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WarGames Filming Locations

AKA:
WarGames Picture
1983



Locations Manager(s): Robert C. Decker, Robert Eggenweiler

On Location

The exteriors were all filmed in western Washington state.

The NORAD HQ set was built in the Cascades. Scenes of the entrance to the NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Complex were filmed at Newhalem, Washington (about 125 miles North of Seattle). [Thanks to Steve Baker]

The scenes where Matthew Broderick was kept in the medical office inside NORAD was filmed in an actual former NORAD missile and aircraft plotting and intelligence building. The building is on the extension of Graham street where the main gate of March AFB used to be. The building has NO windows and was designed to withstand a nuclear hit. Also the diagram of the NORAD layout is taken from this building. Ironically the real life war room is still in the building with consoles and a DEFCON status board still intact! The room has been sealed off, but is visible through a large window. A large command cubicle, much like the one the WOPR computer sat in, is still in existence. The site went off line in the late 1970's, shortly before the filming of the movie. [Thanks to Bill]

In relation to the site at March Air Force Base, The war room floor design was taken from the old PACCS site still located at March AFRB. The site stood for Post Attack Command and Control System, the predecessor to "looking glass". There were 4 identical sites. One in Louisiana, Los Angeles (March AFB), NORAD (still in existance but long since updated) and Massachusetts. The site in Massachusetts was called "the notch". I have been in the war room at March AFB and it is impressive. There are still the consoles and such still there to include 15th Air Force labels on the command floor overlooking the former PACCS tactical floor. The building is now an army reserve center. It will be abandoned later this year and preserved as a cold war memorial. [Thanks to Bill Harris]

The "Oregon" airport was really Boeing Field.

"Goose Island" is really Anderson Island, WA (in the southern part of Puget Sound). The last ferry off the island really is at 6:30, and you really are stuck there if you miss it!

The 7-11 where Broderick played video games may have been in a NW Seattle neighborhood known as "Richmond Beach". Can anyone confirm?

The scene where Broderick gets busted by the FBI was shot at 7-ELEVEN 41901 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake Ca. [Thanks to Julian]

The high school was the Snohomish High School (you can see the name written above the door of the building he runs into) in Everett, a small city/town north of Seattle. [Thanks to Michael Busick]

The high school used in War Games was not in Everett, it is actually El Segundo High School, in El Segundo, California. Here's the school website [Thanks to Aram Degirmen]

It has been long believed that Broderick visits fellow computer geeks at The Academic Computing Center in Seattle. HOWEVER, Al kindly wrote in to say that: "The computer room at Cal State University, Long Beach is actually the location where Broderick meets with fellow geeks. I had recently graduated and my friend was still a graduate student there. He was very upset that he couldn't work on his computer projects for four days while the filming was going on."

The University of Washington's Hughes Penthouse Theater is the building that David goes past on his way to see the computer geeks.

We've heard that part of WarGames was filmed at EDS in Plano Texas. It was the tic-tac-toe scene and was on the technology companies monitor screens. can anyone confirm?

Lake Chelan National Recreation Area in North Cascades National Park Located near Stehekin, WA was also used.

They mention on the commentary track of the DVD that the 7-11 where David is picked up by the feds is in Big Bear, California. Big Bear is a mountain resort about an hour and a half outside of L.A. The location is right on the main road into town, and I think about it whenever I pass. [Thanks to David Schneider]

In California, they have boat tours on Big Bear lake and point out a house that was filmed in the movie. It's Professor Falken's house, which was supposed to be on the island in Washington State. If that is not accurate, then they have been yanking people for years with that story. It looks enough like it, and Big Bear was visited in the movie. [Thanks to Seymour]

Can you help? Do you know any of the Seattle, Washington (or any other) filming locations used for WarGames? [Please send them in]


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