Filming Locations: Where was Mindhunter filmed?

Mindhunter Filming
Posted by Ra Moon
Criminals are born or are they form? Netflix’s outstanding new drama Mindhunter, featuring a great soundtrack and plenty of vintage cars, tells the story about the formation of an elite FBI Serial Crime Unit. The series is based on the nonfiction book of the same title, written by a former agent.

The thriller starts with two FBI teachers discovering that serial killers who have been captured, might actually have a little more info than they can clean. So the agents start using them as case studies to find other assassins. Awarded film director David Fincher (Fight Club, House of Cards) is producing this series, starring Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Hannah Gross and Anna Torv.

Mindhunter was filmed basically in and around Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania. The 10-episode first season is set in scattered places all over the U.S, as the agents travel across the country teaching new techniques to local cops. This is a spoiler-free compilation of the most relevant filming locations of Mindhunter, that we will update for the incoming Season 2:

Mindhunter Quantico
The FBI headquarters, Holden’s apartment and some other sets were built at 31st Street Studios in the Strip District of Pittsburgh. Exterior shots of the FBI academy and research center in Quantico (Virginia), seem to have been shot somewhere else, as they don't match with the actual buildings. Image courtesy of Netflix

Where is Mindhunter filmed
In the first episode, Holden visits Charlottesville (Virginia), filmed at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington PA. (Tip: you can open most of the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions =>) Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

Mindhunter Locations
There are more scenes filmed at the Washington & Jefferson College. The John A. Swanson Science Center was transformed into a college in Boston. Another scene from episode 3 was filmed at Lazear Hall, also located in the same campus. Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

Mindhunter drehort
In the first episode, Debbie and Holden leave the building where the band was playing in the George Washington Hotel at S. Main St and Cherry St (Washington). Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

Mindhunter Shooting Locations
The couple goes to the Oaks Theater in Oakmont (Pennsylvania) to watch Al Pacino's Dog Day Afternoon.
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Mindhunter Sacramento
A building in Lysle Bulevard of McKeesport plays the role of Sacramento Police Department (California).
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Mindhunter Altoona
Kittanning's Market St and Armstrong County Courthouse appear in several central episodes as Altoona, Pennsylvania. Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

Where is Mindhunter set
Also some shots for the 5th episode in Altoona were filmed at Noble Street in Swissvale.
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Mindhunter Prison
The former State Correctional Institution Greensburg (PA), doubled as the Salem Oregon State Penitentiaty.
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Where does Mindhunter takes place
The last scene from episode 8, the Porter Hall building from Carnegie Mellon University (in Pittsburgh), served as the set for late 1970s George Washington University. Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

Mindhunter Pittsburgh
The neo-Gothic prison compound of West Virginia State Penitentiary (in Moundsville) was used for some external shots for the Joliet Correctional Center in Illinois. Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

Mindhunter city
Scenes from episode 10 when Wendy and Holden travel to Rome (Georgia), were filmed at Butler County Courthouse. Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

Where was Mindhunter filmed
Agent Tench's house is in Mt. Lebanon (PA). According to local newspapers, some more filming took place at Massart's Restaurant and Pollock Lodge in Tarentum, the 5th Avenue in Coraopolis became Fredericksburg (Virginia), and the shopping scene from episode 10 was shot at Sprankle's Market in Vandergrift. However, we are missing Debbie's house exterior. Image courtesy of Netflix

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  1. Definitely scenes filmed in Ritter's Diner, Gooskis bar in Polish Hill and Kelly's bar in East Liberty

  2. I’m in RVA (Richmond, Virginia), and while the scenes set in RVA are similar, it’s clear they’re not actually in Richmond. Not out of the ordinary, but was curious where in the country looked so similar.

  3. 👮 station pizza and maple restaurant in Ambridge are seen in this series.

  4. The diner in front of the tower bridge / the tower bridge was definitely Sacramento, but I do not no of that diner here, I'm guessing it was a composite shot.

    1. You're correct it was a composite. The actual diner is the YAK diner in North Apollo, PA. If you go on Google you'll see photos of Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany in the diner the night they filmed there.

  5. How could you miss the Oaks theater in Oakmont from episode 1?

  6. The Quantico interior and exterior shots look a lot like Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia

  7. Your exterior shots of the FBI academy (2nd photo in this series) were filmed at the Department of Veterans Affairs Highland Drive campus (now a closed facility) off of Washington Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA

  8. The UVA set is laughable and doesn’t look remotely like The Grounds of the school.

  9. The Lanplighter in Delmont PA.

  10. The car crash after visiting Montie Rissell took place near the gothic prison, right here: Oddly enough, the car that hit them comes from the prison direction, while they (supposed to be leaving the prison) come from a wrong direction.

  11. Debbie’s house is in Shadyside on S Atlantic Ave.

  12. Some shots are filmed at the former western penitentiary or sci pittsburgh

  13. Shot a scene last night (7/12/2018) in Zelienople to catch the Strand Theatre marquis. The Coming Attractions poster at the theater advertised Coal Miner's Daughter and the Blues Brothers Movie. The marquis had La Cage Aux Folles.

  14. The interior library shot was filmed in Hillman Library at the University of Pittsburgh. Did a lot of late nights there, so I would know those wooden walls anywhere.

  15. Was driving down Bryant st in Pgh got some pics of the cars lined up on the street

  16. A scene where they're seen walking into the airport was filmed in the Galleria Mall parking lot in Mt. Lebo PA.

  17. A lot of filming was done in Ambridge Pa. The police station was used as well as Maples restaurant. My daughter did some extra work.