Inception (2010)

The 2010 Christopher Nolan film “Inception” shot in a variety of locations around the world, including France, England, Japan, Morocco, Canada and the United States.  Quite a few scenes were filmed around Southern California.

At this intersection in Downtown Los Angeles, Cobb, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, goes over plans with his team to execute a mission within a dream.

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LOCATION: Wilshire Blvd / Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Directly across the street are the corner steps where Cobb picks up a man in a taxi and kidnaps him.  The same steps were used in “The Social Network,” when Jesse Eisenberg shows up to a business meeting wearing a robe.

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LOCATION: 707 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Cobb’s wife Mal, played by Marion Cotillard, believing she’s trapped in a dream and will only awaken by leaping to her death, sits on the ledge of this building.

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LOCATION: 215 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Cobb walks with Mal though a deep dream state called “limbo,” where the dreamers risk being unable to awaken.  This area is part of The Music Center building in Downtown Los Angeles, facing toward The John Ferraro Building.  Cobb also walks with Ariadne, played by Ellen Page, through the same area.

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LOCATION: 135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Cobb and Ariadne continue walking through the surreal landscape, where old houses are seen partially submerged in water.  This was filmed at The John Ferraro Building, which has been featured in countless films and television shows, such as “The Nice Guys,” “Hancock,” “The Omega Man” and more.  The buildings submerged in water were CGI, replacing the L.A. skyline on the left, but the section of the Ferraro Building on the right side is the real location seen in the film.

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LOCATION: 111 N Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

The Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020.  Included on display were some vehicles from the George Miller modern classic “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Max, played by Tom Hardy, drives this recognizable 1973 Main Force Patrol V-8 Interceptor.

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

Here is the car Nux, played by Nicholas Hoult, drives in the film, chasing after Furiousa, played by Charlize Theron.  The vehicle features a front-mounted crucifix to hold blood bags.

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Here is some concept art, which was also part of the exhibit.

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Unlike the first two installments of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy, which used Chicago to double as Gotham City, the third and final installment, “The Dark Knight Rises” used an amalgam of cities, which included Pittsburgh, New York City and Los Angeles.  Here we take a look at some of these locations.

Bane robs the Gotham City Stock Exchange, which was filmed in the heart of New York’s financial district on Wall Street.  However, the production used the JP Morgan building, located directly across the street from the New York Stock Exchange.

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LOCATION: 23 Wall St, New York, NY 10005

As Bane unleashes an explosion at the Gotham football stadium, as well as all across Gotham, Blake, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is rocked by one of the explosives and his car flips over as he drives down this alley.  While many of these shots were filmed in Pittsburgh, this particular alley can be found in downtown Los Angeles.  It’s located on Terminal Street, which intersects with 7th Street, just past Alameda Street.

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LOCATION: Terminal St, Los Angeles, CA 90021 (a nearby address to arrive around the alley would be 1371 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021)

The police get trapped in this tunnel under the 6th Street Bridge, also in downtown L.A.  Sadly, the bridge, which has been seen in countless films over the years, including “Grease,” “Terminator 2: Judgement Day,” “Gone in Sixty Seconds,” “Drive” and many more, was closed and demolished in 2016.  This tunnel underneath the bridge led directly to the L.A. river, where countless more films were shot.

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LOCATION: Under the 6th St Bridge, at the intersection of lower E 6th St and Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (now demolished)

Over at the 3rd Street Tunnel in downtown Los Angeles is where Catwoman, played by Anne Hathaway, uses the Batpod to blow up some cars, which have been piled up to obstruct the entrance.  The view seen in the film is on the side of the tunnel that faces Flower Street.  The same tunnel was also seen in “Darkman.”

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LOCATION: W 3rd St., at the entrance facing S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90810

The Batpod Catwoman rides can be seen on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum, also in Los Angeles.

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

Moving over to Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Mellon University was used for a couple key sequences, near the film’s climax.  Bane released the prisoners from Blackgate Prison, which was shot at Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute.  The building’s address is on Fifth Ave., but you’ll actually have to turn the corner to the side of the building facing Dirthridge St. to see the spot used in the film.

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LOCATION: Software Engineering Institute, 4500 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (facing Dirthridge St)

The Mellon Institute, which is located right beside the Software Engineering Institute, served as Gotham City Hall, where Bane and Batman do battle on the steps of the building.

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LOCATION: Mellon Institute, 4400 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Lastly, we leave you with a shot of the Batmobile Tumbler from the film, which is on display at Warner Bros. Studios, as part of their tour.

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

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