Where was The OA filmed?

The series that came out of nowhere. When the trailer was released, only four days before the premiere of The OA on December 16, almost nothing was known about this intriguing Netflix original production.

The project is a story written by Brit Marling, performing also the starring role, and Zal Batmanglij who also directed all the episodes. As usual, we try to keep the spoilers at bay as much as possible, and we will refrain from commenting on the plot. We highly recommend watching this show, specially if you enjoyed Stranger Things.

Only a few filming locations are still a mystery that we hope to sort out soon, as more details about this first season are revealed. The OA was filmed in New York and in some places around it, in La Havana (Cuba), Russia and Iceland:

The Original Angel
Crestwood is the small village in the suburban Midwest, where Prairie spent most of her teenage years.
Image by courtesy of Netflix


The OA home
Prairie's home as an adult is located at 189 Pine Tree Lane in Tappan, NY (Rockland County).
Image by courtesy of Netflix




The OA Locations
However, the neighborhood where most of the kids are living is in Woodbury Junction, in Central Valley (NY).
Image by courtesy of Netflix


The OA town
The location of the real High School is right across the street from Woodbury Junction. Filming The OA in Monroe-Woodbury High School took only four days. Image by courtesy of Netflix


The OA High School
But the cafeteria is actually at Pace University Briarcliff Campus in Westchester County, NY.
Image by Daniel Case


The OA Netflix filming
The white building where Prairie attends therapy with the FBI agent is an office complex at 800 Westchester Avenue in Rye Brook (NY). According to a comment from a reader posted below, "it's a locally famous office building originally home to General Foods/Philip Morris. It's sometimes refer to as the Taj Mahal of Westchester only because it's huge and white."
Image Google Maps


The OA House
Some rooms in the mansion of Old Westbury Gardens (Long Island NY), were used to film scenes of the Russian house where she lived as a child in the first episode. Image by courtesy of Netflix


The OA Bridge
The bridge that can be seen in a crash scene is in New Croton Dam, Croton-on-Hudson (NY). According to this source, filming also took place in the water tanks at Survival Systems in Groton (CT) for two days.
Image by courtesy of Netflix and Acroterion


The OA Lake
The takes from the van before that accident and the place where Hap leaves the OA in the road are filmed in the Seven Lakes Drive, Harriman State Park (more details in the comment of Pure Peace below, thanks!). We reckon that the location of the lake where little Prairie gets a a lesson about bravery may not be very far. Image by courtesy of Netflix


The OA New York
When Prairie travels to New York we can follow her in the grounds and the ferry of the Statue of Liberty.
Image by courtesy of Netflix

The OA Filming locations
Later on she unfolded her charms playing violin in the Grand Central subway station of New York.
Image by courtesy of Netflix


Where was The OA shot
This scene pictured was recorded in the Oyster Bar of the same station.
Image by courtesy of Netflix


Where is The OA filmed
The hospital that appears in episode six is the Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Someone working there (thanks for the comment!) confirmed that the team was filming in the level 01 of this building.
Image by courtesy of Netflix


The OA last episode
The hotel from the last episode is the Holiday Inn Orangeburg-Rockland/Bergen (NY).
Image by courtesy of Netflix


Where was The OA filmed
The OA was filmed in the Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York. Probably this is the place where the underground lab and other sets were built. Image by courtesy of Netflix




The OA filming Cuba
We move to the Caribbean. Now that the embargo has been partially lifted, we can see North American productions filming in the streets of Cuba again. Image by courtesy of Netflix


The OA bar
The restaurant where a guitar concert is taking place, called La Guarida, and can be found at 418 Concordia, La Habana.
Image by courtesy of Netflix and Gabriel Rodríguez


The OA La Havana
One of the characters wakes up in the iconic Hotel Nacional in La Havana.
Image by courtesy of Netflix and Velvet


The OA drehort
After the shot in the lobby, the sequence continues outside in the gardens of this historical building.
Image by Dan Lundberg


The OA Russia
The OA begins her story talking about when she lived in a secret enclave just outside Moscow with her father. Magnificent aerial takes illustrate her words, showing the Moskva River with Peter the Great Statue and the Novodevichy monastery.
Image by courtesy of Netflix


The OA another dimension
Finally, this out-of-this-world wonderland is one of the moss covered landscapes that you can find in Iceland, as the director Zal Batmanglij confirmed in a tweet. The exact location of this place may be off the side of the road going east after Vík, or in the lava fields of Lakagígar. Image by courtesy of Netflix

Can you help find the missing filming locations for The OA?
To complete this report, any feedback, suggestions or images that you may have are more than welcome, thank you!

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34 comments:

  1. i think the hospital in episode 6 is in Pittsburgh, PA

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    1. The hospital is Allegheny General Hospital on the north side of Pittsburgh. Several films have been made thereasy, as well as other films in Pittsburgh.
      Episode 6 was filmed in the 01 level of the hospital that was never remodeled. I work at this hospital.

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  2. Great show. But the mountian ranges are a little off putting for being set in Michigan.

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    1. Right? Why even bother? Just say you're in NY or anywhere else that topography is more common.

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    2. I thought the same thing!

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  3. Thanks a lot, I just added the hospital :)

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    1. The neighborhood is across the street from Monroe Woodbury high school. It's called Woodbury junction.

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  4. This show was shot at my school. The neighborhood where most of the kids lived was right across the street from the school. It's called Woodbury junction.

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  5. Ah, it was so close, thanks for your help!

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  6. The credits say "Filmed at Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York."

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  7. Old Westbury Gardens (Long Island NY) appears to be the house she lived in as a child in the first episode.

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  8. The seen where the van full of Russian kids drives off the bridge was filmed at Croton Dam. Croton on Hudson, NY.

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  9. All the scenes with OA and Elias Rahim (the office, the cafeteria, when they are outside walking alongside a white office building, etc.) were all shot at 800 Westchester Avenue in Rye Brook, NY (Westchester County). It's a locally famous office building originally home to General Foods/Philip Morris. It's sometimes refer to as the "Taj Mahal of Westchester" only because it's huge and white.

    The cafeteria is located in the center with the glass dome roof.

    For all the Mr. Robot fans, you'll also recognize this location as "Steel Mountain"

    http://www.800westchester.com/bldgimg.htm

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  10. I was watching an episode last night and thought that the one restaurant scene with mother and father sitting in a booth was filmed in Langley British Columbia...is this possible? It looks so familiar!!

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  11. I think the FBI interview/therapy sessions was filmed at the old Kraft building in Rye Brook. https://goo.gl/images/PYvjW7

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  12. Amazing, Thank you everyone. Update coming very soon!

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  13. Right before the van of children falls off the (new croton) bridge, the van is driving along 7 lakes drive in Harriman State Park, southbound from tiorati circle. I instantly recognized the 2 bldgs along the left side of the road.

    The scene where Kap leaves OA on the side of the road is also on 7 lakes drive in harriman. In btw the Silvermine Lake parking lot and lake nawahunta .25 mile down the road. I drive through that park all the time and i instantly recognized.

    Ill post a pic i took with a comparison to a still from the scene.

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  14. You can edit this into my prev posts (and edit out my duplicate posts)

    http://imgur.com/a/seAY2


    Right before the van falls off the bridge you can see these unmistakeable 2 bldgs

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  15. Out of this world: director confirmed it is Iceland https://twitter.com/z_al/status/814675646161022976

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  16. Hotel scene S1E8 with OA's parents talking over breakfast looks like Holiday Inn, Orangeburg, NY. Please confirm.

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  17. The scene from Iceland is in southern Iceland, past Vik (less than a half hour) towards Hofn. It's a scenic rest stop.

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    1. Thanks, I was there this year and the area is huge. It would be great if anyone knows a landmark or something where to stop nearby.

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  18. Anyone know if the restaurant in the episode "Cuba, Libre" where Hap tries to obtain Renata? I am visiting Cuba in the near future and was wondering if that Rooftop restaurant exists.

    Thanks.

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  19. Yes, the Havana, Cuba restaurant and patio exist. I have been there and recognized it immediately when watching episode 5. It does look different in reality and not exactly as shown because of set design. It is called La Guarida
    Concordia. No. 418 | Gervasio y Escobar, Havana 10700, Cuba
    Eat there for lunch and go in the evening for cocktails on the rooftop patio. The problem is that Rihanna went there and now it is becoming a tourist attraction.

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    1. Thanks a lot Zbig, I just updated the post!

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  20. Regina Mittler, Hotel DirectorJanuary 18, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Atlas of Wonders:
    Prairie's home as an adult in The OA is located on Pine Tree Lane, Tappan, NY (Rockland County).
    Scenes were shot back and forth from the Tappan Home and my hotel (Holiday Inn Orangeburg).

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    1. Cool, I included a new image from this location, thanks a lot Regina!

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  21. I think the "mine" might be the canyon in Letchworth State Park, near Castile, NY.

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  22. Hey there! I really loved your article! Would you let me translate it to Portuguese and post it to my website, Café Radioativo (caferadioativo . com)? Of course I would include the link to your page. Thank you anyway!

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  23. This really is such a minor location but my husband have a debate going where the membership grocery store is-- sam's club, bj's or Costco lol anyone know? Thanks

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