It’s no secret that Vancouver is a hot location for film and tv shoots, which is why it has earned the nickname ‘Hollywood North’ (even though it doesn’t always play itself). What you might know is that many of the filming locations are actually at UBC.
UBC’s campus can be spotted in everything from the classic sci-fi series ‘X-Files’ to the 2006 Amanda Bynes comedy ‘She’s The Man’. It was even featured most recently in the new Netflix series, Altered Carbon.
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Here are 14 movies and TV you never knew were shot at UBC.
1. Battlestar Galactica
The 2004 TV series Battlestar Galactica was a hit among sci-fi fans, and given that the show is largely set in space, you’d never know it partly filmed at Vancouver’s very own UBC campus.
2. Altered Carbon
Netflix’s new hit show Altered Carbon is one of the most recent sci-fi shows to be partly filmed at UBC, here’s the Rose Garden as the garden of Bancroft’s Palace.
3. The Man In The High Castle
The area around Koerner Library and the Rose Garden were used as filming locations for dystopian alternate-history show ‘The Man In The High Castle’.
4. The Butterfly Effect
Ashton Kutcher’s 2001 mind-bending time travel movie ‘The Butterfly Effect’ was partly filmed at UBC, here’s Kutcher’s character Evan Treborn cycling down Main Mall.
Anyone who was a teenager in the early 2000’s will remember the television adaptation of Superman, Smallville. Considering the show is set in Kansas, you wouldn’t guess it was filmed at UBC. Here’s Koerner library playing the ‘Central A&M Kansas’ campus library for the show.
6. She’s The Man
Amanda Bynes controversial antics in recent years shouldn’t distract from her legacy as a ’90s children’s icon. Although her 2006 movie ‘She’s The Man’ could have been received better, we still have to give her credit for filming it at UBC.
7. Josie and the Pussycats
The Chan Centre for Performing Arts was spruced-up to be used as the filming location for the MegaRecords party scene in the 2001 musical comedy Josie and the Pussycats.
8. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
X-Men Origins: Wolverine filmed the scene for the the raid on the ‘Lagos’ compound outside Buchanan Tower at UBC.
9. Good Luck Chuck
The 2007 comedy Good Luck Chuck starring Dane Cook and Jessica Alba was filmed mostly in Vancouver, with Cecil Green Park House being the chosen filming location for the wedding scenes.
UBC’s Main Mall was the chosen location for the New York World’s Fair scenes in The George Clooney fantasy movie Tomorrowland – as you can see a lot was added in post-production.
11. The X-Files
Some of the earliest episodes of the original X-Files series featured some shots at UBC, but the campus was used more in the recent reboot of the show. Main Mall was the chosen locations for one of Agent Fox Mulder’s scenes.
Hellcats, starring Ashley Tisdale as a cheerleader, depicted UBC as fictional American college Lancer University. Here are the Hellcats training on the grass outside of Irving K Barber library.
Legion, which was based on a Marvel Comic book series, was partly filmed on the UBC campus. Here’s the new exterior of the Buchanan D building as featured in the show.
The long running horror/fantasy show Supernatural has just begun its 13th season, and it’s filmed entirely in Vancouver. Here’s the beautiful Iona Building at UBC as ‘Crawford Hall’ for the show.