Filming Locations Guide: Where was Red Sparrow filmed?

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Released in 2018, Red Sparrow was filmed in Budapest and Hungary, but also Bratislava, Vienna and London appear in the movie.

The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence developed a funny accent to get into the skin of Dominika Egorova, playing a lethal and attractive former Bolshoi theater ballerina.

Where was Red Sparrow filmed

Dominika is forced to become a seductive and glamorous spy, working for the Russian secret service.

The CIA secret agent is played by The Great Gatsby actor Joel Edgerton. Oscar winner Jeremy Irons has a prominent role as General Vladimir.

Here are some of the most relevant spoiler-free filming locations for this thriller, based on the 2013 book by Jason Matthews.

Red Sparrow Locations

Russian ballerina theater
Budapest doubled for Moscow and several locations set in Russia for the film.

The opening sequence was filmed at the magnificent Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest.
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Red Sparrow city location
At the beginning of the movie, Dominika walks through Budapest's Heroes Square, although many buildings have been added or changed using CGI effects.
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Hotel scene
The Boscolo Budapest Hotel served as a luxurious and dazzling backdrop for a key scene.
Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Simon Q - Map

Boscolo restaurant sumptuous interiors
The encounter with the Russian gangster Dimitry was filmed on location at The New York Café, also part of the vintage Boscolo complex.
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Budapest bridge and buildings
Some more filming took place at the legendary Danubius Hotel Gellért.
Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Jorge Franganillo

Reception ambassador scene
The scene in the American embassy was shot at the stained glass mosaic hall from Semmelweis University tower, built in 1976 (Nagyvarad Ter, Budapest).
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Gentleman pub girls
Dominika meets Maxim at the real striptease bar HalloBár Budapest.
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Spies headquarters classical mansion
The secret intelligence service Sparrow academy 'State School 4' was set at the 19th-century Festetics Palace in Dég.
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Palace sequence
Some interiors were shot in the Festetics Palace located in the city of Keszthely, west of Lake Balaton.

This is the same location where was filmed the Little Palace of Shadow and Bone, the 2021 Netflix fantasy series.
Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Balla Béla - Map

Jennifer Lawrence bikini scene
The Fabó Éva Swimming Pool is located in the industrial city of Dunaújváros.
Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Illustrated JC - Map

Modernist architecture in Slovakia
The inverted pyramid of the Slovak Radio Building in Bratislava was used as exteriors for the Russian offices in Budapest.
Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Miroslav Petrasko - Map

Behind the scenes in Vienna
There is a short scene taking place in Michaelerplatz, one of the most elegant squares in Vienna.
Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Jacob Surland - Map

Red Sparrow Drehort
The crew was also filming in London, at Corinthia Hotel in Westminster, and in Heathrow Airport Terminal 2.
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  1. The Last picture was from the Semmelweiss University building located at Nagyvarad Ter,Budapest

  2. it was also shooted in Bratislava in Istropolis. It was outdoor in front of the building of Istropolis.

  3. When the American spy runs away from the police at the beginning, I think he runs past the Soviet war memorial in Treptower Park, Berlin.

  4. I really wanted to know where is that room from that hotel that has the green stone bathroom. Thank you.

  5. Thanks for your help, updated!


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