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Paralleling the Nazi rise to power and resistance against them, this is the classic 1980s mini-series about aliens invading Earth. It was followed by V: The Final Battle (1984), "V" (1984-1985, total 19 episodes), and V: The Second Generation (2004).


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Filming Locations —

Burbank, Los Angeles County: Warner Bros. Stage 25.

Encino, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County: Woodley Avenue.

Glendale, Los Angeles County.

Hancock Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County: Los Altos Apartments.

Hollywood, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County: KTTV Studios.

La Cañada Flintridge, Los Angeles County: Angeles Crest Highway.

Lake View Terrace, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County: Lakeview Medical Center.

Long Beach, Los Angeles County: Haynes Generating Station.

Downtown L.A., Los Angeles, Los Angeles County: C. Erwin Piper Technical Building. Bunker Hill. 5th & Spring Street. Maryland & Bixel Streets. 3rd Street. St. Joseph's Church. Belmont Tunnel. Department of Water & Power.

Monrovia, Los Angeles County: Library Park.

Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County: Bestor Boulevard?

Studio City, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County: CBS Studio Center / Radford. Vitello's Italian Restaurant.

Valencia, Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County: Indian Dunes Park. Chiquita Canyon Landfill.

Van Nuys, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County: Anheuser-Busch / Budweiser Brewery.

Venice, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County: Speedway & Anchorage Street?


NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Filming Locations —

City and County of San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge.

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The opening scenes in El Salvador were filmed at Indian Dunes Park in Valencia, Santa Clarita, CA.
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This shot of the mothership over Pacific Palisades is the only one left in the movie that still includes Dominique Dunne.
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And here's the mothership over downtown Los Angeles.
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Although many cities were featured on the various television sets (St. Louis, Athens, London, Washington D.C., Cairo, Paris, New York City, and more), San Francisco gets to be featured here because it's my hometown and where I was living when V was first released. These were, of course, all matte paintings combined with stock footage, and no principal photography was done at any of these places.
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One of my favorite shots (I have a B.A. in archæology) was filmed at the same location as the resistance mountain camp (see below).
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Juliet's home was filmed at the Venice Fishing Pier, probably near Speedway & Anchorage Street in Venice, Los Angeles.
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Lakeview Medical Center, 11600 Eldridge Avenue
at Glamis Street, Lake View Terrace, Los Angeles.
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The roof of New York City's United Nations Building was actually shot at the C. Erwin Piper Technical Building ("Piper Tech"),
555 Ramirez Street off Vignes Street, Downtown Los Angeles.
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This New York City apartment was filmed
somewhere on Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles.
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Part of the mothership interior was shot at Anheuser-Busch,
15800 Roscoe Boulevard at Hwy 405, Van Nuys, Los Angeles.
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The refinery for the compound that the Visitors supposedly needed was filmed at the
Haynes Generating Station, 6801 Westminster Avenue at Studebaker Road, Long Beach, CA.
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This parking lot is somewhere in the vicinity of
5th & Spring Streets in Downtown Los Angeles.
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Marjorie Donovan's house was somewhere in Monrovia.
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Most of Brian's shots were done in Pacific Palisades, while Robin's reverse were done much later in Malibu.
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The mothership corridors and rooms were built and shot at the CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Avenue, Studio City, Los Angeles.
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The newsroom was filmed at Metromedia Square's KTTV Studios, 5746 Sunset Boulevard at Hwy 101, Hollywood, Los Angeles. In 1986, KTTV became a FOX affiliate (and the site was renamed FOX Television Center), and in 1996 it moved to 1999 Bundy Drive, West L.A.
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The film identified this as Davis Air Force Base, but it was probably shot elsewhere. Please contact me if you have more information.
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The neighborhood that the Maxwells lived in was shot in Pacific Palisades, possibly on Bestor Boulevard, but I need to verify that.
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This meeting space was a dry-cleaning facility located
near 2nd Street and Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles.
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This angle on Mike Donovan includes what was then the Unocal 76 Building and what is now part of Los Angeles Center Studios.
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That building under construction is at 333 Beaudry Street, the new home for the LAUSD administrative offices (see below for another view). Also, that RTD sign stands for Southern California Rapid Transit District, the old county bus system before it became the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) in Feb 1993 when it merged with LACTC (L.A. County Transportation Commission).
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This is the actual driveway entrance to the underground parking garages below the old Unocal 76 Buildings. Scores of Hollywood film crew members drive through here daily today to enter LACS.
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The first shot is from the movie, of course, but the second is a contemporary photograph that I shot at the very same location on Sunday, 22 August 2004. We are looking east on Maryland Street at Bixel Street in Downtown L.A. On the horizon, notice the new building tucked behind the Wells Fargo Building, as well as the addition of Deloitte & Touche behind KPMG. In the upper-right corner, that's the Library Tower just barely visible behind Union Bank of California. Unocal 76 no longer operates out of the buildings directly behind the old gas station, and today they are instead part of Los Angeles Center Studios, operated by Hollywood Locations. That building next to the flag pole has been torn down and replaced with several soundstages where films like Terminator 3 and Planet of the Apes were shot. Maryland Street from Bixel to Boylston was once public street, but now it's part of the private backlot, hence the addition of that black gate. Later in the film, we see Ben Taylor and Elias Taylor walk down this very same block of Maryland Street, but on the sidewalk on the south side.
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Christine Walsh's apartment was filmed at the Los Feliz Apartments, 4121 Wilshire Boulevard at Norton Avenue, on the edge of Koreatown and Hancock Park, Los Angeles. It was built by William Randolph Hearst in 1925.
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Stamos Pharmaceuticals was filmed back at Piper Tech...
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... but this driveway exit appears to be around 3rd Street or Miramar Street since those are the Bunker Hill Towers Apartments in the background on the left. I'll need to verify the exact spot.
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This was filmed on the back north side of Piper Tech. Down below, that's E. Cesar Chavez Avenue passing over the L.A. River.
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This scene and its flashback were filmed on Myrtle Avenue between Lime and Palm Avenues next to Library Park in Monrovia, CA.
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St. Joseph's Church, 1200 Los Angeles Street at 12th Street, Downtown L.A. This building burned down in September 1983.
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The contemporary photograph shows the new
St. Joseph's Church as it appeared on 22 August 2004.
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The roadblock was filmed on Woodley Avenue between Burbank Boulevard and Victory Boulevard in Encino / Van Nuys, Los Angeles.
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The composite on the left is oddly-shaped because the camera motion not only tilted downwards, but zoomed in at the same time. The building under construction is 333 Beaudry Street, the new administrative center for the Los Angeles Unified School District (see the other picture several lines back for another angle). That smoggy blob of four other buildings includes Union Bank of California, Paul Hastings, and Bank of America, and they can be seen a little bit more clearly in this contemporary photograph, shot on 22 August 2004.
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This is the Belmont Tunnel which is located today at the Belmont Art Park at Glendale Boulevard & 1st Street at Lucas Avenue & 2nd Street, Los Angeles. It was formerly a Pacific Electric Railway subway tunnel for the Red Car, built in 1925 and once extending all the way to the Subway Terminal Building at 4th & Hill Streets. The line closed on 19 June 1955 and the tunnel has remained vacant ever since, so much so that stalactites and some stalagmites are beginning to form inside from the dripping water! The tunnel goes about a mile underground, extending underneath Los Angeles Center Studios, the 110 freeway, and Figueroa Street. It now deadends, though, directly below the Westin Bonaventure Hotel where it needed to be filled in for the hotel's foundation when built in the late 1970s. The tunnel and the graffiti park are now in danger of being torn down, but you can learn more about how you can help by clicking here.
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Vitello's Italian Restaurant is located at 4349 Tujunga Avenue
at Moorpark Street, Studio City, Los Angeles.
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This is back again at Haynes Generating Station.
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The interior of the resistance base within the Belmont Tunnel was actually shot at an old bank building at 5th & Spring Streets.
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These are two more shots of the exterior of the Belmont Tunnel. This building in particular was used to hold the machinery that powered the subway line, but now it's an empty shell. The whole thing is now covered in graffiti as part of the Belmont Art Park.
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Ruby blew up the Visitor shuttle craft in the same
Moorpark & Tujunga neighborhood as mentioned above.
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Most of these shots are matte paintings, except for around Mike Donovan where he was filmed at Anheuser-Busch in Van Nuys.
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Department of Water & Power,
2nd & Beaudry Streets, Downtown L.A.
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The mothership hangar bay was built at
Stage 25 at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank.
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The shuttle craft chase goes from Malibu...
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... to Long Beach. That historic bulding on the right is the Villa Riviera Hotel, 800 E. Ocean Blvd., built in 1929...
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... and finally past downtown Los Angeles.
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This tunnel was shot on Angeles Crest Highway
above La Cañada Flintridge.
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The resistance mountain camp was filmed at Chiquita Canyon Landfill, 29201 Henry Mayo Drive, Valencia, Santa Clarita.
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And, finally, the radio telescopes (as well as lots of the movie's pick-up shots) were filmed at GTE's radio telescopes in Malibu.
They're supposedly on the western end of Mulholland Drive, above Leo Carrillo State Beach, but I'll need to verify that.

V (1983, TV)
CAST: Jane Badler, Michael Durrell, Faye Grant, Peter Nelson, David Packer, Neva Patterson, Tommy Peterson, Marc Singer, Blair Tefkin, Michael Wright, Bonnie Bartlett, Leonardo Cimino, Richard Herd, Evan C. Kim, Richard Lawson, George Morfogen, Andrew Prine, Hansford Rowe, Jenny Sullivan, Penelope Windust, Michael Alldredge, Camila Ashland, Frank Ashmore, Jason Bernard, Rafael Campos, Diane Civita, Viveka Davis, Robert Englund, Joanna Kerns....
WRITER: Kenneth Johnson
PRODUCER: Chuck Bowman, Patrick Boyriven, Kenneth Johnson
DIRECTOR: Kenneth Johnson
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Charles R. Davis
CINEMATOGRAPHER: John McPherson
EDITOR: Paul Dixon, Alan C. Marks, Robert K. Richard, Jack W. Schoengarth
LOCATIONS DEPARTMENT: Daniel Schneider

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