Where was The Prom filmed? The Edgewater, -Indiana- Mall Filming Locations

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The Prom is a Netflix musical comedy following a group of Broadway actors traveling to the fictional town of Edgewater, Indiana, to support a lesbian student banned from bringing her girlfriend to the high school prom.

Although the movie is also set in New York, The Prom was filmed entirely in California.

The Prom cast

The film, directed by Ryan Murphy (the creator of many popular shows like Glee, Pose, American Horror Story, The Politician, and Ratched), is an adaptation of the musical of the same name that premiered in Atlanta in 2016.

The all-star cast includes Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Andrew Rannells, Keegan-Michael Key, Kerry Washington, Ariana DeBose, and newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman.

Here is our spoiler-free guide to the filming locations of The Prom.

Where was The Prom filmed
The opening of Eleanor: The Eleanor Roosevelt Musical in New York City appears to take place in the 1913 Shubert Theatre at 225 West 44th Street on Broadway.

However, according to New York Post's Page Six, permission for filming was denied, so the filmmakers decided to build a complete replica of this entire section of Broadway in a four-acre abandoned lot in downtown Los Angeles. It took up to six months to complete the set.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

The Orpheum Theatre location
The interior was filmed in a real venue at the Orpheum Theatre, also in Downtown Los Angeles. Opened in 1926, this elegant historical movie palace has played host to many legendary names in show business like Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington.

In more recent years, the theatre served as the location for television, film, and music videos, including America's Got Talent, The Apprentice, Last Action Hero, and Guns N' Roses' November Rain, just to name a few.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Colin Knowles - Map

Sardi's restaurant
The bar where the quartet of performers Dee Dee Allen, Barry Glickman, Angie Dickinson, and Trent Oliver decide to embrace Emma's cause is a set inspired by Sardi's restaurant at 234 West 44th Street in Manhattan.

The real Sardi's, located across the street from the Shubert Theatre, is considered an institution on Broadway. The eatery is famous for featuring a dining room with celebrity caricatures lining the walls.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Leonard J. DeFrancisci - Map

The Edgewater motel
“Where's my suit?” asks Allen, placing a couple of Tony Awards on the receptionist's desk. The motel is the Best Western Plus Thousand Oaks Inn. According to Booking.com, they do have at least one king suite with a sofa-bed for about US$300.

There are also some more economic options available for Julliard graduates and chorus girls, starting the double room at US$134.

Thousand Oaks is located in Ventura County, approximately 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The interior scenes in the hall were filmed at the Ramada by Wyndham in L.A. Downtown West, with deluxe king suites available for US$230.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Exterior / Interior

James Madison High School
The Taft Charter High School located in the Woodland Hills district of the San Fernando Valley served as the James Madison High School.

The interior scenes were also filmed here; the Taft gymnasium is actually red and home to the Toreadors team.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

Edgewater Indiana
The arena where the actors perform during half-time at a monster truck show (taking the place of Truckosaurus, the car-eating robot dinosaur), is the Rabobank Arena, Theater and Convention Center located in Bakersfield.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

The Prom Filming Locations
There's a scene where Tom Hawkins walks into the Imperial Theatre, also located on Broadway.

The Imperial is another historical musical theatre that has hosted many notable productions including Billy Elliot, Les Misérables, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Allen and Tom dine at an Applebee's - the establishing shot is taken from the Applebee's Grill and Bar in Saugus, Massachusetts.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: The Imperial / The Applebee's

The Prom Drehorte
Once again, no filming took place in New York; the opulent lobby that appears in the movie is the 1931 Los Angeles Theatre.

Built in the orthridgeFrench Baroque style, the interior was modeled after the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Google Maps

Edgewater Fashion Center
Edgewater Fashion Center is actually the Northridge Fashion Center at 9301 Tampa Avenue in Northridge (a neighborhood in Los Angeles).

All the shopping center scenes were filmed in this large mall, partially rebuilt after being severely damaged during the 1994 earthquake.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

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  1. Taft High School Woodland Hills CA

  2. When I was watching I thought I recognized the arena and I was right. I could totally see that exact scene go down in real life too with some of the people in Bakersfield.

  3. I think the school is Taft high school in Woodland Hills

  4. Hi! I think the inside of the motel might be the Ramada Hotel in Koreatown LA, or at least inspired by it. I've been there and it is really really similar!

  5. The motel scene is at the Best Western Plus in Thousand Oaks, CA... my hometown- I knew it when I saw it!!!

  6. The Motel looks to be Best Western, Thousand Oaks Inn in Thousand Oaks, CA.

  7. The high school exteriors were shot at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, CA. It has been used in many movies and TV shows over the years including: The Brady Bunch Movie, The Amazing Spiderman, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble with John Tavolta, and The Wrong Cheerleader

  8. I believe the that the filming location for the outside of the inn is the Best Western Plus Thousand Oaks Inn, 75 W Thousand Oaks Blvd
    Thousand Oaks, CA. Not sure about the inside.

    1. Thank you to all of you, we just updated the post with all new the locations! =]

  9. Where is the high school building and principsl's office?

  10. Looks like the inside of the motel was the Ramada Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA as you can tell my the wishing well in the lobby!


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