Filming locations for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Part 1

The Actual Southern California Locations where 2003's
"Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" was filmed.

'John Connor' (Nick Stahl) breaks into the veterinary hospital where 'Kate' works and steals drugs.
She catches him there in the morning, and cages him, just before the Terminatrix finds them there.
Next door is a United Rentals business, which is destroyed during the subsequent T-X attack.

Both the Animal Hospital and the "United Rentals" business next door were fake. They were both
built from scratch on a vacant lot, so they could be destroyed by T-X. Fortunately, I know where that
lot is: the corner of Foothill Blvd & Mount Gleason Ave., in Tujunga, CA.

Next, there's a lengthy car chase in which the Terminatrix pursues Kate, John & the T-101
 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) through the streets of downtown L.A., smashing everything in
their path. This long scene was a clever mix of computer graphics, actual downtown
streets, and an artificial recreation of the downtown area (so they could better smash it up).

It's often hard to tell where the f/x ends and reality begins. But most of the actual locales were in
the warehouse district of the east side of downtown Los Angeles. During the scenes where
Arnold is bring dragged around on the end of the Champion crane, one business visible in the
background is American Self Storage, located at 300 Avery Street, in downtown Los Angeles.
We can also glimpse the produce markets on Produce Street.


The cemetery, where Arnold shows John his mother's crypt (full of weapons) was an
actual cemetery, Rose Hills Memorial Park, at 3888 Workman Mill Road, in Whittier.
Only the interior of the mausoleum was a studio set. The rest was real.

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* Warning: locations marked with an asterisk (*) may be located in a high-crime area. Exercise reasonable caution.

Some of the photos on this page are stills from the DVD of "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines"
(which you can buy by clicking here) and are copyright Warner Brothers Pictures.

The rest of the page is Copyright  2020-Gary Wayne /