Locations in Greater Reading

The Greater Reading area boasts a variety of locations for film production. From historic farms to classic mid-20th century urban, from small towns to manufacturing centers, the region provides a wide variety of settings to explore.

Architecture

With nearly 3 centuries of history, architectural styles abound – from colonial homes to art deco urban to middle America and the quirky and unusual.

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Business and Manufacturing

From Colonial times, Greater Reading was a center for manufacturing – early iron forges, railroads, textiles, auto and steel production have all called Reading home. While many of those industries have moved on, they have all left remarkable buildings behind.

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Churches and Cemeteries

Founded on religious freedom, the region boasts hundreds of large and small, ornate and simple places of worship. Cemeteries include simple historic lots, to grand, manicured resting places.

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Cityscapes

Reading is a mid-size city that grew up in the 20th century, with Art Deco buildings and a pleasant skyline.

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Colleges and Universities

Greater Reading is home to 5 colleges and universities, including a city based community college, a large state university, and 2 small private colleges. Each has its own unique feel and look.

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Cultural Attractions

Diverse cultural activities abound in the region, including numerous art galleries, a highly respected symphony, an excellent museum, several local theaters, and the Goggleworks – a nationally known center for the arts. Additionally, the region is home to a number of festivals and events, including Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival, WW2 Air Show, JazzFest, and a free concert series in the city park.

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Diners and Eateries

Picturesque diners and eateries abound in the region.

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Farms

Agriculture continues to be the number one industry in Greater Reading. Founded in the 18th century, Reading and the surrounding towns boast a large number of stone houses and barns, rarely seen elsewhere.

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Gardens

From manicured city and suburban gardens, to huge rural and organic gardens, the region shares one amazing green thumb!

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Golf Courses and Country Clubs

Classic Country Club looks and newer courses abound in this region of avid golfers and tennis players.

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Historic Sites

As part of the original William Penn land grant, Greater Reading is steeped in history. Important sites include Conrad Weiser Homestead, Daniel Boone Homestead, Hopewell Iron Furnace National Historic Site, Historic Joanna Furnace, and nearby Ephrata Cloister.

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Hospitals

Two hospitals serve the region, including the Reading Hospital, with more than a century’s worth of building and architecture, and St. Joseph’s Hospital, recently constructed. Additionally, there is a state psychiatric hospital in the county, with several unused buildings.

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Landscapes

Bounded by the Appalachian Mountains to the north, the lush farmlands of the Oley Valley to the east, flat Lancaster County to the south, and rolling hills to the west, and featuring a scenic river down the middle, Greater Reading is beautiful every season of the year.

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Look Alikes

Greater Reading hosts diverse landscapes and cityscapes to match many famous and unique parts of the United States.

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Mansions

During its hay day as a textile manufacturing center, the prosperous built lovely homes throughout the region, and even created an idyllic suburban town in which to raise their families.

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Parks, Lakes and Recreational Areas

The Schuylkill River and its subsidiaries provide numerous opportunities for recreation, including boating, fishing, swimming, mountain biking, and hiking.

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Small Towns & Neighborhoods

Small town America still exists in Greater Reading, where parades, concerts in the parks, and street fairs are part of the fabric of daily life.

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Sports

From soccer for tots to Minor League Hockey, Baseball, Football and Soccer, Greater Reading has plenty of sports and the facilities to support them.

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Transportation

As anyone knows who has ever played Monopoly remembers, the Reading Railroad was once the most profitable railroad in this country. Sadly, the passenger train no longer runs, but freight trains do as do miles of train tracks and bridges.

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Venues

With a thriving arts community, Greater Reading has a 4000 seat arena, a beautiful performing arts theater, and several smaller venues for film, music and theater performances.

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Wineries & Breweries

Berks County is home to eight wineries and several breweries, offering vineyard tours, wine tastings, and festivals to celebrate the grape and the grain.

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