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18 Movies You Didn’t Know Filmed at UBC

The University of British Columbia was founded in 1908 and stands as the province’s oldest institution of higher learning.

The main Vancouver campus is home to multiple facilities and boasts both beach and mountain views. Its grounds and buildings are often cast in movies for aesthetic, architecture and campus-feel.

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Here are 18 movies that you didn’t know were filmed on the UBC campus.

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Photo/Ashton Kutcher riding Martha Piper Plaza at UBC in The Butterfly Effect (2004), Focus Features

Psychological and supernatural/sci-fi thriller The Butterfly Effect starring Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart used various buildings and spaces around UBC.

The Geography building was used as a classroom; the Martha Piper Plaza was used as a University path, a former building was used as the University Quad, the exterior of Chemistry Building, D-Block was used for a sorority; the Walter C. Koerner Library was used as the University Plaza and the Rose Garden was used for Kayleigh’s wedding.

Photo/Ashton Kutcher sitting outside at UBC in The Butterfly Effect (2004), Focus Features

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

Photo/Creative Commons (CC BY) Jeff Hitchcock

The dramatic horror thriller The Exorcism of Emily Rose used three buildings at UBC: Buchanan Tower, the H.R MacMillan Building and the Douglas Kenny Building.

Fantastic Four (2005)

Photo/Creative Commons (CC BY) Jeff Hitchcock

The first Fantastic Four movie starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon and Kerry Washington used the Leon and Thea Koerner University Centre at UBC as the recovery centre after the space station incident.

She’s the Man (2006)

Photo/UBC

Mixed comedy, romance and sports movie She’s the Man starring Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum used the UBC Thunderbird Stadium as Illyria Stadium for the prep school.

Photo/DreamWorks Pictures

Good Luck Chuck (2007)

Photo/Creative Commons (CC BY) Jeff Hitchcock

The rom-com Good Luck Chuck starring Dane Cook and Jessica Alba used the Cecil Green Park House and grounds at UBC for the wedding scenes.

Photo/Wedding venue in Good Luck Chuck (2007), Lionsgate

88 Minutes (2007)

Photo/UBC in 88 Minutes, Sony Pictures

Photo/Life Sciences Centre at UBC in 88 Minutes, Sony Pictures

Photo/Al Pacino outside Walter C. Koerner Library at UBC in 88 Minutes, Sony Pictures

The serial killer mystery 88 Minutes starring Al Pacino filmed in Vancouver and Seattle. It used multiple buildings at UBC including: the Martha Piper Plaza as the University of Northwest Washington, the Health Sciences Parkade as University Parking, the Walter C. Koerner Library as the exterior Health Sciences Centre, the Life Sciences Centre as the interior Health Sciences Centre, and the Buchanan Building as the University Quad.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

Photo/Command Centre in The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008), 20th Century Fox

The Day The Earth Stood Still starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly also used the Leon and Thea Koerner University Centre as a command centre.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Photo/Creative Commons (CC BY) Jeff Hitchcock

Prequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber used the Buchanan Tower at UBC as the African Fortress.

Photo/African Fortress in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), 20th Century Fox/Dune Entertainment III

The Company You Keep (2012)

Photo/Creative Commons (CC BY) Jeff Hitchcock

The dramatic thriller The Company You Keep starring Robert Redford, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Anna Kendrick and Julie Christie used multiple spots around UBC.

Photo/TCYK

Photo/TCYK

It used the Chemistry Building, D-Block as both the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Chicago. It also used the Student Union Building for a cafeteria scene and the Martha Piper Plaza as a road to the University of Michigan.

Tomorrowland (2015)

Photo/Creative Commons (CC BY) Jeff Hitchcock

The action-adventure-fantasy and family movie Tomorrowland starring George Clooney used the Main Mall, between Crescent and Memorial, at UBC as the 1964 World’s Fair.

Photo/1964 World’s Fair in Tomorrowland (2015), Disney

Movies Featuring The Chan Centre for Performing Arts

Photo/Creative Commons (CC BY) Jeff Hitchcock

Josie and the Pussycats (2001)

Photo/Party scene in Josie and the Pussycats (2001), Universal

The comedy-musical Josie and the Pussycats starring Rachael Leigh Cook, Rosario Dawson and Tara Reid used it as the MegaRecords Command Centre and for party scenes.

Catwoman (2004)

Photo/Scene 83 club in Catwoman (2004), Warner Bros.

The standalone Catwoman feature from DC Comics starring Halle Berry used it as a club called Scene 83.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

Photo/Dance party in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), 20th Century Fox/Dune Entertainment III

The sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer also used it for a dance party scene.

If I Stay (2014)

Photo: Sean Lee / Unsplash

The teen drama If I Stay starring Chloe Grace Moretz used it as a performance hall.

Movies Featuring The Museum of Anthropology

Creative Commons (CC BY) Jeff Hitchcock

The 6th Day (2000)

Photo/Hospital in The 6th Day (2000), Sony Pictures

The building was used as a hospital in The 6th Day starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

It was also featured in:

  • Intersection (1994) starring Richard Gere & Sharon Stone
  • Masterminds (1997) starring Patrick Stewart
  • Passengers (2008) starring Anne Hathaway.

Screen shot pictures sourced: moviemaps.org

 

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