The Birds (1963).
Location: Union Square.
In this Hitchcock classic, Union Square sets the scene for one of the first attacks from "The Birds" less than two minutes into the movie.
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Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (1978).
Location: Department of Public Health, Grove and Polk streets.
In this horror classic, the Department of Public Health makes an appearance as its real life self.
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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Location: The Charlotte Maillard Shultz Stairs, San Francisco City Hall.
The most majestic staircase in San Francisco stands in for some unnamed government building in one of the last scenes of the first Indiana Jones movie.
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Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Location: Hancock Grammer School, 940 Filbert Street.
The Hancock Grammar School sets the scene for some establishing shots right before the part where Robin Williams picks up his kids from school in one of the first scenes of the film.
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Location: Fireman's Union Building, 240 2nd Street.
Sean Penn playing Harvey Milk gives of one of Milks first political speeches within the halls of the Fireman's Union.
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Last week, we got our hands on a copy of the book World Film Locations: San Francisco. It's filled with movie stills and maps to the places where movies like Zodiac, Star Trek IV, and The Birds were filmed. After reading it, we're ready to say that San Francisco is an extremely photogenic city. Heck, it might even be the most photogenic city of them all.
Our city's natural and architectural beauty has been attracting Hollywood directors since the 1890s and has played host to some of the significant films in history. Over the weekend we decided to go out and take some photos of locations to have been featured in past films. Here are our favorites. Drop us an email to tell us yours.