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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ fan appreciation experience coming to San Diego theaters this weekend

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Tom Cruise as Capt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in "Top Gun: Maverick."
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Tom Cruise as Capt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in “Top Gun: Maverick.” (Paramount Pictures via AP)
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To celebrate the success of “Top Gun: Maverick,” which did some filming here in San Diego, Paramount Pictures will be hosting a “fan appreciation weekend”

In celebration of the success of “Top Gun: Maverick,” Paramount Pictures will be hosting a fan appreciation weekend at theaters across the country, including many in San Diego.

“Paramount Pictures is eternally grateful to the millions of fans going to theaters to experience ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ the way it was meant to be seen — on the big screen,” said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution for Paramount Pictures. “We are excited about the ‘Maverick’ fanfare starting this Friday … a small token of our appreciation for the remarkable support we have received from fans.”

The ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ reviews are in and filming locations around San Diego can be seen on screen once again, decades after the city was seen all throughout the original ‘Top Gun’ movie

Since its world premiere in San Diego on May 4, the film — which is a sequel to the original “Top Gun” from 1986 — has racked up numerous accolades. Tom Cruise earned his first $100 million opening weekend as he reprised his role as the main character, Maverick. “Top Gun: Maverick” has also become the seventh-highest grossing film to ever hit U.S. theaters, with $662 million in ticket sales.

As a thank-you to fans, ahead of “Top Gun: Maverick” screenings this weekend, theaters will be showing a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of scenes on the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. The carrier was based in San Diego at the time of filming, but was transferred to Bremerton, Wash., in 2021 for maintenance and a retrofit. The crew also filmed aboard the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, which was based in Norfolk, Va., at the time but has since moved to San Diego.

San Diego is featured consistently throughout “Top Gun: Maverick,” and filming took place on Ocean Boulevard in Coronado, at the New Point Loma Lighthouse and Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, according to a San Diego official. North Island Naval Air Station was also used as a film location and was mentioned repeatedly throughout the movie.

The cast raved about San Diego at the movie premiere.

“This city really opened its arms to us,” Glen Powell, who plays Lt. Jake “Hangman” Seresin, told CBS 8. “So much great food, so much great life. And really, that’s what ‘Top Gun’ is. It’s a celebration of life. And San Diego just has every ounce of that. It’s just I love this city so much.”

Powell also said he would go for runs along the Embarcadero and past the USS Midway Museum while filming in San Diego.

“Top Gun: Maverick” carries on the San Diego legacy of the original “Top Gun,” which filmed at local locations, including Liberty Station, Kansas City Barbecue, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows.

“This is a great place to film,” Cruise said. “I loved making ‘Top Gun’ here and making ‘Maverick’ was, you know, to have the cast have that same experience is very special.”

For the fan appreciation experience, some theaters will be handing out a new “Top Gun: Maverick” collectors’ print, while supplies last. Fans can head to topgunmovie.com for more information on showtimes and locations.


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