Where is The Politician filmed? Season 2 Filming Locations Guide

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The Politician is a high school satire about what it takes to make a politician become the President of the United States. The extraordinary cast of the series, created by Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, 9-1-1), is led by Ben Platt as the ambitious class president Payton Hobart, and Gwyneth Paltrow is his mom Georgina.

The supporting cast includes Zoey Deutch as Infinity, Jessica Lange as her grandma Dusty Jackson, David Corenswet as River Barkley and Lucy Boynton as Astrid Sloan. Dylan McDermott, Judith Light and Bette Midler also guest star in the series.

Set in Santa Barbara, California, The Politician was filmed in and around Los Angeles and New York. Please scroll down to find the new season 2 filming locations of the show.

The Politician high school
A key location in the series is the Saint Sebastian High School. This is actually an amalgam of locations. Some establishing shots are from Santa Barbara High School.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
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The Saint Sebastian secondary school
However, a lot of filming took place at Marymount High School, just across from the University of California campus, at 10643 Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles. Some corridors, a courtyard, the lunchroom and the chapel were filmed in this all-girls school. Built in 1923, this architectural ensemble contains three buildings listed as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments. Trivia: Kim Kardashian attended this school. Images courtesy of Netflix - Map


The Politician city location
Some aerial shots were filmed in Santa Barbara's Our Lady of Sorrows Church, although the interior from episode 4 is the chapel of Marymount High School. Images courtesy of Netflix - Map


Fullerton campus scene
Also the Fullerton Union High School (FUHS) is heavily featured in the series. This is a gorgeous Spanish style campus with Italian Renaissance design elements resembles the splendid location where Ratched was filmed. Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps


The theater of the series
The Plummer Auditorium is part of Fullerton Union High School. This magnificent building, established in 1930, is located on the South West corner of the campus. Image courtesy of Netflix and Traveler100


Church that became a Library
The beautiful church transformed into a library is the Woodbury University Library in Burbank, formerly the Villa Cabrini Academy chapel. Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


The Politician drehort
Alice Charles house (Payton's girlfriend) is the dazzling historic residence Paramour Estate (aka Canfield-Moreno Estate) in the Silver Lake district. The mansion was built in 1923 in Mediterranean Revival style for silent film star Antonio Moreno, who used it to throw lavish parties for the high society of the time. Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


The house with swimming-pool
Astrid Sloan's mansion is a luxurious villa located at 145 N Rossmore Ave, in the exclusive Greater Wilshire - Hancock Park residential area in Los Angeles. According to Zillow, this distinctive property built in 1923 contains 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and has been already featured in a few more filming productions like the 90210 series.
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Georgina and Payton going to the station
The spacious airport from episode 7 'The Assassination of Payton Hobart: Part 2' is actually Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS), the main railway terminal of the city. Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


Scenes shot in New York
Several scenes from the last episode of season one were filmed in New York. Payton plays at the historic piano bar Marie's Crisis Cafe, a location that appears again in the season two finale. The scene where he's looking for Alice was shot at Brooklyn College campus.
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Season 2 Shooting Locations

Scenes shot in New York
For the second season, part of the action is shifted to New York City. The bar where Astrid has lunch with Hadassah Gold is the pricey Lure Fishbar in Soho, featuring a luxury yacht-like interior. Later on Payton and Alice are having ice-cream in Serendipity 3. Located at 225 East 60th Street (between Second and Third avenues), celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol were among the regular customers of this ice-cream parlour, noted for its Frrrozen Hot Chocolate recipe. Georgina's debate takes place in the Hollywood Pantages Theatre.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Seafood Restaurant / Serendipity III / Theatre

Season two locations
In episode two, Payton delivers a speech in Coney Island Beach, behind Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. In episode 3, Andrew declares his love to Infinity at the seafood eatery Lamia's Fish Market. In episode 4 Payton meets Hadassah in the French brasserie Balthazar in SOHO. The episode 5 cold shower rally takes place in the small square in Broadway near Madison Square Park. Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Coney Island / Lamia's / Balthazar / Rally

Library rally scene
In episode 3, Infinity gives a speech on the environment at the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of The City Of New York library, in Midtown Manhattan. The restaurant with the modern undulating ceiling is the STK Midtown Steakhouse in Manhattan. This location was also featured in the Dorchester New York town where The Sinner series is set. Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Library - Restaurant


Final hall speech and beach

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9 comments

  1. Many of the scenes were shot at Marymount High Schoolin Bel Air, which I recognize as it is my Alma Mater :)

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  2. The Paramour Estate was also used.

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  3. The library scenes were filmed at Woodbury University in burbank ca

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  4. S2 E3 meeting where Infinity gives a speech on the environment was filmed in the library of the General Society of Mechanics, W44 St.

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  5. The undulating ceiling is at STK in midtown Manhattan.

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  6. Pretty sure the debate for governor is at the warner grand theatre in San Pedro, California. We used to live there and you can’t miss the beauty of that theatre!

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