Location is also crucial for filming a movie. Pittsburgh has proven to be a great location for cinematographers over the decades. The city and region have been the setting for numerous films since the birth of the industry. The 2004 Pennsylvania Film Production Tax Credit legislature only made the area more popular. Sign by Governor Ed Rendell, this bill grants a 25% film tax credit to productions that spend at least 60% of their budget in the Commonwealth.
Some locations in the area are particularly photogenic and appear in several films. For instance, Mellon Institute on the Campus of Carnegie Mellon University has appeared in The Dark Night Rises and The Mothman Prophecies. The Duquesne Incline and Pittsburgh International have also had several cameos.
One of the earliest movies about Pittsburgh was Allegheny Uprising. It premiered in 1939 and starred a young John Wayne. Valley of Decision, a 1945 film, starred Gregory Peck and Greer Garson and depicted the tale of a housemaid who falls in love with the scion of the local steel mill. Since then many other films have been about Pittsburgh or filmed in Pittsburgh. Here is a list of some memorable films shot in Pittsburgh from 1950, onward. Learn what Pittsburgh locations have seen the Hollywood lights. Several of these movies are linked to more in depth summaries and histories below. Be aware: there may be spoilers.
Filmed at: Williamsport, Avalon, Lawrenceville, Chartiers Country Club, Fox Chapel Golf Club, Ross Park Mall, The Strip District.
Filmed at: Pittsburgh International Airport, Andy Warhol Museum, Mount Washington Overlook, PNC Park, Civic Arena (Demolished), Market Square, Century III Mall.
Filmed at: Omni William Penn Hotel, Station Square and Mellon Arena. (now PPG Paints Arena).
Filmed at: Ambridge, Beaver County and UPMC Braddock.
Filmed at: Mellon Institute, Heinz Field, Smithfield Street, Trinity Cathedral, Downtown.
Filmed at: Fort Pitt Bridge, Mt. Washington Overlook, Peters Township High School.
Tom Cruise leads a top-notch cast charged with bringing Lee Child’s book One Shot to the big screen. A few of the actors that joined Mr. Cruise in making this film include Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog, and Robert Duval. Pittsburgh fans will be impressed by the action and enjoy seeing how the city provides a backdrop for these scenes.
Filmed at: Strip District, 10th Street Bridge, PNC Park, Smallman Street, Strip District.
Filmed at: Mt. Washington, and Carnegie Library in Braddock.
Filmed at: Schenley High School, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC, Andy Warhol Bridge, Squirrel Hill, Bloomfield, Point Breeze.
Filmed in the Southside.
Exterior scenes were filmed at the old Saks Fifth Ave. downtown.
Filmed in the Hill District
Filmed at: Fred Rogers Studio at WQED (TV), The Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill, Allegheny Cemetery.
Filmed at: Carnegie Mellon University, South Atlantic Ave, Friendship, Pittsburgh International Airport, Shadyside Academy, Fox Chapel, Chatham University.
Filmed at: Mellon Square, Downtown, St. Francis Medical Center (now Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC), Cathedral of Learning, Kittanning Citizens Bridge, Saint Paul Cathedral Parish, Oakland, Mellon Institute.
Filmed at: Monroeville Mall, Rostraver Ice Garden, Mellon Arena (PPG Paints Arena now).
Filmed at: Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge, Lawrenceville, Carnegie Mellon University, Allegheny General Hospital, Omni William Penn Hotel, The Pittsburgh Athletic Association, Arby’s, McKees Rocks, Costco, Robinson.
Filmed at: Kennywood, Churchill Borough, Moon Township, McCandless Township, Beaver County.
Filmed at: Western Center Canonsburg, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, The “Bug Room”, and Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Filmed in Ben Avon.
Filmed in Allegheny Cemetery, Lawrenceville and Heinz Hall.
Filmed in Armstrong Tunnel, Washington’s Landing and The Original Oyster House.
Filmed at the Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Washington & Jefferson University.
Filmed in: Sewickley, Pittsburgh International Airport, Hill District, South Side, Downtown.
Filmed at: Civic Arena (since Demolished), Mt. Washington, Station Square.
Filmed in Beaver County and Forward Lanes, Squirrel Hill (since closed).
Filmed at St. Philomena School in Squirrel Hill.
Filmed at Clemente Bridge and PPG Place.
Filmed at: Pittsburgh International Airport, Grand Concourse Restaurant, Franklin Inn, Franklin Park, Saint Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church, East Liberty.
Filmed at: Allegheny General Hospital, Hall of Sculpture – Carnegie Institute, The Duquesne Incline, Corner of Wood St. and Liberty Ave.
Filmed at: Point Stadium in Johnstown and Ferndale Area High School in Cambria County.
Filmed at Allegheny County Courthouse and Allegheny County Jail.
Filmed in the South Side of Pittsburgh.
Filmed in Cambria County War Memorial Arena.
Filmed in Clairton, PA; Steubenville, OH; Weirton, WV.
Filmed at Monroeville Mall and Harold W. Brown Airfield Monroeville.
1950s and 1960s
It was filmed at Forbes Field (now demolished, but you can visit the former site in Oakland).
Filmed in Evans City Cemetery and Downtown at The Original Oyster House in Market Square.