A location that you just know you've seen in five other TV shows or movies.

Filming at a landmark is a separate trope when the scene is supposed to take place at that specific landmark (e.g. the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, famous courthouses), but it counts here when a landmark is used generically (e.g. any Vancouver landmark).

SubTrope of CaliforniaDoubling. KirksRock might be the single most-used That Place in American television, with DownLADrain as another very famous local. The various [[BBCQuarry BBC Quarries]] serve a similar role in the UK. See also RecycledSet.



[[folder:Los Angeles and California]]

* [[http://www.hollywoodlostandfound.net/locations/circusliquor.html Circus Liquor]] (''Film/{{Clueless}}, Series/{{Alias}}, Series/PrivatePractice'')
** The store where the clerk asks for "more" (teeth, skin) from smokers in the "Truth" anti-smoking[=PSAs=] does not have the official Circus Liquor sign, but it is '''''extremely''''' similar (same clown, but it says "Jiffy" on the drum instead of "Circus Liquor").
* The former Unocal building, now part of [[http://www.lacenterstudios.com/index1.html Los Angeles Center Studios]]. The lobby and some other interior spaces are available for filming, and you might recognise them from [[http://www.hollywoodlocations.com/property_details.cfm?pID=571&catID=24&startrow=1&pagenum=1 these photos]]. (''Series/{{Alias}}'', ''Series/ColdCase'', ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'', ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', ''Series/MadMen'', ''Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture'', early commercials for ''Series/{{Life}}'', even a '''California tourism commercial''' of all things).
* [[http://www.recapist.com/files/images/2_28.img_assist_custom.jpg This]] house (''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'', ''Series/{{Shark}}'', a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiHsxQJ9ZOo Verizon commercial]])
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond_Ranch_High_School Diamond Ranch High School]] (various high-tech facilities in ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'', ''Film/TheCell'', ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', ''Film/{{Impostor}}'')
* There's a house somewhere in California that was used in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', ''Journeyman'', and the film ''Premonition.''
* For anybody who watched MTV in the '80s, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Bar_and_Grill The Rainbow Bar and Grill]] is an example.
* The [[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Los_Angeles_River_Bridge_B%26W.jpg concrete ditch]] surrounding the Los Angeles river (''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', ''Boomtown'', ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', ''[[Film/TheItalianJob2003 The Italian Job]]'', ''Film/PointBlank'', ''Film/{{Grease}}''... Wiki/TheOtherWiki has an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_River#Filming_location extensive list]]). There's [[DownLADrain an entry here]] as well.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronson_Canyon Bronson Canyon]]
* [[http://bbc.ajula.edu/Content/ContentUnit.asp?CID=1780&u=7120&t=0 The Brandeis-Bardin Institute library]], also known as the House of the Book; featured once in ''Film/{{Star Trek|VI The Undiscovered Country}}'' (sixth movie) and once in ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' ("Descent"), and served as the visual for the exterior of the command center/power chamber in ''Franchise/PowerRangers''. As well as several commercials and a movie nobody has ever heard of.
** The Museum from ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny''
** Another museum on ''Series/{{Chuck}}''.
** Also the headquarters for the Visualize cult on ''Series/TheMentalist''.
* The Universal Studios back lot is highly recognizable from ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', ''Series/MurderSheWrote'', ''Series/RemingtonSteele'', and other works. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by a massive fire in June 2008, making its appearance something of a FunnyAneurysmMoment.
** Colonial Street, on the backlot, made famous as Wisteria Lane in ''Series/DesperateHousewives'', actually first gained cult status as "Mayfield Place" in the Tom Hanks Comedy ''Film/TheBurbs''. also seen in ''Series/TheMunsters'' and ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'.
* The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute was featured prominently in ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', although Greeked into simply the "Cetacean Institute".
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_Dume Point Dume]] in Malibu is a favorite spot for beach filming. It's most memorably appearance was at the end of ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'', but it also appeared in several of the other films in that series as well (it's where the apes land in ''Film/EscapeFromThePlanetOfTheApes'', for example). Tony Stark's home in ''Film/IronMan'' was there via CGI; ''Film/PsychoBeachParty'' was was filmed there as well. It also appears in several commercials.
* Mugu Rock, found along the Pacific Coast Highway north of Los Angeles, appears regularly in car commercials. The Rock was formed when a path for the Pacific Coast Highway was cut through the mountain.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradbury_Building Bradbury Building's]] unusual architecture has made it a staple of sf and quirky TV and film, most notably ''Film/BladeRunner''.
** And the Music/{{Genesis}} music video for the song [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1zzdh_genesis-tonight-tonight-tonight_music "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight"]].
** ''Series/{{The Outer Limits|1963}}'' TOS episode "Demon With a Glass Hand" was filmed almost entirely inside the Bradbury.
** ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' has the Hallowbrook Hotel as a run-down version of the Bradbury.
* Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles slopes down along Bunker Hill past several photogenic Los Angeles landmarks like the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the MOCA. As a result, it shows up in a surprisingly large number of car commercials.
** Running three blocks parallel is Broadway, whose grimy, old-new architecture has been a popular location for films like ''Film/BladeRunner'' and ''Film/{{Inception}}''.
* If there's a scene at a carousel, there's a good chance it was filmed in one of two L.A. locations: the outdoor [[http://www.laparks.org/dos/parks/griffithPK/mgr.htm Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round]] or the indoor carousel at the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Monica_Pier Santa Monica Pier]].
* The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed [[http://www.ennishouse.org/ Ennis House]] has been in quite a few movie and TV productions, perhaps most famously the Creator/VincentPrice version of ''Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1959'', ''Film/BladeRunner'' and ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* There are several mansions in southern California that have appeared in a dozen or more adult films each.
* Torrence High School was used as the school in ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and multiple movies.
* The Craven Estate in Pasadena, owned by [[UsefulNotes/TheRedCross the American Red Cross]], was used as the headquarters building in ''Series/{{JAG}}''. It has also been used for many other series like; ''Series/TwentyFour'', ''Series/{{Bones}}'', ''Series/CommanderInChief'', ''Series/JudgingAmy''; and movies like ''Film/EnemyOfTheState'', ''[[Film/RushHour Rush Hour 3]]'', ''Film/{{Swordfish}}'' and ''Film/{{Traffic}}''.
* [[http://randys-donuts.com/ Randy's Donuts]] in Inglewood got destroyed in ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve'' and served as the meeting place between Tony and Nick Fury in ''{{Film/IronMan2}}''.
* If a scene in a movie or TV show is set in a cafe, odds are better than good it will be shot at [[http://niketalk.com/t/518898/quality-cafe-in-downtown-los-angeles-every-cafe-in-almost-every-film-ever The Quality Cafe]], an out-of-business cafe that's used exclusively for movie and TV shoots.
* (Former) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnie%27s_Broiler Johnie's Broiler]] in Downey, CA, a classic American suburban diner built in 1950s which appeared as an old-fashioned diner in a lot of movies and TV shows (see the link for the list). The establishment went through a lot of bad times in 2000's, including being almost completely demolished illegally. Now restored and operating as a Bob's Big Boy Restaurant.
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20479_5-places-youll-recognize-from-background-every-movie.html 5 Places You'll Recognize from the Background of Every Movie]] lists several landmarks that have appeared in multiple films, such as the Griffith Observatory and Biltmore Hotel in LA. It goes on to suggest writing crossover fanfiction based on the universes that used the Mount Hollywood Tunnel.
** This is actually a follow up to an earlier article, [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20173_6-places-youll-recognize-from-background-every-movie.html 6 Places You'll Recognize from the Background of Every Movie]], which features The Quality Cafe, Graystone Manor, the Bradbury and Monument Valley.
* The Caltech campus represented its own fictionalized copy, the California Institute of Science ("[=CalSci=]"), in ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}''. The older Mediterranean-style buildings on the east and south parts of the campus (especially the faculty club known as the Athenaeum) also appear in a fair number of films and commercials. Ironically, ''Film/RealGenius'' (which was also set at a Caltech stand-in) had its outside scenes filmed at Occidental and Pomona; the interiors of buildings and dorms were recreations.
* The [[http://www.angelenoliving.com/blog/Hollywood-High-Tower-Court High Tower apartments]] in Hollywood were famously used as Philip Marlowe's residence in ''Film/TheLongGoodbye'', and also showed up in ''Film/DeadAgain''.


[[folder: Vancouver (Star Gate City)]]

* The Lions mountain (''Film/RumbleInTheBronx'', ''Series/MacGyver'', ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', ''Series/IronChef'''s Canadian contestant)
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Sfu-academic-quadrangle-pond.jpg SFU Burnaby quad]] and rotunda (''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}, J Pod, Masters Of Science Fiction'',SG-1's Tollan homeworld)
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Vancouver_Library_Square_July_2004.jpg Library Square]] (''Battlestar Galactica'', ''Series/BionicWoman'', unaired ''ComicBook/GlobalFrequency'' pilot)
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatley_Park_National_Historic_Site Hatley Castle]] -- not actually in Vancouver, but close enough for BC-based productions to use (''Series/{{Smallville}}'', ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'', ''Series/{{Arrow}}'')
* The [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/protomesh/2162088706/ Ovaltine Cafe]] (''Film/IRobot'', unaired ''Global Frequency'' pilot)
* The [[http://flickr.com/photos/the-bh/2370831352/ Chan Centre]] and other locations at UBC (''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'', ''Battlestar Galactica'', Series/{{Reaper}}'')
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capilano_Suspension_Bridge Capilano Suspension Bridge]] (''Series/{{Sliders}}'', ''Series/MacGyver'', ''Series/TheCrowStairwayToHeaven'')
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riverview_Hospital_%28Coquitlam%29 Riverview Hospital,]] in Coquitlam, British Columbia. (''Series/TheXFiles'', ''Series/MacGyver'', ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', ''Series/StargateSG1'', ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', ''Series/{{Continuum}}'', ''Film/HappyGilmore'', and ''Film/RomeoMustDie'').
* The [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/photocat62/2300684887/in/pool-guesswherevancouver Terminal City Iron Works in East Vancouver]] with the distinctive G&R Jacoe Chemical Co. painted on the side of the building has been seen in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', and ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}''.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Seymour Mount Seymour]] (''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', ''Series/{{Highlander}}'', ''Series/StargateSG1'', ''Series/TheXFiles'', and ''[[Literature/{{Twilight}} The Twilight Saga: Eclipse]]'').


[[folder: United Kingdom ]]

* Several British productions have used [[http://flickr.com/photos/dcphotolibrary/2306479821/sizes/l/ the gate of Chatham Dockyard]] (now Chatham Historic Dockyard after the Naval base closed in 1984) as a prison gate. The linked photo doesn't show the wooden doors, but when closed they look convincingly prison-like.
* The Quad of University College London in Bloomsbury is often used (particularly in Spooks), as it is a passable imitation of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Girls Aloud filmed a KitKat advert on the steps. The Main Library is also used often, particularly in Christopher Nolan films as he is an alumnus of the university.
* London's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/30_St_Mary_Axe 30 St Mary Axe]], affectionately known as the Gherkin, is popular when the script calls for a contemporary-style European Skyscraper. Previously, it was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lloyd%27s_Building Lloyd's of London]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiff_Castle Cardiff Freakin' Castle]]. It's been in no less than [[http://www.doctorwholocations.net/locations/cardiffcastle five stories]] in the Whoniverse as of 2011.
* Cardiff University generally, particularly Main Building. Corridors, staircases and lecture theatres make appearances in Doctor Who and Sherlock
* And again in Cardiff, the Temple of Peace, which appears roughly once a series in ''Series/DoctorWho'' (Platform One, Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin)
* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/95/Eilean_donan_castle.JPG Eilean Donan Castle]], ancestral fortress of the Clan [=MacRae=], on Loch Long. Or, if you go by film only, it's the home of the [[Film/{{Highlander}} Clan Macleod,]], stands on a lake where a [[StockNessMonster big scary monster has lived for hundreds of years]], and is a [[Franchise/JamesBond branch office for M.I.6]].
* The Sunbury Pump House, near Shepperton Studios, Surrey, provided interiors for ''Series/RedDwarf'' and ''Gamesmaster''. The Red Dwarf cast invoke this trope on the DVD commentary as they try to remember what other series were filmed there.
* [[http://www.doctorwholocations.net/locations/stcadocshospital St Cadoc's Hospital]] is starting to become a stock location for BBC Wales Productions too. for now: 2 ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' appearances (episode "Sleeper" and the ''[[Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth Children of Earth]]'' miniseries) plus ''Series/DoctorWho''[='s=] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour"]] and is Nina and George's workplace in ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}''[='s=] third series.
* Walthamstow Town Hall and the neighbouring Assembly Hall in north London are the UK's stock location for a large inter-war building due to the art deco exterior and surviving 1930s interiors. Notable appearances include many different fictional locations in ''Series/{{Poirot}}'', the exterior of the hotel in ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' series two part six, and the exterior of the Reichskanzlerei and the Nazi nightclub in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler Let's Kill Hitler]]". Many recordings of classical music have been made here as well.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highclere_Castle Highclere Castle]] is best known as the eponymous setting of ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', but it has shown up in a number of other works, including ''Series/JeevesAndWooster''.
* Battersea Power Station in London is used so often in the media that it has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battersea_power_station_in_popular_culture an entire Wikipedia article]] devoted to it's many appearances in films, television, music videos, album covers, etc.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horsted_Keynes_railway_station Horsted Keynes Station]] on the Bluebell Railway has appeared in ''Series/SherlockHolmes'', ''Series/{{Poirot}}'', ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', ''Literature/TheRailwayChildren'', ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'', ''Literature/NorthAndSouth'', ''Literature/SallyLockhart'', ''Series/{{Endeavour}}'', ''Literature/AdolfHitlerMyPartInHisDownfall'', ''Series/ScrapheapChallenge''... It's a wonder that characters who go there don't come out in a completely different show. In 2013 there was a narrow miss when preliminary work for ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' started just as Franchise/TheMuppets were finishing a shoot.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelvedon_Hatch_Secret_Nuclear_Bunker The former nuclear bunker at Kelvedon Hatch in Essex]] has featured in a number of TV shows and films.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durdle_Door Durdle Door]] was used in several films and music videos, such as the music video for "Shout" by Music/TearsForFears.


[[folder: Elsewhere ]]

* [[http://www.casaloma.org/ Casa Loma]] in Toronto has stood in for any number of fancy houses and castles. Not to mention its interior was used as the inside set for Xavier's School in the first ''Film/XMen1'' film.
* The [=UWaterloo=] [[http://www.architecture.uwaterloo.ca/faculty_projects/terri/gallery/waterfall_gallery.html Waterfall Building]] (''Battlestar Galactica, Bionic Woman'')
* In many Hong Kong action films, there will be a fight in an abandoned industrial plant with a lot of pipes. This is actually a desalination plant that proved not be economically viable and is now used as a location for filming.
* {{Toku}}satsu fans are familiar with quite a few locations in Japan that seem to be used every year, no matter what the series. This practice goes back to the original ''Series/KamenRider'', which prided itself on picking outdoor locations like dams, quarries and coasts for elaborate fight scenes.
** ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' often uses Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Dome. When these appear in ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', they obviously aren't supposed to be those locations. One notable example is the ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' episode Rangers of Two Worlds. The Zeo Rangers and Alien Rangers perform their rollcall outside Tokyo Dome... or rather, Angel Grove Stadium. The [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo following season]], the Dome was the base for the Rescue Zords and Artillatron.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghostbusters_Building 55 Central Park West]], otherwise known as the ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' Building. Note that it's not as tall as the film makes it out to be.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_industry_in_Hamilton,_Ontario#Production_locations Numerous locations]] in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Hamilton's been a popular shooting location in the past two decades because of its wide variety of locations, its proximity to Toronto and regional tax incentives.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_appearances_of_Monument_Valley_in_the_media Monument Valley]] is in a number of films and other media outlets--particularly Westerns.
* Hatley Castle/Royal Roads University, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, has featured in numerous films; The ''X-Men'' franchise and ''Masterminds'' are among the better-known titles. Other Victoria landmarks seen or at least used include Fan Tan Alley (seen in ''Bird on a Wire''), and the Royal British Columbia Museum (which hosted an episode of ''Series/MacGyver'').
* The art deco edifice of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._C._Harris_Water_Treatment_Plant R. C. Harris Water Treatment Plant]] in Toronto has appeared as as a lair for corporate villainy (''Series/ThePretender'', ''Film/UndercoverBrother'', ''Series/MutantX''), a prison (''Film/HalfBaked'', ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}''), a mental asylum (''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness'', ''Series/RobocopTheSeries''), and a brewery (''Film/StrangeBrew'').
* The detention room in ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'' in suburban [[WindyCity Chicago]] was re-used in ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie''. For bonus points, Creator/PaulGleason reprised his role as the principal!
* Virtual example: 90% percent of {{Machinima}}s using ''VideoGame/TheSims 3'' will be filmed in recognizable Sunset Valley locations. This is because Sunset Valley is the only neighborhood which comes pre-made with the game.
* Chateau De Pierrefonds, known best now for playing Camelot in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', also appeared in several other shows and movies-one example was as an Italian castle in ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' episode 'Star-Crossed'.
* The scene in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' with Indy threatening to blow up the Ark was filmed in the same canyon where R2-D2 was captured by Jawas in ''Film/ANewHope''. The canyon (which is located in Tunisia and is now known as "Star Wars Canyon") also appears in ''Film/TheEnglishPatient''.
* The ruins of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petra Petra]], Jordan, have been seen (doubling for different locations) in such films as ''Arabian Nights'' (1942), ''Film/SinbadAndTheEyeOfTheTiger'' (1977), ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' (1989), ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'' (1997), the ''Series/ArabianNights'' TV miniseries (2000), and ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' (2009). Outside films, it also appears in ''[[{{Tintin}} The Red Sea Sharks]]''.
* Old Tucson Studios. Built initially for the movie ''Arizona'' in 1939, its buildings were used as the sets of countless [[TheWestern Western]] television shows and movies, including episodes of ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'', ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'', ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'', and ''Series/HaveGunWillTravel''. It is also a tourist attraction, though most of the original sets were lost in a fire.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webb_Institute The Webb Institute]]'s Stevenson Taylor Hall was used as [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Wayne Manor]] for ''Film/BatmanForever'', ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', and ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' and appears in ''Film/GreatExpectations''.
* View from a bridge - can't take anymore - good chance that a random live action fairytale film for kids will have been filmed by the Czech studios, and have a shot from the Moldau bridge in Prague.
* You might recognize the Plaza de España in Seville, Spain as the Cairo officers' club in ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'', the outside of Theed Palace in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', or the presidential palace in ''Film/TheDictator''.


[[folder: Sets ]]

* The sitcom ''227'' used the same famous set as ''Series/SesameStreet'' for its "outside" scenes.
** Alaina Reed Hall co-starred on both shows.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' was shot on the same set as ''Series/FullHouse''.
* ''Hang'n With Mr. Cooper'' used the same set as ''Series/GrowingPains'' for the first season.
* The house from ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' was used briefly in the first ''Film/CharliesAngels'' movie. This was the scene where Creator/DrewBarrymore's character falls naked from her house.
* [[Franchise/{{Degrassi}} Epitome]] [[Series/TheLAComplex Pictures]] [[Series/InstantStar doubles up]] on sets a lot, sometimes in really blatant ways.
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20479_5-places-youll-recognize-from-background-every-movie.html 5 Places You'll Recognize from the Background of Every Movie]] mentions Courthouse Square in Universal Studios in California, which was built in the 1940s. It played the courthouse in ''Film/ToKillAMockingbird'', the clock tower in ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', and key scenes in ''Film/BruceAlmighty''.
* The eponymous Dollhouse of ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' resembles the office of Wolfram & Hart from ''Series/{{Angel}}'' with a few modifications and a new paint job; the ''Angel'' set was refurbished for use in ''Dollhouse''. This is particularly glaring when the characters look down from the top balcony of either show.
* Eddie's kitchen on ''Series/AbsolutelyFabulous'' eventually became the [[InsistentTerminology joke/gift shop]] in ''Series/{{Miranda}}''.