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Catch & Release Movie

In the summer of 2006, Boulder was the location for the Columbia Pictures' romantic comedy-drama, Catch & Release, starring Jennifer Garner.

Jennifer Garner - Gray       Kevin Smith - Sam
Timothy Olyphant - Fritz     Juliette Lewis - Maureen

This tour takes you through Boulder to the various scenes and locations. 

Pearl Street 

Start your tour in the heart and soul of Boulder. Just one block from the Hotel Boulderado, the Pearl Street was the location of a few scenes in the movie  In an early scene, folk singers are performing here. Seeing musicians is a typical sight because Pearl Street Mall is home to many street performers year-round. Located in historic downtown Boulder on Pearl Street between 11th and 15th Streets.

 "What is it about this town? Everyone is so happy," Gray says to Fritz, walking along the Pearl Street Mall
Engagement Ring Scene (Gray's Newspaper Office)

Jennifer Garner's character, Gray, works at a downtown newspaper office based on Boulder's local newspaper, the Daily Camera. The historic home of the Camera is now an exciting new development called Pearl West, between 9th and 10th on Pearl Street.

Grady's Mom, Mrs. Douglas, ruthlessly asks Gray to return the family's engagement ring. You'll recognize Boulder Creek from this scene in the movie, but the actual location was fabricated and filmed in British Columbia.

Silver Saddle Motel

This is the cabin where Maureen (Juliette Lewis) stayed while visiting Fritz. It was previously located on Boulder Creek, at the mouth of Boulder Canyon, about five minutes from downtown Boulder at 90 W. Arapahoe Avenue. 

Boulder Farmers Market

Mrs. Douglas sees Grady's son for the first time at the Boulder Farmers Market. The market is open Wednesdays 3:30-7:30pm, May–October, and Saturdays 8am–2pm, April through November. Grab a plate of food made by a local chef and sit on the grass at the park. It's a great way to feel like a local! It's located on 13th Street in between Canyon and Arapahoe next to Central Park.

Firtz's Phone Call to Maureen

This is where Fritz (Timothy Olyphant) makes the initial phone call to Maureen telling her the tragic news about Grady. The red awnings of The Sink restaurant make an interesting backdrop. It's located near downtown in an area called The Hill, which is near the University of Colorado and where you'll see lots of students. Coincidentally, Robert Redford was a busboy at The Sink years ago when he attended the university. The Sink is at 1165 13th Street.

Their Cute House

The house that they live in is located on Grant Street between Baseline Road and College Avenue.  It's a quiet residential street with typical architecture for the neighborhood. The exterior scenes were filmed here.

Did You Know?

The movie takes place in Boulder because the sister of Susannah Grant, the writer/director, lives in Boulder. Susannah is also the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of the movie Erin Brockovich.

Sam's Wacky T-shirts

Remember all the funny t-shirts worn by Sam? In the movie, Sam works at Celestial Seasonings, where his job is to select the poems to go on the artful tea boxes. He wears his "work" shirts in the movie and sometimes refers to the quotes which added a light comedic element to the movie. Celestial Seasonings is located about 10 minutes north of downtown Boulder at 4600 Sleepytime Drive. It has an excellent free factory tour every day, a gallery full of the art that's appeared on boxes, a tasting room and a gift shop.

Massage Therapy

Maureen is a massage therapist who makes an emergency visit to Boulder to visit Fritz and meet Gray.  There are many massage therapists in Boulder including the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, now located at Naropa University. 

Fly Fishing

Fly fishing is the metaphor for love — and life — in the movie. Front Range Anglers and Rocky Mountain Anglers, local outfitters, can teach you how to fly fish or help enhance your skills at their secret spots.