Where was Bird Box filmed? The house, the river & all the locations

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Now back for a second installment set in Barcelona, Bird box was filmed on location in and around Los Angeles in California. This film is based on the 2014 novel by Josh Malerman of the same name.

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

Where was bird box filmed

Malorie (played by Sandra Bullock) is a mother of two young children who embarks on a dangerous journey by boat to escape a mysterious entity that appears everywhere outside of safe buildings.

Malorie will meet other survivors, including Tom (Trevante Rhodes, the actor who starred in the acclaimed 2016 film Moonlight), and Douglas, played by John Malkovich.

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

Bird Box Locations

Traffic lights and hospital sequence
Early in the movie, after leaving the hospital, there is a scene filmed at the intersection of Owensmouth Avenue and West Oxnard Street in Los Angeles.

The filmmakers changed the name of the street, giving a clue to 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 store signs, we were able to trace part of the driving scene filmed on the main street of La Puente.

The story is also influenced by the ideas exposed in M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening and Fernando Meirelles' Blindness.
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Bird Box Location
However, the car accident takes place on Sierra Madre, at Sierra Madre Boulevard and North Hermosa Avenue.
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The Bird Box House

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

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

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

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

The cast and crew also filmed at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, home to some of the largest coast redwoods seen in the movie.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Jedediah Smith / Henry Cowell

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

This beautiful campus was designed by Gordon Kaufmann in the Spanish Colonial Revival style.
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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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