Belen City Hall is now Open!
You can make your utility payments and meet with Staff in person, Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm. For the safety of our staff and yourself, please remember to always wear a mask while at any City facility.
Going all the way back to 1971, film greats Betty Davis, Ernest Borgnine, and Jack Cassidy walked the streets of Belen in one of the first films shot here, “Bunny O’Hare.” Seven years later in 1978, Borgnine returned to the Hub City in “Convoy,” one of director Sam Peckinpah’s last films. The film also starred Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, and Burt Young.
Downtown Belen, centered around our historic water tower, is very popular for filmmakers. Several television shows as well as many films were made here. Here is a short list of some of the recent television shows and films shot in Belen:
The City of Belen offers a diversity of locations for movie-making. The community maintains that small town feel that has doubled for a bustling Amish town in Pennsylvania in the television series “In Plain Sight” and a futuristic desert town in “Transcendence” — but we’ve even doubled as a rundown Washington, DC, in the mini-series “The Lost Room.”
Belen and its residents are film friendly, which many filmmakers love about our community. The city and property owners are accommodating. If a building does not fit what a producer wants, there are plenty of vacant lots on which to build sets, with some calling Belen’s Becker Avenue the best backlot outside of Hollywood.
For more information about filming in Belen, contact Steven Tomita, film liaison