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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 Bronson Canyon and Caves and Down L.A. Drain as other very famous locales. The various BBC Quarries serve a similar role in the UK. See also Recycled Set, Eiffel Tower Effect, No Communities Were Harmed, and Real-Place Background.


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Vancouver (Stargate City)


Thanks to regional tax incentives, this happens a lot.



  • 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. A comprehensive list of recurring locations from Toei series can be found here.
    • 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 (or has a super-conductive paranormal antenna/pagan temple on the roof).
  • Monument Valley is in a number of films and other media outlets, particularly Westerns, and most particularly those directed by John Ford.
  • 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 (1985)).
  • 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.
  • 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 Tintin story 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, Gotham, and Joker (2019), and appears in Great Expectations.
  • There's a good chance that a random live-action fairytale film for kids will have been filmed in the Czech Republic, and have a shot from the Charles 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.
  • Trinity College Dublin has appeared in The Blue Max, The First Great Train Robbery, Educating Rita, Circle of Friends, Michael Collins and the RTÉ adaptation of Strumpet City.
  • "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler: The Grand Canyon was used as the secondary focus on Tyler in many other shots in the video.
  • The rooftop gardens at 620 Fifth Avenue in Rockefeller Center are commonly used as a filming location in New York City.
    • Spider-Man used them as the place where Spider-Man deposited Mary Jane after rescuing her from the Green Goblin's attack on Times Square.
    • Daredevil (2015) used the gardens in "Nelson v. Murdock" for a private meeting between Wilson Fisk and Madame Gao. They are later used in The Defenders (2017) where Madame Gao meets with Alexandra here, and where Alexandra has a one-on-one with Elektra as the Hand's plans are set into motion.
    • John Wick: Chapter 2 uses the gardens for a one on one between John Wick and Winston.



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Bronson Cave Through The Years

In his Monster Madness highlight of the movie Robot Monster, James talks about the titular Cave, which appears in the feature, and highlights some of the many films and serials that have been filmed around the area.

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