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

The OA town
The location of the real High School, which also uses purple colors, 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."
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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

Where is The OA shot
There are some other missing filming locations, like the exteriors for Dr Hunter's hideout and the mine.
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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Unknown said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Ra Moon said...

Thanks a lot, I just added the hospital :)

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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

Ra Moon said...

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

Bob Hickman said...

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

Ra Moon said...

Great, thanks a lot Bob!

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

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"


Hansen Lubbers said...

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!!

Anonymous said...

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

Ra Moon said...

Amazing, Thank you everyone. Update coming very soon!

Pure Peace said...

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.

Pure Peace said...

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


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

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

MO said...

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

Anonymous said...

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.


Zbig Chwiesz said...

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.

Ra Moon said...

Thanks a lot Zbig, I just updated the post!

Ra Moon said...

Yes it is!

Regina Mittler, Hotel Director said...

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).

Mark said...

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

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