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Old 09-11-2016, 11:23 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

I am making a film that has that Halloween 1970s type of vibe to it. I would even take a Goonies or E.T. vibe. While I have no problem bringing in wardrobe, cars, set dressings, etc. I would LOVE to shoot in a town that seems rather "untouched." I visited a town outside Peoria, IL not too long ago that seemed similar to what I am looking for, but I would love more options!!!

Does anyone have any ideas???

I read somewhere else on the forum, someone suggesting Preston, Idaho from Napoleon Dynamite, but I feel as though traveling to Idaho might be a bit "much" for the budget. Plus I would rather go to a state I am familiar/somewhat familiar with. I'm looking around the NY, NJ, PA, OH, IN, IL area? Possibly further away, if the town is worth it!

Thanks in advance,
Amanda
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Old 09-11-2016, 11:59 PM
 
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Fairborn, Ohio - (I'm referring to the traditional town proper, not the university area on the edge of town that sprouted up 30 years ago.). Lived there as a kid in the early '80's. Not much has changed (for the positive anyway): the small downtown still has several of the same businesses, including a five and dime novelty/candy store (Foy's, which actually has expanded with an adjoining diner/grill and a Halloween store across the street). Although Fairborn has a lot of land area with a multitude of neighborhoods (that still look like they did 30 years ago), most of the shopping centers in town are high vacancy/empty because almost all of the economic activity shifted to the Wright State University/interstate bypass area heading out of town. Might be easy and cheap to temporarily rent a vacant store or warehouse to shoot interiors.

If you're looking for lots of activity or hills in your locale, you may want to keep looking. Fairborn proper doesn't have much of either. I just marvel when I go back every few years how it all just stays the same, though business activity shifted dramatically. Except for Foy's. That's actually gotten better, and you'd be lucky if they let you film inside their store or grill; plus you could use them for costuming needs if you had to.
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Old 09-12-2016, 12:21 AM
 
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Fairborn, Ohio - (I'm referring to the traditional town proper, not the university area on the edge of town that sprouted up 30 years ago.). Lived there as a kid in the early '80's. Not much has changed (for the positive anyway): the small downtown still has several of the same businesses, including a five and dime novelty/candy store (Foy's, which actually has expanded with an adjoining diner/grill and a Halloween store across the street). Although Fairborn has a lot of land area with a multitude of neighborhoods (that still look like they did 30 years ago), most of the shopping centers in town are high vacancy/empty because almost all of the economic activity shifted to the Wright State University/interstate bypass area heading out of town. Might be easy and cheap to temporarily rent a vacant store or warehouse to shoot interiors.

If you're looking for lots of activity or hills in your locale, you may want to keep looking. Fairborn proper doesn't have much of either. I just marvel when I go back every few years how it all just stays the same, though business activity shifted dramatically. Except for Foy's. That's actually gotten better, and you'd be lucky if they let you film inside their store or grill; plus you could use them for costuming needs if you had to.
Foy's sounds so interesting. I actually have scenes in a diner, so that would be amazing. Hmm. I'll definitely have to put that on my list of towns to investigate. I also just checked it out on Google Maps. It is about an hour-hour and 1/2 outside of Columbus? That's perfect! Since I have family there, so I can just crash for the night while scouting. Haha.

Thanks again! Anyone else have suggestions?
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Old 09-12-2016, 05:48 AM
 
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In NY, perhaps places such as Johnson City or Endicott may work. Both were company towns in the Binghamton area, that have main streets that have an old look and has seen better days in parts of them. When you mentioned a diner, the Red Robin Diner in Johnson City came to mind.
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Old 09-12-2016, 06:03 AM
 
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While there are some newer buildings, Hershey PA is by and large stuck in 1970's era autopia. In early October the feeling is enhanced by hosting what some call the world's largest antique auto show. Hershey Region AACA: Fall Meet
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Old 09-12-2016, 06:45 AM
 
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Elgin, IL fits the bill, with the added bonus that it's only 30 min from O'hare.
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Old 09-12-2016, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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McArthur Ohio in Vinton County, looks like the old Main St. U.S.A. of a bygone era, the surrounding area is pristine hilly wilderness.
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Old 09-12-2016, 07:24 PM
 
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How big of a town? There has to be hundreds of small relatively unchanged towns in the areas you mentioned. Possibly thousands.
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Old 09-12-2016, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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Astoria, Oregon. The principle filming of Goonies. And still the same. Jackpot!
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Old 09-12-2016, 08:43 PM
 
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Cairo Illinois .don't even need to explain. Look it up
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