Built in 2004 as the set for “Defenders of Latvia,” Cinevilla is a strange mix of historic recreation and Hollywood-esque fantasy world.
Spanning over 370 acres in total, the complex has all the features of early 20th century Latvia, including a small town, a city resembling Riga and typical Latvian farmland. Down to every last detail, the ghost town movie set spared no expense. Three bridges cross a man-made river, which also features a steamship replica, harkening back to turn-of-the century Riga.
When movies are not being filmed on the cobbled streets of Cinevilla, visitors are invited to wander the town and even spend the night. During the summer, Cinevilla can accommodate 46 visitors in 12 cabins overnight for the full 1900s Riga experience. Along with a tour of the set area, tourists can patronize the on-site Latvian pub and even watch bread be made at the local bakery.