“Lady Bird” put Sacramento on screens across the U.S. Now a tour company wants to capitalize on travelers looking to re-create some of the movie’s iconic shots.
Sac Running Tours is selling trips to see where St. Francis High School alumna Greta Gerwig shot her Oscar-nominated film, including McKinley Park, Club Raven and the famous blue house the title character holds aloft as evidence of a better life.
Two-hour running tours (5 1/2 miles) are scheduled for 9 a.m. Sundays beginning Feb. 11 and 3 p.m. Mondays starting the following day. Walking tours, which are 4 1/4 miles but are expected to take an extra half hour, are planned for 1 p.m. Sundays beginning Feb. 11 and 8 a.m. Fridays starting Feb. 16.
Private tours are also available upon request for $25 per person on Saturdays. All public tours cost $20 per person.
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Tour guides will talk Sacramento history, Gerwig’s roots in the city and the filming process behind “Lady Bird” at each stop. The running tours include a trip to the area around the light-rail station in southeast Sacramento that inspired Lady Bird’s house on “the wrong side of the tracks,” in addition to the five locations covered in the walking tours:
▪ The Fabulous 40s neighborhood
▪ The blue house
▪ McKinley Park rose garden
▪ The peacock mural at American Market & Deli
▪ Club Raven
If business is brisk, Sac Running Tours founder Jennifer Kistler-McCoy hopes to roll out bike tours to other hotspots highlighted in the movie, including Gunther’s Ice Cream Shop and the Crest Theatre.
Roughly 70 percent of Sac Running Tours’ customers come from the greater Sacramento area, Kistler-McCoy said, and have likely already seen well-known attractions such as Tower Bridge. She began mapping out routes to less-frequented locales people could reach on foot in December, and received the green light from Gerwig and A24 production studio last week.
“I wanted to focus on places that people wouldn’t necessarily go by all the time, such as the blue house or the mural outside American Market & Deli or the train tracks,” she said. “It was difficult to curate the tour because of the distance between everything … so we just wanted to focus on the East Sac locations and build the narrative of the tour around that, then hopefully expand it later.”
Gerwig’s loose recreation of her senior year of high school earned Academy Award nominations for best picture and best original screenplay, and she received a nod for best director. Saiorse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf were also nominated for best actress and best supporting actress, respectively. The Oscars will be announced March 4 on ABC.
For tour details, go to www.sacrunningtours.com/ladybirdtours/.