Filming Location for Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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Filming Location for Close Encounters of the Third Kind

June 7, 1976…………While Close Encounters of the Third Kind had several location shootings throughout south Alabama, it was the first time a movie had been filmed in Bay Minette and the L & N Railroad station with its gingerbread molding and quaint accents proudly served as a the back drop for the evacuation scene. Even today the town and its people boast a proud legacy for their part in the film. Thousands of local towns people acted as extras in the film and have lots of fond memories of that day. The railroad station building, where the filming took place, was moved back in 1984 and today, the building serves as home to the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. The public is welcome to visit the station and take tours daily.
301 McMeans Avenue Bay Minette, AL 36507
Monday- Thursday 8:00am – 4:30 pm and Fridays 8:00am -4:00pm.
This experience may be open for on-site visitation; however, offerings and/or operating procedures may have changed due to COVID-19. Please verify details before you go and visit the COVID-19 Resources page for more information.
Wheelchair Accessible
Free
Monday- Thursday 8:00am – 4:30 pm and Fridays 8:00am -4:00pm.

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