Trading Places Filming Locations

December 25, 2019/Jonathan Rundle/0 Comments

One of the great (and perhaps unsung) Christmas movies in my humble opinion is 1983’s Trading Places. In this blog post, I’m taking the time to follow the footsteps of Dan Ackroyd and Eddie Murphy; the stars of this comedy classic. Follow me to these Trading Places Filming Locations.

Winthorpe Home

Louis Winthorpe and Billy Ray Valentine call 2014 Delancey Street, Philadelphia, PA home. Coleman the butler, played by Denholm Elliot, also called this address home. He proved pivotal in bringing the two together to defeat the Dukes.

Winthorpe Home from Trading PlacesWinthorpe Home from Trading Places

Independence Hall

As “Louie” is explaining his situation to Ophelia in a taxi cab, he happens to cross paths with Billy Ray and Coleman in his old limo. They notice each other and Louis hangs out of the taxi window yelling “that’s my car!”

See my full post on Independence Hall.

Independence Hall

The statue of George Washington watches it all unfold. John Landis loved using statues and paintings for reaction shots in this movie and in 1980’s the Blues Brothers.

Washington Statue at Independence Hall

Near Philadelphia City Hall

After Louis meets Ophelia outside of the Police Station, he takes her to his bank where he “has over $150,000” deposited. Unfortunately, his accounts are frozen by the IRS.

This is the view Louis would have seen as he crawled on his knees to Ophelia. Behind him is the 45-foot tall public sculpture “Clothespin” by Claes Oldenburg.

Trading Places Filming Locations

Duke and Duke Building

Now a Wells Fargo, the Duke and Duke building is unchanged from the 80s and remains as imposing now as it did on Billy Ray’s first day.

Duke and Duke building from Trading PlacesDuke and Duke building from Trading PlacesDuke and Duke building from Trading Places

A drunk and destitute Louis stumbles out of the Duke and Duke Christmas Party here after stealing a massive salmon filet and shoving it into his Santa suit.

Duke and Duke building from Trading Places

Louis then stumbles out of the building and onto a bus while Valentine gives chase. That street is Broad Street looking toward Philadelphia City Hall.

Broad Street Philadelphia

You can find the Duke and Duke building at 135 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Other Trading Places Filming Locations

Billy Ray is arrested after walking away from Rittenhouse Square and bumping into Louis along Locust Street in front of “The Heritage Club.” The fictional Heritage Club is based on the very real, elite Union League which is actually located across the street from the Duke and Duke building.

They didn’t film anything there, but here’s a picture of it anyway.

Union League of Philadelphia

The exterior of The Heritage Club is actually The Curtis Institute of Music located at 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA.

The filming location I’d really like to feature is from the last scene in the movie. Spoiler alert – Louis, Billy Ray, Ophelia and Coleman defeat the Dukes and retire to St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. I’ll update this post when I eventually visit those beaches.

“Looking good, Billy Ray! Feeling good, Louis!”

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