Film Locations You Didn’t Know Were in New Jersey

03.12.2018 Culture, Industry


There are hundreds of movies that are based or shot in New Jersey – but you would have never guessed these movies were shot in the Garden State. Check out these iconic scenes from Hollywood blockbusters that feature our home state of NJ!

I Am Legend

Remember the ending of the movie, where Will Smith cures the outbreak and makes it to the safe zone? The idyllic hamlet is the town of Lambertville, about 20 miles northwest of Trenton, New Jersey. The town is overlooked by the elegant white spire of Mt Airy Presbyterian Church, located on 39 Mt Airy Village Road.


Batman : Dark Knight Rises

At the end of the movie, Commissioner Gordon unveils a statue of Batman in City Hall to commemorated all that he has done for Gotham. The fictional Gotham City Hall rotunda is actually Newark City Hall, and can be identified by the grand double staircase and lamps. The subway tunnel to which Catwoman lures Batman into Bane’s trap is Military Park Station on the Newark Light Rail, between Orange Street and Newark Penn Station.


School of Rock

After being kicked out of a rock band, Dewey Finn (Jack Black) becomes a substitute teacher of a private elementary school and recruits the student in his own Rock band. The exterior of the climactic ‘Battle of the Bands’ scene in the movie was shot at Union County Arts Center in Rahway, New Jersey.


Hunger Games : Catching Fire

A lot of the scenes were shot in Atlanta, Georgia, but the Peach State couldn’t provide the wintery backdrop for the opening scenes of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) suffering post-traumatic flashbacks as she hunts in the woods with Gale (Liam Hemsworth). Instead, this was filmed up in snowy New Jersey, in Ramapo Mountain State Forest on Skyline Drive, near the New York State border.


Author of the Article: Donnie Shin

Musician, web designer, and content writer working in Jersey City, NJ. Digital Marketing Specialist at Parlay Studios.

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