About TCM Classic Film Tour
Whether you can recite every line of Annie Hall, name every Manhattan building Spiderman has scaled, or are merely curious about where your favorite movies have been filmed, the TMC Classic Film Tours offers a chance to tour the city from a cinephile's perspective.
By the time it's over, you may find yourself craving a Danish and coffee in front of Tiffany's (ala Audrey Hepburn) or compelled to take a ride on the Pelham 1-2-3 to channel Denzel Washington (or, for the cinema verite folks, Walter Matthau). One thing is for sure: You'll either leave the tour knowing a lot more about New York City and its movies than you did when you hopped on, or you'll have a thoroughly enjoyable time trying to stump the expert tour guide (or both)!
Yes, this “reel” Manhattan tour takes a cinematic look at New York City, visiting more than 60 locations prominent in classic films, such as the Empire State Building (King Kong), the subway grate where Marilyn Monroe’s skirt flew up in The Seven-Year Itch, Grand Central Terminal (Superman, North by Northwest), Central Park (Ghostbusters), the Manhattan Bridge (Woody Allen’s Manhattan), Zabar’s (You’ve Got Mail), the Dakota (Rosemary’s Baby) and Holly Golightly’s apartment in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
In addition to a fabulous overview of New York City film history, this three-hour bus tour, which is led by a local actor, offers a sightseeing tour of the best of Manhattan, including Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center, the Plaza Hotel, FAO Schwarz, Tiffany’s and Rockefeller Center.
As an added bonus, cinephiles can enjoy movie clips narrated by their guide throughout the tour, which also includes trivia quizzes about the sites and sounds of both Manhattan films and New York City itself.
Approximately three hours.
Did you know?
New York City is the most filmed city in the entire world, with more than 600 films to date (and counting) either filmed or set in New York.
The 1908 silent short The Thieving Hand – shot on location in Flatbush, Brooklyn – was the first movie filmed in New York City.
Classic movie buffs will love this cinema-centric tour that runs the gamut from King Kong to Ghostbusters (and everything in between), while offering a sightseeing tour of Manhattan’s most popular stops.
Good for kids?
Older kids who have seen the movies highlighted in the tour (like King Kong or Ghostbusters) will appreciate this tour the most, but younger kids who enjoy bus rides, movies and sightseeing are apt to enjoy themselves as well.
On Location Tours Location Information:
51st St. & Broadway
New York, NY 10019
TCM Classic Film Tour
Begins: 1650 Broadway (at 51st St., in front of Ellen’s Stardust Diner)
Nearest Subway: F, M to 47th – 50th Sts./Rockefeller Center; N, Q, R to 49th St.; 1, C to 50th St.; B, D, E to 7th Ave.
Ends: Grand Central Terminal, 87 E. 42nd St.
Nearest Subway: 4, 5, 6, 7 to Grand Central – 42nd St.; B, D, F, M to 42nd St. – Bryant Park