The Joker stairs location - Filming Locations Guide: Where was Joker filmed?

Where was Joker filmed
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Is the new Joker movie one of the films of the year or it doesn't live up to the hype? Like Batman or James Bond, several actors have previously played illustrious versions of the Joker: Jack Nicholson (Batman 1989), Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight 2008), or Jared Leto (Suicide Squad 2016). On this occasion, Joaquin Phoenix also delivers a brilliant performance of the popular supervillain.

Written and directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover Trilogy, War Dogs), Joker was filmed in the New York City area, including Jersey City and Newark. We have put together the most relevant filming locations for this spoiler-free report:

The Joker stairs location in the Bronx

Joker stairs location
The iconic Joker staircase is located in the Bronx at W 167th St, between Anderson and Shakespeare Ave. The spot of the stairs dance scene, playing Gary Glitter's song Rock and Roll, has become a tourist attraction. It's visited every day by thousands of people. The exterior of the flat building with the three arches, where Arthur lives with her mother Penny (Frances Conroy), is actually situated at the top of the stairs in Anderson Ave.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Warner Bros and Google Maps - Joker stairs location

Joker Filming Locations

Newark Theater Gotham street set
At the beginning of the movie, Arthur Fleck works as a clown in Market St in Newark, near the old Paramount Theater. Check out the extraordinary work of CGI to transform the street into Gotham, adding floors to the buildings and extending the avenue's perspective background. Image courtesy of Warner Bros and Google Maps


Clowns offices in NYC
The clown agency building, headquarters of Hahas, is based at 2335 12th Ave in Harlem. According to The Curious Uptowner, the faded 'Amusement Mile' mural, pictured, was shot here in a section of 12th Avenue in Manhattanville, between 133rd and 134th Streets. During the scene in the bus, when Arthur looks out the window it is possible to recognize the Triborough Bridge (Robert F. Kennedy Bridge), crossing the Harlem River.
Image courtesy of Warner Bros and Google Maps


Gotham Bank Joker
The scene where Arthur is about to rob the Gotham Savings Bank was shot on the Twenty Exchange, at William Street & Exchange Place in Lower Manhattan's Financial District. This iconic tower, completed in 1931, features wonderful Art Deco architecture. Image courtesy of Warner Bros and Google Maps


Subway stations
Joker was filmed in several subway stations, including the 18th Avenue station (IND Culver Line, Brooklyn), the Bedford Park Boulevard station (Bronx), and the abandoned lower level of the 9th Avenue Subway Station.
Image courtesy of Warner Bros - 18 Ave Station map/Bedford Park Station map


Manhattan Bridge scene
After the first subway scene, Arthur walks the Archway Under Manhattan Bridge, at 199 Cherry Street on the Lower East Side. Image courtesy of Warner Bros and Google Maps


Twin Donut Plus
The donut store is located at 3396 Jerome Ave (pictured). Arthur and her neighbor Sophie Dumond (Zazie Beetz), also walk through Chinatown. Later on in the movie, the Joker is hit by a car below a subway line at Jerome Ave & Macombs Rd in The Bronx. Image courtesy of Warner Bros and Google Maps/Location 2


Joker drehort
The exteriors of the cinema frequented by the Waynes is the Hudson County Superior Court in Jersey City.
Image courtesy of Warner Bros and Google Maps


Movie theater scene
However, the interiors of the cinema playing Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times, were filmed in the stunning Loew's Jersey Theatre at 54 Journal Square Plaza in Jersey City. This movie theater, established in 1929, was restored to its former glory in 1996. The dark alley where the Wayne family is assaulted by a rioter by the end of the movie, is also here on the left of the building. Image courtesy of Warner Bros and Google Maps


Arkham Asylum
Arkham State Hospital, the fictional psychiatric hospital and prison of Gotham City, is the Brooklyn Army Terminal Annex Building. According to Untapped Cities, the interior may have been recorded at Metropolitan Hospital in East Harlem (the same location where New Amsterdam series is filmed).
Image courtesy of Warner Bros and Google Maps


Joker City film location
After the key scene in the set of Murray Franklin's late-night talk show (with Robert De Niro), the car crash and the riot scene was filmed back in Newark, at Halsey Street & Market Street junction.
Image courtesy of Warner Bros and Google Maps

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10 comments

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    1. You have no idea how much I appreciate this, bc cbc love this movie!!!! Awsome job guy as!!!!

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  2. We Live In A Society

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  3. vivimos en una sociedad

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  4. I knew so many of those scenes seem familiar. Especially the ones in the Bronx. Very cool.

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  5. Where did the skyline come from? (City shot with the train)

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  6. Loved the Movie with Phoenix....saw it 10 times or more. What a great actor!!!

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