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Hey, It's That Place!

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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).

Sub-Trope of California Doubling. Kirk's Rock might be the single most-used That Place in American television, with Down L.A. Drain as another very famous local. The various BBC Quarries serve a similar role in the UK. See also Recycled Set.


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  • 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 X-Men film.
  • The UWaterloo 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.
  • Tokusatsu 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 Kamen Rider, which prided itself on picking outdoor locations like dams, quarries and coasts for elaborate fight scenes.
    • Super Sentai often uses Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Dome. When these appear in Power Rangers, they obviously aren't supposed to be those locations. One notable example is the Power Rangers Zeo episode Rangers of Two Worlds. The Zeo Rangers and Alien Rangers perform their rollcall outside Tokyo Dome... or rather, Angel Grove Stadium. The following season, the Dome was the base for the Rescue Zords and Artillatron.
  • 55 Central Park West, otherwise known as the Ghostbusters Building. Note that it's not as tall as the film makes it out to be.
  • 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.
  • 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 MacGyver).
  • The art deco edifice of the R. C. Harris Water Treatment Plant in Toronto has appeared as as a lair for corporate villainy (The Pretender, Undercover Brother, Mutant X), a prison (Half Baked, Flashpoint), a mental asylum (In the Mouth of Madness, Robocop The Series), and a brewery (Strange Brew).
  • The detention room in The Breakfast Club in suburban Chicago was re-used in Not Another Teen Movie. For bonus points, Paul Gleason reprised his role as the principal!
  • Virtual example: 90% percent of Machinimas using The Sims 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 Merlin, also appeared in several other shows and movies-one example was as an Italian castle in Highlander episode 'Star-Crossed'.
  • The scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark with Indy threatening to blow up the Ark was filmed in the same canyon where R2-D2 was captured by Jawas in A New Hope. The canyon (which is located in Tunisia and is now known as "Star Wars Canyon") also appears in The English Patient.
  • The ruins of Petra, Jordan, have been seen (doubling for different locations) in such films as Arabian Nights (1942), Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997), the Arabian Nights TV miniseries (2000), and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009). Outside films, it also appears in The Red Sea Sharks.
  • Old Tucson Studios. Built initially for the movie Arizona in 1939, its buildings were used as the sets of countless Western television shows and movies, including episodes of Gunsmoke, Little House on the Prairie, Bonanza, and Have Gun Will Travel. It is also a tourist attraction, though most of the original sets were lost in a fire.
  • The Webb Institute's Stevenson Taylor Hall was used as Wayne Manor for Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, and Gotham and appears in Great Expectations.
  • 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 Lawrence of Arabia, the outside of Theed Palace in Attack of the Clones, or the presidential palace in The Dictator.