Police Academy Locations
Locations Manager(s): Michael Brownstone
Police Academy Filming Locations:
These scenes were actually shot at Lakeshore Studios, located at 2264 Lakeshore Blvd. West in Toronto, ONTARIO, Canada.
The Lakeshore Studios was the former Lakeshore Asylum. It has been used since for many TV and movie productions.
Some scenes were shot on the beaches and in the night club in Toronto. The scene where a pin ball machine is rolled into the street was shot in the west end of Toronto. [Thanks to Nancy Cataford]
The "Blue Oyster Bar" scene was shot at a bar at 486 Spadina Avenue in Toronto called the Silver Dollar Room. [Thanks to Kelly Proctor] Despite the beloved music venue having heritage designation, it permanently closed on May 1st 2017 so that the whole block can be redeveloped. No-one seems sure whether a redeveloped Silver Dollar will reopen later at the same site, but the location we know from the movies is now sadly gone. [Thanks to Neville]
The main building used for Police Academy is now known as building "G" at Humber College (Lakeshore campus). The look of the building has not changed, though the interior has been completely renovated for college use; it was quite rundown during the Police Academy days. It is also considered one of the most haunted buildings in Toronto, since it is a former Insane Asylum.
The archaic-looking entrance with two marble columns is the entrance of the "College" campus of University of Toronto. There is an enormous grass field in front of the buliding and it seems it was used in many of the scenes as well. The riot seems to have been filmed in Kensington market and places near it. I can clearly recognize a veranda-ey corner store that is still there in Kensington, it's a Carribean bar. Looks like Spadina China Town or places pretty close were used as well, and I recognize a lot of Lakeshore Rd.[Thanks to Jason]
The Riot scene was filmed in the Kensington community of Toronto. You can see in one scene there is a shop called "Kensington Creamery" that confirmed this. Much of the area still looks the same. [Thanks to Shannon Fitzismmons]
1642 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6P 3T2, Canada was where the guy shouted. "Free TV's" [Thanks to Phil Gee]
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