Saturday, February 17, 2018

"Better Call Saul" Filming Locations - Season 4

This post is the fifth of six posts regarding "Better Call Saul" filming locations (last updated March 7, 2019).

This post focuses on Season 4 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;
  • Two additional posts 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"

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.)

The pictures in the print edition are black-and-white, in order to keep costs down. Pictures in the Kindle edition are in color.


The Fifth Edition (Publication date November 3, 2018; 375 pages) of the book, updated through Season 4 of "Better Call Saul," is now available and can be ordered at these links:

Print, Kindle.


The Fourth Edition (Publication date June 28, 2017; 382 pages) of the book is still available and can be ordered at these links:

Print, Kindle U.S., Kindle UK, Kindle DE, Kindle FR, etc.


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“‘Breaking Bad’ Signs and Symbols: Reading Meaning into Sets, Props, and Filming Locations”

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.)

The pictures in the print edition are black-and-white, in order to keep costs down. Pictures in the Kindle edition are in color.

The First Edition (Publication date November 3, 2018; 290 pages) of this book can be ordered at these links:

Print, Kindle

This book delves into some of the symbolism in AMC's hit television series "Breaking Bad," based on filming-location information.

Urban filming locations are chosen not so much because of the inherent beauty or interest of the buildings involved, but because of the buildings’ abilities to complement the story. Albuquerque is used as a stand-in for the City of Chicago. Like many cities in America’s Great Plains and Mountain West, Albuquerque obtained much of its architecture directly from the Windy City via the AT&SF railroad and Highway 66.

The creative team is interested in telling stories about the legacies and corruptions of modernity, particularly Chicago’s “Century of Progress” (1833-1932). In particular, Chicago-derived daylighting innovations (the practice of passive window design to help illuminate the interiors of large buildings) are featured: Glass Block Windows, Luxfer Prismatic Tile Windows, and Plate Glass Windows. Once the backgrounds of scenes are encoded with meaning, a variety of stories can be told there.

A series of tables are used to isolate certain features - for example: Parallel Beams in the Ceiling; Twinned Features; Five-Pointed Stars; Octagons; Monkeys; Horses; Cats; Moth Orchids; and Skulls.

Certain symbols appear to advance the plot: Native-American symbols; Foreshadowing symbols like Pueblo Deco arches; Danger symbols like bells, stagger symbols, and desk lamps; plus Earth Art.

Featured stories as told in television-scene backgrounds include: The Legacy of El Chapo; Tributes to Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”; The Badger Comes To Entrap; The Five Apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe; The legacy of London's Crystal Palace; and Homages to Patrick McGoohan's “The Prisoner.”



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Loyola's Restaurant, prepped as a "Better Call Saul" Season 4 filming location, February 8, 2018 (likely for Episode 3, 'Something Beautiful.')


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Weaponizing “Falling Down” - “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” Filming Location and Set Semiotics


Here is a YouTube video of the talk I gave in Albuquerque two weeks ago, on February 9th, at the SWPACA 2018 conference (my last practice run). The talk concerns itself with symbolism and coded messages in the backgrounds of "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul," and continues with the theme of my talk last year. The talk is didactic, and runs 34:35. It may not be for everyone, but some will find it interesting. I find the subject fascinating!

There's one small error in the presentation. The star on the floor of the Bernalillo County Annex is not an applique, but terrazzo. The BCS crew simply used what was already there when they were ready for it.




Made by Ron McRae, my brother in darkness on the other side of the Sierra Nevada.


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"Better Call Saul," Season 4, Episode 1, "Smoke"

In the Season 4 opening, when Gene leaves his taxi, he walks around the corner, stops, and breathes heavily. In a nice bit of foreshadowing, the house in the background behind him is the Pinkman family residence (11th & Roma), where a certain someone's mom, dad, and brother are likely watching TV.

Surprised that Gene calls the mall "Cottonwood," which is an Albuquerque name.

Bridge is Highway 147 crossing of the Rio Grande River at Isleta, NM.

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"Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 3, 'Something Beautiful'

I'm intrigued with symbolic uses of architecture in BCS. In "Something Beautiful," after stealing the Hummel figurine, Jimmy chases Ira down an alley and into a parking area covered with skeletal gentle arches. Usually gentle arches signify feminine power, but it's unclear whose power is being referenced here. Interesting too is the illuminated gentle arch displayed in the distance down the alley, from the Taco Bell located at 5215 Lomas Blvd NE. In general, bells signify danger and death - “Never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee."


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"Better Call Saul," Season 4, Episode 6, 'Piñata'

Regarding the show opening, The Internet is focused on the second name in the first referenced case, Isaacson vs. Vakarian Holdings, because of the Vakarian video-game reference. Vakarian refers to Turian vigilante Garrus Vakarian in the Mass Effect video game series. As discussed on the Quite a Ride podcast, Cara Pifko, who plays Mesa Verde's Paige Novick, voices the character Kelly Chambers in the Mass Effect 2 and 3 video games.

It's conceivable (but there's no evidence) that Isaacson might refer to Walter Isaacson, biographer of Steve Jobs. I don't know enough about video games or the biographer to say whether Isaacson vs. Vakarian Holdings might be a subtle joke.

The second referenced case, Leannais vs. Cincinnati, is real. The third referenced case, Garcia vs. Coe Manufacturing, is real too. "Mr. Bushmills" is a sly reference directly to Bushmills Irish Whiskey.

Inspiration for the piñata warehouse scene may be here. Link from Jason Shankel:



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New Season 4 Filming Locations



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

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

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Northeast Heights (N. Of Osuna)

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


Barry Hedberg's car won't start, 925 McDuffie Circle NE ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 1, 'Smoke').


Jimmy and Kim drive to Chuck's after hearing of his death ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 1, 'Smoke').

Segment 1:
Segment 2:
Segment 3: Montgomery Park. Paseo del Nordeste Recreation Trail & Comanche Rd. NE (35.124257°, -106.582192°). Near intersection of Palo Duro Ave. NE & Comanche Rd. NE.


Segment 4: Andrew Dr. & Dodd Pl. NE (35.126949°, -106.571619°)
Segment 5:
Segment 6: Arrival at Chuck's


Alley & Car Park Area, Behind Zia Health & Wellness, 5401-B Lomas Blvd. NE, and adjacent to Lesmen's Lighting, 5413 Lomas Blvd. NE. Shitting gold ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 3, 'Something Beautiful').











CC Mobile, where customers are few and far between, is located at 5805 Menaul Blvd. NE ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 4, 'Talk'; episode 5, 'Quite a Ride'; episode 6, 'Piñata'; episode 7, Something Stupid).

(Photo of Adam Ramirez: taken by William James Dickey.)


(Features: Plate Glass Windows, Carpet and ceiling grids.)












Neff Copiers; Ace Hardware, 1100 San Mateo Blvd. NE. Jimmy rejects an inviting job offer. ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 2, 'Breathe'). A burglary gone awry ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 3, 'Something Beautiful').

(Photo of William James Dickey by Adam Ramirez.)


(Features: Parallel Beams in the ceiling of the parking area; Glass Block and Plate Glass Windows.)

















Jimmy's Potential New Office, 605 San Mateo Blvd. NE (Better Call Saul,” Season 4, episode 8, ‘Coushatta’).

(Photo of Adam Ramirez by William James Dickey.)

Kind of ramshackle. The Pueblo Deco Arches of the garrison-like building are formidable and striking.














Frank's Famous Chicken & Waffles and Piñata Party, 513 and 517 San Mateo Blvd. NE ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 8, 'Coushatta').





Staggered façade above the adjacent Nail Salon at TravelWire, 3401 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Suite C ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 10, 'Winner'). Resort pamphlets, and Lalo drops in.

(Photo of Adam Ramirez by William James Dickey.)

The staggered Stepped-Earth façade above Nail Salon is accompanied with Cartesian-grid blocks and Plate Glass Windows.





















Downtown


Cathedral of St. John, 4th St. & Silver Ave. SW (Season 1, episode 10, 'Marco'). Kim calls from Albuquerque.

Chuck's funeral service ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 1, 'Smoke').

This church was designed by renowned local architect John Gaw Meem.




Bar review board likely meets somewhere in Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Center, same as where this stairwell is located, where Huell planted the battery on Chuck ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 9, 'Wiedersehen'). Kim stands dumbfounded at the counter when Jimmy announces his plan to become Saul Goodman( "Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 10, 'Winner').


Parking structure adjacent to Simms Building, 400 Gold Ave. SW ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 9, 'Wiedersehen'). Frustrated Jimmy races up to the roof and lashes out at Kim. Same parking garage as where Kim pondered joining Wexler/McGill ("Better Call Saul," Season 2, episode 7, 'Inflatable'), but looking south and west rather than north and east.


Dennis Chavez Federal Building, 500 Gold Avenue SW.


Former Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) Building, 414 Silver Avenue SW.


Mike traps Lalo in a parking lot, Roma Ave. between 3rd & 4th St. (35.088992, -106.650025). Gumming up the system ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 10, 'Winner').



Downtown West and Old Town


Jimmy and Kim drive home following Chuck's memorial service. The view out the car window shows Mama’s Minerals, 800 20th Street NW, Suite B ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 1, 'Smoke').


Mr. and Mrs. Pinkman's house, Corner of 11th and Roma Ave. NW (501 11th St. NW). This house is known as the Kate Nichols Chaves House.

Gene Takavic leaves his taxi near the intersection of 11th St. and Roma Ave. When he stops to breathe heavily, we see the Pinkman family home in the background ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 1, 'Smoke').





Approximately where Gene leaves the taxi.


Kim's Apartment Exterior, The Mix at Sawmill Village Apartments, 1751 Bellamah Ave. NW (Season 2, episode 2, 'Cobbler'; episode 6, 'Bali Ha'i'). Modern urban Bauhaus style. (35.101153ø, -106.663742ø)

Exterior seen again ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 1, 'Smoke'; episode 2, 'Breathe'; episode 7, 'Something Stupid').


Hotel Chaco, 2000 Bellamah Ave. NW ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 2, 'Breathe').


"Oneness," by Joe Cajero.


Cajero's interpretation of the sculpture:
According to the artist, the sculpture represents love, energy and oneness lifting up from the ground. It has four sides, representative of the four directions, with a female image on one side and a male image on the other side. The faces are composed of altars that represent multiple lifetimes. The colors on the inside represent the colors of the universe. The texture on the inside represents the dialogue that is inside of all of us. The texture also shows evolution of multiple lifetimes and represents the consequence of the power sentient beings have to transform energy. The colors on the outside represent the rising and setting suns and the gold symbolizes enlightenment or awareness. The base represents three levels of creation: subconscious/ consciousness/ super- consciousness or body/ mind/ spirit, or father/ son/ holy-spirit, however that resonates in an individuals understanding. The upward spiral stands for multiple lifetimes and energy rising. The stepped headpiece on the sculpture at the top of the masks represents the pinnacle of energy returning to the source.













Mike supervises Kaylee on the swing set ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 2, 'Breathe').

I don't have a picture of the swing set, but I do have have a picture of a tug-of-war in Tiguex Park less than 30 yards away from the swing set: my 40th high school reunion picnic featuring my West Mesa High School 1974 graduating class.


Mike supervises Kaylee on the swing set ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 2, 'Breathe').

Adam Ramirez and Thomas Maddock recently visited Tiguex Park and got a good image of the swing set. (Photo by Thomas Maddock, 08/16/18)





Philadelphia House, 1020 Roma Ave. NW ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 4, 'Talk'). Young Matty watches his father Mike at work.




Vicinity of the Wash Tub Laundry


The Express Inn, 1020 Central Ave. SW ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 6, 'Piñata').


The Dog House, 1216 Central Ave. SW ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 5, 'Quite a Ride').











Wash Tub Laundry, 1105 Central Ave. NW ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 5, 'Quite a Ride'; episode 6, 'Piñata').


Wash Tub Laundry, 1105 Central Ave. NW ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 5, 'Quite a Ride'; episode 6, 'Piñata').


Fairly recently, the City of Albuquerque installed bell-shaped street lights on Central Ave. west of downtown, including here at the Wash Tub Laundry.


Wash Tub Laundry, 1105 Central Ave. NW ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 5, 'Quite a Ride'; episode 6, 'Piñata').


The apartments across from the Wash Tub Laundry are significant - 11th & Kent, SE corner (backdrop - door Cartesian grid). Jimmy flees around the apartment building from the teenage thugs.


11th & Central, NE Corner (backdrop - staggered roofline).


Jimmy surprises teenage thugs in the alley behind St. John's Thrift Store, 1406 Central Ave. SW.





Trapped!


An aspirational office for W/M, 908 Lomas Ave. NW ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 7, 'Something Stupid').


Huning Castle & ABQ Country Club

The remains of Chuck's House, and Forest Park ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 1, 'Smoke').


What's interesting is that outside Chuck's house, for an instant, we see the house with the octagonal cupola (from "Breaking Bad," Season 1, episode 3, "The Bag's In The River"). The opening murder in the 1971 film “The Man With Icy Eyes” was staged here. We also see three little arched windows on the back of Jesse's house when the coroner’s van drives away with Chuck’s body. It’s the first time in “Better Call Saul” we see Jesse’s house ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 1, 'Smoke').


Denise's place: 1208 Park Ave. SW ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 5, 'Quite a Ride').


Nacho's Apartment, 1501 San Patricio Ave. SW ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 8, 'Coushatta'). Beautiful modern apartment!



Barelas


Selling phones from the back of a van. About 501 First St. SW ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 7, 'Something Stupid'). Jimmy gets over-confident and reuses to stop selling when a cop comes by.











Huning Highlands/ Martineztown Locations


Reflection of Fill Up gas station: probably Fill Up at 400 Lomas Blvd. NE.


Mike's House, 204 Edith Blvd. NE (First seen in BCS in Season 1, episode 5, 'Alpine Shepherd Boy').

The back yard at Mike's house features punctured garden hoses ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 1, 'Smoke').



University Area & Near Presbyterian Hospital


UNM Campus and Chemistry Lab is portrayed by CNM Main Campus and Science Laboratory Building (L208). Gale sings Tom Lehrer's 'The Elements' (35.074490°, -106.626340°). ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 3, 'Something Beautiful').

(Photo of Adam Ramirez by William James Dickey).


Gus' walk (35.073678°, -106.625853°).
(Features: Plate Glass Windows.)


Characteristically, when I visited, I couldn't enter the room, because chemistry students were doing chemistry lab with chemicals.



Nob Hill


Jimmy brims with urgency as he calls the Veterinarian, while walking past this mural for Loyola’s Restaurant with its corner staggers (“Better Call Saul,” Season 4, episode 3, ‘Something Beautiful’).


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

As Lalo and Nacho get into their car, Glass Block Windows are visible on the house across the street from Twisters, aka Los Pollos Hermanos, on the north side of Lakeview Rd. SW, in the vicinity of 1851 Lakeview Rd. SW ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 9, 'Wiedersehen'). This house was previously seen in Season 3, episode 2, 'Witness'.


Like Lalo, Adam Ramirez lures diners under the ominous Pueblo Deco Arch above the kitchen door at El Michoacano Restaurant (Better Call Saul,” Season 4, episode 8, ‘Coushatta’).



San Jose Neighborhood and South Valley (East of River)


Reception at Charles L. McGill Reading Room, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW (Better Call Saul,” Season 4, episode 10, ‘Winner’). Nice arches and architecture.








Our understanding is that the Los Pollos Hermanos warehouse interior was filmed at A & A Lands, 6280 Desert Rd. SW ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 1, 'Smoke'; episode 2, 'Breathe').


Ace Rebar, 4019 Broadway Blvd SE ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 4, 'Talk'). Ira hands more money to Jimmy than Jimmy expected.





The door (a mandala).





Abandoned Warehouse, JTC Inc., 248 Woodward Dr. SE (35.047262°, -106.651417°).

















Los Pollos Hermanos Warehouse, 7900 Reading Ave. SW (34.975975°, -106.662335°) Gus suffocates Arturo & takes Nacho ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 2, 'Breathe').





Jimmy takes a trip to Louisiana, 3302 Broadway Blvd. SE ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 8, 'Coushatta'). Railroad crossing, with tanks.





Portions of the bus trip were also along the southern stretches of Second St. SW.








"Casa Tranquila" Nursing Home, Mountain View Community Center 201 Prosperity Avenue SE ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 9, 'Wiedersehen'). Previously seen in Season 1, episode 5, 'Alpine Shepherd Boy.' Hector Salamanca finds a home.


Southeast Heights


Hospital, Gibson Hospital (formerly Lovelace Medical Center), 5400 Gibson Blvd. SE. First distinctly seen in Season 2, episode 3 of "Breaking Bad" ('Bit By A Dead Bee'). The entire west wing of Gibson Hospital is closed, making it essentially an indoor medical playground for film makers.

Chuck gets forcibly hospitalized by APD (Season 1, episode 5, 'Alpine Shepherd Boy').


Used for either, or both, of Gene's or Tio's hospitalizations ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 1, 'Smoke'; episode 2, 'Breathe').



Near "Q" Studios

Denver Airport parking lot ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 5, 'Quite a Ride'). Behind UNM's Aperture Center (34.986092°, -106.612274°)


Former Schott Solar facility, 5201 Hawking Dr. SE

(Photo of Adam Ramirez by William James Dickey.)

(Features: Bell-shaped lights.)


Former Schott Solar facility, 5201 Hawking Dr. SE

(Photo of Adam Ramirez by William James Dickey.)


German worker lodging ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 6, 'Piñata'; episode 7, 'Something Stupid'; episode 8, 'Coushatta'; episode 9, 'Wiedersehen'). Schott Solar, 5201 Hawking Dr. SE (35.005800°, -106.610937°). Various planned diversions, and an escape.








Jimmy takes a trip to Louisiana. Bus travels up and down Los Picaros and Bobby Foster Rds. ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 8, 'Coushatta'). Example (35.003284°, -106.641304°).


Mike shoots Werner. According the "Better Call Saul" podcast, this location is somewhere near Kim's Auto Accident, but at the moment, we haven't figured out the exact location.


"Q" Studios

Piñata Warehouse ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 6, 'Piñata'). According to the podcast, the piñata scene was filmed at "Q" Studios.


Superlab Construction Site ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 7, 'Something Stupid'; episode 8, 'Coushatta'). According to podcast, filmed at Q Studios.


I-25 Corridor, North


Regalo Helado Warehouse Garage, Girard Blvd. and Aztec Rd. NE ("Better Call Saul," Season 2, episode 8, 'Fifi'). Dark doings.


Hector Salamanca suffers a sudden collapse ("Better Call Saul," Season 3, episode 10, 'Lantern'). Exterior seen again ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 1, 'Smoke').


Lowe Memorial Hospital, Former DaVita Medical Group - Family Medicine, 3901 Carlisle Blvd NE ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 1, 'Smoke').


Clampitt Paper, 2812 Candelaria Rd. NE ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 7, 'Something Stupid'). Kim buys office supplies.














Across Candelaria Rd. from Clampitt Paper.



In vicinity of Gus' Industrial Laundry, Lavanderia Brillante ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 9, 'Wiedersehen').


Truck parks near Industrial Laundry (35.115294°, -106.627779°).
Heading west down Candelaria Rd. (35.115562°, -106.630074°). Background image flipped.
Heading east up Candelaria Rd., Sign seen for Global Structures, 510 Candelaria Rd NE, from about: (35.115856°, -106.631780°).
Countdown Starts (35.115143°, -106.628410°). Background image flipped.



Lubbock City Hall, Albuquerque Journal Publishing Co., 7777 Jefferson Blvd. NE ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 9, 'Wiedersehen'). Kim and Jimmy execute a scam on Mesa Verde's behalf.







The cemetery where Charles L. McGill is buried is Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 1900 Edith Blvd. NE, on Edith Blvd. just south of I-40. Chuck McGill’s headstone is shown as behind John J. Lynch’s headstone – as OldeSaultie has determined, a real headstone!

(Photo of Adam Ramirez by William James Dickey.)








The Strip Club that Mike takes the German workers to for R&R is Fantasy World, 5000 Jefferson St. NE.

(Photo of Adam Ramirez by William James Dickey.)








Vouching for new lawyers. NM State Bar, on Masthead NE. (Photo by Donnakay Ohmburger)


Madrigal Warehouse (probably in Houston) is portrayed by the Sysco Warehouse, 601 Comanche Rd. NE ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 4, 'Talk'). Madrigal Warehouse scenes earlier in Season 4 were also likely at the Sysco Warehouse ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 1, 'Smoke').

In "Breaking Bad," the Madrigal Houston Warehouse was also portrayed by the Sysco Warehouse ("Breaking Bad," Season 5a, episode 4, 'Fifty-One'; episode 8, 'Gliding Over All').





North Valley

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Northwest Albuquerque

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Corrales

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West Mesa (except Pajarito Mesa)


Westward Ho Motel, 7500 Central Ave SW. The Cousins and Nacho wipe out the Espinosa Brothers ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 4, 'Talk').

Photo of the "Better Call Saul" filming crew by Adam Ramirez on February 26, 2018.


According to Clayburn Griffin, Google Earth images of the Westward Ho Motel captured the "Better Call Saul" team in action there (h/t Donnakay Ohmburger).


Westward Ho Motel, 7500 Central Ave. SW.


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Monte Carlo Steakhouse.

Karaoke with the brothers McGill, Monte Carlo Liquors & Steak House, 3916 Central Ave. SW ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 10, 'Winner').









Sandia And Manzano Mountains

Off Interstate 70, west of Denver, CO. On the side of Highway 165, on the road to Sandia Crest, just past the ski area parking lot: (35.209022°, -106.412427°)


The Couchatta, Louisiana Post Office was created at Koinonia Church, 15600 Central Avenue SE ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 8, 'Coushatta'). Huell Babineaux's hometown.

(Photo of Adam Ramirez: taken by William James Dickey.)



Off I-70, west of Denver is actually on the road to Sandia Crest (Highway 165), just past the ski area parking lot ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 5, 'Quite a Ride').

(35.209022°, -106.412427°)

(Photo of Adam Ramirez with a bag on his head taken by William James Dickey.)


I’m thinking these roadside scenes in 'Quite a Ride' are a tribute to the Mumblecore film movement. According to Roger Ebert:
Mumblecore movies are very low budget, shot on video, in love with hand-held QueasyCam effects, and more often than not shot in the woods, where locations and extras are not a problem.

“The Blair Witch Project” is sometimes cited as an early example of the Mumblecore genre.

One of the more-successful Mumblecore movies is “Baghead” (2008) by the Duplass Brothers. “Baghead” is about a group of wannabe microbudget filmmakers who retire to a cabin in the woods to write a horror movie screenplay about a guy with a bag on his head, and while they are ‘writing’ they are threatened by a guy with a bag on his head.

“Better Call Saul” appears to be making an analogy between wannabe filmmakers and wannabe underground excavators. For the most part, “Better Call Saul” does not use shaky hand held cameras, but they do in 'Quite a Ride' for QueasyCam views of the feet as Mike Ehrmantraut guides the French applicant for the job of building the Superlab in and out of the transport van.

[Personal touch: I was in a community theater production of “A Chorus Line” at the Woodland Opera House, in Woodland, CA, in 1999 with one of stars of “Baghead,” Greta Gerwig, who has since gone on to be a noted, much-bigger-budget film director herself.]



To'hajiilee

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Zia Pueblo, San Ysidro, and Cabezon

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Bernalillo and Placitas

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Santo Domingo, Cochiti, and La Bajada Hill


General area of Oasis Motor Court Sign, Tetilla Peak Road, La Bajada, NM (35.571913ø, -106.250978ø). Sawzall to the tires (Season 2, episode 9, 'Nailed').

(Season 3, episode 8, 'Slip'). Mike attends to the Good Samaritan.

(Season 4, episode 3, 'Something Beautiful'). Nacho suffers through a staged hit.








View of the Sandia Mountains from Tetilla Peak Road.





Tetilla Peak, rising above La Bajada.


La Bajada.


Santa Fe & Lamy

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Near Los Lunas and Belen

Bridge scenes ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 1, 'Smoke'). NM-147 bridge crossing at Isleta Pueblo (34.906303°, -106.685128°)








Streamline Moderne Diner, Penny's Diner, 2101 Camino Del Llano, Belen ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 9, 'Wiedersehen'). Kim and Jimmy celebrate their scam on Mesa Verde's behalf.

















The pool at Werner's “Dulce Vega” Resort, Jubilee Los Lunas Retirement Community, 500 Jubilee Blvd. SW (“Better Call Saul,” Season 4, episode 10, ‘Winner’). Big mountain and a swimming pool.

(Photo of Adam Ramirez by William James Dickey.)



Staggered wall surrounding the pool at Werner's “Dulce Vega” Resort, at Jubilee Los Lunas Retirement Community, 500 Jubilee Blvd. SW (“Better Call Saul,” Season 4, episode 10, ‘Winner’).

(Photo of Adam Ramirez by William James Dickey.)



The pool at Werner's “Dulce Vega” Resort, Jubilee Los Lunas Retirement Community, 500 Jubilee Blvd. SW (“Better Call Saul,” Season 4, episode 10, ‘Winner’). Big mountain and a swimming pool.

(Photo of Adam Ramirez by William James Dickey.)























Lalo's Drive, Last part is eastbound on Highway 6 at Huning Ranch East Loop ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 10, 'Winner'). Drive is north of Highway 6 on Los Morros Rd.





More Distant Locations

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Guessestimates and Wish List

Incidental driving scenes ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 1, 'Smoke').

Madrigal office scenes ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 1, 'Smoke'). Sysco Warehouse?

Vet's surgery ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 3, 'Something Beautiful').

Corral where Juan Bolsa talks to Gus ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 3, 'Something Beautiful').

Courtroom ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 4, 'Talk'; episode 5, 'Quite a Ride'; episode 7, 'Something Stupid'). Bernalillo County Annex or old Valencia County Courthouse?

Judge's Chambers ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 4, 'Talk'; episode 8, 'Coushatta'). Bernalillo County Annex?

Van Interior, Q Studios? ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 5, 'Quite a Ride').

PPD Check-in Cubicles ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 5, 'Quite a Ride').

Kim & Jimmy drive to and fro from party ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 7, 'Something Stupid'). Unclear which streets they travel.

Jimmy's Apartment ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 10, 'Winner'). Symbols and a shared bed.

View of the Chicken Farm ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 10, 'Winner'). Lalo observes. Podcast says composite view of Chicken Farm from the north.

Mike shoots Werner ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 10, 'Winner'). Podcast says near Kim's Accident Scene.



6 comments:

  1. Anonymous6:38 PM

    Thanks for the useful info. I'd like to know where the restaurant/taqueria is where Nacho collects the money is. Last weeks episode. Thanks, Tom

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    1. Hello Tom: El Moreno Restaurant, which plays El Michoacano Restaurant, is located at 2511 Isleta Blvd. SW. It has several architectural features of great interest: The Glass Block Windows of the facade (a Chicago connection), the staggered shape of the building's profile (displayed when Nacho cut the A/C line), and seen for the first time in episode Couchatta, when Nacho met Lalo, the Pueblo Deco Arch of the back window of the kitchen (which foreshadows tragedy). Plus, they got good food.

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    2. I posted about the restaurant here:

      http://marcvaldez.blogspot.com/2015/08/better-call-saul-filming-locations.html

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  2. Anonymous2:55 PM

    Hi Marc, thanks for the info about El Moreno Restaurant. I always have a tough time deciding where to go when I go to the south valley. There's El Modelo, El Paisa, Lollies, and now I may have to put El Moreno into the mix!

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  3. Anonymous8:35 AM

    The Madrigal Warehouse is the Sysco Foods warehouse... I believe....

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    1. Maybe. Need some kind of confirmation.

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