Where Was “Elvis” The Movie Filmed?

Step into the icon’s blue suede shoes, dancing from Mississippi to Nevada!

Austin Butler embodies “The King of Rock and Roll” in the new 2022 biopic, simply titled Elvis. The film follows Elvis Aaron Presley from the time he first fell in love with music to the star’s untimely death in 1977, at the age of 42. As told through the eyes of his manager, Tom Parker (portrayed by Tom Hanks), the audience watches as Elvis rockets to fame in Memphis, and eventually lands in Las Vegas. Although these ionic locations throughout the film were designed on a set in Queensland, Australia, the film is a tour though the USA at its finest. Rock your way through the real-life locations recreated in Baz Luhrmann’s dazzling interpretation of Elvis’s fascinating life and career.

SPOILER WARNING

The Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum

The Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum
The Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum. Photo: Elvis Presley Birthplace via Facebook

Given the film is a biopic, what better location to start with than The Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum. Located on Elvis Presley Drive in Tupelo, Mississippi, this museum not only prominently displays Elvis’s home before moving due to the family’s debt, but his childhood church has also been moved onto these 15 acre grounds. It was in this very church, according to the museum’s website, that, “Brother Frank taught Elvis how to make D, A, and E chords…all he needed to play ‘Ole Shep’.” The grounds of the museum also feature a statue of 13-year-old Elvis depicted, “life-size and at ground-level so that fans can more directly relate to Elvis as a person.”

The Shreveport Municipal Auditorium

The Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
The Shreveport Municipal Auditorium. Photo: joshlmcdonald via Instagram

The Shreveport Municipal Auditorium is the original home to the Louisiana Hayride, where those famous hips first swiveled. Built in 1929, the auditorium carried the radio and television show where each week different up and coming artists were featured to a live audience. The Louisiana Hayride premiered in 1948 and was broadcasted until the 1960’s, when radio fell out of popularity. Continuing with the theme, the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium is situated in Shreveport, Louisiana, on 705 Elvis Presley Avenue. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, its website also boasts hosting, “Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton, Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Bobbie “Blue” Bland and B.B. King” before their meteoric careers.

Club Handy on Beale Street

Club Handy on Beale Street
Club Handy on Beale Street. Photo: adventuresofamacabrequeen via Instagram

Club Handy on Beale Street is often Elvis’s safe space from the crowds who chase him through the streets of Memphis. It is here in Club Handy that he can reconnect with his love of blues and remember why he began performing in the first place. Named for “the father of blues”, WC Handy, Club Handy on Beale Street does still exist. It is located in the heart of Memphis, near the Memphis Rock N’ Soul Museum and according to its Facebook,  it is “where all the fun of Beale Street can be found.”

The Graceland Mansion

The Graceland Mansion
The Graceland Mansion. Photo: andrew_amiel via Instagram

If you are following Elvis’s legacy, a must-see stop on your journey has to be the Graceland Mansion. In the film, the mansion is a representation of the Presleys’ rise out of poverty. In this home, Elvis lived comfortably with his parents, his wife (Priscilla) and their daughter (Lisa Marie). After his death at Graceland in 1977, the mansion was kept in the Presley family and eventually inherited by Lisa when she turned 25 in 1993. The mansion now serves as a place of memory and memorabilia for his family and fans alike. Filled with his platinum records and bedazzled, over-the-top jumpsuits, it showcases everything that makes Elvis Elvis.

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino or The International Hotel

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino or The International Hotel
Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino or The International Hotel. Photo: westgatevegas via Instagram

The International Hotel becomes a second home for Elvis in the film. Elvis spends the majority of his later career there after Tom Parker tricks him into a long residency instead of a world tour. With construction completed in 1969, Barbara Streisand and Elvis Presley were hired for the grand opening. According to the digital library within the University of Nevada Las Vegas, “Elvis let Streisand open, and followed her with 58 consecutive performances. Elvis re-launched his career in Las Vegas, and continued to perform at the International until 1976, living in the penthouse suite during his stays in Las Vegas.” Today, The International Hotel has been rebranded and renamed Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. It does, however, still hosts residencies from legendary voices like Barry Manilow, in addition to a variety of Cabaret shows.

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Daleney Teske

Contributing Editor

Daleney is a Minnesota native, who considers herself an entertainment junkie. She never travels anywhere without a good book and headphones for the long rides and is always looking forward to the next new experience.

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