Boston is one of the most historically significant states in the country and it has a unique culture that has developed and flourished for centuries. It’s no wonder that many films in the recent past have both focused on and filmed in such a noteworthy city.
Here are some of the locations that you may recognize from Boston-based films:
L Street Tavern (Good Will Hunting)
Few films can compete with Good Will Hunting when it comes to quality and Boston authenticity. The film became the big break for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, two of the most notable Bostonians in Hollywood. In the movie, Will (Damon) and Chuckie (Affleck) often hang out at a bar called the L Street Tavern. Believe it or not, this was and still is the name of the bar where these scenes were filmed. The interior and exterior have changed since the movie’s release, but the Good Will Hunting memorabilia lining the walls is a constant reminder of the South Boston bar’s claim to fame.
658 East Eighth Street, Boston
Fenway Park (Fever Pitch, The Town)
Fenway Park is one of the country’s most storied sporting venues and has been featured in several films in the past few years. Two of the most prominent are Fever Pitch and The Town. In Fever Pitch, Drew Barrymore’s character becomes fed up with Jimmy Fallon’s character’s obsession with the Red Sox, and several scenes are filmed at the Park, including one where she takes a line drive off the face! In The Town, a group of armed robbers steal millions of dollars from Fenway Park in a heist. Whether you attend a Sox game at Fenway or just walk around the grounds, it is a must-see attraction in Boston.
4 Yawkey Way, Boston
The Thirsty Scholar (The Social Network)
Another bar to top the list of Boston movie locations is the Thirsty Scholar, which is shown in the opening scene of The Social Network. Although the pub featured is supposed to be a popular Harvard destination, the actual site of the scene is in Somerville. The interior is very rustic and though you may come for the motion picture nostalgia, you’ll stay for the large selection of craft beer and hearty pub menu.
70 Beacon St, Somerville
One of the most unique music venues in Boston, “The Hatch Shell”, as it is most commonly known, is located in Back bay on the Charles River and hosts free concerts during the summer months. In the movie Ted, Mark Wahlberg’s character attempts to win back Mila Kunis’ character by singing on stage at there. Even if it isn’t concert season, its location along the Charles (a ten-minute walk from the Boxer Boston) makes it one stop on a lovely stretch of land that’s perfect for walking, running, and biking.
47 David G Mugar Way, Boston