Salem Film Office

Salem welcomes film productions of all sizes and scopes.  An historic city, we have a diversity of neighborhoods, including waterfront, lighthouses, many styles of architecture, parks, and business fronts.

Scouting

Salem has a wide variety of locations to choose from for your production, ranging from stately Federal architecture to gritty triple-deckers. Salem's active waterfront, industrial spaces, parks, and cityscapes can be explored independently or with a representative from the City of Salem or Destination Salem.

Contact us to brainstorm your next production and how Salem could be a perfect fit.

Permitting

We are happy to work with film crews on an individual basis to ensure all of your needs are met, including:

  • Parking for crew and talent
  • Police details in the event traffic needs to be interrupted
  • Day and night shoot logistics

 

Iconic Locations

  • Distinctive Exteriors:
    • Hawthorne Hotel,
    • The House of the Seven Gables,
    • Salem Witch Museum,
    • Witch Dungeon Museum,
    • Witch House
  • Architectural diversity from First Period (17th-century) to contemporary
  • Fishing pier
  • Forest River Park / Wooded Area / Two small beaches / Baseball diamond
  • Lighthouses: Derby Light, Pickering Light
  • Pickering Wharf shopping area / waterfront boardwalk
  • Salem Common park / playground / gazebo
  • Salem Willows small amusement park / Arcade
  • Several small beaches (sand and rock)
  • Shetland Park (former Pequot Cotton Mills) industrial park

Contact:

  • Ellen Talkowsky, Manager of Special Projects
    City of Salem
    (978) 619-5676 | etalkowsky@salem.com
  • Kate Fox, Executive Director
    Destination Salem, The Office of Tourism & Cultural Affairs
    (978) 741-3252 | kfox@salem.org
  • Massachusetts Film Office
    For issues pertaining to crew referrals, union issues, and using state highways and state parks, please contact the Massachusetts Film Office at MaFilm.org.

Filmed in Salem

  •     Bewitched, 1970
  •     The Europeans, 1978
  •     Burned at the Stake, 1979
  •     The Coming, AKA Burned at the Stake, 1980
  •     Three Sovereigns for Sarah, 1985
  •     Young Goodman Brown, 1991
  •     Hocus Pocus, 1993
  •     A&E Television, City Confidential Secrets and Superstition in Salem, 1998
  •     The Travel Channel, Places of Mystery: Witch City, 2000
  •     PBS, Secrets of the Dead – Witches Curse, 2001
  •     Showtime’s Penn & Teller: Bullshit, 2003
  •     Living TV (UK), Dead Famous, 2004
  •     Comedy Central, The Daily Show, 2004
  •     WCVB Chronicle, 2006
  •     SciFi Channel, Ghost Hunters, 2007
  •     Bridewars, 2008
  •     Opportunity Knocks, 2008
  •     Dish Network, Magnificent Obsessions, 2008
  •     Out TV (Canada),  Chris & John’s Halloween Superstar, 2009
  •     TLC, What Not to Wear, 2009
  •     The Travel Channel, Ghost Adventures, 2010
  •     Who Do You Think You Are? 2010
  •     The Food Network, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, 2010
  •     Sundance Channel, Love | Lust, 2011
  •     Lords of Salem, 2011 (Release 2012)
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