WarGames (1983) Filming Locations

Location #1: Norad Combat Operations Center


This is a studio backlot / movie set

Location #2: 20 Grand Palace


20000 Ventura Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, United States

Location #3: High School


El Segundo High School, 640 Main Street, El Segundo, California, United States

Location #4: David’s house


333 South Arden Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, United States

Location #5: David and Jennifer walk to

wargames05A wargames05B

Near the Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theater, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States

17 thoughts on “WarGames (1983) Filming Locations

  1. ME

    It’s not the Kincaid Biology building, which is at NE Pacific and not next to the Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theater (the white building up near 45th St). The two pass the Hughes Theater and ride up to the location of the new PACCAR and Dempsy Halls of the Michael G. Foster Business school. The halls were built in 2012 where the old building seen in WarGames used to be. That older building was constructed in the 1970’s in the same style as the Kincaid Bio Building, and was demolished before the PACCAR hall was built.

    1. Rory

      Dear ME!

      Thank you so much for your information. I really appreciate it!
      Since you seem to know a bit about the campus of the university of Washington, I was wondering if you could tell me something about the pretty big satellite dish that is right next to the white building where the two protagonists are cycling by and which appears to be the Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theater.
      I was wondering if that satellite dish has ever been there or if it rather had been a special effect (like matte painting or so). I mean, why would someone put up a big satellite antenna like that in front of the entrance to a theater?
      When I look for the theater at Google Maps, I cannot see that dish.

      Thank you for your reply!



      1. Holly Arsenault

        Hi! I am the Director of Engagement for the UW School of Drama. The Hughes Penthouse is our building, and I can say affirmatively that there is not nor has there ever been a satellite dish installed there. I was quite surprised when I came across this image in a Google image search!

  2. Andy

    location #8 is actually the other end of the Anderson Island Ferry, at the junction of Union Avenue / Commercial Street, Steilacoom, Wa.

  3. UG


    are you sure that tthis is not the Kincaid Biology building or do you mix up the demolition dates?
    I just got back in time to 2007 with google streetview and I don’t see any building near the Hughes Theater which looked like the one in the movie (or like the Kincaid Biology building)
    Would be a bummer if it’s really demolished, as I try to take a look at all the war games filming locations this year… yeah I know, I am kinda late, but Seattle is soooo far away:-)



  4. Jim Rockford

    As others have said, the red building in location #5 is not Kincaid Hall, but just a now-demolished building in the same style. The white building at the beginning of the shot is clearly Penthouse Theatre between the observatory and Hansee, which remains unchanged from the ’80s.

    I assume the satellite dish was positioned there by the production crew for the shot to make the building look like more science-oriented; at any rate, in the mid-’90s there used to be a gated lot behind Lewis Hall where old unused equipment was stored, including at least one satellite dish that may well have been the same one from War Games. That was all cleared away circa the past five years as part of the general facelift that the northeast corner of campus has been getting.

    It was also around the mid-’90s that that anonymous red building must have been razed and the foundations laid for the cluster of business school buildings including PACCAR Hall. By 1995 that entire corner bounded by Denny, MacKenzie and Stevens Way was just a big a construction zone.

    The camera swivel throws me for a loop because it looks like they suddenly warp from Penthouse to the War Memorial Flagpole terrace, and the red building is the northwest corner of Kane. All I can say is the area around the Penthouse must have some serious landscaping done ten years or so after that footage was shot.

    Next time I’m in Seattle I’ll do some research and see if I can figure out what exactly that red building was.

  5. Jeff C

    I’m not sure if its just a local urban legend or if its confirmed, (now that I see that the ElSegundo highschool bears no resemblance to the actual Snohomish High School, I have new doubts) but I’ve believed for a long time that the following address in Woodinville, Wa is the 7-11 site where David gets arrested by the FBI. Can anyone confirm? The current store looks nothing like the woodsy store front in the 80s.. but I would swear it used to! 13923 NE 175th St, Woodinville, WA 98072

  6. lorenzo

    Please note that the “NORAD access” is an accurate movie set, not the original at Cheyenne Mountain, as stated by the director in DVD’s commentary track!

  7. WOPR

    I can confirm that picture is not the actual Cheyenne Mountain Space Force Station. The sign at the top of the tunnel is inaccurate, the tunnel’s ribbing is wrong, the tunnel is not set deep enough in the mountain, and the mountain is definitely not rocky enough. I just walked through the actual tunnel earlier today. Not too bad for a re-creation, though.


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