Detroit, MI, November 15, 2022 — The popularity of tours related to film and TV locations has grown significantly in recent years. You will find breaking Bad Albuquerque tours, sex and the city tours in New York, game of thrones visits to Dubrovnik or Belfast, and, of course, the long music sound visits to Salzburg. Today, Detroit is on the ever-growing list of cities showcasing popular locally shot films with the release of 8 Mile: The Movie Sites Tour courtesy of City Tour Detroit.
“I’ve wanted to give this tour for a long time,” said Karin Risko, owner of City Tour Detroit, which includes 8 miles as one of his favorite movies. “Visitors to our other Detroit tours often ask about things related to the movie, such as 8 Mile Road, various filming locations, and whether I personally know Eminem (I don’t). When I found out that the 20th anniversary of the film’s release was in November, I felt it was the perfect opportunity to kick off the tour.
8 Mile: The Movie Sites Tour travels to the many Detroit movie venues the title character Jimmy Smith Jr. or B-Rabbit, played by Eminem, frequented as he tried to rise above a dysfunctional and unfulfilling family life of 9 to 5 and try his luck at becoming a rap star. Eight Mile Road, the iconic Cow’s Head, the Michigan Theater parking structure, and locations used for 8 Mile Mobile Court, Detroit New Stamping, and The Shelter are some of the many sites visited on this 4-hour bus tour hours.
The location of the old Hip Hop Shop, where Eminem got his start, is also on tour. Although the once-popular clothing boutique and music venue operated by fashion designer Maurice Malone does not feature in 8 miles, the legendary open-mic parties held there inspired the film’s rap battles. A tour of this historic Detroit music site known as the mecca of 1990s hip hop culture is possible thanks to a collaboration with current building occupants Curtis McKinnon, Alex Anderson and rapper MauriCorey. They operate Bank Rose Productions, a recording studio, and CrowdFreak, a hip hop media talent agency, in the space today.
The tour ends with an included S’ghetti sandwich from Mom’s Spaghetti and a look at The Trailer, a store with exclusive Mom’s and Eminem merchandise for sale and cool Eminem memorabilia.
Tour guests are encouraged to dress like their favorite characters from the movie and freshen up their 8 miles trivialities. Prizes will be awarded. Tours are from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays, November 20 and 27, and Saturday, December 17. The ticket price is $65. To purchase tickets or for more tour details, visit www.citytourdetroit.com
Prepare to “get lost” on the 8 Mile: The Movie Sites Tour and rekindle the magic of this iconic film shot locally and loved around the world – even 20 years later.
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