The truth is out there: Vancouver, Canada, continues to lure movie and TV producers – and, in turn, tourists curious to see the real places that became film sets.
The city known as Hollywood North this summer is hosting David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and the rest of the cast and crew of the recently revived series “The X-Files.” They’re in town to make six new episodes, set to air in January, of the sci-fi series that began in 1993. Duchovny plays Fox Mulder, and Anderson plays Dana Scully, both FBI agents who try to solve the riddles of the paranormal.
The production company does its best to keep filming locations under wraps, but the stars were spotted last month at the downtown Vancouver Club, a members-only spot.
Other locations that may be familiar:
Britannia Mining Museum: The former copper mine – at one time the largest in the British empire – regularly hosts film crews that can’t resist its miles of dark and eerie tunnels. Its many credits include the “Once Upon A Time” TV series.
BC Place Stadium: The concert and sports venue appears in “Godzilla,” although you may remember it better as the site of many events in the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2010 Paralympics.
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts: The building’s futuristic architecture has been featured in more than 60 productions, including “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” and “Tomorrowland.”
Riverview Hospital: The buildings of the former mental hospital have doubled as police stations, FBI offices and, of course, hospitals in a range of productions including “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Supernatural.”
Orpheum Theatre: The ornate architecture and brilliant colors have lured many a producer. The movie theater turned concert hall has been a backdrop for various projects including “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” and the yet-to-be released “Fantastic Four 2.”
Stanley Park: This park is so big that visitors at the time “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” was being filmed there could have easily missed it. It's more than 1,000 acres and heavily forested with Skita spruce, Douglas firs and western red cedar. It's home to 200 species of birds, many of them waterfowl, not surprising because the park is surrounded by English Bay and Vancouver Harbor.
Fairmont Hotel: Fans of “Fifty Shades of Grey” can stop by the hotel , where a particularly steamy scene was filmed in an elevator. The movie was based on the novel by E.L. James, whose works have been dubbed erotic romance novels.