Where is Tales From the Loop filmed? Filming Locations Guide

The kids walking in the snow with robot
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Tales From the Loop is the new Amazon series based on the amazing art of Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag. After the discovery of a mysterious object called the Eclipse, the underground facility 'The Loop' was built to conduct experiments exploring the boundaries of the universe. This turned extraordinary science-fiction concepts into reality. Striking visions of retro-futuristic artifacts from the laboratory litter the landscape of Mercer, the town situated around The Loop.

Written by Nathaniel Halpern, who was involved in the acclaimed FX series Legion, Tales From the Loop is a beautiful show with wonderful cinematography and many elements in common with other sci-fi programmes like Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror or even Stranger Things. The cast is starring Rebecca Hall, Duncan Joiner, Jonathan Pryce, Paul Schneider and Jane Alexander.

The three towers
Set in the mysterious Midwest backwater town of Mercer, Ohio, Tales From the Loop was filmed in Manitoba, Canada. Some of the primary shooting locations for the series are rural areas around southern Manitoba. The province offers an attractive tax credit for the filmmakers who decide to establish their projects in the region.


The village location
The streets of Mercer, the town where Tales From the Loop takes place, were filmed in Morden, a small village located southwest of Winnipeg. Morden's downtown was transformed into several vintage versions of Ohio. The town was chosen for features like its well-preserved brick storefronts and the old clock tower of the Pembina Hills Arts Centre. Pictured, the Mercer Tavern set at Marathon Pizza located on Stephen St.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Amazon Studios - Mercer/Morden Map Location


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The cast and crew took over Morden's Stephen St to shoot the frozen town from episode 3. The episodes are set in various time periods, from 1950s to the 1980s. You can use the movies advertised on the local cinema marquee to get an idea of the year we're in (Summer with Monika, Missing). You won't find this movie theater in real Morden; the exteriors of Chinese restaurant Lam's Lucky were dressed to look like a vintage cinema.
Image courtesy of Amazon and Google Maps


Churchyard scene
We found the graveyard from episode 3 'Stasis' in Selkirk: The scene was filmed in the historic St. Clement’s Anglican Church and Cemetery. In total, more than a thousand extras were hired for the production.
Image courtesy of Amazon and Google Maps


Actress fishing in the lake
The parallel world pictured in the series was shot in multiple locations of Winnipeg, the capital city of Manitoba. The show gives you some hints about the real shooting locations. A traffic signal says 'Winesburg 54', near Suomela and Lake Ernst. According to local media, the series filmed additional scenes in the Fort Garry suburb and in a house at Woodhaven neighbourhood. The pier from episode seven 'Enemies' is located in Matlock (the island was CGI'd in the background of the scene). The scenes on the shores of the lake were filmed around Lake Winnipeg. Image courtesy of Amazon - Lake Map


Mercer Center for Experimental Physics
The Mercer Center for Experimental Physics entrance was built in a set at Birds Hill Provincial Park, located on the outskirts of Winnipeg. The Brutalist architectural style of the gate to the underground complex seems inspired by the mid-20th century Soviet buildings.
Image courtesy of Amazon and Sandeep Singh, Travel Manitoba - Birds Hill Park Map

Finally for your information, NO filming took place in Saskatchewan or Regina, as other sites claim.

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The surreal landscapes with gigantic decrepit robots and mech depicted in Simon Stalenhag's artwork is a really good jumping-off point for any story. Here is a link to the stunning original art book Tales from the LoopTAG, taking you to the 80's that never was -from the small villages in Sweden to the desert scenery in America or the three iconic cooling towers at Bona plant in Mälaröarna:

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In these days of global confinement and unexpected extra free time, you can step into The Loop alternate universe playing the fantastic retro RPGTAG (a role-playing game) based on Stalenhag's drawings. On the other hand, Things From the FloodTAG is the sequel to the Tales From the Loop volume, which is yet to be published.

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Also check out The Electric StateTAG, the illustrated sci-fi story of a girl and her robotic friend across the fictional state of Pacifica. A feature film screenplay version of the book is in development:

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