The Actual Southern California Locations where
"Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" was filmed.
However, later in the same scene, when the
Terminatrix appears at the cemetery
(disguised as the Kate's fiancé), and begins chasing them, you may
notice that the
rolling hills of the cemetery have
suddenly become flat land. That's because they are
no longer at Rose Hills. Look carefully, and you'll notice that
there aren't many flat grave
markers on the grass in the distance...
They moved the filming of that scene 16 miles
south, to a park in northeast Long Beach.
It's called El Dorado Regional Park,
and is locatedat 2800
N Studebaker Road,
in Long Beach, CA. But few people noticed
They simply they put up a few fake headstones on the
park grass to make the park look like a
cemetery, then ran the bullet-ridden hearse over the grass (and the headstones)...
they probably wouldn't have liked at the real Rose Hills... They
shot the scenes in the
northern part of the large park, north of Spring Street.
But once they flee the "cemetery",
and are speeding away in the bullet-ridden hearse, they
are suddenly in Griffith Park, 30 miles
away from Long Beach. Griffith Park is the largest city
park in the United States, and scene of a zillion Hollywood movies. It's
here that the Terminatrix
pursues them on foot, and jumps on the roof of the hearse, and it is here
that Arnold drives
the hearse under a truck and rips off the roof. The mountainous park is
bordered by Glendale
on the east, by Universal City on the west, by Burbank on the north, and
by the Los Feliz
section of Los Angeles on the south. It's address is 4730
Crystal Springs Drive.
once they pull the hearse off the road, and arrive at a park campground,
the location shifts once again, 60 miles away to a canyon somewhere in
the Antelope Valley.)
As for the final
confrontation at the SkyNet HQ, most of those
scenes were shot on a large set, specially built inside the site of
the old Rockwell/Boeing/NASA Defense Plant,
in Downey, CA.
That parcel (now-empty again) is bordered by Bellflower
Blvd on the east, Lakewood Blvd on the west, Imperial
Highway on the south
and Stewart & Gray Road on the
(The same location was used for "Spider-Man".)
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.