Based on the novel by Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire sees a vampire tell his life story, with all the ups and downs, love and lust for blood. It’s one of the most iconic films to portray New Orleans but also featured San Francisco, London , and Paris .
Lestat, played by Tom Cruise, takes a mortal under his wing and offers him the chance to live forever as a vampire. Brad Pitt, Christian Slater, Kirsten Dunst, Thandie Newton, and Antonio Banderas share memorable performances.
All of these locations are open to the public or viewable from the outside. A few locations from the film were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.
For more filming locations from Interview with a Vampire, check out this guide on Movie-Locations.com.
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Interview with a Vampire Filming Locations in Louisiana
Destrehan Plantation, Destrehan
Built between 1787 and 1790, Destrehan Plantation is one of the oldest homes in Louisana. It features French Colonial and Greek Revival elements and was inspired by the styles of the West Indies. The interior was used for filming.
It was at one time the most successful sugarcane plantation in the parish. It was also the site of the 1811 German Coast Uprising, the largest slave revolt in the country, leading to the deaths of two white men and 95 slaves.
The Destrehan Plantation and Swamp Tour Combo from New Orleans combines a tour of the historic home with a trip on an airboat through the nearby swamps.
Lafayette Cemetery #1, New Orleans
Built in 1833, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is still in use today with over 7,000 graves. It was the city’s first planned cemetery and has wide aisles for processions. It was damaged during Hurricane Katrina and closed for repairs in 2019.
Learn about the cemetery and surrounding neighborhood on the New Orleans Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery Tour.
Laurel Valley Village Store, Thibodaux
The rustic buildings of the Laurel Valley Village were also used. The former sugar plantation is the largest most intact 19th century sugar plantation in the country.
Among its buildings are a school house, slave quarters, and ruins of a sugar mill. A number of other movies have been filmed here, including Ray and A Lesson Before Dying.
Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie
In the 1920s it fell into disrepair but was purchased by the Stewart family, who restored it and later left the home to the Oak Alley Foundation in 1972. It’s now open to the public for tours, overnight stays, and meals at their restaurant.
Book a Tour of Oak Alley Plantation, which is 4.5 hours and includes transportation from central New Orleans and a guided tour of the home.
Other Vampire-Inspired Locations
Anne Rice House
One of her homes, which she lived in starting from 1989 to 2004, is located at 3711 St. Charles Avenue and was built in 1881. It sold in 2014 for over $2 million dollars.
Before that, she lived in the Brevard-Clapp House, located at 1239 1st Street. It most recently sold in 2010. Located a few blocks away, it still bears a historic marker with her name.
Boutique Du Vampyre
Looking for a place to stay in New Orleans? The Eliza Jane Hotel in the Garden District is convenient to many sites. If that’s not enough, check out the New Orleans Vampire Walking Tour and Anne Rice’s guide to the city on Frommer’s.