South Beach provides filmmakers with a natural backdrop of historic Art Deco architecture, palms, beaches, and great weather. Memorable blockbusters and primetime television series were shot on location in various places throughout SoBe. Join us as we take a look back in time at some of the films and television series that made SoBe the place it is today.
The 1996 comedy is one of the most beloved films of all time. Walk in the footsteps of the late Robin Williams and Nathan Lane at the Lincoln Road Mall in SoBe. The pair stroll through the open-air pedestrian mall during the farmer’s market, which still occurs every Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. The nightclub scene featured in the movie takes place at The Carlyle, a condominium hotel on Ocean Drive. The facade looks different than the original Birdcage club from the film, but you get the idea. 1250 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Step Up Revolution
Is there a better place to stop traffic and dance than Ocean Drive? We think not. This 2012 dance film gets the idea. Break dancers take over Ocean Drive as they use colorful vintage cars as props, blast music from the speakers, and dance beneath the palms with South Beach’s gorgeous Art Deco buildings as a backdrop. Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Pain and Gain
Based on the Sun Gym gang and their kidnapping, extortion, torture, and murder that plagued Miami in the mid-90s, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson headed to South Beach to portray this real life mayhem. Visit Fontainebleau Miami Beach to see the spot where Dwayne Johnson pulls up in his luxury ride in this 2013 Michael Bay action movie. 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
First appearing in 1958, Alvin and the Chipmunks has been a part of every generation’s childhood since. The 2015 film starring Jason Lee places the chipmunks in Lummus Park in South Beach, as they try to break up the imminent marriage proposal between Dave and his new girlfriend. 1130 Ocean Dr. Miami Beach
The television crime drama only ran for five seasons in the late 80s, but forever changed the way the world looks at Miami. Called one of the “Top 50 TV Shows”, People magazine once stated that Miami Vice was the “first show to look really new and different since color TV was invented.” We have the bright colors of SoBe to thank for that. Visit the corner of 8th and Collins, now an H&M store, where Detective James “Sonny” Crockett would indulge in a café con leche. 190 8th St, Miami Beach
Considered one of the greatest films of all time, Scarface also filmed at Fontainebleau (as did the 1992 thriller The Bodyguard, starring Whitney Houston and Goldfinger starring Sean Connery). Tony and Manny would pick up girls from the Fontainebleau pool. Also shot on Ocean Drive, Scarface’s scene where Tony Montana survives a chainsaw massacre is now a CVS. 728 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL
Although filmed almost entirely in Long Beach, Dexter filmed a few scenes in Miami throughout this crime mystery show’s run. Everyone’s favorite lovable serial killer cruises down Ocean Drive and in the ‘Crocodile’ episode, you can see the signs for Beacon Hotel, Colony, and the red Johnny Rockets logo in the background. 736 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach
Reno 911: Miami
From Lummus Park to the International Inn, this hilarious cop comedy film based on the Comedy Central Reno 911 television series made the rounds in South Beach. Their home base was the Miami Beach Police Department on Washington Avenue, just around the corner from Washington Park Hotel. 1100 Washington Ave, Miami Beach
The newest Netflix feature film starring Jake Gyllenhaal has a few of its opening scenes shot during Art Basel. The montage of shots from the Miami Beach Convention Center shows what you’d expect from any world renowned SoBe art event - stars, glitz, glamor, and the finest in contemporary art. 1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach
There’s Something About Mary
This classic rom-com has a few scenes shot around Magic City. Visit the Cardoza Hotel where Ted prepares for his big date with Mary (which was also used as a filming location in the 1959 film, A Hole in the Head), and the iconic Big Pink restaurant on Collins Avenue where Pat Healy meets Sully. 157 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
The 2017 reboot of the famous television series features a lifeguard training scene filmed at a sandy area east of Miami’s Ocean Terrace. Technically in North Beach, this doesn’t stop us from donning our red swimsuits, taking the short trip north, and pretending like we’re one of the crew. Ocean Terrace, Miami Beach
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