Close Encounters: The Railroad Crossing at Padgett Switch near Irvington, Alabama

Spielberg Stood Here: The Padgett Switch railroad near Irvington, Alabama – just outside of Mobile. This is the on-location filming site of Roy Neary’s UFO truck encounter scene from the classic sci-fi film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977). Photo by Michael Huntington – Spring, 2015.

ce3kfilmpadgettwebgoodAn iconic shot from one of the greatest science fiction films of all time – Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977). Photo Columbia Pictures.

 

Close Encounters: The Guiler House in Fairhope, Alabama


Set Jetting: Robbie Huntington standing on the porch steps of the Guiler House from Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” filming location near Fairhope, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Huntington – Spring, 2015)

 

guilerdoor2finYoung Barry Guiler opens the door to the aliens in this iconic scene from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977). That same front door and doorknob is still in use today.  (Image Columbia Pictures)

 

guilerbackgoodStanding where Spielberg stood: the back yard of the the Guiler House near Fairhope, Alabama. In CE3K, the mother ran out this back door and towards the field – chasing the UFOs that just abducted her boy. I had to chase Robbie around this house for ten minutes, he did not want to leave! (Photo by Michael Huntington – Spring, 2015)

 

guilerbackgood1Same porch, same steps, same bush (looking just a bit different) – from here, Barry and his Mom watched the alien ships descend from the sky in CE3K. (Photo by Michael Huntington – Spring, 2015)