Filming in the City of Riverside

Welcome to Riverside, a film friendly city nestled in the heart of Southern California. The city boasts a mix of picturesque streets evoking past eras from Victorian times, Craftsman Bungalows, Queen Anne-Style Mansions, Gothic Revival, Mission Revival, Spanish Colonial, Pueblo Revival, Tutor Revival, Mediterranean, and Historic Adobe to Streamline Modern.

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Riverside's unique agriculture setting offers dry creek beds, lush orange groves, mountains and valleys, scrub trees and towering pines, numerous parks and Lake Evans as well as a thriving urban downtown featuring an art and entertainment district, alleyways and a pedestrian Main Street.


Riverside is home to many historic buildings including the county courthouse, a gorgeous, Beaux-Arts Classics building was built over 100 years ago. The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, a Spanish Mission masterpiece that is the perfect backdrop for any elegant setting. Fox Theater, our Spanish Colonial Revival theater house and the first public screening sight for Gone with the Wind. After a 2007 full renovation it’s a staple in the Downtown Entertainment District. As well as Benedict Castle a Medieval Spanish property have all served as backdrops for several silver screen and major motion pictures.

Film permits are required for both public and private property commercial productions, student and non-profit filming and photography within the City of Riverside.


Get Involved

Sign up to have your home or business added to the approved filming location list. Please email [email protected] to be added to the list. Be sure to send photos of your property for advertising. *Submissions must be made by property owners.



Riverside is a quick 45 minute drive from Los Angeles and Palm Springs with direct access from the 90/215/60 freeways and boasts its own Airport - Riverside Municipal Airport.


Filming Credits

Kingpin, Hotel, The Man in the Iron Mask, Meet Frankenstein


Storage Wars, Enlightened, HGTV, DIY, MTV, BBC, ABC, A&E, Apple, The Church of Scientology, Spectrum Communications, Dunkin Donuts, Harvest Christian Church, Dance Moms, Kaiser Permanente, E! Entertainment, VET Tv, Discovery Science, The Travel Channel


Print Ford, Mercedes Benz, 5.11 Tactical, LuLaRoe, MetLife, Tilly’s


Student USC, Loyola Marymount, Riverside Community College, California Baptist University, American Film Institute, La Sierra University, Chapman University, Columbia College, California State University; Monterey Bay, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Azusa Pacific University