Where was Bird Box filmed? Guide to ALL the Filming Locations including the House & the River

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Bird box was filmed on location in and around Los Angeles in California. This Netflix original film is based on the 2014 novel by Josh Malerman of the same name.

If earlier in 2018 the sense of hearing played a key role in the terror thriller A Quiet Place, this time the troubled characters of this movie have to avoid using their eyes in order to survive.

The story is also influenced by the ideas exposed in M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening and Fernando Meirelles Blindness.

Where was bird box filmed

Malorie (played by Sandra Bullock) is the mother of two small children going on a dangerous journey on a boat, getting away from a mysterious entity that appears everywhere outside safe buildings.

Malorie will meet some more survivors including Tom (Trevante Rhodes, the actor who took the leading role in the acclaimed 2016 film Moonlight), and Douglas performed by John Malkovich.

Here is our comprehensive guide to the filming locations of this intriguing movie, by order of appearance. There are minor spoilers ahead, so proceed with care!

Traffic lights and hospital sequence
At the beginning of the movie, after leaving the hospital, there is a scene filmed at the crossroad of Owensmouth Avenue and W Oxnard Street in Los Angeles.

The filmmakers changed the name of the street, giving a clue about the location of the river in Bird Box: The sign next to the traffic light says 'Smith St'.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
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The city of the driving scene
Also, thanks to some shop signs we could track a portion of the driving scene filmed in La Puente Main Street.
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Bird Box Location
However, the car crash takes place in the Sierra Madre, at Sierra Madre Boulevard and N Hermosa Avenue.
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The Bird Box House

Bird Box house
Some street scenes were filmed in Monrovia, including the exteriors of the house where more of the film takes place, located at 304 N Canyon Boulevard.

This home became a hot spot after the release of the movie, as many tourists came here to get a selfie posing as the characters of the film.
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The river featured in Bird Box

The real Bird Box River
The river used for filming is Smith River in Del Norte County.

It has no dams, and there are spectacular sections with rapids and waterfalls (ideal for rafting lovers), including the Red Canyons Of North Fork, the Oregon Hole Gorge, and the South Fork.
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Forest in california
Some of the gorgeous forests of redwoods were shot in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park near Crescent City (Smith River crosses the grounds of the park).

The cast and crew were also filming in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, where you can find some of the largest coast redwood trees seen in the movie.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Jedediah Smith / Henry Cowell

Bird Box drehort
The final scenes were filmed in the Scripps College in Claremont founded in 1926.

This beautiful campus was designed by Gordon Kaufmann in the Spanish Colonial Revival.
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  1. Some scenes were also shot in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in north Santa Cruz County. https://www.santacruz.org/blog/article/979/bird-box-nestles-in-henry-cowell-redwoods-state-park

  2. Sad that the story is set in norcal but mostly filmed in socal. :-(


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