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Although Hotel John Marshall is no longer an active hotel, it is still a historic location and beautiful building with interesting film history. The hotel opened in 1929 on the day after the Wall Street Crash. Hotel John Marshall was originally advertised as being the “finest hotel in the South. In the 1940s, rates for rooms were $3 per night, which was considered to be quite expensive as compared to its competitors. Two famous films were partly filmed at the John Marshall Hotel. The most recent movie that was filmed there was 'Evan Almighty', where Steve Carrell plays a congressman who communicates with God, Morgan Freeman. This comedy, released in 2007, used parts of the hotel to double as the U.S. Capitol. There are many elegant areas of the hotel, such as the ballroom, which worked perfectly to appear as important political areas with its historic features. When the hotel originally opened, the ballroom was the largest in the state of Virginia.
Another movie, 'True Colors', was also partially filmed at the John Marshall. This 1991 film featured actors John Cusack and James Spader. The plot leads with two law school friends who find themselves in the middle of politics and betrayal. Along with the hotel, the film also featured other various locations throughout Richmond and Charlottesville including the University of Virginia and Shockoe Bottom. While the building is no longer a hotel, you can still get a tour of the historic hotel ballrooms. The tours are affordable and include many original items to help you learn all about the history of John Marshall.
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