Belen has been a favorite place in New Mexico for Hollywood movie makers to shoot their films since the early 1970s.
Belen offers a downtown that can be shaped to look like many times and places, with wide streets, proximity to Albuquerque’s movie studios, and a welcoming city government that provides logistical support throughout production.
To date, Belen has been the backdrop for at least 17 Hollywood movies, two miniseries, and at least two television shows.
Stars like Morgan Freeman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kevin Costner, Forest Whitaker and David Bowie have spent time in Belen making movies that sometimes transformed areas of the city to fit the character of the small towns where the movies are set.
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