Port Hope's small town beauty and architecture have made us a popular location for TV and film shoots.

Port Hope is great on camera

We're the quintessential small town with pretty streets, beautiful period architecture and the kind of warmth and charm that keep you coming back. Port Hope has become a destination for filmmakers and TV producers looking for historical flavour and ambiance. The period detective series, Murdoch Mysteries, films here often. Even the acclaimed Schitt's Creek flashes a cameo of the town.

IT horror movies and other famous screen appearances

Downtown Port Hope was transformed into fictional Derry, Maine for the chilling adaptations of Stephen King's IT for IT Chapter One (2017) and IT Chapter Two (2019). The filming was a huge contributor to the local economy with production dollar spending and visitors coming to see the set locations. You can take a selfie tour of IT local film spots.

The filming also sparked a Port Horror festival of movies that included a short film contest and vampire makeovers. Other notable films include Tommy Boy (1994), the buddy comedy road trip with Chris Farley and David Spade, and To Die For (1994), the crime mockumentary with Nicole Kidman.

Famous films and TV featuring Port Hope 

Our House

(Filmed in June 2016)
A supernatural thriller based on the film Ghost From The Machine. 


Stephen King's IT

(Filmed in 2016)
The movie is based on Stephen King’s timeless novel “It” set in the summer of 1989, and follows seven young friends as they battle an evil presence lurking beneath their small town, which hunts children by using their greatest fears against them.
Filming took place in various locations in the downtown and around Port Hope between Monday, July 11 and Friday, July 15, 2016. Downtown Port Hope had been set dressed to represent ‘Derry, Maine’ in 1989. 

Stephen King's IT Chapter Two

(Filmed in July - September 2018)
The highly anticipated sequel to Stephen King's IT, based on the infamous horror novel of the same title. The Losers Clubs returns to Derry, Maine 27 years later to defeat Pennywise the Dancing Clown, just as they had promised. Starring James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Skarsgård, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, Jay Ryan and a special appearance by the King of Horror himself. Released September 6, 2019.


Murdoch Mysteries

Season 10, Episode 18: Hell to Pay
(Filmed in June 2018) Season 12, Episode 5: The Spy Who Loved Murdoch 
(Filmed in May 2019) TBA
(Filmed in August 2019) Season 13, Episode 12: TBA & Season 13, Episode 13: TBA 


Star Falls

(Filmed in Filmed in July 2017)
A Nickelodeon series entitled Star Falls was filmed in Port Hope during July 2017. Star Falls follows teen Sophia who persuades a Hollywood star Craig Brooks, and his family to live in her house while he shoots a movie in town, hoping he'll fall in love with her mom.


Falling Water

(Filmed in September 2017)
A sci-fi drama series that will be releasing its second season on US networks. Follows three individuals that have never met, but are connected by different parts of the same dream. 


Schitt's Creek

The Capitol Theatre marquee had a cameo in the beloved Canadian sitcom that stars SCTV alumni Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara. 


Tommy Boy

The comedy road film with Chris Farley and David Spade shot on Walton and Queen street. 


To Die For

The crime mockumentary with Nicole Kidman filmed on Ward and King streets. 


Orphan

The horror flick shot on Dorset Street.