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.
Here are 14 movies and TV you never knew were shot at UBC.
1. Battlestar Galactica
UBC’s beautiful rose gardens are often featured in film and tv projects, including this scene in the sci-fi show Battlestar Galactica.
2. Altered Carbon
Netflix’s Altered Carbon was 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 this dystopian alternate-history show.
4. The Butterfly Effect
Ashton Kutcher’s 2001 mind-bending time travel movie 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
This adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night featuring Amanda Bynes was filmed 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 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 a fictional American college – Lancer University. Here are the Hellcats training on the grass outside of Irving K Barber library.
Legion, based on a Marvel Comic book series, was partly filmed on the UBC campus. Here’s the new exterior of the Buchanan D building featured in the show.
The long-running horror/fantasy show Supernatural is filmed entirely in Vancouver. Here’s the beautiful Iona Building at UBC as Crawford Hall for the show.