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 last 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.
Saint Paul Como
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
​​Grumpy Old House
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

Grumpy Old Coopers
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

Jingle West 7th
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

Mighty Mickeys Diner
Mickey's Diner (Mighty Ducks)

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

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

Irvine Saint Paul
Irvine Park (D2: The Mighty Ducks)

Fargo (1996) - $25.88M

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

Stockmans Stop 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

Kate's Saint Paul
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

Saint Agnes Joe
Saint Agnes High School (Joe Somebody)

Beautiful Girls (1996) - $20.84M

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

Saint Paul Redeemer
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

Prairie Saint Paul
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 Cemetery, 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)

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Como Town Attractions/Things to Do Como Town
Groundswell Bakeries & Coffee Shops Groundswell
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

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