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You oughta be in pictures!

New map highlights where films were shot in West Michigan.

May 31, 2013
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You oughta be in pictures!
Several West Michigan locations, including MadCap Coffee in downtown Grand Rapids, are featured in Hollywood films. Photo by Chris Pastotnik

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) In an attempt to bring more tourists to the region this summer, the Michigan Film Office has compiled and released a map of where movies have been filmed in West Michigan.

The map features seven areas along and near Lake Michigan that have served as sites where movies have been shot. The city of Grand Rapids is on the map, as is the Holland-South Haven area.

In fact, the map shows 10 locales in Grand Rapids that have made it to the silver screen.

Vito’s Pizza at 658 W. Fulton St., the Railroad Bridge at 240 Front St. SW, Grand Rapids Public Museum at 272 Pearl St. NW, MadCap Coffee at 98 Monroe Center NW, the corner of Division and Cherry in Heartside, the Sixth Street Bridge on North Monroe, Belknap Park on Fairview Avenue, Taco Boy at 3475 Plainfield Ave. NE, DJ’s Cocktail Lounge at 1740 28th St. SE and Pal’s Diner at 6503 28th St. SE are the local locations.

“The Genesis Code,” “30 Minutes or Less,” “The Setup” and “Touchback” were filmed at those sites.

Some of the map’s eight locations in Holland and South Haven are Ottawa County Olive Shores Park, Windmill Island Park, Central Park Market on South Shore Drive in Holland, South Haven Center for the Arts, and the Felt Estate on 138th Avenue in Holland. Those locales were seen in “The Road to Perdition,” “Virginia,” “Return to the Hiding Place” and “The Oogieloves Big Balloon Adventure,” a children’s feature.

“These communities boast natural beauty, exciting culture and unique personalities, offering the perfect canvas for the broad range of film projects featured in the map,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office. “Each of these local tours is an opportunity to experience these destinations in a new light.”

The map lists 26 locales in West Michigan where film cameras have shot and has a lengthy listing of movies made in Michigan, going back to 1982’s “Evil Dead.”

The film location maps are available locally at Experience Grand Rapids and West Michigan Tourist Association. The Holland Convention and Visitors Bureau also has maps. Electronic versions are on the film office’s website and the Michigan Advantage website.

“Collaborations such as this one between film and tourism provide visitors and residents alike with new ways to explore communities across Michigan,” said George Zimmermann, vice president of Travel Michigan, which is part of the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

“This map offers one more way to tell the story about Michigan and its unique destinations, creative spirit and natural beauty.”

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