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Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby Hockeynut! on Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:19 pm

Even though I live 1 1/2 from Pittsburgh, I rarely go there. I want to visit the city soon to take some photos. Just some general sightseeing type of things, not really "visiting" anywhere. I'd like to go on a day when there won't be crazy traffic. Is there any certain day of the week that would be best?
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby Troy Loney on Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:20 pm

sunday.
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby Hockeynut! on Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:20 pm

Thanks! I figured a weekend day might be best.
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby Troy Loney on Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:22 pm

I'm assuming that you're talking about downtown and the city neigborhoods right? The suburban areas are a nightmare on saturday and sunday, but you can get around the city easily.
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby llipgh2 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:31 pm

A Sunday WITHOUT a Steelers home game.
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby Hockeynut! on Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:38 pm

I'm actually going to be taking photos of some locations used in movie productions. I'm working on addresses now, but it looks like I'll mostly be in Oakland, Carnegie, Penn Hills, Sewickley. I think that's pretty much everywhere.
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby Rylan on Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:44 pm

Well, if you are going to Sewickley and Carnegie then pretty much any weekend will be fine.
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby mac5155 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:51 pm

What are some locations there were movie productions around those areas? JW. Maybe head up to Evans City and check the Night of the Living Dead cemetery.
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby Hockeynut! on Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:54 pm

Mac - I've been to Evans City, it's very cool. Looks the same as NOTLD.

The places I'm checking out were used in Silence of the Lambs, Creepshow, Monkey Shines, Mothman Prophecies and Sorority Row. :)
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby mac5155 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:57 pm

oh cool, I can recommend Silence of the Lambs, its right down the road from me in Layton PA. I was going to mention that but since you said closer to PGH I figured that wasnt what you were talking about.
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby mac5155 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:58 pm

Dunno if you are aware but buffalo bill's house is at 40.090399,-79.721984 in google maps. There is an old couple that lives in the house. They may even let you take some sweet pictures inside, they are very nice people.
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby KennyTheKangaroo on Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:59 pm

pretty awesome idea. do you have a list of places that youve already seen/have pictures of?
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby Hockeynut! on Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:14 pm

mac - I was there last fall. Didn't knock on the door or anything - I never want to bother people, but I might swing by again again.

Kenny - Thanks! I should add that I'm doing this for a book I'm writing, a horror-themed travelogue. I've done these weird road trips for the past few years and thought that it might make a cool book. I started writing it last year. This year, I began pitching it to publishers and got a book deal over the summer. Ironically, most of the places I've visited are away from western PA. I have places in Maine, Massachusetts, Jersey, NY, and as far south as Georgia/South Carolina. The book also covers supposedly haunted places, graves, etc.

Some of the places I've been include spots from:

Friday the 13 Parts 1, 2 & 6
Jaws
The Blair Witch Project
I Know What You Did Last Summer
The Dark Half
Night of the Living Dead (original)
Night of the Living Dead (remake)
Dawn of the Dead
House By the Cemetery
He Knows You're Alone
The Amityville Horror
The Evil Dead
Cabin Fever
Session 9
The Exorcist
Swamp Thing
Last House on the Left
Cat's Eye

That's a start anyway. =)
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby Rylan on Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:16 pm

That is awesome dude. Definitely a cool idea and congrats on the book deal. Ubersweetness
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby Hockeynut! on Mon Nov 05, 2012 4:01 pm

Thanks, Rylan!
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby pittsoccer33 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 4:28 pm

I know the famous Silence of the Lambs scene was shot at Soldiers and Sailors Museum/Memorial in Oakland. That doubled at the courthouse that Lector was being held at. I've been into the room his "cage" was in twice for different things. I think another shot was of the Music Hall at the Carnegie Museum.

I feel like I remember Mothman being shot in Kittanning while I was in high school.
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby mac5155 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 4:39 pm

I think they completely redid the town but Super 8 was shot predominately in Weirton WV.
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby Froggy on Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:04 pm

i would purchase and read that book. awesome idea
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby Hockeynut! on Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:08 pm

pittsoccer - Yep, I shot a wedding there a few years ago and the DJ told me about that. It sure made the wedding more fun! :)

mac- I didn't know that. I'll have to check it out. Thanks!

Froggy - Thanks, I'll let you know when it's available. ;) My deadline is May 1. I don't think it'll hit shelves until 2014 though.
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby FreeCandy44 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:26 pm

Hockeynut! wrote:mac - I was there last fall. Didn't knock on the door or anything - I never want to bother people, but I might swing by again again.

Kenny - Thanks! I should add that I'm doing this for a book I'm writing, a horror-themed travelogue. I've done these weird road trips for the past few years and thought that it might make a cool book. I started writing it last year. This year, I began pitching it to publishers and got a book deal over the summer. Ironically, most of the places I've visited are away from western PA. I have places in Maine, Massachusetts, Jersey, NY, and as far south as Georgia/South Carolina. The book also covers supposedly haunted places, graves, etc.

Some of the places I've been include spots from:

Friday the 13 Parts 1, 2 & 6
Jaws
The Blair Witch Project
I Know What You Did Last Summer
The Dark Half
Night of the Living Dead (original)
Night of the Living Dead (remake)
Dawn of the Dead
House By the Cemetery
He Knows You're Alone
The Amityville Horror
The Evil Dead
Cabin Fever
Session 9
The Exorcist
Swamp Thing
Last House on the Left
Cat's Eye

That's a start anyway. =)


That's amazing list. Not only would I love to tag along on those visits, I would and will buy that book.
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby Hockeynut! on Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:56 am

FreeCandy44 wrote:That's amazing list. Not only would I love to tag along on those visits, I would and will buy that book.


Thanks, Free Candy!
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby canaan on Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:04 pm

Hockeynut! wrote: Session 9

wheres this at?
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby Hockeynut! on Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:12 pm

Canaan - The mental hospital was in Danvers, MA. Most of it was torn down but the center of the Kirkbride was restored and turned into an apartment complex. It's still very recognizable from the film. Gordon's house is in Malden, MA, if memory serves.
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby MRandall25 on Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:15 pm

Did you make it to the Amityville house before they changed its appearance?
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Re: Best day to visit Pittsburgh?

Postby columbia on Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:17 pm

Magnolia Plantation (Swamp Thing locale) is a really awesome place to visit....Though I just went to the swamp.
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