Where was Selena filmed? The Selena Hotel & Beach Filming Locations

Christian Serratos singing as Selena
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Selena: The Series tells the story of the Queen of Tejano music, one of the most popular, on both sides of the border, Tex-Mex singers. The short and intense life of Selena Quintanilla became even more famous after her tragic end at the hands of her former manager in 1995.

The series, starring Christian Serratos (Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, The Twilight Saga) is primarily set in Texas. However, Selena was entirely filmed in several locations in Baja California, Mexico. Here is our almost spoiler-free filming locations guide:

Corpus Christi Cathedral
Some establishing shots are from Corpus Christi in Texas. This is the city where Selena’s family moved some years after she was born in the town of Lake Jackson (Greater Houston metropolitan area). Pictured, the iconic Corpus Christi Cathedral.
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Casa de la Cultura in Tijuana
The welfare office in 1981 is the IMAC or Casa de la Cultura in Tijuana.
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El Tejano Bar Rosarito
El Tejano Bar where a young girl offers Selena white flowers in the second episode is located in Rosarito.
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Where was Selena filmed
The Tejano Music Awards ceremony takes place at the colorful Old Jai Alai Palace Forum (El Foro Antiguo Palacio Jai Alai). Built in 1947 to hold Basque pelota (Pelota Vasca) tournaments, this entertainment center is today a magnificent venue, hosting concerts and cultural events in Tijuana.
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Abraham Quintanilla playing in the band
The gig from episode 3 in Matamoros, Mexico, was filmed in the kiosko of the Miguel Hidalgo Park in Tecate. This is the main square of this town located near the border with the USA, well known for being home to one of Mexico's most famous beer brands. Many scenes set in the fictional town of Santo Padre from the FX Networks series Mayans MC were also shot here in Tecate.
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Laredo Club
In episode 4, Selena y Los Dinos throw a concert in the Laredo Club in Laredo, Texas. Local media San Diego Red reported that the crew dressed the exterior of the old Cine Libertad in Tijuana for filming.
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Motel America
The Motel America that appears in episodes 4 and 5 is actually the Motel Colon on Guadalupe Avenue 175 in Ensenada. The Ryerson 51 pub from the seventh episode is also located in Ensenada's downtown area
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Selena series hotel and beach
Atlas of Wonders has tracked down the location of the beach in episode 7, “Fideo”, when the band was on tour in 1989. This is the beach in Castillos del Mar, located just 5 minutes drive from downtown Rosarito. Selena and Chris (played by Jesse Posey) talk on the beach located below the spectacular hotel Castillos Del Mar, hosted in a 15th-century building. You can stay there from US$87 for the double room.
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Selena Locations
The concert from the last episode of the season, “Gold Rush”, taking place in Brownwood, Texas, was filmed in the ICBC Amphitheatre in Tijuana. ICBC stands for Instituto de Cultura de Baja California.
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2 comments
  1. Love film locations. Opening scene of Selena episode 2, the band performing at a bar and where the
    girl gives Selena a flower was filmed at the Texano Bar which is across the main street from the Rosarito Beach Hotel, go up the street about 200 feet. I've spent many hours there and have pics.

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  2. Too bad this was not filmed in Corpus Christi.

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