Ranked by USA Today’s readers as the #1 historic hotel in America and by Conde Nast magazine’s readers a top five hotel in Southern California, it is no wonder that the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is a favorite filming site for motion pictures, television shows and print advertisements. See our special Mission Inn photo gallery for over twenty photographs of this remarkable landmark.
Considered one of the most architecturally stunning buildings in the state of California, the 1903 Riverside County Courthouse provides an unparalleled backdrop for all types of filming. The courthouse’s long marble interior corridor offers a dramatic and architecturally significant setting for interior filming and photography.
The March Field Air Museum, located adjacent to March Air Reserve Base (formerly known as March Air Force Base and March Field) offers over 60 classic airplanes, from the famed SR-71 Blackbird to the B-2 Bomber, for filming and photography. MFAM also offers an outdoor Vietnam-era encampment-like setting including four helicopters and Quonset hut.
March Air Reserve Base (formerly known as March Air Force Base and March Field), located adjacent to March Field Air Museum.
Unusual to find in Southern California, Riverside’s Main Street pedestrian mall is a throwback to another time and place. Bordered by the architecturally dramatic National Historic Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, quaint retail stores, beautiful fountains, and life-sized statutes of famous civil rights leaders, Main Street Riverside is a favorite site for Southern California filming and photography.
Located near Main Street Riverside are numerous historic and beautiful buildings that are perfect for exterior and interior filming. These building include the Riverside Art Museum, Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Fox Performing Arts Theater, First Congregational Church, and Riverside County Courthouse.
Located in downtown Riverside, Mt. Rubidoux was the site of the nation’s first outdoor Easter sunrise service and famously hiked by Booker T. Washington. As dramatic an outdoor scene as can be found in Southern California, Mt. Rubidoux’s architecturally significant Peace Tower, forty-foot cross, and towering American flag look down to the sixth largest city in Southern California. Mt. Rubidoux is backdropped by the San Gabriel and San Jacinto Mountain ranges, providing breathtaking views and filming opportunities.
The only such park in the State of California, the 248-acre property included thousands of orange trees, once abundant in California during California’s “second Gold Rush.” The 248-acre citrus grove, parks and buildings were featured in California Gold, a Huell Howser Production in association with KCET/Los Angeles.
The Riverside Convention Center offers a large, modern, yet architecturally interesting filming venue within the heart of downtown Riverside. The Center rests in a park-like setting adjacent to main Street Riverside, with extraordinary views of the National Historic Landmark Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. The interior of the Center features a dramatic promenade and stunning glass chandelier.
The Fox Performing Arts Theater, located in the heart of downtown Riverside, offers an architecturally appealing historic exterior and beautifully detailed interior design. With the deepest stage of any similar venue in Southern California, the Fox is a perfect place for filming any stage-required production. The Fox was first used by Hollywood for the first national preview of Gone with the Wind, before the venue was transformed into a leading performing arts venue.
Opened in 2011, the state-of-the-art Riverside Aquatics Complex has quickly become Southern California’s favorite aquatics filming locations because if its large dive towers, 65-meter pool (as opposed to the usual 50-meter pools located throughout Southern California), reasonable rates, and ease of production. The complex was the site for ABC’s television series Splash!
The Riverside Municipal Auditorium (RMA) is a Riverside landmark designed by famed Mission Inn architects Arthur Benton and G. Stanley Wilson in 1928. This reinforced concrete Mission Revival style building is also a World War I memorial to the 87 military members from Riverside County who died in service of our country and was commemorated by the National Register of Historic places in 1978. The RMA has been enhanced and upgraded through a $10M renovation by the City of Riverside in 2011 and continues to serve the Community as a meeting, special event, and live performance venue.
In the midst of our beautiful City of Riverside, we have a Morgan-designed landmark treasure. Built in 1929 in a unique mixture of Mediterranean and Classical revival styles. RAM has elegant simplicity in an innovative tri-block design. The movement and interest created by the tri-block design works not only on the exterior of the building, but also on the two interior floors.