Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lake of the Isles - "D2: Mighty Ducks 2" Filming Location - Minneapolis, MN

This is part of the early montage in D2 where the Ducks gather yet again. You can see the Ducks skating down the street in the still above; below is the same spot in July of 2014. This location can be found at the corner of Kenwood Parkway and Lake of the Isles Parkway in Minneapolis.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Goldberg's Delicatessen - "D2: Mighty Ducks 2" Filming Location - Minneapolis, MN

Kramarczuk's Deli is famous amongst Twin Cities locals. They produce some of the best sausages around. This is the same deli used as Goldberg's Delicatessen in the second "Mighty Ducks" film. You can find it at 215 East Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. Above is a still from the film; below in July of 2014.


The inside has been remodeled and there are no hanging meats. I was also disappointed to find there was no picture of  "Our Son the Goalie" anywhere. The above two images are stills from the film; below in July of 2014.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Qfanatic BBQ - Champlin, MN

Qfanatic BBQ, located at 180 Miller Road in Champlin, Minnesota, was featured on the hit TV series "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives." The food isn't bad, but unfortunately BBQ isn't really a popular thing in Minnesota.

Monday, July 28, 2014

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Charlie's Apartment - "D2: Mighty Ducks 2" Filming Location - Minneapolis, MN

The Adams Apartments, located at 500 South 10th Street in downtown Minneapolis, were used at the home for the Charlie Conway character in D2. Above is a still from the film; below are the apartments in July of 2014. As you can see, the second floor windows match up perfectly.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Band Box Diner - "D2: Mighty Ducks 2" Filming Location - Minneapolis, MN

Located at 729 South 10th Street in Minneapolis, the Band Box Diner is the location used in D2 where the Ducks reunite for the first time since the first film. The shot above is a still from the film; below in July of 2014.

 Above is a shot from the film; below in July of 2014.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The House on the Rock - Spring Green, WI

The short version of the story about The House on the Rock is a man collected a lot of weird stuff and constructed a giant house/museum to showcase his collections. You can find out more about this place online. It is located at 5754 State Road 23 in Spring Green, Wisconsn.




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Grandpa's Funeral - "Little Big League" Filming Location - Minneapolis, MN

Grandpa's funeral scene was shot in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. The above still from the film is located in section 2 of the cemetery. Below, the Pettit plot is shown in July of 2014.

In the above still, you can see the main Lakewood Cemetery pavillion in the background. In the image below from July 2014, you can see the trees have grown and the pavillion is no longer visible through there.

In the area where Grandpa Thomas was buried, there are no actual tombstones there. It's simply an open area located right next to the mausoleum building. The above shot is a still from the film; below in July of 2014.

Above is a still from the film; below in July of 2014.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Marion Ross Performing Arts Center - Albert Lea, MN

Made famous by her role as the mother on "Happy Days," Albert Lea native Marion Ross had a performing arts center named after her. You can find this building at 147 North Broadway Avenue in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Giant Sinclair Dinosaur - Wisconsin Dells, WI

You can find this gem located at 421 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Animal Shelter - "Grumpier Old Men" Filming Location - Afton, MN

Located at 13342 40th Street South in Afton, Minnesota, this is the former location of the Saint Croix Animal Shelter. This is the spot (now a private home) where Max adopts a dog at the dog pound in the movie "Grumpier Old Men."

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Jeffrey Dahmer's Apartment - Milwaukee, WI

In July of 1991, authorities discovered the grousome crimescene in Jeffrey Dahmer's one-bedroom apartment. He lived in the Oxford Apartments, room 213, located at 924 North 25th Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In the photo below, police remove the infamous blue barrel that contained three human torsos. Dahmer was charged with the brutal murders of 17 men, many of which he ate and then decorated his apartment with their bones and body parts.

I visted the apartment in 2011, but as you can see in the above and below photos, the lot where the building once stood is now empty. The apartment building was torn down in 1992.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Hans' Funeral - "D3 Mighty Ducks 3" Filming Location - Minneapolis, MN

Lakewood Cemetery, located at 3600 Hennepin Ave. S. in Minneapolis, was the location used for the funeral of Hans in "D3 Mighty Ducks 3." You will find this specific location in Section 5 of the graveyard. The above photo was a still from the film; below in July of 2014.

Above is a still from the film as Gordon pays his respects; below in July of 2014.

The Ducks gather in the above still from the film; same spot below in 2014...and no Hans gravestone in case you were wondering!

Charlie is upset and walks away in the above still; same spot below in July of 2014.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Columbia Ice Arena - "D3: Mighty Ducks 3" Filming Location - Fridley, MN

As of July of 2014, Columbia Arena remains abandoned. It opened in the early 1960s and closed in 2006. I visited this place only to take photos of the exterior. I was shocked when I saw a door propped open. Naturally, I went inside and snapped a few photos after not seeing any "No Trespassing" signs. I hurried out of there because I could tell people were actively squatting there. The address is 7011 University Avenue NE in Fridley, Minnesota. I had originally reported this location was not used for the filming of D3 but I was wrong. This spot was used for ALL of the hockey scenes in the film.
The above still was taken from the film; below is that same side of the arena in 2014.

This is the part that threw me off...do you see those giant windows in the background of the above still from the film? They are not in the arena anymore and they have obviously been boarded up as you can see in my photo below. However, I did not notice how they were boarded up from the inside or the outside. This fact is why I was originally skeptical about this location actually being used in the film. However, after being told by people who were actually there during filming, those windows were a facade put up by the potion picture company and taken down after filming was  complete.



OCTOBER 2015 UPDATE!
I am updating this filming location but it brings me great sadness to do so. The Columbia Arena could not be saved. The city of Fridley purchased it and are in the process of tearing it down as I type this. I went back to the arena on October 4th, 2015 and snapped the photo below. You can see building's side pillars still in the ground.
I took a brick home for a keepsake.
R.I.P. Columbia Ice Arena 1969-2015