Species (1995)

The 1995 sci-fi film “Species” was filmed in Utah, Southern California and Puerto Rico. Early in the film, after escaping from a science lab, the half-human, half-alien Sil, played by Natasha Henstridge, arrives by train into Los Angeles at Union Station.

LOCATION: 800 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Union Station has been seen in countless films, such as “Blade Runner,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and many more.

Xavier Fitch, played by Ben Kingsley, assembles a team to find Sil. They set up operations at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.  They first arrive at this alley entrance facing S Olive St.  The same alley can be seen in the film “Chinatown.” There is a gate here blocking entrance into the alley, so it’s a bit tricky getting a photo.

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LOCATION: Alley between 523 / 525 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA, 90013

They are seen entering the lobby of the Millennium Biltmore, which has been featured in dozens of films, such as “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Independence Day” and many more.

LOCATION: 506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

The team is later seen leaving from this side of the hotel facing S Grand Ave. The same area can be seen in the films “Seven,” “A Star Is Born” and more.

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LOCATION: 530 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Sil gets a hotel room at this hotel in West Hollywood.

LOCATION: 7212 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

The club Sil heads to in search of a man is actually the lobby of the famous Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, which was heavily dressed to appear like a club. The “entrance” seen in the film is the back of the building. The theater has likewise appeared in such films as “Ed Wood,” “Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood,” “The Aviator,” “The Bodyguard,” “Batman Forever” and many more.

LOCATION: 6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Looking to mate with a human partner as soon as possible, Sil aggressively picks up a man at the club and heads back to his place. After detecting he is a diabetic, she determines he’s not a suitable partner.

LOCATION: 1500 Blue Jay Way, Los Angeles, CA 90069

After getting into an accident, Sil meets another man she quickly tries to seduce. Just as she is about to have sex with him at his house, Preston and Laura, played by Michael Madsen and Marg Helgenberger respectively, catch up to her at the home, located in Pacific Palisades.

LOCATION: 14458 Rustic Creek Ln, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

After Sil escapes, she returns back to the home in a car to observe Xavier Fitch’s team investigating the scene. This is a bit of movie magic as the road actually dead ends just a couple houses down into a cul-de-sac, so Sil would not have been able to approach the home from this direction. The team is seen driving past her vehicle, which in reality, they’d likewise be driving straight into the dead end.

Black Panther (2018)

The 2018 superhero action film “Black Panther” shot in numerous locations, including Argentina, Busan, South Korea and Atlanta, Georgia. In the early scenes of the film, some kids play basketball in a parking lot in front of an apartment tower, supposedly located in Oakland, California.  The real building is the Wheat Street Towers, located in Atlanta, Georgia.

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LOCATION: 375 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, makes his way to Busan, South Korea, along with Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Okoye (Danai Gurira). The three of them enter an exclusive casino in search of Klaue, played by Andy Serkis. The exterior scenes were an elaborate recreation of Jagalchi Market, a famous fish and seafood market. However, it was actually a heavily set dressed portion of the MET Atlanta business park in Altanta, Georgia (675 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310). The casino interior was built at EUE Screen Gems Studios in Atlanta (175 Lakewood Way SW, Atlanta, GA 30315).

The real Busan does feature in the film, however, during the ensuing car chase in pursuit of Klaue. Black Panther flips a car over as it crosses Gwangan Bridge.

LOCATION: Gwangan Bridge, Millak-dong, Busan, South Korea

Black Panther rides on the roof of a car down Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, a popular street near Gwangan Bridge. This area has a small beach with a great view of the bridge. Often boats are out on the water lighting fireworks. It attracts a young crowd and is a great area to visit, particularly at night, if you find yourself in Busan.

LOCATION: Near 195 Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Gwangan 2(i)-dong, Suyeong-gu, Busan, South Korea (GPS coordinates: 35.151638, 129.116886)

After Klaue is captured, he is taken to a CIA site, supposedly still located in South Korea. This is actually back in Atlanta, where the streets were set dressed to appear Korean.

LOCATION: 223 Mitchell St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

This 2018 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series was featured during the aforementioned Busan chase scene. Black Panther rides atop the remotely driven vehicle, leaping onto other vehicles to disable them on the streets of South Korea. The vehicle could be found on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, which ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020.

LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Lastly, we leave you with a Black Panther statue, which could be found at the Busan Museum of Movies. There were actually a couple statues placed outdoors near the filming locations in Busan, including the beach near Gwangan Bridge covered in this article. Two of the statues were unfortunately destroyed, however, within a month of going on display. They were identical to this one, which is still in tact in the lobby of the Busan Museum of Movies.

LOCATION: Busan Museum of Movies, 12 Daecheong-ro 126beon-gil, Donggwangdong 3(sam)-ga, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea

Right next to the statue in the museum, you can find this information on the Busan filming locations. The locations are scattered all over the city, so unfortunately we didn’t have time to visit them all, but hope to in the future.

Panic Room (2002)

The apartment from David Fincher’s 2002 home invasion thriller “Panic Room” is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, near Central Park.  The apartment was only used for exterior shots in the film.

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LOCATION: 38 W 94th St, New York, NY 10025

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Here is a view of the entire building, although it’s never seen from this angle in the film.

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The apartment interiors were filmed entirely on a custom built set in Manhattan Beach, California at Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios (1600 Rosecrans Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266).  That set has of course long since been removed.

The ending scene of the film shows Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart sitting on a park bench.  They are seated in an area known as The Mall in Central Park (The Mall, Central Park, New York, NY 10022); a tree-covered pedestrian walkway that leads to Bethesda Terrace.  The two are seated near the Robert Burns statue.  The benches have slightly changed from how they appeared in the film.

Related articles: Seven (1995), The Game (1997), Fight Club (1999), Zodiac (2007), The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008), The Social Network (2010), Mindhunter, Mank (2020)