Southern California locations where
But in the case of 2013's "Star Trek: Into Darkness", a surprising number of well-known
But before we get to those real-life locations, let me first get this out of the way:
The movie opens with a scene on a red planet, as Kirk & McCoy flee through
That scene, as well as the scene with Spock in an erupting volcano (on the same red planet)...
were shot on sets built on empty land in Playa del Rey, California (near
The climactic scene of Spock battling Khan in hand-to-hand combat, on a
( The producers put up a temporary wall around the perimeter, during filming,
(The bridge of the Enterprise was built on a sound stage at
The adjacent sound stages are located at the corner of Campus Center & Bluff Creek Drives.
Here is a Google
StreetView of the area.
Although this is supposed to be somewhere near London, it's actually right here in sunny Southern
This is none other than Greystone Mansion, at 905 Loma Vista Drive, in Beverly Hills.
The massive home was originally built in 1928 by oil tycoon Edward Getty, but a following
Now part of Greystone Park, its grounds are open to the public, so feel free to drop by.
A lot of movies have been filmed here, including "X-Men", "The Social Network", "The Muppets"
"National Treasure", "The Bodyguard", "All of Me" and "Indecent Proposal".
The movie's shot of the home is a bit deceptive - like many of the scenes in this movie. It starts with a
pan (left) from a fake landscape, then we see the side of the mansion, with a helicopter parked nearby
(as a futuristic hover-car passes), revealing a full view of the mansion at 0:11:06.
They also used CGI to add the words "Royal Children's Hospital" to the side,
and also added a fake glass wing behind the mansion.
Below is a more realistic view of the mansion, minus the CGI enhancements:
as you can see in this Google StreetView of the Greystone's gates.
This is none other than the Getty Center, an art museum located on a hilltop
north/northwest towards the Museum Entrance Hall.
I shot the photo below: a wider view of the same Courtyard view at the Getty:
The interior scene below (when Kirk gets called to a meeting with Pike)
I shot the photo below of the same interior space at the Getty:
(Here is a matching Google StreetView panorama of the Entrance Hall.)
The scene below (where McCoy tells Kirk & Spock about Khan's escape) was also
shot at the Getty Center. They are standing on the upper level patio of the Getty's
Garden Terrace Cafe, with the camera looking south.
There are normally dining tables & chairs here, but they removed them for the scene.
( Ignore the fake ocean background - that's just more CGI.
In reality, that terrace offers a view of the Getty's unique round garden. )
I shot the photo below (from the garden), looking up at the same terrace:
(Here is a matching Google StreetView panorama of the Garden Terrace.)
0:18:03: After Khan saves the life of Lucille Harewood, the child's grateful father repays the favor.
Below, we see him approaching the "Kelvin Memorial Archives".
He goes inside and sets off a bomb - killing himself and destroying the Archives.
The exterior, above, is the old Bank of America building (now called SB Lofts),
located at 650 S. Spring Street, in downtown Los Angeles.
(Here is a matching Google StreetView panorama of the bank's exterior.)
That building is about three blocks northwest of the Bank of America building.
(Here is a Google StreetView panorama of the outside of that building.)
"Star Trek: Into Darkness" locations!
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page are stills from "Star Trek: Into Darkness"
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