On Screen

Felicity Jones shoots a scene for ‘On The Basis of Sex’ in front of the courthouse on rue Notre-Dame E.

Film and TV directors love Old Montreal because it can easily double for many European cities. Dozens of productions have come to Old Montreal over the years.

Who knows, you may even stumble upon a film set while visiting Old Montreal!

Here’s a look at a handful of the films and TV shows that have shot scenes in Old Montreal. Go ahead and snap photos of yourself standing where Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey and Neil Patrick Harris have stood!

Midway (2019)

Roland Emmerich’s new movie starring Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans and Nick Jonas turned the Quebec Court of Appeals on rue Notre-Dame E into Japan during World War II. Scenes were also filmed in front of Montreal city hall just down the street.

A behind-the-scenes look at filming of ‘Midway” outside the Quebec Court of Appeals on rue Notre-Dame E. (The movie comes out in November 2019.)

Death Wish (2018)

Bruce Willis starred in this reboot, which included several scenes that were filmed in Old Montreal. At the end of the film he is seen standing on a New York City street – but it was actually rue Sainte-Hélène south of rue Notre-Dame O.

Bruce Willis in a scene from ‘Death Wish’ on rue Sainte-Hélène.

On The Basis of Sex (2018)

The Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic, starring Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer and Justin Theroux was mostly shot in Montreal, including many scenes in Old Montreal. One of the primary locations was rue Notre-Dame E, east of rue Saint-Laurent, where there are several courthouses.

Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux and Felicity Jones on the steps of the Quebec Court of Appeal on rue Notre-Dame E, in a scene from ‘On The Basis of Sex.’
Felicity Jones runs along the path in front of the courthouse on rue Notre-Dame E. Behind her is the western exterior of Montreal city hall.

Quantico (2015)

The first season of the popular ABC drama series Quantico, which was mostly filmed in Montreal, often shot scenes in Old Montreal.

Whether it was a quiet scene inside Les 400 Coups on rue Notre-Dame or a frigid exterior scene at the tip of Quai King Edward in the Old Port, the neighbourhood shined in Quantico.

Take a peek inside the historic Royal Bank Building at 360 rue Saint-Jacques – the main hall doubled as the FBI’s New York City emergency command post in season one of Quantico. It’s now Crew Collective & Café.

A scene from Season 1 of ‘Quantico’ inside the former RBC building. The space is now home to Crew Café.

The Death and Life of John L. Donovan (2017)

Kit Harington, best known as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, was spotted in the summer of 2016 taking breaks while working on Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s new film. Production took place at several spots in Old Montreal.

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Actor Kit Harington, standing outside an office building on Place D’Armes at rue Saint-Jacques while on a break from filming ‘The Death and Life of John L. Donovan’ inside.

Brad’s Status

In the film Brad’s Status, Ben Stiller is stonewalled as he tries to get a table at a stone-walled restaurant. He eventually dines with co-star Michael Sheen. The scenes were shot on the upper level of the Vieux-Port Steakhouse on rue Saint-Paul E.

Ben Stiller (right) appears in a scene in ‘Brad’s Status’ that was filmed in the Vieux-Port Steakhouse on rue Saint-Paul E.

The Art of More

The Crackle series The Art of More, set in the world of auction houses, starred Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth and Cary Elwes. The show regularly filmed scenes in Old Montreal, including at the galleries on rue Saint-Paul Ouest.

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Cary Elwes shoots a scene for ‘The Art of More’ on rue Saint-Paul O.

The Glass Castle (2017)

Rue Saint-Jacques at rue Saint-Pierre was transformed into NYC’s Tribeca in the 1980s for scenes in the movie The Glass Castle, starring Naomi Watts, Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson.

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Production of a scene for ‘The Glass Castle’ at the corner of rue Saint-Pierre and rue Saint-Jacques, in front of the St. James Hotel.

Nine Lives (2016)

When Kevin Spacey pulls his sports car up to Mr. Purrkins pet shop, he’s actually outside a building at the foot of the alley that runs between rue Saint-Paul O and rue De Le Capitale, just east of rue Saint-Francois-Xavier.

Kevin Spacey, in a scene from ‘Nine Lives,’ at the foot of the alley that runs between rue Saint-Paul O and rue De La Capitale.

And the venue where Jennifer Garner and Kevin Spacey attend a fundraising gala? It’s actually the Theatre Saint-James on rue Saint-Jacques, east of rue Saint-Pierre.

A scene from ‘Nine Lives’ outside Theatre Saint-James on rue Saint-Jacques.

The Walk (2015)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt appeared in Old Montreal in Summer 2014 to film exterior scenes set in Paris. Most of the action took place in Place Royale, at the old Montreal Customs House on rue Saint-Paul O.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt appears in a scene for ‘The Walk’ that was filmed in Place Royale at rue Saint-Paul O.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Montreal City Hall, located on rue Notre-Dame E. in Old Montreal, appears in this blockbuster, which was filmed in Summer 2013. Several scenes, with actors including Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult, were shot in the fountain in Vauquelin Square, located next to City Hall at the top of Place Jacques-Cartier.

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Montreal City Hall on rue Notre-Dame E appears in a scene from ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’

Noel (2004)

Penelope Cruz, Susan Sarandon, Paul Walker and Robin Williams are just some of the stars in this holiday-themed drama that was partly shot in Old Montreal (doubling as New York City).

Susan Sarandon walks east on rue Notre-Dame O in front of the Theatre Saint-James in this scene from ‘Noel.’

The Smurfs 2 (2013)

Old Montreal doubled as Paris once again in this family comedy starring Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays and Brendan Gleeson. At the end of the movie, all three are standing – with some Smurfs, of course – at the corner of rue Saint-Paul E. and rue De La Marché-Bonsecours, with Bonsecours Market in the background.

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Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Jacob Tremblay and Brendan Gleeson appear on rue Saint-Paul E. in a scene from ‘The Smurfs 2.’

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Brad Pitt was in Old Montreal in Spring 2007 to film exterior scenes set in Paris. He sips coffee while seated in front of 111 rue De La Commune O and rides a scooter through the streets of the neighbourhood.

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A scene from ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ showing rue Saint-Paul O at rue Saint-Francois-Xavier.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

George Clooney was in Old Montreal in Winter 2002 to direct scenes that were set in Berlin and Helsinki. Star Sam Rockwell appears on several different streets in Old Montreal, including rue Saint-Sulpice at rue Le Royer.

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Sam Rockwell appears in a scene from ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind’ on rue McGill at rue Marguerite d’Youville.

The Score (2001)

Both Robert DeNiro and Edward Norton walked the streets of Old Montreal for this crime caper, which also starred Marlon Brando. A number of scenes were filmed on rue Saint-Paul E and the historic Canada Customs building at 105 rue McGill is prominently featured.

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Edward Norton runs towards the Old Port at the foot of rue Bonsecours, at rue De La Commune E, in a scene from ‘The Score.’

Stonewall (2016)

Roland Emmerich made this New York City drama, based (very) loosely on actual events, entirely in Montreal. Stars Jeremy Irvine and Jonny Beauchamp appeared in two scenes that were shot in Old Montreal. In one, they walk up rue Saint-Alexis from rue du Saint-Sacrement.

Jeremy Irvine and Jonny Beauchamp walk up rue Saint-Alexis from rue du Saint-Sacrement in this scene from ‘Stonewall.’

In a night scene, they run out onto rue Saint-Jacques in front of Theatre St-James to hail a cab.

Jeremy Irvine and Jonny Beauchamp run onto rue Saint-Jacques in a scene from ‘Stonewall.’

Love Locks (2017)

This Hallmark Channel movie starring real-life couple Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn, was primarily shot in Old Montreal. O’Connell’s character worked at a Paris hotel, which was in fact Maison du Calvet on rue Bonsecours at rue Saint-Paul E.

Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell in a scene from ‘Love Locks’ shot on rue Bonsecours at rue Saint-Paul E.

SIMPLE PLAN

Fans of pop-rock band Simple Plan can pose for a photo at the very same spot where the Montreal band stood for their publicity photo, on tiny rue Marie-Morin between rue Saint-Paul O and rue de la Commune O.

Fun fact: Simple Plan guitarist Jeff Stinco reportedly has a stake in several Old Montreal restaurants and bars, including Mangiafoco, Philémon and Mimi La Nuit. You’ll find them here.

Simple Plan posing on rue Marie-Morin.