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Saint Paul on the Silver Screen

Saint Paul on the Silver Screen

While Saint Paul may be far from Tinseltown, we've hosted our fair share of Hollywood stars. Here are 10 top films shot in the Capital City.

Roll out the red carpet, Saint Paul. Wilson, starring Woody Harrelson and filmed in the Capital City, opened this past March. In the film, you can catch a glimpse of 13 Saint Paul spots: Como Town, Cooper’s Foods, Cretin-Derham Hall High School, Day by Day Cafe, Groundswell, Hampden Park Co-Op, Lowertown alleys, Mancini’s, Mohawk Theatre, Schmidt Artist Lofts, Snuffy’s Malt Shop, St. Paul Farmer’s Market, and Union Depot Bus Stop.
 
Filmed in Como Town
                                                                Como Town (Wilson)
 

In honor of the film’s release, we put together a list of other popular flicks that feature local spots. Ranked by success at the box office, here are the top 10 movies filmed in Saint Paul:

Grumpy Old Men (1993) - $70.1M

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau
Locations: Divine Redeemer Hospital, Hyacinth Avenue & East Frank Street, Half Time Rec
 
​​Filmed on Hyacinth Avenue
                   Hyacinth Avenue (Grumpy Old Men)
 

Grumpier Old Men (1995) - $69.87M

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau
Locations: Cooper’s Foods, Hyacinth Avenue & East Frank Street, Sears at 425 Rice Street

Matthau in Saint Paul
                  Cooper's Foods (Grumpier Old Men)
 

Jingle All the Way (1996) - $60.57M

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman
Locations: 7th Place Mall, Mickey's Dining Car, Hamm Plaza, Kellogg Mall Park, Rice Park

Sinbad in Saint Paul
                     7th Place Mall (Jingle All the Way)
 

The Mighty Ducks (1992) - $50.75M

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland
Locations: Mickey's Dining Car, Rice Park

Mickey's Dining Ducks
                        Mickey's Diner (Mighty Ducks)
 

D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994) - $45.61M

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Kathryn Erbe
Locations: Irvine Park, 7th Street & Wabasha

Ducks Filmed Irvine Park
                    Irvine Park (D2: The Mighty Ducks)
 

Fargo (1996) - $25.88M

Starring: William Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi
Locations: Stockman's Truck Stop

Truck Stop in Fargo
                       Stockman's Truck Stop (Fargo)
 

D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996) - $22.94M

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Jeffrey Nordling
Locations: Mickey's Dining Car, St. Catherine University, Irvine Park, Summit Hill, Cretin-Derham Hall High School

Filming More Ducks
          St. Catherine University (D3: The Mighty Ducks)
 

Joe Somebody (2001) - $22.77M

Starring: Tim Allen, Julie Bowen
Locations: Saint Agnes High School, Central Lutheran School

Joe Somebody Saint Paul
              Saint Agnes High School (Joe Somebody)
 

Beautiful Girls (1996) - $20.84M

Starring: Matt Dillon, Timothy Hutton, Noah Emmerich
Locations: Divine Redeemer Hospital

Matt Dillon Saint Paul
             Divine Redeemer Hospital (Beautiful Girls)
 

A Prairie Home Companion (2006) - $20.34M

Starring: Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Woody Harrelson, Lindsay Lohan
Locations: Fitzgerald Theater, Mickey's Dining Car

Saint Prairie Home Companion
          Fitzgerald Theater (A Prairie Home Companion)
 

Other popular films featuring Saint Paul locations

  • Drop Dead Fred (1991): Harriet Island, Wells Fargo Tower
  • Sugar & Spice (2001): Grand Avenue, Webster Street & Randolph Avenue, Arlington High School
  • Little Big League (1994): Saint Paul Hotel
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999): East 5th Street & North Minnesota Street, Sheraton Midway Hotel
  • Here on Earth (2000): Summit Hill
  • A Serious Man (2009): Cooper's Foods
  • Foolin' Around (1980): Cathedral of Saint Paul
  • That Was Then... This is Now (1985): Capitol Hill, Geranium Avenue, Jackson Street, Lund's St. Paul, Maria Street, Midway Hospital, Oakland Cemetary, Smith Avenue, Spanky's Saloon, Payne Avenue & East 7th Street, Washington Junior High School, Fremont Avenue
  • Feeling Minnesota (1996): Warner Road
  • Slaughterhouse-Five (1972): Saint Paul Airport
  • Crossing the Bridge (1992): University of St. Thomas
  • Factotum (2005): Dubliner Pub
  • Untamed Heart (1993)

 

Which of these films is your favorite? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #MYSAINTPAUL. For more on Saint Paul's influence on the land of #10kLocations, visit mnfilmtv.org

Como Town Attractions/Things to Do Como Town
Groundswell Bakeries & Coffee Shops Groundswell
Saint Paul Farmers’ Market Farmers Markets & Orchards Saint Paul Farmers’ Market
Union Depot Summer Promo Partner Union Depot
Mickey’s Dining Car Restaurants/Dining Mickey’s Dining Car
The Saint Paul Hotel Hotels/Places to Stay The Saint Paul Hotel
Grand Avenue Restaurants/Dining Grand Avenue
Fitzgerald Theater Attractions/Things to Do Fitzgerald Theater
Cathedral of Saint Paul Attractions/Things to Do Cathedral Of Saint Paul