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Hollywood on the Potomac

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, October 31, 2015
1. Hollywood on the Potomac Marker
Inscription. Think of Georgetown as the real life equivalent of the MGM back lot. Hollywood has used Georgetown as a backdrop for drama, comedy, intrique, romance, crime, disaster — and horror. You are standing near the 75 steps that figured prominently in The Exorcist, perhaps the most famous movie made in Georgetown. The 1973 film told a chilling tale (written by Georgetown University Graduate William Peter Blatty) of a girl, possessed by a demon, who lives in a house adjacent to the steps. In a famous scene, a priest hurtles to his death down these steps. On the other side of the steps is the historic Car Barn built to store and transfer horse-drawn, and eventually, powered trolleys.

All the President's Men about the investigative reporters who uncovered the Watergate scandal was set in Georgetown. Three of the main characters, long-time residents Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward and Katherine Graham, lived in Georgetown at the time of the filming.

Georgetown locales often featured are the C&O canal, Wisconsin Avenue and the Whitehurst Freeway. in No Way Out Kevin Costner used the Freeway as a means of Escape. Téa Leoni if forced of the Freeway in Deep Impact and all of Key Bridge is submerged by a tidal wave. In Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise. Wisconsin Avenue is a street in the future
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By Allen C. Browne, October 31, 2015
2. Hollywood on the Potomac Marker
so no parked cars or pedestrians are visible. Campaign headquarters for Kevin Klein as presidential impersonator in the movie Dave is at 1422 Wisconsin Avenue. In St. Elmo's Fire a film about university students, bar scenes were filmed at The Third Edition at 1217 Wisconsin Avenue.

Arnold Schwarzenegger shops at Georgetown Park in True Lies. Will Smith lives on the east side in Enemy of the State. Tom Hanks bicycles down P Street in this early movie The Man with One Red Shoe.

In addition to movies, numerous documentaries and television episodes — from 24 to The West Wing &msash; have been shot in Georgetown, a community that is a “star” in its own right.
 
Location. 38° 54.35′ N, 77° 4.212′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Prospect Street near 36th Street when traveling west. Touch for map. At the head of the Exorcist Steps. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Exorcist Steps (a few steps from this marker); Prospect House (within shouting distance of this marker); Holy Trinity Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line);
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By Allen C. Browne, October 31, 2015
3. Hollywood on the Potomac Marker
at Prospect and 36th Street.
Holy Trinity Parish (about 500 feet away); John Fitzgerald Kennedy (about 500 feet away); The Black House (about 500 feet away); La Casa Latina (about 600 feet away); Francis Scott Key Bridge (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
Hollywood on the Potomac Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 31, 2015
4. Hollywood on the Potomac Marker
at the top of the Exorcist Steps
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By Allen C. Browne, October 31, 2015
5. The Exorcist House
3600 Prospect Avenue was used in the filming of The Exorcist. A mansard roof was added along with a wooden extension with a window overlooking the Exorcist Steps for Father Karris to fall out of.
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By Allen C. Browne, October 31, 2015
6. The Car Barn
Prospect Street Entrance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 242 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 1, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on November 4, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   5, 6. submitted on November 1, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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