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Ghostbusters 1 & 2 Unidentified Filming Locations

This page will serve as a checklist of the Ghostbusters 1 & 2 filming locations that still need to be identified. I tried to put up some screen captures that are representative of the location, so they could be used for identification purposes. However, I am not putting up any from the Ghostbusters Blu-ray simply because that would take up way too much space. If you have a copy of the Ghostbusters Blu-ray, the higher resolution picture may help you notice details in the shots that will help with identification. If you've identified a location, be sure to send me an e-mail so that I can research it and, if it checks out, add it to the site. I'll need a street address, and any proof images and information you may have. Of course, I'm not the only one documenting the Ghostbusters filming locations. Chris Stewart from Proton Charging is also documenting them via his Shot On Site series of articles. So if you don't want to send your identified location to me, then send it to him. This page is meant to help the community, not just Spook Central.

WHAT YOU WON'T FIND ON THIS PAGE: Locations that have already been identified, are known to be sets, are believed to be sets, and New York City skyline shots. I have a few new locations that I'm working on, so you won't find them here either.

WARNING: ALL IMAGES ARE DISPLAYED AT THEIR FULL 837x537 DVD RESOLUTION. THIS PAGE MAY TAKE A WHILE TO LOAD ON A SLOW CONNECTION

Ghostbusters

Images 1-7 - HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, IMAGES DELETED.

Image 8 - More of the wandering Louis. I doubt that there's anything in this shot that could be used to ID it - all we have is a street sign pole with a bicycle chain around it - but I figured I'd put it on this page just to be complete. At some point it'll probably get removed from the page. (If it helps, Matthew Jordan pieced together all of the frames of the shot to make a rough collage showing all of the details that the film provides.)

Image 9 - HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, IMAGE DELETED.

Image 10 - Don Shay's book "Making Ghostbusters" tell us that "the incarceration scene was shot on location at an actual New York prison facility, now out of commission and essentially abandoned. The lock-up was just a terrible place to shoot. It was dark and very crowded, with low ceilings and dirt everywhere." So this is not a set, but a real place that was no longer in use as a prison back in 1983, when the movie was filming in New York. Anyone have a clue what decommissioned prison this might be? Anyone have the unfortunate luck of being a resident here (or a worker) when it was still in use?

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Ghostbusters II

Image 11 - This is the offices of the television studio at which Peter films "World of the Psychic". The "World of the Psychic" set is, indeed, a set. My gut feeling is that this is a set as well, but it seems like such an awfully elaborate set (multiple cubicles, all of the real tv show photos on the walls, etc.) for such a quick scene. Maybe they filmed it in one of the offices at the Warner Studios were they did all of the soundstage work. So I figured that I'd add it to the page anyway, just in case.

Image 12 - HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, IMAGE DELETED.

Image 13 - During the "We're Back" montage we see this shot. It's very reminiscent of the first shot filmed for the first movie of the three guys running down a crowded street towards the camera - only this time including Winston. Just like with that shot, there really isn't any identifying details in the image. Maybe some part of the background looks familiar to you. (If it helps, Matthew Jordan uploaded an image that shows some more details on the left of the frame.)

Image 14 - During the "We're Back" montage we see this shot. This is actually a rough composite of four frames as the car passes by three store signs that are next to each other. I blurred out the top of the car as it could be distracting from the important identifying details in the composite. The first sign appears to say "International Kennel Club". The second sign is just a red, yellow, and green symbol (I have no clue what this is) with a drawing of a ship to the right of it (the ship may be part of the next sign on the right). The third sign says "Lets Go Travel", as is obviously a corner store. The result that comes up most often in Google for "International Kennel Club" is for the IKC in East Meadow (on Long Island, NY), though I did find one page that lists an International Kennel Club at 1032 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022. Google Maps shows this to be a salon now, and the fifth store in from the corner. Since Lets Go Travel appears to be a corner store, IKC would need to be third from the corner, not fifth. A search for "Lets Go Travel" brings back the address 245 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002 - which Google Maps shows is currently "Nam Son" Vietnamese cuisine in Chinatown, and is definitely NOT a corner store. I really wouldn't expect to find any of these three signs in Chinatown. (Matthew Jordan pointed out that the car is travelling down a one-way street as it passed by a One Way street sign, seen above the roof rack in this image.)

Image 15 - During the "We're Back" montage we see this shot. Ray and Egon are collecting a slime sample at what appears to be a church. There are many churches in NYC. Anyone know which one this is?

Image 16 - During the "We're Back" montage we see this shot, but it's actually from the deleted Possessed Ray Driving sequence. The only details are the top of the building in the lower right corner. Is that enough to make a positive ID?

Images 17-19 - HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, IMAGES DELETED.

Image 20 - During the "We're Back" montage we see this shot. Ray and Egon collecting a slime sample from a pay phone. The only identifiable details in this shot is the blurry building in the background.

Image 21 - HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, IMAGE DELETED.

Image 22 - During the "We're Back" montage we see this shot. The black marble building on the left makes me think that this is near Orrefors, but that could be misleading.

Images 23-25 - ADD PAGE FOR "THE TUNNEL", THE NIGHTCLUB USED FOR GB2 SUBWAY SCENE. FIRST MENTIONED IN CINEFEX, SECOND CONFIRMATION IN ULTIMATE VISUAL HISTORY BOOK.

Images 26&27 - The guys get admitted to Parkview Psychiatric Hospital against their will. Aside from one non-descript room (probably a set) when they state their case to the psychiatrist, this hallway is all we see of the inner-workings of the place. It's not a set as it has a ceiling, but where is it? It's very possible that it's the VA Hospital where the Parkview exteriors were filmed, but we have no concrete proof at this point.

Likely identified by this text from the book, "Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History" by Daniel Wallace (on page 151): One additional scene occurred at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center. This would serve as New York's fictional Parkview Psychiatric Hospital, where straitjacketed ghostbusters are incarcerated thanks to the meddling of the mayor's aide. "The interiors were set at the VA Medical Center in Brentwood," says [art director Tom] Duffield. "When they're coming out of the mental hospital in their ghostbusters uniforms, that was shot at a side door service entrance of the Biltmore Hotel."

Image 28-33 - HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, IMAGES DELETED.

Image 34 - During the "Flip City" montage we see this shot. A squad room full of cops. Probably a set since it's only seen in one sweeping shot across the room, but it could just as easily be a real place.

Image 35 - HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, IMAGE DELETED.

Images 36-40 - The guys are sprung from Parkview and make their way through a long hallway to freedom. Although the "Parkview Hospital, Psychiatic Unit" sign in the first image was put there by the film crew, all of the other signage on the walls appears to be legit. Which indicates to me that this shot was filmed inside an actual hospital - undoubtedly one in California. But which one? When the guys turn the corner, we can see a sign on the double swinging doors they go through that reads, "Volunteer Department, Patient Free Library - Public Entitlement Program". So whatever hospital is it, they're heading out through its library. It's not a set as it has a ceiling, but where is it? It's very possible that it's the VA Hospital where the Parkview exteriors were filmed, but we have no concrete proof at this point.

Likely identified by this text from the book, "Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History" by Daniel Wallace (on page 151): One additional scene occurred at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center. This would serve as New York's fictional Parkview Psychiatric Hospital, where straitjacketed ghostbusters are incarcerated thanks to the meddling of the mayor's aide. "The interiors were set at the VA Medical Center in Brentwood," says [art director Tom] Duffield. "When they're coming out of the mental hospital in their ghostbusters uniforms, that was shot at a side door service entrance of the Biltmore Hotel."

Image 41 - HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, IMAGE DELETED.

Image 42 - One of the shots of the guys during the end credits. I doubt that there's anything in this shot that could be used to ID it - it's just a sea of cars - but I figured I'd put it on this page just to be complete. At some point it'll probably get removed from the page.