Did you know that the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby was filmed at Rosecliff Mansion? Or that the “Swiss Chalet” Arnold Schwarzenegger escapes from in True Lies is really Ochre Court? Or that the tower that collapses at the end of Moonrise Kingdom is the steeple of Trinity Church?
These facts, among hundreds of others, are all featured on the Newport Film and Celebrity Tour, which lets you see the scenes – and the scenery – of historic Newport.
During the two-hour tour, you’ll travel in a loop from the Newport Visitors Center all the way around the island, from historic Bellevue Avenue, down scenic Ocean Drive and through downtown. As you ride in a comfortable, air-conditioned Mercedes van, you’ll watch over 50 clips from 13 different movies that were filmed in Newport, and will be able to compare the real-life locations outside your window with what you’re seeing on the screen. The featured films span from 1956 to 2016, so the experience is truly enjoyable for film buffs from every generation.
The tour is rife with personal touches, which serve as a reminder that despite Newport’s history, prestige and presence on the big-screen, it is still a small town in the nation’s smallest state – much different from New York or LA. You’ll see the restaurant where Steven Spielberg hosted his daughter’s birthday dinner when he was in town directing Amistad, and hear the story of the time when Bill Murray sat down across from a stranger at the Starbucks on Thames Street and told him, “No one will ever believe you had coffee with Bill Murray this morning.” You’ll also watch videos from the folk and jazz festivals as you drive through Fort Adams, and hear a history of Newport that expands far beyond its incidence in film. Tours leave every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:30am.