The beautiful, light-flooded Downtown train depot doubles as the police station in the film. You can’t just waltz into the section used for the movie, though; Union Station’s historic ticketing hall, a popular filming and event spot, is only accessible through free art and architecture tours held every second Sunday from 10:30am to 12:30pm.
It’s 2019 and cop Rick Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) is tasked with tracking down a rogue group of synthetic humans through the streets of dystopian Los Angeles. Maybe that’s about all you remember of Blade Runner’s plot, but if you’ve seen director Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic (or at least, one of the seven different versions cut together) there’s likely one aspect you certainly remember: the setting. The film transforms the city into a moody, smoke-and-fire–filled, neon-drenched metropolis where flying cars and floating video advertisements streak across the skyline. Most of those filming locations are still standing today, particularly in Downtown L.A., and you can visit, and even walk inside of, a number of the landmarks (and one studio tour)—which we’ve gathered below. And if you’ve never seen Blade Runner? Consider these filming locations a worthwhile tour of some of L.A.’s most beautiful buildings and landmarks.