21 locations in Vancouver where 'Fifty Shades of Grey' was filmed

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Fifty Shades of Grey blew away its competition in the box office over the Valentine’s Day weekend, raking in over $266-million worldwide during its first four days in theatres.

This includes a tally of $85-million from 3,646 theatres in North America, which is the largest release ever for an R/18A-rated movie, to set a new record for the biggest Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekend gross. Given its strong opening weekend performance, the film is now expected to top at least $500-million worldwide.

The 125-minute erotic romance drama film was directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and filmed in and around Vancouver from December 1, 2013 to February 21,2014, with reshoots taking place in mid-October 2014. It is set in Seattle and Portland and stars Jamie Dornan as BDSM-loving billionaire Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as English literature university student Anastasia Steele.

Given that the movie is such a major box office success and was produced with a relatively slim $40-million budget, film adaptations will also be made for the remaining two novels in E.L. James’ bestselling trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. Dornan and Johnson will reprise their roles, but director Taylor-Johnson is not expected to return to the sequel due to creative differences with the book’s author.

Production on the sequel will return to Vancouver and is expected to begin in June 2015 for a 2016 release.

Here are 21 locations in Vancouver where Fifty Shades of Grey was filmed:

Spoilers ahead, people.

 

Somewhere in Seattle… No effort is made to conceal the Vancouver skyline when Christian jogs on the Coal Harbour seawall near the Westin Bayshore Hotel.

Somewhere in rainy Seattle in the world of Fifty Shades of Grey.
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Image: Universal Pictures

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Image: Universal Pictures

Vancouver’s Coal Harbour in the summer.
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Image: s.yume

coal harbour seawall
Image: Google Maps Streetview

 

The exterior of Bentall 5 as Grey House, the headquarters of Grey Enterprises Holdings Inc.

Outside Grey House in Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Image: Universal Pictures

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Image: Universal Pictures

Bentall 5 office tower in downtown Vancouver.
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Image: Google Maps Streetview

bentall 5 tower
Image: Google Maps Streetview

 

Bentall 3’s exterior is used for a scene when Christian exits a building and gets inside an Audi.

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Image: Google Maps Streetview

 

Ladner Village Hardware in Delta is made to look like Clayton’s Hardware Store, where Anastasia works.

clayton's hardware ladner village Image: Google Maps Streetview      

The University of British Columbia (UBC) campus doubles as Washington State University (WSU) in Vancouver, Washington. Anastasia emerges out of the historic doors of the UBC Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the beginning of the film.

fifty shades of grey ubc irving k barber learning centre Image: Tlaloc Xicotencatl       

A meeting room at the UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues was used as a WSU classroom.

What is Anastasia thinking about? fifty shades of grey vancouver 5 Image: Universal Pictures A meeting room at the UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues. ubc liu institute Image: UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues      

The parking lot at the UBC Graduate Studies building was used for one scene involving Anastasia and José Rodriguez.

 

ubc graduate studies parking Image: Google Maps Streetview      

A pedestrian area at the north entrance of the old UBC Student Union Building was turned into a parking lot at WSU.

 

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Image: Google Maps Streetview

 

The exterior of the UBC Land Food Systems building posed as the entrance to the theatre of Anastasia’s WSU graduation ceremony.

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Image: Google Maps Streetview

 

The concert hall at UBC Chan Centre as the location of Anastasia’s WSU graduation ceremony.

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Image: UBC Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

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Image: UBC Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

 

UBC Frederic Wood Theatre’s concourse space is used for Anastasia’s graduation reception.

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Image: Jeff Hitchcock

 

Christian answered his phone in one scene at the entrance of 1075 West Georgia.

Fifty Shades of Grey.
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Image: Universal Pictures

Vancouver.
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Image: Google Maps Streetview

 

Gastown’s Rainier Provisions as the cafe where Anastasia and Christian got to know each other.


Image: Justin King

rainier provisions Image: Google Maps Streetview        

Christian saves Anastasia from crashing into a cyclist at Gastown’s Maple Tree Square, the location of the Gassy Jack statue.

50Shades-Peckinpah Image: Universal Pictures Peckinpah maple tree square gassy jack gastown Image: Google Maps Streetview        

Christian and Anastasia drove through Stanley Park, over this wooden bridge at Pipeline Road.

fifty shades of grey vancouver 8 Image: Universal Pictures   stanley park pipeline road bridge Image: Google Maps Streetview        

They had a chat about “the contract” and kiss at Stanley Park’s Beaver Lake.

 

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Image: Michel Elsenbroek

 

Burrard Ironworks Pub on Alexander Street near Main Street became the pub where Anastasia celebrated her last final exam. It’s also where she drunk dialled Christian.

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Image: Universal Pictures

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Image: The Ironworks

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Image: The Ironworks

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Image: Google Maps Streetview

 

Scenes set at Portland’s Heathman Hotel were filmed at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. This is where Christian stayed, held his student newspaper photo shoot for José and Kate, and kissed Anastasia in the elevator.

Thank you for organizing this photo shoot, Christian.
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Image: Universal Pictures

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
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Image: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

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Image: Google Maps Streetview

 

The historic Casa Mia mansion at 1920 Marine Drive became the Grey Family mansion.

The Grey Family dinner at the Casa Mia mansion’s dining room.
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Image: Universal Pictures

Christian chats with Anastasia about her trip to Georgia to visit her mother at the swimming pool at Rio Vista next to Casa Mia.
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Image: Universal Pictures

The Casa Mia mansion.
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Image: Stuart Howard Architects

Casa Mia Vancouver Mansion
Image: Stuart Howard Architects

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Image: Stuart Howard Architects

The Rio Vista swimming pool.
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Image: Vancouver Underwater Film Production

 

The Fish House in Stanley Park as a hotel bar in Savannah, Georgia. Palm trees were added to the lawn of the restaurant building.

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Image: The Fish House

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Image: Stuart Howard Architects

 

The glider and aircraft hangar scenes were filmed at Boundary Bay Airport.

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Image: Universal Pictures

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Image: Google Maps Streetview

Feature Image: Universal Pictures

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