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Arlington is no stranger to the big or small screens; many of today’s biggest film and tv hits, from Scandal and House of Cards to All the President’s Men, depict scenes around our community.
But while many of those scenes are created in other locations through the magic of Hollywood, there are quite a few times in which Arlington locations have played a starring role.
Arlington’s Rosslyn neighborhood, located within walking distance of D.C., is a popular location for filmmakers. The Tom Hanks-helmed Charlie Wilson’s War used Rosslyn’s Wilton House as the location of Wilson’s penthouse. Rosslyn’s Freedom Plaza was the site of the Season 1 assassination attempt on the hit tv show The West Wing. And the 2009 film State of Play filmed both at the Rosslyn Metro station and at the Americana Hotel in Crystal City.
But those certainly aren’t the only Arlington locations that have lured Hollywood’s lights. Arlington’s National Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima) was featured in everything from The Next Karate Kid to Flags of Our Fathers. The Air Force Memorial can be seen in Transformers 3, and in Clear and Present Danger, actor Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan attended a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. The 1993 thriller The Pelican Brief was said to have filmed a scene outside of the Ballston Common Mall parking garage. Crystal City is featured in the 2014 Captain America: Winter Soldier. Even some private homes in Arlington were used as featured locations in the 2011 hit J. Edgar.
Author: Cara O'Donnell