First of all: we regret to inform you that the iconic scene of Say Anything... with John Cusack holding the boombox over his head was actually filmed in Los Angeles. In fact, most of the scenes involving the actors were shot in L.A., while Seattle was used mainly for establishing shots and a few key moments.
Still, there are plenty of Seattle sights (and one Tacoma attraction) that make their way into the film and the memories of those who love it. Just like the cassette tapes and big hair, a lot of the Seattle locations are relics of another time, but it's nice to know we can always go back with a little help from Cameron Crowe—who also directed the much more Seattle-centric Singles.
Despite a changing Seattle, many of the buildings from Say Anything... are still standing—even though as of 2019, the film is a whole 30 years old. (Not the Alaskan Way Viaduct, though. RIP.)
Don’t worry, there are other Seattle-set films that weren’t totally filmed in Los Angeles or Vancouver, BC. We’ve also mapped out Sleepless in Seattle and 10 Things I Hate About You for all your local film tourism needs.Read More