Tacoma and other South Sound cities have had their fair share of attention from Hollywood. Much like Seattle, Tacoma has played host to movies big and small—sometimes overlapping with Seattle when it comes to films like “10 Things I Hate About You” and “Hand That Rocks the Cradle.”
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1. 10 Things I Hate About You – 1999
“10 Things I Hate About You” was filmed at some very cool locations in Seattle and Tacoma, including some that gained some well-deserved screen time. Where many movies flock to Seattle icons like the Seattle Center and Pike Place Market, “10 Things” highlights lesser known (at least outside of the area) hot spots. Stadium High School in Tacoma's Stadium District was used as the high school in the film. With its castle-like exterior, fabulous Sound views, and unique stadium bowl, Stadium High is also a historic structure worth stopping by. The facility is a school, but after hours, you can wander the exterior grounds and peer through a fence into the Stadium Bowl.
A private residence was converted into the home used in the film. This house is located at 2715 North Junett Street in Tacoma and both the interior and exterior of the home were used.
When characters Kat and Patrick go on a date, they visit all kinds of spots around Seattle, including the famous Fremont Troll under the Aurora Bridge, and Gas Works Park (2101 N Northlake Way). Other Seattle spots that make appearances include Buckaroo Tavern (4021 Fremont Avenue N); Century Ballroom (915 E Pine); Fremont Place Book Company (621 N 35th Street); Kerry Park (211 W Highland Drive); and Paramount Theatre (911 Pine Street).
2. The Hand that Rocks the Cradle - 1992
Like “10 Things,” “Hand that Rocks the Cradle” bounces between Seattle and Tacoma locations, but is mainly set in Tacoma at the fictional Bartell family home—808 N Yakima Avenue, a house in Tacoma’s North End. The greenhouse built in the film is still in the home’s yard. Unusually, the character Michael Bartell actually gives the home’s real address in a phone call in the movie. Yakima Avenue is also used for exterior shots of Peyton walking with the baby and Solomon riding on his bike. Some scenes in the park are at Wright Park, just down the street from 808 N Yakima.
Some scenes are set in Seattle, including when the Claire visits Dr. and Mrs. Mott’s home, which is at 2502 37th Avenue W. Claire works in a greenhouse in the film, and these scenes are set in Volunteer Park’s greenhouse. Other interior spaces used in Seattle include the meeting room where Peyton meets with lawyers at 1501 4th Avenue, a dry cleaners formerly located at 3501 Fremont Avenue N, and University Library at 5009 Roosevelt Way NE.