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 have already updated for Season 2:

Mindhunter Quantico
The FBI headquarters interiors, Holden’s apartment and some other sets were built at 31st Street Studios in the Strip District of Pittsburgh. The exterior shots of the FBI research center in Quantico (Virginia), were filmed in the old VA Hospital in Highland Dr (Lincoln–Lemington–Belmar neighborhood).
(Tip: you can open most of the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
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Where is Mindhunter filmed
In the first episode, Holden visits Charlottesville (Virginia), filmed at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington PA. 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
Also in S1E01, 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 S1E08, 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 located in Mt. Lebanon (PA). Some more filming for the first season took place at Massart's Restaurant and Pollock Lodge in Tarentum, the 5th Avenue in Coraopolis became Fredericksburg (Virginia). The shopping scene from episode 10 was shot at Sprankle's Market in Vandergrift.
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Omni Hotel
In the second season, the Attica Correctional Facility was shot at the old Western Pen, SCI Pittsburgh. The Omni International Hotel was filmed in the underground parking garage of the Galleria in Mt. Lebanon, but the interiors where filmed in the permanently closed Century III Mall in West Mifflin. Image courtesy of Netflix - Western Pen Map - Mall Map


Juke City
The old Juke City store in Atlanta is located at 519 Merchant St in Ambridge.
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Stoneridge Resort Virginia Mindhunter
The Stoneridge Resort in Virginia (S2E06) is the Longue Vue Club in Verona.
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Where in Pittsburgh was mindhunter filmed
The march from S02E07 was filmed in the streets of Wilkinsburg borough. The church is the South Avenue United Methodist. Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps


Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor
In S02E08 there is a scene filmed in the Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor in the Strip District.
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TV shows set in Pittsburgh theater
The theater from S02E08 is the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh.
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What year is mindhunter set in
The car chase from the last episode starts in Hamilton Ave in Homewood, where it seems that some streets haven't changed much in the last 40 years. The airport was shot at the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin (thanks Gary for the info!). Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps


What Netflix show is filmed in Pittsburgh
The press conference in Atlanta's city hall from S02E09 was filmed in the Allegheny County Courthouse also in Pittsburgh. Image courtesy of Netflix and Ronald Woan - Map

Mindhunter Season 2

Can you help to improve this article about the shooting locations of Mindhunter? To complete and correct this report, any feedback, info or images that you may have are more than welcome, thank you!

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For further information to go behind the scenes, we recommend you the true crime book in whick the series is based Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by retired special agent John E. Douglas and writer Mark Olshaker:

   

42 comments

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

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    1. I was the Driver on one of the scooting trips. The FBI Building is located off the parkway near Monroeville.

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    2. We were in New Kensington at a junk yard, which they used in the first season. They also looked at the court house. I think I saw the house in a neighborhood in Monroeville. It was odd, we sat in front in the vehicle as someone kept peaking out the living room window. We visited several diners, prisons and spent time in McKeesport.

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    3. Thanks, but can you be more specific about the location of the FBI building, please?

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    4. The FBI building is the old VA Hospital off of Washington Boulevard across from the zone 5 police station in Pittsburgh.

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  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.

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

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  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.

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    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.

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

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

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  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

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

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  9. The Lanplighter in Delmont PA.

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    1. Yes, the lamp later in delmont on route 22. The dining Room scene was in the dining Room off of the bar and the outside scene was in front of the coffee shop

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  10. The car crash after visiting Montie Rissell took place near the gothic prison, right here: https://goo.gl/maps/qZeEM9mRpEq. 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.

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

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

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  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.

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  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.

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

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

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  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.

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    1. Kool. It's always interesting to hear about the background of the filming and about the extras in movies. Lots of movies are filmed in Virginia too. My daughter n I were extras in Colonial Era movie set and filmed in Colonial Williamsburg, The Broken Chain (1993). Pretty neat.

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  18. OK, OK... personal history: got laid in Porter Hall 100... behind the scene during "Glen and Glenda" or some damn thing, circa 1975? Who knows?

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  19. (Spoiler Free) House for sale (wink) by Mrs. Tench is in West Homestead, PA

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  20. SFO in season 2 is actually The Monroeville Mall.

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  21. The movie theater that the girls went to for a date was The Strand in Zelienople.

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  22. Season 2 Episode 4. They walk into Juke City a closed business on Merchant St Ambridge

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  23. I saw them filming on 8th Avenue in Homestead last summer. Does Homestead have any scenes?

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  24. Does anyone know what street the chrysler plymouth dealer is?

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  25. Stoneridge Resort VA is Longvue Country Club.

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  26. So why weren't the Altoona scenes filmed in Altoona? It's fairly close to Pittsburgh.

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  27. Mall scenes are at Century 3 mall in West Mifflin. It recently closed after years of falling apart.

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  28. Wondering if the parking garage entrance to the Omni Hotel is actually a Century III Mall entrance. You can see an escalator with people inside. I think it might be one of the Sears entrances. The Omni lobby was definitely inside Century III. I was an extra in one of those scenes.

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  29. I think the Virginia church (Tench's) is in Fox Chapel.

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  30. Taylor’s motel on route 30 in North Versailles was in the last episode of season 2

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  31. S2 episodes 8&9 - outdoor scenes at bridge are at Douglas Run Road and Blythedale Road by Driscoll & Sons Cafe in Elizabeth - Sutersville

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  32. Outside shots of Altoona police department in season one is the old police station in the strip @ 2608 Penn Ave.

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  33. The last photo on this page isn't captioned, but it is Mt Lebanon Christian Church. "Atlanta" skyline was CGI'd behind it. https://goo.gl/maps/xXGT63ddgXAbGsxT6

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