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Movie Locations: It’s All About Denver Landmarks

September 16, 2016

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Denver not only draws in over 200 new residents a day with its eclectic culture and bohemian atmosphere, it also attracts filmmakers and movie studios with its gigantic arenas, unique eateries, and elaborate train stations. HDNET MOVIES offices are housed in the former Stapleton Airport where several scenes for Die Hard 2: Die Harder were shot. Watch the video below for some “on location” footage of what the current space looks like.

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Bruce Willis in Die Hard 2 (1990)

And as a whole, the Colorado film industry continues to grow, attracting locally- and nationally-recognized filmmakers thanks in part to the beautiful scenery and generous incentives. Colorado is home to three of the best film festivals in the nation (Aspen, Telluride, and Denver) and already has an extensive history of classic films that have been partly filmed in the state. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), City Slickers (1991), and Cliffhanger (1993) shot scenes and exteriors in Durango; The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park famously inspired author Stephen King’s novel The Shining which was adapted into a 1980’s film of the same name; Estes Park was also a shooting location for the Jim Carrey/Jeff Daniel’s opus Dumb & Dumber along with Copper Mountain where they shot ski scenes; and recently director Quentin Tarantino shot on location at a ranch in Telluride for The Hateful Eight (2015) because of its likelihood for snow, a key plot element.

Below is a list of movies that have been partly filmed in and around the Denver area, some of which are mentioned in the video above as well.

Filming Location: Denver – Pepsi Center
**The ice competition scenes were filmed in Denver’s Pepsi Center, home to the Denver Nuggets (NBA), the Colorado Avalanche (NHL), and the Colorado Mammoth (NLL).

Filming Location: Denver – Elway’s (Cherry Creek Shopping Center)
**One scene takes place at John Elway’s restaurant, with John Elway himself in a brief speaking role.

Filming Location: Denver – 12th and Lincoln
**Exterior and interior shots during a club scene at the fictional Xibalba Club.

THE FAN (1996)
Filming Location: Denver – Coors Field
**Some of the baseball scenes were filmed at Coors Field, home to the Colorado Rockies (MLB).

Filming Location: Denver – Union Station
**One of the many locations used in the film, a few others being the Bluebird Theatre on Colfax, Elitch Gardens, and the State Capitol.
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Clint Eastwood in In The Line of Fire (1993)
Filming Location in Colorado: Denver – Civic Center Park
**A rally was shot in Civic Center Park using hundreds of extras from the Denver area

Filming Location: Denver & Littleton
**Entire film shot at soccer fields and other locations in Denver and Littleton

DIE HARD 2 (1990)
Filming Location: Denver – Stapleton Airport
**The Stapleton Airport served as a stand-in for interior and exterior shots of the Washington Dulles International Airport. They never actually filmed at the Dulles Airport though much of the film was set in that location. The former Stapleton Airport is now home to HDNET MOVIES.

Filming Location: Denver – Mile High Stadium
**Football scenes were shot at Mile High Stadium, the original home of the Denver Broncos (NFL).

SLEEPER (1973)
Filming Location: Denver (Lakewood) – Mile Hi Church
**The Mile Hi Church of Religious Science in Lakewood, Colorado was turned into a futuristic McDonald’s.

Filming Location: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Crawford, CO
**The movie itself was not shot in Denver, but Molly Brown’s house is located in the heart of the city at 1340 Pennsylvania Street, walking distance to the Colorado State Capitol and Civic Center Park.

Tune into HDNET MOVIES on Sunday, September 18th to catch scenes filmed at the former Stapleton Airport during our LIVE HARD, DIE HARD double, featuring:

Die Hard – 8/7c
Die Hard 2: Die Harder – 10:15/9:15c
Die Hard – 12:20a/11:20c
Die Hard 2: Die Harder – 3:05a/2:05c

Repeat airing on Friday, September 30th starting at 8/7c.