21 Cool Abandoned Movie Sets You Can Actually Still Visit

Have you ever wondered what happens to old movie sets? Maybe there were particular ones you absolutely loved and maybe there were some that were just so memorable you can’t help but be reminded of them.

Old gas stations in freaky movies, deserted deserts, and iconic villages are all part of the lure.

When movie companies refrain from using green screens and CGI, they come up with some awesomely impressive stuff. And it turns out, some of these abandoned movies sets are open to the public.

That’s right, you can totally visit these 20 abandoned movie sets from some of your favorites like “Star Wars,” “Pirates of Caribbean,” “The Hills Have Eyes,” and several others. Check out this gallery to find out where they all are.

Star Wars — Tatooine

Photo Credit: Ra di Martino

Tunisia and Morocco were the only places that could host the Mars-like Grande Dunes.

Pirates of the Caribbean — Port Royale

Photo credit: Wallilabou Anchorage

This is Wallilabou bay which acted as Port Royale in Pirates of the Caribbean.

Hunger Games — District 12

Photo credit: Worth Saving

Recognize these? These are the slums from District 12 located at Henry River Mill Village, North Carolina.

Lord of the Rings — The Shire

Photo credit: Sara Orme

Matamata, New Zealand. At this point, it’s occupied by more sheep than hobbits.

Schindler’s List — Płaszów Labor Camp

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This is the chilling replica of Płaszów Labor Camp and remains in Krakow, Poland.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters — Augsburg

Photo credit: ethan_kahn

You can find these remains nestled in a forest a few miles away from Berlin, Germany.

Cleopatra and The Passion of the Christ — Rome

Photo credit: Luca Locatelli / Wired

Photo credit: Luca Locatelli / Wired

When the movie industry declined in Rome, these classic Roman streets were abandoned.

Blue Brothers — Mall Chase

Photo credit: SchuminWeb

This is the Dixie Square Mall in Harvey, Illinois that was actually abandoned before it was wrecked for the iconic chase scene.

Full Metal Jacket — Vietnam

Photo credit: John Gulllver

Director Stanley Kubrick hated to travel so he shot Full Metal Jacket in London, England. Beckton Gas Works was used to shoot various major battle scenes.

M*A*S*H — The Sign

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Here is one of the sets of M*A*S*H shot 25 miles south of Los Angeles a.k.a. Malibu State Park.

Batman (1989) — Gotham City

Photo credit: 1989 Batman

The set of Gotham City was left to rot after Batman ended shooting, located in Buckinghamshire, England.

Lone Star — Township

Photo credit: Adventures of a Couchsurfer

Photo credit: Adventures of a Couchsurfer

Contrabando, Texas.

The Abyss — Submarine

Photo credit: io9 / Cyriaque Lamar

Gaffney, South Carolina is home to the remains of the unfinished Cherokee Nuclear Plant which was used to film underwater scenes in The Abyss.

Popeye — Popeye Village

Photo credit: Wusel007/Wikimedia

Photo credit: Wusel007/Wikimedia

Mellieħa, Malta.

The Patriot — Spanish Mission

Photo credit: ethan_kahn

Cypress Gardens, South Carolina.

The Hills Have Eyes — Gas Haven

Photo credit: olancia

Photo credit: olancia

Souss-Massa-Draa, Morocco.

Big Fish — Spectre

Photo credits: imgur user

Photo credit: imgur user

Spectre, Alabama.

The Fugitive — Escape Scene

Photo credit: Raptors Nest

Dillsboro, North Carolina.

Looper — Diner

Photo credit Bailee Grissom

Photo credit: Bailee Grissom

Napoleonville, Louisiana.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly — Frontier Town

Photo credit: Michele Z

Photo credit: Mundoculturalhispano

Tabernas Desert in Spain.

 

 

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