Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were Shot (on Location)
Filming locations of TV Shows,
Made-for-TV Movies & Music Videos.
"CSI MIAMI" is
yet another example of a hit TV show set in one city, but filmed mostly
Although a few scenes were actually shot in Florida (especially for the
first two episodes), most views of Miami views seen on the show just aerial
establishing shots, with the bulk of the real filming taking place
in Greater Los Angeles.
Take, for instance, the CSI headquarters, the "Miami
Dade Police Department Crime Lab".
Here is a screen capture of
the first glimpse of the exterior of the crime lab, as seen on the "CSI: Miami",
in Episode 102 ("Wet Foot, Dry Foot"):
Miami? Nope. Try Hawthorne, California.
The show is filmed in the same studio as "The
O.C.", namely Manhattan
Beach Studios, and the "Crime Lab" is really an
unusual building a just a block or two east of the studio.
(The same building was used often in
"The O.C." as "The
Newport Group" building, where Kirsten Cohen worked.)
In real life the building
is the administrative headquarters of the F.A.A.
(Federal Aviation Administration) Federal Credit
Union, and it's located at 14600 Aviation Blvd,
tucked away between two Marriott hotels in what is known as Aviation
Center, in Hawthorne, CA
(on their western border with Manhattan Beach).
It is just south of Rosecrans
Avenue and just north of Marine Avenue, on the east side of
Aviation Blvd. To reach it, turn east onto a private street named Aviation
Center Drive. The building is at the east end of that short
The spectacular, 35,000 square
foot building opened in 2000; it was designed by Nadel Architects Inc (you
can see photos of it on their website,
if you click "portfolio" then "public sector"). Made
of limestone and glass, its 15 degree tilt to the west salutes the notion
of flight - an appropriate touch for an Aviation office building...
- Although the first few episodes
of "CSI: Miami" actually
shot a few scenes in Florida, it's notable that the very first scene in
the first (pilot) episode ("Cross-Jurisdiction") was shot in
may recall that the pilot episode begins with a night time shot of a beautiful
Tudor mansion. There is a swinger's
party going on inside the home, and a little girl is trying to get to sleep
upstairs, despite the noise from the party downstairs. The little girl
is eventually kidnapped, along with her mother. (The father, a cop, is
shot with his own gun and found with an apple stuffed in his mouth.)
This home is supposed to be in Las Vegas (although the little girl turns
up alive in Miami), but in reality, that home is in Pasadena, California,
a city that is home to many a mansion.
You'll find that party house just a mile and a half south of the world
famous Rose Bowl, at 141 N. Grand Avenue,
in Pasadena (at SW corner of Grand
and Arroyo Terrace/Live Oaks Ave). The camera in the opening scene is looking
is a private home. Do not trespass on their property,
knock on their door,or do anything else that might disturb the residents.]
In 2006 alone, they filmed at
the following locations in Pasadena:
huge, spectacular mansion at 1288 S Oakland Ave.
(and a slightly smaller mansion next door at 1288 S. Oakland Ave.)
city's Pacific Asia Museum, at 46 N. Los Robles Ave.
'Paseo Colorado' mall, at 340 E. Colorado Blvd.
unique Castle Green apartments, at 99 S Raymond Ave.
Dodge, a car dealership at 2000 E Colorado Blvd.
- But Pasadena is a rank amateur
compared to the city of Long Beach, CA.,
when it comes to "CSI:Miami"
"CSI: Miami" films
almost constantly in Long Beach, all
over the city, taking advantage of the town's shoreline views, waterfront
homes, palm trees, marinas, and general resemblance to Miami. They're careful
not to show any obvious Long Beach landmarks, but if you know the city
well, you will be able to spot quite a few local spots when you watch the
For those of you unfamiliar
with Long Beach, it is a large city 25 miles southeast of Los Angeles,
bordered by the Pacific Ocean on its south side, by the Los Angeles Harbor
on the west, and by Orange County on the east. It has a beautiful
coastline that features the docked Queen Mary, Shoreline Village,
the Aquarium of the Pacific, Craftsman homes, grassy parks overlooking
the blue ocean, Naples Island (laced with canals and filled with multi-million
dollar waterfront homes), a sandy penninsula dotted with beach homes, two
marinas full of boats... plus a huge working port of its own - in short,
an ideal filming location for this sort of show.
Here's is a map
link to Long Beach, with a few notable spots marked.
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* Locations marked by an asterisk (*) may be located
in areas with high crime rates.
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