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Hollywood Backlot in Chicago's Suburbs

Tour a building originally built to care for German elderly and later, used as a setting for movies

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Situated about 10 miles outside downtown Chicago, the Altenheim was established in 1885 as a home to care for German elderly. Much later, it became a "backlot" for the Hollywood movies Harry and Tonto (1974), The Package (1989), and The Babe (1992).


Join Chicago Movie Tours on this free virtual walking tour as you roam the exterior of The Altenheim and discover how the property is used onscreen in three very different ways.

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Virtual Tour FAQs

How Do I Watch?

Unless listed otherwise, our virtual tours take place live on Facebook. Simply visit Chicago Movie Tours' Facebook Page at the scheduled time, and click PLAY on the live video.

 

(You do not need a Facebook account to watch live programs.)

Can I Get a Reminder?

Yes! If you'd like an email reminder, register here for the event at least 24 hours before it begins.

Can I Watch Later?

Virtual tours may not be available after their livestream. Because some of Chicago Movie Tours' virtual events include clips that may trigger social media censors, Facebook could remove the videos after the livestream, even though the material is considered fair use.

 

In short: it's a good idea to watch live.

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Your generous tips and donations—which help to cover costs of livestreaming software, archive and research memberships, on-location travel for virtual tour video footage, and more—ensure Chicago Movie Tours can continue creating free and affordable in-person and virtual events.

 

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Virtual Tour FAQs

What's Included

Chicago Movie Tours' virtual tours incorporate the following, when applicable, to bring the subject matter to life:

  • HD video

  • High-quality photos

  • Expertly designed animated slideshows

  • Clips and screengrabs

  • Maps (to orient you as you "travel" with us)

  • Vintage newspaper articles and ads

  • Classic movie fan magazine excerpts

  • Well-researched commentary

 

Additionally, we always include opportunities for audience contribution.

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