Blade Runner (1982)

The events of Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” depict a futuristic Los Angeles.  Present day has caught up and while the city may not look exactly as it did it the film, even decades later, the locations of “Blade Runner” still stand out as unique and interesting.  While most of these locations have been featured in many other productions, they remain most widely recognized for “Blade Runner.”  Here, we’ll walk through many of these locations.

Deckard’s apartment is a famous house in Los Angeles, located in the Los Feliz area, known as the “Ennis House.”  Only exteriors of the house are seen in the film, the interiors were built on a stage inside Warner Bros. Studio.  The house has been used in countless productions, including the original “House on Haunted Hill” (1959), “The Day of the Locust,” “The Karate Kid Part III,” “Black Rain” (also directed by Ridley Scott), “The Glimmer Man,” “The Replacement Killers,” “Rush Hour” and “The Thirteenth Floor.”  It has also been recreated on studio stages for movies such as “Predator 2,” “The Rocketeer” and “Mullholland Drive”  It’s been seen in the TV shows “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Twin Peaks,” as well as countless other music videos and commercials.

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LOCATION: 2607 Glendower Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Sebastion’s apartment is another very well known filming location, called “The Bradbury Building.”  Located in downtown Los Angeles, visitors are welcome to explore from the lobby area.  It’s well worth seeing, as the architecture is very unique and still clearly resembles how it appeared in the film.  Much like the “Ennis House,”  the interiors of Sebastion’s apartment were shot on the stages of Warner Bros. Studios.  Also likewise, “The Bradbury Building” has been seen in countless other films, such as “Chinatown,” “Wolf,” “Disclosure,” “Lethal Weapon 4,” “Pay It Forward” and “(500) Days of Summer.”  It’s also been seen in the television series “The Outer Limits,” “Quantum Leap,” “Mission: Impossible,” “CSI: NY” and many more, as well as several music videos and commercials.

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LOCATION: 304 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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This poster that hangs in the lobby of the Bradbury.

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The tunnel Deckard drives through is the 2nd Street Tunnel in downtown Los Angeles, located between Figueroa St. and Hill St., beneath Bunker Hill.  The tunnel has been seen in many productions, such as “The Terminator,” “Demolition Man,” “Independence Day,” “Con Air,” “Kill Bill” and many more.

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LOCATION: 620 W 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The police station is actually Union Station, a train station in downtown Los Angeles.  It has featured in many films as well, such as “Bugsy,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Catch Me If You Can.”

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LOCATION: 800 N Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

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We leave you with some props from the film. First, Deckard’s blaster, which was used in both the original film, as well as the “Blade Runner 2049” sequel.  The gun was on display as part of Warner Bros. “Blade Runner 2049 Experience” at the San Diego Comic-Con.

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Some memory spheres from the original film, used to store Voight Kampff tests to determine if one was a replicant or not.  These were also seen on the “Blade Runner 2049 Experience.”

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This miniature of the famous blimp can be seen as part of the Warner Bros. Studio tour.

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Related articles: Blade Runner 2049 Experience

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