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Shelby County Courthouse

Film location and setting for The Silence of the Lambs

Shelby County Courthouse
Shelby County Courthouse
Click to enlarge. Copyright 2007

140 Adams Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
United States

On This Very Spot was set the scene in the 1991 movie The Silence of the Lambs in which Hannibal Lecter, played by Anthony Hopkins, is imprisoned in a special holding cell, but escapes by brutally murdering two guards. The exterior of this building is shown in the movie, with the legend "Shelby Country Courthouse, Memphis, Tennessee" at the bottom of the screen. Lecter has been transported to Memphis in hopes that he can shed light on the kidnapping of the daughter of a Tennessee senator.

Submitted by: Chelsea Dobbs

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This is an operating county courthouse.

Parking: Metered parking and pay parking lots are available around the courthouse.

Location: Downtown Memphis, Tennessee

Nearest Major Airport: Memphis International

Nearest Rail: Memphis Amtrak

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