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Last year Vanity Fair saluted the film Diner, perhaps Baltimore’s first claim to cinematic fame, as the most influential pop-culture movie of the 1980s. Today, 30 years after the Diner “bro-mance” hit the silver screen and inspired a slew of other Baltimore-shot movies and shows, Netflix’s first series House of Cards (out February 1) and HBO’s Veep roll cameras here. The 2013 Maryland Film Festival adds an extra day to its line-up in order to showcase local and out-of-town indie filmmakers and their masterpieces. And the city’s own John Waters makes his presence felt about town, frequenting film events before and during the festival at the five-screen Charles Theatre.

On-set Eats

WERNER’S
A movie set can’t replicate the charm of this comfort food favorite downtown. The third-generation Swedish sandwich shop’s wooden booths and swiveling stools show up in Tin Men, Liberty Heights, Ladder 49, Head of State, The Wire and House of Cards. 231 E. Redwood St., 443.842.7430

HOLLYWOOD DINER Transplanted from New Jersey as the set for Diner, this shiny set gave the movie its no-frills name, but directors also booked it for Sleepless in Seattle and Homicide. Now under new ownership as Hollywood Diner Presents Thomasino’s, the on-screen hangout remains a film lover’s pilgrimage site. 400 E. Saratoga St., 443.872.4370

WOMAN’S INDUSTRIAL EXCHANGE Behind an 1815 brick façade, find a market for hand-crafted goods and the second-story Woman’s Industrial Kitchen, where Meg Ryan and Rosie O’Donnell had lunch in Sleepless in Seattle. 333 N. Charles St., www.womensindustrialexchange.com