You can be in New York, Chicago or Washington D.C. or even in the fictional Gotham City and be in Toronto, Canada at the same time. That is if you have seen the movies shot entirely in the Greater Toronto Area. After all, Canada would not be dubbed as the “Hollywood of the North” if not for its impressive film and tv production industry.
The nickname originated as far back as the 1970s but mainly because it was popular for local and foreign film production works. The city started getting noticed for its chameleon-like countenance in 2000, when the first X-Men movie made Oshawa’s Parkwood Estate, the first site for Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.
Using the 98-room, Gothic Revival-style mansion Casa Loma (Hill House) for the academy’s interior settings, Toronto has since been on the map of major Hollywood filmmakers.
Although Hatley Castle in Victoria, British Columbia later became the training ground for Professor Xavier’s mutants in subsequent X-Men movies, Toronto’s other landmarks have since been used as locations for more than a dozen films and tv productions during the past 2 decades.
In 2017, the year’s Oscar Winner for Best Picture “The Shape of Water” was mostly filmed in Toronto. The hauntingly beautiful science fiction romance movie, had scenes using the Humanities Wing Building of the University of Toronto, Elgin Theatre, Massey Hall, the Keating Channel in Port Lands and the Lakeview Restaurant in Dundas as settings.
A year earlier (2016), Ryan Reynolds walked the streets surrounding the Yonge-Dundas Square, as “Deadpool”, and made the area the location for the fictional Midway City where many of the battle scenes of the blockbuster movie took place.
Actually, Toronto has been in the sights not only of movie outfits but also of people looking for the most livable place in which to move and take up permanent residence.
Culturally, environmentally, economically and perhaps, even politically, the city has a lot to offer as benefits. Moving in Toronto for folks who have lots of stuff to haul over to a new home is not a problem, since, one can easily find a transmoving company to do the job perfectly.
List of Hit Movies Filmed in Toronto
If you want to see more of Toronto in films, here is a quick rundown of other blockbuster movies shot in the city:
Pacific Rim (2013) and Robocop (2014) – The old Hearn Generating Station
Total Recall (2012) – The Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Roy Thomson Hall, CN Tower, the Gardiner Expressway and the Lower Bay Station,
Resident Evil – in Nearly all movies released by the Resident Evil franchise, audience were taken to different important places in the city; but mostly in the Toronto City Hall (2004), and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Pharmacy (2010)
The Incredible Hulk (2008) – Morningside Park, University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall, King’s College, Knox College and the Cherry Street bridge.
Chicago (2002) – Casa Loma,Canada Life Building, Danforth Music Hall, the Distillery District, Elgin Theatre,; Ontario Legislature, l, Osgoode Hall, and the Winter Garden Theatre.