that we ended at Cheers where we had the famous Norm burger. – johnc12, TripAdvisor
Cheers: The Reunion
An upcoming Cheers reunion special gives Americans the opportunity to catch up with the entire gang. Here are the probable storylines for the special episode:
- Sam Malone: Runs a chain of successful bars
- Woody: Dead
- Norm: Dead
- Frasier: Dead
- Cliff: Undead
On Location Tours
Fiction pops out from the screen and into full three-dimensional life courtesy of On Location Tours. From a certain bar where "Everybody knows your name" to a Nazi-like soup maker's original spot, New York City and Boston have served as the backdrop to some of pop culture's most iconic sites. Though the cameras have long since left, On Location Tours' goal is to bring sightseers face-to-face with iconic locations seen in shows like Mad Men and Friends and films like Good Will Hunting and American Hustle. So, while spacious tour busses charter passengers through New York and Boston's most famous neighborhoods, local actors wax poetic on the history of these spots and the actors who have cemented their status as American pop-culture landmarks. On Location Tours shuttles more than 100,000 tourists a year, and has been featured in national press such as Entertainment Weekly , The Wall Street Journal, and 60 Minutes.