See some of Toronto’s most popular movie sets
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Moviegoers may not realize it, but films that are meant to take place in American cities like New York City, Chicago and Boston, were actually filmed in Toronto, the capital of Ontario. In fact, portions of some of the biggest flicks in recent years were shot in the Canadian city, including "The Incredible Hulk," "Mean Girls," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "X-Men."
Here are a few Toronto locations that may not only look familiar to eagle-eyed cinephiles but are also well worth a visit:
University of Toronto
If travelers have seen the high school comedy "Mean Girls," the big-screen musical "Chicago" or the biographical drama "Capote," they have seen parts of this historic institution. In addition to having a visually appealing campus, the University of Toronto is quite historic in the country’s education sector, as it was the Province of Upper Canada’s first institution of higher learning in 1827. If individuals have some time during their Canada train tour, they should consider visiting the campus where the x-ray source Cygnus X-1 was identified as a black hole.
Although the Gothic Revival-style house known as Casa Loma started out as the home of a Canadian financier, it has gone on to become a popular movie set. "The Tuxedo," "Chicago," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" and "X-Men" all used the Toronto landmark as a film location. However, travelers do not have to have super powers in order to get a closer look at Casa Loma, as the house is now a museum that offers guided tours.
While most filmmakers choose to transform Toronto locations into something else, "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" did the opposite, as the story itself was set in Toronto. This allowed the crew to highlight some popular city sites, like Lee’s Palace, an alternative music club where bands like Nirvana, Oasis and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have all played.