Where was Doctor Sleep filmed? Frazier, New Hampshire, the Overlook Hotel & Filming Locations

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The sequel of one of the best horror movies of all time, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980), comes to cinemas almost 40 years later.

Doctor Sleep is based on the 2013 novel of the same name created by Stephen King. It is written and directed by Mike Flanagan, who delivered the outstanding Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House and Midnight Mass.

Doctor Sleep actors in The Overlook Hotel

Ewan McGregor stars as Danny Torrance, the grown-up child from the first film, who's got psychic abilities. He is still haunted by the events that took place at the Overlook Hotel.

Rebecca Ferguson is Rose the Hat, the leader of a sinister cult called the True Knot. Kyliegh Curran completes the main cast as Abra Stone, a young girl with 'the shining' power.

So, where was Doctor Sleep filmed? The film is partially set in the fictional town of Frazier, New Hampshire, but it was filmed in Atlanta and the surrounding area. Here is a spoiler-free guide to the filming locations of the movie:

The real Overlook Hotel location

Overlook Hotel location in the movie
The Overlook Hotel in the Rocky Mountains plays again a key role in the film. The exteriors are inspired by the Timberline Lodge in Mount Hood, Oregon.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Warner Bros and Google Maps

Doctor Sleep Hotel interiors
However, as in the original The Shining, director Mike Flanagan decided to film all the hotel scenes on a sound stage.

The set recreating all the rooms, now left to rot in decades since the Torrance family fled the place, was built in the Blackhall Studios near Atlanta.

The iconic Colorado Lounge from the 1980 production (below) was inspired by the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite (California). Most of the interiors of the movie and also the frozen labyrinth were shot here.
Image courtesy of Warner Bros - Ahwahnee Hotel Map

The Shining Lake scene
IMDb reports that three shots were reused from the original The Shining footage; The stunning aerial views from the opening scenes including Saint Mary Lake island (pictured) and the car driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road, both in Glacier National Park (Montana).

The shots were degrained, recolored as day-for-night, and had snow digitally added. The third one is the elevator blood scene.
Image courtesy of Warner Bros and Junaidrao - Map

Sequence site in Florida
The opening scene in Florida was shot on the waterfront near the Riverview Hotel in St. Marys, according to local media WJCT.
Image courtesy of Google Maps

Frazier New Hampshire
The fictional town of Frazier, New Hampshire, was filmed in Covington square near the Mystic Grill, a restaurant known because the set makes part of The Vampire Diaries, Legacies and the Sweet Magnolias filming locations.
Image courtesy of Warner Bros and Google Maps

Filming in Plaza Theatre Atlanta
The Plaza Theatre in Atlanta is an art deco landmark, which opened in 1939 and is still operating as a movie theatre.
Image courtesy of Warner Bros and Paul Sableman - Map

Doctor Sleep Erwachen drehort
A small sequence set in the 70s was filmed at East Beach in St Simons. We also discovered that a camping scene was shot in Stone Mountain Park. The supermarket was filmed in Fayetteville.
Image courtesy of Warner Bros - East Beach Map / Stone Mountain Map

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1- Anonymous - Oct 28, 2022, 9:59 AM
Neat to read up on, because I was always told the hotel in the first movie was inspiration by the famous Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire (a real place). So is Anniston, NH a fictional place too? Also, Where is Covington Square and the Mystic Grille?

2- Anonymous - Oct 31, 2022, 12:03 AM
Where is Abra's house located? It's a beautiful home.


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