WarGames (1983) Filming Locations

Location #1: Norad Combat Operations Center

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Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, 101 Norad Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States


Location #2: 20 Grand Palace

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20000 Ventura Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, United States


Location #3: High School

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


Location #4: David’s house

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


Location #5: David and Jennifer walk to

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

7 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.

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    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!

      Cheers

      Rory

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  2. Andy

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

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  3. UG

    Hi,

    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:-)

    Cheers,

    UG

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  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.

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