Air Force One (1997)

The 1997 Harrison Ford action movie “Air Force One” was filmed in several different locations, including Ohio, California, Washington D.C. and Russia.

When Vice President Kathryn Bennett, played by Glenn Close calls Russian President Petrov, he speaks to her from his bedroom.  This was filmed at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.  The same room was used in “The Big Lebowski” and “There Will Be Blood.”

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LOCATION: Greystone Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The scenes of General Alexander Radek being released from prison were filmed at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio.  The former prison is of course most well known for being featured in “The Shawshank Redemption,” but it was also featured in the 1980s action film “Tango & Cash.”  This gate is seen in the establishing shot of the prison.  It’s not a real gate and was built by the production specifically for the film.  There was also a longer wall built on each side of the gate.  After filming completed, the property had the wall taken back down but left the gate.  Seeing it in person, it looks a bit strange, as it’s a gate to nothing on the side of the building.

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LOCATION: 100 Reformatory Rd, Mansfield, OH 44905

The camera then moves above the gate and we see these stairs leading into the prison.

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The Ohio State Reformatory does offer tours and inside they have a couple photos from the production.  On the right, you can see the full wall.

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Here is an autographed poster from the film.

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If you find yourself in Ohio, it’s well worth it to make a stop at the Ohio State Reformatory.  It’s one of the most memorable filming locations we’ve visited.

Blade Runner 2049 Experience

At the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. hosted a “Blade Runner 2049 Experience.”  Visitors were invited to experience a VR tour of the futuristic world, as well as a set recreation, with props and actors interacting with you.  Here we offer some photos of the special exhibition.

First up, a view of the full structure, as seen from outside.

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The entrance to the building.

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Once inside, there is some concept art from the film on display.

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One of the actual Spinner vehicles used in the film.

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A recreation of the film set, featuring the streets of a futuristic Los Angeles.

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Vending machines, in which visitors were distributed free t-shirts for the film.

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Bibi’s bar, in which visitors could actually go inside for a free drink.

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Some posters for the film.

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Numerous props from the film were on display.  Here are some of Officer K’s, played by Ryan Gosling, LAPD issued Blade Runner items.

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Deckard’s, played by Harrison Ford, handcuffs and binoculars, used while hiding out.

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Eye scanner, used by Officer K to identify replicants.

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Some LAPD evidence bags.

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Items found in Officer K’s apartment.

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Some miscellaneous props used in a variety of scenes in the film.

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Memory spheres used to store Voight Kampff tests to determine if one was a replicant or not in the original movie, along with some everyday tools used by manicurists in the sequel.

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LAPD badges and handcuffs issued to officers.

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Deckard’s blaster, used in both the original film and the sequel.

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Luv’s blaster.

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Items from the marketplace where residents gather to shop and eat.

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Cocktail glasses used by Deckard.

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Cocktail bottles and glasses from Officer K’s apartment.

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Decorative accessories used to adorn the office of Niander Wallace, played by Jared Leto.

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Some costumes from the film.  First, a hazmat suit, helmet and boots worn by Sapper, played by Dave Bautista, to protect him from the harsh atmospheric elements while farming.

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Some sophisticated attire worn by Luv.

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Some colorful clothing worn by Mariettte as she cruises Bibi’s Bar.

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A custom designed coat with a specially crafted collar to protect Officer K from the elements.

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Iconic yellow rain jacket made with readily available materials, worn by Joi.

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Living a solitary life, Rick Deckard wears this casual t-shirt and pants.

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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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