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Posted on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 2:13 p.m.

Michigan Film Office releases tour map of Ann Arbor area movie filming sites

By Staff

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Jason Segel and Emily Blunt in a scene from "The Five-Year Engagement," which was largely filmed in and set in Ann Arbor.

The Ann Arbor region has been a favorite place for filmmakers shooting on location in Michigan—and many of these locations are featured in the new Ann Arbor Film Locations Tour Map, produced by the Michigan Film Office.

In addition to Ann Arbor, the map—available in both PDF and printed copies—also features film locations in Ypsilanti, Manchester and Saline.

“Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities have served as the background for more than 30 projects that have filmed in Michigan, and have also been a popular destination for stars, directors and producers when they are not filming,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office, in a press release. “This tour provides a unique look at this region and complements the small town charm and big city sophistication that embodies Ann Arbor.”

Download a copy of the map from the Michigan Film Office here: Ann_Arbor_map6.pdf. It is also available on the Michigan Film Office website.

Printed copies of the map are available at Ann Arbor area tourism organizations, including the Ann Arbor Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Ypsilanti Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Michigan Union, League and Pierpont Commons at the University of Michigan, the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce and the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce.

Locations featured on the tour include Zingerman’s Deli ("The Five-Year Engagement"), the Power Center for Performing Arts ("The Ides of March"), The Arcadian ("Love and Honor"), Rentschler Farm Museum ("Cedar Rapids"), Wolverine Grill ("Whip It") and the University of Michigan Law Quad ("Salvation Boulevard," "The Five-Year Engagement," "Jinn").

The map also highlights other notable film locations in the region not featured on the tour, as well as a number of other interesting destinations available in Ann Arbor.

“Michigan has a rich and diverse creative arts culture that this film tour map taps into,” said George Zimmermann, vice president of Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, in a press release. “Working collaboratively to provide visitors with unique opportunities to explore our cities helps further our efforts to promote Michigan as a national tourism destination.”

Projects featured in the tour include "Cedar Rapids," "The Five-Year Engagement," "Ides of March," "Flipped" and "Whip It," as well as some lower-profile projects like the so-far-unreleased "Love and Honor."

Check out Jenn McKee's roundup of all the major Ann Arbor area movie filming here.

Previously the Film Office released a Detroit Film Locations Tour Map, and work is currently being done on a West Michigan Film Locations Tour Map.

Here's the official trailer for "The Five Year Engagement," which features several shots of Ann Arbor:



Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 4:01 p.m.

hmmm absent (just off the top of my head). 10 blk of north washington in ypsi for 5 year engagement. Luheran church, 200 blk of north river and 100 blk of pearl in ypsi for Stone. freeman bunting insurance dowtown ypsi for convicted ypsi city hall for love and honor (i think thats what its called)


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 1:35 p.m.

Cool! A local film location map featuring Ann Arbor, Ypsi, Manchester, Saline and.... what? No Dexter?! Dexter should totally have been on this map! Robert DeNiro filmed key scenes from 'Stone' at the old historic Mast farmhouse (which was then famously burned down for its final scene). Hillary Swank's 'Conviction' shot at the old St. Joseph Catholic Church. The David Swimmer/Clive Owen film 'Trust' (four stars, says Roger Ebert!) pretty much took over Dexter High for a number of days back in '09. I demand a reprint :).


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 11:52 a.m.

It's hard to believe that they didn't use the urinal in front of the new Justice League Headquarters building in some film. (that was sarcasm, in case you missed it).

r treat

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 9:54 p.m.

H ow about the Georgetown Mall? It could be used to replicate the great depression!

Kai Petainen

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 9:49 p.m.

they don't show where Scream was filmed, but i understand that... as those locations were private homes. locals know, the rest of the world doesn't need to know. blau auditorium at ross was used for 5 year engagement. a scene where a prof is teaching and something starts on fire....


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 9:47 p.m.

Too bad the core of The Five-Year Engagement was a put-down of our town. Anyone who feels honored about the presence of Ann Arbor in THAT movie should actually view it. No, I won't suggest that..... the film was tedious and way too long. It featured a scene from the Frank Lloyd Wright house north of Geddes, which probably hasn't been mentioned. The movie could be an advertisement for San Francisco compared to dull, dreary and provincial Ann Arbor, MI (never mentioned by name). O.K., San Francisco IS incredible, but Ann Arbor isn't as ugly and stupid as depicted! In fact, we're INCREDIBLE, too.

Kai Petainen

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 1:33 a.m.

ah yes.. normally i wouldn't encourage a private home, but the frank lloyd house is rather famous and should be on that list.


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 9:22 p.m.

They do not show the Northeast Ann Arbor Neighborhood locations around Thurston Pond where Rob Reiner's FLIPPED were filmed. djm

Ed Kimball

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 8:54 p.m.

I notice that the list does not include the Michigan League. There was a scene in The Ides of March that clearly looked to me like it was shot in the interior of the League.

Kyle Mattson

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 9:36 p.m.

Correct Ed, Clooney did film in the League ballroom:


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 8:50 p.m.

So why would this "new" map give the capacity of Michigan Stadium as only "more than 84,000"?? When was this map edited, 1954? If it was edited it must have been done by someone from east lansing.

dading dont delete me bro

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 11:24 p.m.

actually "more than 84,000" is still correct. bam


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 10:03 p.m.

Probably time to give up that encyclopedia, eh?


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 7:39 p.m.

The biggest reason film makers came here was the extremely generous 40+ % state of MI subsidy of their costs. Since that no longer exists, I suspect they are discovering the charms of some other locales offering more in the way of subsidies than we currently do. They would find Death Valley charming if the financial incentives were right. I haven't heard much about films being made in Michigan since the incentives were curtailed. It's all about the money, not the charming locales.


Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 3:58 p.m.

When all was said and done, it cost the state (read "taxpayers") much more than it paid-out in benefits (read "jobs"), so cutting it back was a no-brainer from a budgetary standpoint. The numbers just didn't add-up.

Craig Lounsbury

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 1:37 p.m.

The incentive program was unsustainable. Its not possible to subsides jobs to the tune of 40% for long. And the movie industry would/will just move on to the best deal they can find. They were never going to stay here if the incentives weren't the best available.


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 1:25 p.m.

It was a huge incentive and it brought / created many jobs in Michigan. I know not all the work it created ended up going to Michiganders but literally thousands did find work because of the tax incentive which has been cut to about 20% of what it was at its highest.

Roger Rayle

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 7:37 p.m.

Is the map available as an interactive mobile app? If not, it should be. Also, should be an open KML layer for viewing on Google Earth, Google Maps, etc.

Morris Thorpe

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 8:22 p.m.

>>just PDF and print. For now. I hear they're looking to hire a computer guru who will link it MapQuest and to search results via Ask.

Bob Needham

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 7:48 p.m.

No, just PDF and print.