THE CITY OF SPOKANE
Moviemakers from around the county have discovered Spokane’s talented crew base, diverse locations, great weather and affordable conditions. Spokane is located on the eastern edge of Washington where sunshine mixes with a myriad of rural and urban settings. From historic neighborhoods to quaint western towns, rugged mountains to pristine lakes, national forests, raging rivers and miles of winding roads through golden waves of wheat. Spokane and the surrounding region offer the perfect backdrop for feature films and commercial productions of every type. “Wherever you turn, there’s something great to shoot,” commented one location manger.
An experienced production workforce makes your project easy and affordable with talented location managers, producers, directors and trade professionals who call our region home for its quality of life and easy access to creative projects. Additional crews and equipment are available from Seattle, a short 45 minute flight or five-hour drive from Spokane.
The Spokane Film Office regularly provides same-day digital location photo service, posting location options on the web to make scouting a breeze and minimizing your pre-production costs. The office also offers simple, fast permitting and reasonably priced services, making Spokane, Eastern Washington and the Inland Northwest a great choice for your next project.
The Spokane River runs through the heart of Downtown Spokane. Photo courtesy of
Alan Bisson and Visit Spokane.
Put away your umbrella! Spokane averages 260 days of sunshine per year! In fact, the word Spokane means “Children of the Sun.” With four distinct seasons, Spokane knows how to work with Mother Nature for any production, rain or shine (but mostly shine!)
January – High 33.2 F Low 20.8 F
July – High 83.1 F Low 54.4 F
January Rainfall – 2.24 inches
July Rainfall – 0.56 inches
Western Regional Climate Center
PROJECTS FILMED IN SPOKANE
Duncan Garden in Manito Park is one of Spokane’s most colorful, well kept gardens.
Photo courtesy of Visit Spokane.
- Norman (2010) – Jonathan Segal
- The Ward (2010) – John Carpenter
- Dan Cummins: Crazy with a Capital F (2009) – David Higby
- Finding Bliss (2009) – Julie Davis
- Falling Up (2009) – David M. Rosenthal
- Give ’em Hell, Malone (2009) – Russell Mulcahy
- Lies and Illusions (2009) – Tibor Takács
- Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!! (2009) – Evgeny Afineevsky
- The Joneses (2009) – Derrick Borte
- Wrong Turn at Tahoe (2009) – Franck Khalfoun
- A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2007) – Wayne Wang
- The Contractor (2007) – Josef Rusnak
- Lonely Hearts (2006) – Todd Robinson
- End Game (2005) – Andy Cheng
- Mozart and the Whale (2005) – Petter Naess
- The Cutter (2005) – William Tannen
- Dandelion (2004) – Mark Milgard
- Shadow of Fear (2004) – Rich Cowan
- Hangman’s Curse (2003) – Rafal Zielinski
- The Business of Fancydancing (2002) – Sherman Alexie
- Whacked! (2002) – James Bruce
- The Basket (1999) – Rich Cowan
- Y2K: Practical Solutions for Home Preparedness (1999)
- Smoke Signals (1998) – Chris Eyre
- Dante’s Peak (1997) – Roger Donaldson
- The Postman (1997) – Kevin Costner
- Benny & Joon (1993) – Jeremiah S. Chechik
- Toys (1992) – Barry Levinson
- Always (1989) – Steven Spielberg
- Vision Quest (1985) – Harold Becker
- Runaway (1984) – Michael Crichton
- The Lusty Men (1952) – Nicholas Ray
- The Grub Stake (1923) – Nell Shipman
KEY LOCATIONS OF INTEREST
Bowl and Pitcher at Riverside State Park is a geologic phenomenon left by the Ice Age Floods. Photo courtesy of Ben Tobin and Visit Spokane.
- Riverside State Park – a serene recreation destination for hiking, paddling, wildlife viewing and much more! Breath-taking views of massive volcanic basalt formations, Bowl and Pitcher and the Spokane River.
- Riverfront Park – 100 acres of fun in the heart of downtown Spokane, this city landmark was the site of the 1974 World’s Fair and features iconic Spokane markers such as the Clocktower, Pavilion, historic 1909 Looff Carrousel and impressive views of the Spokane Falls.
- Manito Park – Spokane’s showcase gardens include Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Memorial Japanese Garden, Rose Hill formal rose garden, French Renaissance-style Duncan Garden, Lilac Garden, Joel E Ferris Perennial Garden, Gaiser Conservatory and Mirror pond with a picnic shelter and children’s play area.
- Mt. Spokane State Park – 30 miles northwest of downtown, affords spectacular views of Spokane, mountain biking and hiking in the summer and a ski and snowboard park in the winter.
- The Davenport Hotel – world famous since it opened in September of 1914, the hotel’s grandeur slowly diminished with the death of Mr. Davenport and his family, but was later refurbished to its original glory in 2002.
- Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox – built in 1931, it isconsidered one of the most well preserved art deco theaters in the country and is loved by performers for its outstanding acoustics.
- Mobius Science Center – provides hands-on, interactive experiences for kids of all ages with over 65 electrifying exhibits!
- Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC) – features five exhibition galleries that highlight regional history, the arts and American Indian culture.
- The Steam Plant – a national-award winning renovation of a 1914 steam generation facility.
DISTANCE TO CLOSEST LARGE AIRPORT
It’s just about 10 minutes from baggage claim to downtown Spokane. Conveniently located seven miles west of town, Spokane International Airport (GEG) is the second largest airport in Washington State, providing quick and easy access to more than 7,000 hotel rooms. Served by seven major carriers, more than 100 flights a day connect Spokane to cities across the United States, with direct fly access to 13 major hubs nationwide. Spokane also offers convenient on-site rental cars right at the Spokane International Airport terminal.
For a full listing of transportation options go to: http://www.visitspokane.com/meet/how-do-we-get-there/
CLOSEST LARGE CITIES ADJACENT
- Seattle is 279 miles west.
- The Tri-Cities are 143 miles southwest.
- Wenatchee is 170 miles west.
- Yakima is 202 miles southwest.
- RELEVANT CONTACTS AND INFORMATION
The Clocktower and Pavilion in Riverfront Park are iconic symbols of Spokane. Photo courtesy of Visit Spokane
- Local Film Liaison – Jeanna Hofmeister, Visit Spokane, Office (509) 742-9372, Cell (509) 993-9822,firstname.lastname@example.org
- Agency that issues permits and costs – Eldon Brown, City of Spokane, Office (509) 625-6305, email@example.com The city of Spokane requires a $1,000 refundable deposit and proof of insurance prior to issuing a film permit. Upon permitting, city staff is available to meet with production companies on all facets of production from police and fire to street closures.
- General Information, Fire, Sheriff, Parks and more – Martha Lou Wheately-Billeter, Spokane County, Office (509) 477-7195, firstname.lastname@example.org
- State Parks – Spokane offers two of Washington’s largest state parks, Riverside State Park and Mt. Spokane State Park. Both offer a variety of natural settings, architectural structures and historic sites, and geological and water features. Permits are required for educational and commercial filming. For adequate processing time, please submit your permit application two weeks prior to the date you plan to film. For full information log in to: http://www.parks.wa.gov/permits/filming/
Spokane offers some 7,200 guest rooms throughout the county from full service downtown hotels from historic to modern and smaller select service properties. In addition, the area offers many historic bed and breakfasts in distinctive neighborhoods with their own funky flair as well as lakefront resorts, guest houses, vacation rentals and corporate and long term stay hotels and apartments.
For a complete listing of the region’s diverse accommodations, go to www.VisitSpokane.com/stay for an up to date list of properties, amenities and pricing.
In an effort to expand our Reel Scout Location Database, we are doing a call for “Pubs and Taverns.” If you have a pub, tavern, or bar in any part of Washington State and are open to filming, you can list your property in our location database by sending photos to Info@WashingtonFilmworks.org. Please include address and contact information and attach photos as a JPEG no larger than 1MB per photo.