Purple Rain Movie Behind The Scenes

Purple Rain Locations


Locations Notes

Rewind the locations where they filmed the 1984 Dance / Music movie starring Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day More Cast

Locations Manager(s): Kirk Hokanson

Purple Rain Filming Locations:

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Wanna see the real life filming location used for First Avenue and 7th Street Entry in the movie?

These scenes were actually shot at First Avenue, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Google Map

The club is still in existence today and many popular bands play there. It's an old Greyhound Bus Depot that was converted to a concert club (originally called The Depot) in 1970. [Thanks to John]

The Kid's house is to be found at 3420 Snelling Avenue in Longfellow, Minneapolis [Thanks to Robert Hardin]

The movie was also filmed at other locations in Minneapolis and Eagan, Minnesota as well as allegedly some work in Los Angeles when the weather in Minneapolis turned bad. [Thanks to Sean Harrington]

The interiors were filmed in LA on sets.

The hotel where Appolonia resided in the movie was actually filmed at the Huntington Hotel on Main Street in Downtown, Los Angeles. The hotel still exists. [Thanks to Jennifer]

A visitor wrote in to say that the city of Henderson MN has a map on their web site showing the shooting locations for Purple Rain for the country bike ride and "Lake" scene. (actually on the Minnesota River). Some local stories are also told about the filming.

Can you help? Particularly with The lake, Prince's house? Please Update Us

Locations Links

Following is a recommended link:

First Avenue Official Site

Next Section: LX Preview

LX Preview

LX is our radical new locations feature that we've been beavering away on.. For years!

Each location will have it's own page with then/now pictures, maps, StreetView, discovery story and the most detailed explanations on how the location was used. Most importantly, the locations will have a status that shows whether they are verified correct and by whom. We are working with the actual locations managers or other crew where possible. The whole thing will be very interactive and you will, of course, be able to update everything.

We are pleased to be able to bring you a sneak peek at what LX locations will be available for Purple Rain upon release:

Bike Ride
First Avenue and 7th Street Entry
The lake
Prince's house

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Please Note: The status of some entries in this preview may be wrong because they are in-progress or need updating before release.

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