The Terminator Movie Behind The Scenes

The Terminator Locations


Locations Notes

Rewind the locations where they filmed the 1984 Action / Adventure movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn More Cast

Locations Manager(s): Joseph A. Liuzzi

The Terminator Filming Locations:

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Wanna see the real life filming location used for Big Jeff's Restaurant in the movie?

These scenes were actually shot at Carrow's Restaurant, located in South Pasadena, S. California. Google Map

The Terminator arrives: Griffith Park, Los Angeles CA
This is where Arnold looks out over the LA cityscape and confronts some punks for their clothing.

Reese Arrives: Downtown LA, @ 7th & Broadway. Reese materializes in an alleyway and is chased by the cops. This is also the same block as the "Tech Noir" nightclub.

Big Buns: Carrow's Restaurant, 815 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena, CA. The restaurant Sarah Connor works in. Not surprisingly, the inside has been remodeled since the film. The Restaurant where Sarah Worked was only Ĺ mile (1Km) from 1846 Oxley St where Pee Wee Herman's House was located in Pee Wee's Big Adventure which was made only ten months afterwards.

The Alamo Gun Shop: 14329 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA. Arnold stocks up on weapons here. Currently it is a used car lot whose occupants were unaware of it's history. The inside still has the wood paneling up and everything. If you turn and look into the street from this location you will see that this is where they also filmed the scene where Arnie throws the biker from the phone booth to find Sarah Connor's number.

Reese steals a car: Downtown LA @ 6th st. Reese hotwires a car next to a construction site and has a dream about the future war.

I believe the bridge the Terminator chased Sara and Kyle across was the 7th St bridge east of downtown. If it wasn't 7th St, it was one of the other nearby bridges. Which is interesting to an Angelino, since they emerged from the 2nd St tunnel WEST of downtown and go immediately onto the 7th St bridge on the EAST side... That's movies! [Thanks to Mark Boykin]

The Tiki Motel: 7301 Santa Fe Ave, Huntington Park, CA. Reese and Sarah hide out here and make plastique bombs, then Reese puts a bun in Sarah's oven. It is pretty dingy. I didn't try to rent out the actual room, although I might one day if I feel brave. Staying there overnight is not a good idea!

[Major credit to Pat Evans for scouting these locations]

The Hotel where The Terminator repairs itself was the Panama Hotel, located at 403 E 5th St, Los Angeles. [Thanks to PaulH]

The Police Station scenes were filmed at a closed Bethlehem Steel office building, located at 6000 S Boyle Ave, Vernon. The building and the plant was then razed in 1985. [Thanks to PaulH]

The gas station that Linda Hamilton enters at the very end of the movie is a very tiny town called Sun Valley, located on the outskirts of Palmdale, California in the high desert. [Thanks to Terri]

Antelope Valley was used for the end of the movie where the young boy took the photo of Sarah in the jeep, and told her "A storm is coming".

The Department of Water and Power at 111 N. Hope St; downtown LA was used for the parking garage.

The Second St. Tunnel between Hill and Figueroa Streets was used for the pipebomb sequence. The car chase included 6th, 7th streets and Broadway in downtown LA.

The scene where the terminator crashes into the wall when the police are chasing him as well as Kyle is located at downtown Los Angeles, 300 block on Grand ave lower level, crashes in the wall at Grand ave and 4th street. [Thanks to Claudio Millan]

Kernís of California at 13010 East Temple Ave; City of industry, was used for where the Terminator was crushed in the factory.

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