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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.

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.

Ghostbusters

Location #1 - 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.)

Location #2 - 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

Location #3 - 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.

Location #4 - 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.)

Location #5 - 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.)

Location #6 - [identified]

Location #7 - The guys explore the abandoned subway tunnels. Cinefex #40 says that this was filmed in a nightclub called "The Tunnel", which was built atop some abandoned subway tunnels. The Ultimate Visual History book also states this, but since it uses Cinefex as a source, it could just be repeating what was in Cinefex. That said, I believe this to be true because Cinefex is a reliable source, but I always like some photographic proof before I add a location to the site.

Location #8 - 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."

Location #9 - 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.

Location #10 - 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."

Location #11 - 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.