Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Filming Locations

Location #1: Opening sequence

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Mojave Desert, California, United States

Location #2: Gillian’s house

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22250 State Highway 181, Fairhope, Alabama, United States

Location #3: The side of the road


This is a studio backlot / movie set

Location #4: Tollbooth

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Vincent Thomas Bridge, Los Angeles, California, United States

Location #5: Gobi Desert, Mongolia

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Dumont Dunes, California, United States

2 thoughts on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Filming Locations

  1. Mark R.

    The coordinates received in the movie don’t lead to Devils Tower, but actually DIA Airport in Denver CO (yes it’s really true)- also, the government guys tossed around ideas in the movie about how to create a ‘diversion’ to get people out of town (which they chose nerve gas) could relate to our current situation of Covid 19 (which yes in fact is real)- also the strange ‘lights in the sky’ sightings in Eastern CO last year (Dec. 2019) still no answer as to what they were- and a UAP meeting in 2020- which the committee wants more info about ‘unknown craft’ in a second meeting in 2021- lastly the crop circle formation at:

    Martinsell Hill, Nr Wooton Rivers, Wiltshire. Reported 7th July.

    a warning about ‘Covid 19’?

  2. CGM

    ‘The Landing’ scenes were filmed at Brookley Field in Mobile, AL.

    “Most of the filming, however, was in Alabama, where dirigible hangars, larger than any Hollywood soundstage, were found to house the enormous sets. Consequently, the whole production moved to the South. The landing site was the biggest indoor set ever built, constructed at the former air force base, now an industrial complex in Mobile.

    The hangars are numbers 5 and 6, Building 17 of the Brookley Field Industrial Complex, Old Bay Street, Mobile. Other sets built in the hangars include the road bend where the cop cars attempt to follow the alien craft into space, and the interior of the Neary home. The mountainside scenes used artificial boulders – with only twelve basic shapes carefully placed at differing angles to prevent patterns becoming obvious.”


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