Are you a die hard Wes Anderson fan? If so, then you need to start planning a visit to these beautiful places that look like a real-life movie set. These American locations could be in a Wes Anderson film – they look just like the same style of scenes from his famous movies. The retro vibes and pastel hues of films by the director – such as The Royal Tenenbaums, Grand Budapest Hotel and Moonrise Kingdom – are a travel Insta shot dream. So, budding photographers will be keen to get their hands on a new book that showcases places worthy of the Wes factor.
Inspired by the unique vision of director Wes Anderson’s films, the book ‘Accidentally Wes Anderson’ travels to every continent to tell the extraordinary and unexpected true stories behind more than two hundred stunning locations. It’s from Wally Koval, the creator of the iconic Instagram account @AccidentallyWesAnderson. To celebrate the book’s launch, here’s some of the most eye-pleasing places in the US from the account…
American Locations That Could Be in a Wes Anderson Film
1. Odeon Theater – Mason, Texas
In the small, picturesque town of Mason, Texas, motion pictures have entertained audiences at the Odeon Theater for nearly a century. Opened in 1928, the Odeon is the longest continually operating theater in West Texas. It still looks just as beautiful as ever.
2. Kneller Athletic Center – Worcester, Massachusetts
Within the campus of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, the Kneller Athletic Center is home to the University’s fitness center, various playing courts, and its six-lane, 25-yard competition-size pool. The pool is home to Clark’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams.
3. Rhoads Little Free Library – Murrieta, California
How cute is this? What started as Todd Bol’s tribute to his late mother is now a movement rooted in the sharing of books, and the promotion of literacy and community service. As of August 2019, Little Free Libraries are in more than 90,000 locations in 91 countries — including the Rhoads Little Free Library.
4. Dublin Bottling Works – Dublin, Texas
Established in 1891, Dublin Bottling Works is known as the first factory to bottle the popular soda drink, Dr. Pepper. Even though it lost out on the rights to make Dr. Pepper, it still makes classic sodas. Dublin Bottling Works continues to bottle seven different sodas, offers tours, and still uses original 1930s equipment.
5. Avondale Bowl – Chicago, Illinois
A deep love of neighborhood and commitment to historic preservation have resulted in Chicago’s newest bowling alley. The eight-lane Avondale Bowl in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood, dates back to the 1920s. Following an amazing restoration, the alley reopened in 2019.
6. Union Station – Los Angeles, California
Built in 1939, Los Angeles Union Station is the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States and is widely regarded as “the last of the great train stations.” The station’s signature Mission Moderne style makes it one of L.A.’s architectural gems.
7. Tender Buttons – New York, New York
Sometimes there’s no telling where a lunch break will lead you. For Diana Epstein, a New York book editor, her midday meander in the 1960s led her to a button shop on East 77th Street and unknowingly to a 34-year career in the button business.
Want to discover more places like these? You can see more incredible photos of Wes Anderson-esque locations here. Obsessed.