Thursday, June 30, 2016

"Better Call Saul" Filming Locations - Season 3

This post is the fourth of five posts regarding "Better Call Saul" filming locations (last updated April 25, 2017).

This post focuses on Season 3 locations.

The Blog Sidebar contains links to Filming Location posts.  These include:
  • Eight "Breaking Bad" filming location posts;
  • Three additional posts regarding "Breaking Bad" related subjects;
  • Six "Better Call Saul" filming location posts;
  • One additional post regarding "Better Call Saul" related subjects;
  • Two links to OldeSaultie's Google maps of "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul" filming location sites. These are the best filming location maps on the Web! The KML files available at these addresses are particularly useful for importing locations into GPS-equipped devices.

Let me know if you have any problems or questions. E-Mail address: valdezmarc56@gmail.com

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"A Guidebook To 'Breaking Bad' Filming Locations (Albuquerque as Physical Setting and Indispensable Character)"

I first published a book on 'Breaking Bad' filming locations in April, 2014. I have updated it several times since then (on the Third Edition now). If you already purchased the first or second editions, the updated version isn't so different that you also need to buy the updated version.

What distinguishes the Third Edition from the First Edition is:
1.) Suggested touring circuits have been simplified, even as more locations have been added;
2.) There are more anecdotes and historical facts about Albuquerque.
3.) In addition to the contributions of Sven Joli, there are also new illustrations by Brian T. Bailey and Tom Lamb.

To avoid unnecessary friction, I have redacted the addresses of all single-family homes in the book. (These addresses are still available in these blog posts, however.)

Many pictures posted on my blog are retained in the book, but the pictures in the print edition are black-and-white, in order to keep costs down. Pictures in the Kindle edition are in color, however.


(Publication date January 26, 2016; 335 pages in length.)

The Third Edition of the book can be ordered here: Print. Kindle

Coming Soon! Fourth Edition of this book, June, 2017 (after Season 3 has aired).


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"Better Call Saul," Season 3, episode 3, 'Sunk Costs'


Just overwhelmed by the glass block!

We've seen glass block on one side of Jimmy, then on two sides (Chicago hospital lobby), and now on three sides. There will come a time when Jimmy is completely surrounded by glass block.


Looks like Tijeras Arroyo for the Mexican desert scenes, but with a staggering amount of prep work (those telephone lines don't exist in reality) and digital reworking after-the-fact (to get rid of the offroader abuse over the years). Amazing!


"Better Call Saul," Season 3, episode 2, 'Witness'

[Updated April 24, 2017]

I was delighted by watching the background in episode 'Witness'. This episode had at least four of the symbolic background elements I discussed in my Albuquerque talk last February, "Streamline Moderne and Jimmy McGill": 1.) Howard parking in front of the Streamline Moderne house at 312 Laguna Blvd. SW; 2.) The octagonal symmetry of the sunburst on the wind chime; 3.) The glass block on the house located across the street from Los Pollos Hermanos (north side) and garage (south side), roughly 1851 Lakeview Rd. SW and 4.) The "Word Search" puzzle - a Cartesian grid used as a prop in the context of a question, "Hey, you take care of that matter?"

Mike pursues his gas cap on a rainy night.

1.) Going up the hill into Rio Rancho (35.213959°, -106.662802°).
2.) Coming down the hill from Rio Rancho (essentially the same place as going uphill).
3.) Empty parking lots, near Intel in Rio Rancho: (35.221531°, -106.661532°)
4.) On the curve on Coors Bypass NW, across from Cottonwood Mall (35.194995°, -106.657669°)
5.) 55 mph. Tennyson & Paseo del Norte Blvd. NE.
6.) Overpass (15 ft. 0 in.). Tennyson & Paseo del Norte Blvd. NE.
7.) Rail yards.
8.) Where Coors Blvd. NW crosses Calabacillas Arroyo.

Regarding the Word Search, at first I thought the key word was "Columbia". In 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia was brought down by a chunk of foam which struck the wing at the speed of sound. NASA had become inured to the risks of flying foam chunks. So I was thinking here it meant a small risk, that under the right circumstances could be fatal. What risk, we don't know yet.


Then I noticed, over on the right, "Rapollo". Here is discussion about a 'Wall of Light'.

Rapollo is a perfect name! Apollo is the label of plausible deniability, the disguise they built into the Word Search.


Hell yeah (5:15-5:40):




Los Pollos Hermanos Promotional Ad


Los Pollos promo.



New Season 3 Filming Locations

[Locations and/or basecamps are based on observations, speculation, and unsubstantiated hearsay from knowledgeable people.]


Northeast Heights (E. of Wyoming, W. of Juan Tabo, S. of Osuna)

A1A Car Wash, formerly Octopus Car Wash, but now Mister Car Wash, at Eubank and Menaul Blvds. NE. The exact address is 9516 Snow Heights Circle NE.


Mesa Verde offices, One Executive Center, 8500 Menaul Blvd. NE, at Menaul Blvd. & Lester Dr. NE ("Better Call Saul", Season 3, episode 1, 'Mabel'). Southwest corner of the building, not the northeast side, as in "Breaking Bad".

This building was also the IRS Tax Offices ("Breaking Bad", Season 4, episode 9, 'Bug'), where Skyler demonstrated her command of Quicken.


Interior (image from the Internet).


What Is He Thinking Today?


Albuquerque Auto Outlet, 1400 Wyoming Blvd. NE ("Better Call Saul", Season 3, episode 2, 'Witness').

Possible basecamp: God's House church near intersection of Wyoming and Menaul Blvds. NE.


Upper Northeast Heights (E. of Juan Tabo, S. of Osuna)

(no new locations offered with this update)


Northeast Heights (N. Of Osuna)

Seagull Office Plaza.

Initially, we had heard that Mesa Verde Credit Union's address was 6200 Seagull St. NE, but that now appears incorrect. I do like the address next door, at 6100 Seagull St. NE, even there is no evidence as yet that it was a filming location. The site has a subdued Streamline Moderne look that I think the creative team would find very appealing.

The bigger office building for Mesa Verde is probably the same place as the IRS offices in "Breaking Bad", Season 4 (see above).


Seagull Office Plaza.

Seagull Office Plaza.


North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center.


North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center.


Risen Savior Catholic Church.


Mike pursues his gas cap on a rainy night.

(5) and (6) Above and under the overpass (15 ft. 0 in.). Tennyson & Paseo del Norte Blvd. NE.



Lower Northeast Heights (W. of Wyoming), & Lomas Blvd. Corridor

Music Go Round, 7116 Menaul Blvd. NE.


Music Go Round, 7116 Menaul Blvd. NE.


Massage Parlor. The former Oriental Health Spa, Pennsylvania & Menaul Blvd. NE.


Coronado Mall. (Is this an actual filming location, or the site of a filming base camp?)


Coronado Mall.


Daniel Wormald's House, said to be at 124 Bellingham Court, 87116. Located at 7729 Robin Ave. NE (Season 2, episode 1, 'Switch'). Stolen baseball card collection, and a story that doesn't quite make sense.


Sandpiper Crossing, Sunset Pointe Apartments, 6500 Montgomery Blvd. NE (Season 1, episode 8, 'Rico'). Assisted living and out-of-state syringes.



Downtown

Police Dept., 400 Roma Ave. NW, as seen from Marquette Avenue.



Downtown West and Old Town

Just north of Hotel Albuquerque, at 800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, is National Auto Parts.


National Auto Parts.


National Auto Parts.



Huning Castle & ABQ Country Club

Possible filming location/base camp: 224 San Pasquale SW (Albuquerque Little Theatre)

Chuck McGill's Home, 1607 San Cristobal Road SW.

Where Howard parks, 312 Laguna Blvd. SW ("Better Call Saul", Season 3, episode 2, 'Witness'). Look at the beautiful Streamline Moderne house in the background!

Howard's back yard path is still a little murky. Possibly through the yard behind 1605 Los Alamos Ave. SW.



Barelas

Rail Yards, this time on the south side, on the Roundhouse side ("Better Call Saul", Season 3, episode 1, 'Mabel'). Also, Mike watches the mysterious man at the Rail Yards ("Better Call Saul", Season 3, episode 2, 'Witness').


Huning Highlands/ Martineztown Locations

Greek Orthodox Church, 308 High Street SE.


Filming location/base camp:
1415 Broadway Blvd. NE.

University Area & Near Presbyterian Hospital

851 University Blvd. (NE or SE? Both are plausible.)


Tri-H Convenience Store, 225 Yale Blvd. SE.



Nob Hill

(no new locations offered with this update)


South Valley (West of River), Southwest Albuquerque and Pajarito Mesa

Los Pollos Hermanos, Twisters, 4257 Isleta Blvd. SW ("Better Call Saul", Season 3, episode 2, 'Witness').


Los Pollos Hermanos, Twisters, 4257 Isleta Blvd. SW ("Better Call Saul", Season 3, episode 2, 'Witness').














The area on both sides of Lakeview Rd. SW, in the vicinity of 1851 Lakeview Rd. SW, where Mike parks to observe Los Pollos Hermanos, are notably important ("Better Call Saul", Season 3, episode 2, 'Witness').


The house on the north side, and the garage on the south side, both feature Streamline Moderne Glass Blocks (see "Streamline Moderne and Jimmy McGill").


Yellow House near Twisters.


Yellow House.


Yellow House.


Yellow House.


Yellow House.


Clínica Gratuita, South Valley Animal Clinic, 4021 Isleta Blvd. SW ("Better Call Saul", Season 3, episode 3, 'Sunk Costs'). The Mexican Doctor.


A possible filming locations/base camp: Valley Christian Church - 2850 Gun Club Rd. SW.

El Michoacano Restaurant, 2511 Isleta Blvd. SW. This location is near Alberto's Tire Pros & Gina and Rudy's Old School New & Used Things. Near the intersection of Blake Rd. & Isleta Blvd. SW.


San Jose Neighborhood and South Valley (East of River)

Delta Power Co. LLC, 725 Electric Ave. SE ("Better Call Saul", Season 3, episode 2, 'Witness'). Mike watches a gas cap rendezvous in the darkness.

A "Breaking Bad" location! Mexican Meth Lab (Season 4, episode 10, 'Salud'). The old building has since been removed and replaced by this empty lot next to the electrical equipment.


Five J's Auto Parts, 5404 Broadway Blvd SE ("Better Call Saul", Season 3, episode 1, 'Mabel').


Amusing Muscle Man poses at the lobby door of Five J's.











The Veterinarian is at Rio Bravo Veterinary Hospital, 240 Rio Bravo Blvd. SE (Season 1, episode 6, 'Five-O'). Protection rackets and rabies shots. Also (Season 1, episode 8, 'Rico') and (Season 2, episode 3, 'Amarillo').

The Veterinarians and staff here were so welcoming and helpful!


Glass Block Windows in the lobby at Rio Bravo Veterinary Hospital.








Screencap, Rio Bravo Veterinary Hospital (Season 2, episode 3, 'Amarillo').

Possible basecamp for The Veterinarian:
Admiral Beverage Company
3980 Prince St. SE



Southeast Heights

Juan Tabo Hills Bridge, Juan Tabo Blvd. SE.


Allen's Automotive, 12115 Central Ave. NE.

140 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE (very close to Day Spa and Salon, but is Route 66 Bingo the intended filming location?)

El Griego Guiñador, Paletería Michoacana de Paquimé, 6500 Zuni Road SE. Stunning mural of Paquimé, largest ruin at Casas Grandes, Chihuahua.



Near "Q" Studios

Mexican Road Junction, Ira Sprecker Road & Los Picaros Rd. SE ("Better Call Saul", Season 3, episode 3, 'Sunk Costs'). Vast amount of site preparation & digital reworking!


"Q" Studios

Chuck's House Interior,Studio (Season 1, episode 1, 'Uno'). ID'ed as "Q" Studios in a Facebook post.


I-25 Corridor, North

Springer Industrial Center, 1415 Broadway Blvd. NE.


Springer Industrial Center, 1415 Broadway Blvd. NE.


Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1901 University Blvd. NE. (Is this an actual filming location, or the site of a filming base camp?)


Ranchers Club at Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Gus's Laundry ("Lavanderia Brillante": exterior disguise of the Superlab), Delta Uniform and Linen, 1613 Candelaria Rd. NE. The site is located across from the Ambassador Inn (with a "Signs" sign nearby).



North Valley

North of Hotel Albuquerque.


Gabaldon Run Access, Paseo del Bosque bike trail, I-40 and the Rio Grande.

A basecamp or another location?





Gabaldon Run Access, 1482 Gabaldon Place NW – an avenue of trees, some distance from Gabaldon Run access.


Gabaldon Run Access.


Leo's Bar, 1119 Candelaria Rd. NW.



Northwest Albuquerque

The Cinnabon at Cottonwood Shopping Center ("Better Call Saul", Season 3, episode 1, 'Mabel').


Mike pursues his gas cap on a rainy night.

1.) Going up the hill into Rio Rancho (35.213959°, -106.662802°).
2.) Coming down the hill from Rio Rancho (essentially the same place as going uphill).
3.) Empty parking lots, near Intel in Rio Rancho: (35.221531°, -106.661532°)
4.) On the curve on Coors Bypass NW, across from Cottonwood Mall (35.194995°, -106.657669°)
5.) 55 mph. Tennyson & Paseo del Norte Blvd. NE.
6.) Overpass (15 ft. 0 in.). Tennyson & Paseo del Norte Blvd. NE.
7.) Rail yards.
8.) Where Coors Blvd. NW crosses Calabacillas Arroyo.


Rio Rancho

Mike pursues his gas cap on a rainy night.

3.) Empty parking lots, near Intel in Rio Rancho: (35.221531°, -106.661532°)


Corrales

(no new locations offered with this update)


West Mesa (except Pajarito Mesa)

Kim and Jimmy's new office, (formerly DiNicola Insurance Agency, now Realty One), 6311 Montaño Rd. NW. Mirror-imaged building with a copper ceiling ("Better Call Saul", Season 3, episode 1, 'Mabel').


North Valley Fit, R. R. Ortiz Agency, 6312 Montaño Rd NW # D ("Better Call Saul", Season 3, episode 3, 'Sunk Costs'). Convenient place for Kim to shower.


Mike flees down desert road, West of Double Eagle Airport (35.131313°, -106.871107°). Beautiful helicopter shot, and beautiful Mesa Prieta in distance ("Better Call Saul", Season 3, episode 1, 'Mabel').

Mike stops to examine car, West of Double Eagle Airport (35.133206°, -106.869943°). No sign of radio transmitter ("Better Call Saul", Season 3, episode 1, 'Mabel').


Remote paved road, Shooting Range Access Rd., about (35.125115°, -106.824840°). Mike hunts for his gas cap, and meets Gus ("Better Call Saul", Season 3, episode 2, 'Witness', and episode 3, 'Sunk Costs').



Sandia And Manzano Mountains

Triangle Grocery and Meat Market, Cedar Crest, NM.


Triangle Grocery and Meat Market, Cedar Crest, NM.


Triangle Grocery and Meat Market, Cedar Crest, NM.


Triangle Grocery and Meat Market, Cedar Crest, NM.


Triangle Grocery and Meat Market, Cedar Crest, NM.


Triangle Grocery and Meat Market, Cedar Crest, NM.


Triangle Grocery and Meat Market, Cedar Crest, NM.



To'hajiilee

(no new locations offered in this update)


Zia Pueblo, San Ysidro, and Cabezon

"Don't" ("Better Call Saul", Season 3, episode 1, 'Mabel'). Mike parks near (35.506735°, -106.815202°)


Santa Ana Pueblo & Algodones

Power Plant, Public Service Co. of NM, 1500 Pan American Central Highway, Algodones, NM 87001.






Bernalillo and Placitas

The swimming pool at La Hacienda de Placitas.



Santa Fe & Lamy

(no new locations offered with this update)


Near Los Lunas and Belen

(no new locations offered with this update)


More Distant Locations

(no new locations offered with this update)


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5 comments:

  1. I've seen them filming at the Twisters restaurant that was used for Los Pollos Hermanos in Breaking Bad.

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  3. Thanks for all your hard work on your pages.
    Happy to see this info on BrBa and BCS.

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  4. Anonymous4:48 AM

    Don't think that's the correct location for the Gus meetup on Season 3 episode 3. If you go to the shooting range access road on google maps street view, there is no view of the South Sandia Peak which is clearly visible in the scene. I've been attempting to figure out this location and haven't found it yet.

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