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Art Walk - The Exorcist Locations After 45 Years

Our next Art Walk explorers some of the famous locations in Georgetown, DC where one of the most profitable and among the greatest horror movies ever made, was shot in 1973.

Georgetown University where The Exorcist movie was shot
Georgetown University where The Exorcist movie was shot
Art Walk is our regular event series, where we walk through the different parts of DC, Maryland and Virginia, taking photos, as we explore art, architecture, culture and history while having a fun time outdoors.

The Exorcist Locations After 45 Years

The Exorcist is an epic, an exceptional film with superb acting, writing, directing, and cinematography based on the novel by William Peter Blatty on the last known Catholic-sanctioned exorcism in the United States.

Georgetown street which featured in The Exorcist
Georgetown street which featured in The Exorcist
The novel, inspired by the 1949 exorcism of Roland Doe, follows the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl and her mother's attempts to win her back through an exorcism conducted by two priests.

In the movie, Chris MacNeil, an actress is living on location with her 12-year-old daughter Regan, in Georgetown, where she has just wrapped the final scene of a film about student activism directed by her friend and associate Burke Dennings.

The Exorcist stairs scene
The Exorcist stairs scene shot in Georgetown
Many of the scenes in the movie are shot around Georgetown, including the well known 'Exorcist stairs' located at the corner of Prospect St NW and 36th St NW, leading down to M Street NW. Since the house, from which Father Karras, falls is set back slightly from the stairs, the film crew constructed an extension with a false front to the house in order to film the scene. Father Karras is one of the priests who exorcises the demon from Regan.

Although the film is set in Washington, DC, many interior scenes were shot in various parts of New York City.

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The Exorcist was nominated for ten Academy Awards in 1974, winning two. It is the first horror film to be nominated for Best Picture.

We will start our Art Walk in Dupont Circle and walk to Georgetown, exploring some of the streets, the 'Exorcist stairs' and the nearby house where Chris MacNeil lived with her daughter Regan.

As we walk, around the locations we will also take pictures for our Art Walk contest.

Light Snacks and Drinks

We will stop along the way for a short break, so you can bring some light snacks and drinks for yourself.

After the event, we can break into smaller groups and get coffee, drinks or food depending on individual preferences.

Competition Rules

Take as many pictures as you would like but only upload two of your best photos for the Art Walk contest. Both the photos must be uploaded after completion of the Art Walk.

  • Our judges, some who will be nominated from among our members will then judge the best photos and the overall winner. We will feature the best photos on our website and the winner will receive our award.
  • The criteria for judging will be based on the artistic creativity, uniqueness of the photo composition and picture framing besides having a stimulating effect. The photo, must also capture the theme specified in the contest.
  • A winner for the best photo will be announced three days after the Art Walk by our judges. The winner can pick the prize at any of our future Art Walk events.
  • The winner will be invited as our guest, for our next Art Walk event.

During the event we will allocate a time frame for stopping at different locations before we continue with our walk.

Photography is more importantly an art of composing the story of an interesting moment and sharing your artistic creation with others.

The most important thing is to have fun enjoying the outdoors and the interesting company of our diverse group of participants.

Getting There

We will meet at the Soho Tea & Coffee in Dupont Circle which is around a 5 minute walk from the Dupont Circle Station.

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Event Details


Description: Explore some of the famous locations where The Exorcist movie was shot as we compete for the best photo for our Art walk contest.

Date/Time: Saturday May 26th, 2018 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Admission: $2 for covering the cost

Meeting Place

Soho Tea & Coffee
2150 P. Street, NW Washington, DC 20037

Soho Tea & Coffee

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