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Red Dawn 2 (remake) filming locations and updates

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September 30, 2009

Just so everyone knows.  Im trying to put the shooting locations and events in chronological order. You can see there are gaps.  As I update, im trying to fill in those gaps but keep the chronological order.  So as you look through the listing, just kind of scan through.  I highlight the updates and put a date by when i did the update.

If anyone lives in an area, that they know will be used for filming, or have seen signs (permits)  or sees sets being built let us know and we will get that information listed.   The Crew is trying to keep details secret and people away.  I think this is a very special event, and we all deserve to be a part of it.

Several cities will be used for the filming of the remake of “Red Dawn.” .

Pontiac, Downtown Detroit, Royal Oak, Mount Clemens and a recreation center in Highland Park will be used as locations in the film.

The production is also expected to film some scenes in either the northern part of the lower peninsula or the upper peninsula.

*All previously used locations, where shooting has already occured has been deleted.  Just to make the updated information easier to follow.

Two weeks at the end of September they will be working on transforming the area in Downtown Pontiac, MI along Saginaw Street, just North of Huron into a movie set depicting Spokane, Wa

– Update Plans are to close that stretch of roadway, and possibly adjacent blocks beginning Sept. 17 between Lafayette and University Street, which won’t reopen it until the first week of October. Actual filming is tentatively planned for Sept. 27 to Oct. 4 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.   Another  location will be on Saginaw Street, south of Huron and between Lawrence and Pike streets. The main location will be Main Street Pawn Shop, at 20 N. Saginaw, an alley behind it and a building next to it at 28 North Saginaw.

It is expected that the closing of Saginaw Street will only be needed during the filming dates “for safety concerns” from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1,

Update September 24

Looks like the date might have been moved up from the 27 to the 24th to start filming in the downtown Area!!!

Update on September 29

We heard that a “Cabin Set” is built at Dodge Park in the Highland Lake Recreation Area north of Milford. for a wooded cabin scene.  It included two identical buildings, one normal and the other partially destroyed. Sort of a before and after. (Thanks Conarymor)

Update for September 30 Just received an email said that Red Dawn was going to be back in Royal Oak on Friday and Saturday. Notices were posted to residents last night. Detroit and Rochester Roads. (Thanks Kristen)

UPDATE for OCT 1….per the local location scout…a Red Dawn scene will be shot today and tomorrow at the Subway on Grand Circus Park in downtown Detroit…Adams west of Woodward to be closed.

If anyone has information about filming dates or has pics send them in!!

One of the sets for the red dawn remake– a stage for a propaganda rally, will be at Michigan and Griswold in Detroit.   This is scheduled the week of Oct 11, a week before the Detroit Free Press Marathon, that a week after will run through the set location.

Update for October 12: Based upon news stories and information recieved filming is occuring this week in Brighton.  If anyone has more specific and detailed information, let us know!!

Filming is also occuring this week at Griswold and Michigan in Detroit, Tue-Friday.  If anyone in the area knows the times.  just leave a post!! or email

Update for October 19: For the week of October 19 Red Dawn is shooting at michigan and griswold. location – police convention plaza tomorrow, and probably for the next couple of days.
If they are still filming at Mt. Brighton in Brighton, MI let us know. (thanks Linda!!)

More updates for October 19

Dates: October 12th – 30th Road closures for Red Dawn in Detroit!!

  • Griswold between State and Fort ((but allows access to Kennedy Parking deck))
  • Michigan Ave. between Washington and Woodward
  • Lafayette between Washington and Griswold

November 17: I hear they are filming in Grand Ledge at Fitzgerald Park this week. if anyone has info let us know.

November 19: Just got an email that Red Dawn have leased the building at 3100 west big beaver Troy, Mi and will start filming there very soon. The Tank has already been dropped off. They will be filming the tank crashing through the front doors of the old Kmart HDQs building and filming a few fight scenes inside the building. If anyone learns more about specific dates and times let us know.

We put together a Red Dawn Remake Facebook group.   You can join the group,  and keep up to date, or share information, as well as share information here about the Red Dawn Remake.

Information on being an extra in Red Dawn.  We have previously posted information also.

If anyone is in the metro detroit area, in Pontiac, in Mt. Clemens, Royal Oak or any location see signs (permits), or actual filming let us know.  Be our eyes and ears. admin@beforethetrailer.com or use the message board.



  • tf436

    filming on Kendricks Mt. Clemens is slated for Sept. 10th. thru the 14th. which is the date the house (prop) is supposed to be imploded. I live right behind the set and have seen it from the onset being built, and have looked at the blueprints etc….

  • bsherrill

    filming at Selfridge Airbase as well not sure specific dates

  • dan

    anyone in royal oak have information where they will be filming? I want to check it out when they do start filming.

    i read something about it today, but of course they didnt give any information in the story. Just that it would be a house, some residential streets and some backyards. If anyone does have information, just post it here and ill check it out!!

  • lilgemini

    It is filming on Kendrick Street. I saw the prop house. I would love to be an extra. Anyone have any info on being an extra. I signed up moths ago for FilminginDetroit.com but they never let me know about this movie. They always tell me about movies being filmed like 50 miles away and this KEndrick street movie is being filmed less than a mile from me. I'm intrested in being an extra.

  • lilgemini

    It is filming on Kendrick Street. I just saw the prop house. I want to be an extra. I wonder if I walk down the street when they are filming if I can be in the movie. filmingindetroit.com never even let me know about this one. They always tell me about movies 50 miles away.

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  • ripizzo

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ripizzo/sets/72157
    My photos from the filming of the RED DAWN remake. Location was Lincoln street. They had extras hired at $1000, mostly residents on the street. This scene was paratroopers coming from the sky, extras point up & look perplexed and surprised, then a machine gun goes off, then a car chase ensues. The cars had Washington plates and one of them was a Spokane Police car. It was definitely an interesting late afternoon for my husband, daughter and me.

  • Barb

    Today, September 23, they are shooting off Main St, south of 12 mile road.

  • MyOhAmya

    Yes, Rochester Road between 12 and 13 mile is closed and will be for the next few days.

  • Name

    A few roads in Royal Oak are closed as I post this. N. Main Street, and Rochester road ( about 1 block from my house) there's army tanks all over the place, the local church parking lot is used for a camp ground for the cast and crew. The area that's blocked off is mostly a large wooded park and a few residential streets. Makes it hard to get the kids to school and back but kind of exciting to see this going on too.

  • Name

    Just drove through Pontiac and Saginaw Street is already closed for filming

  • Name

    The building that I work in is at the corner of Saginaw and Huron. We can see North up Saginaw to where they are filming currently. We did watch the filming of the characters at a check point with some gun play.

    Later in the day the production will be moving South to Saginaw and Lawrence. It appears as though production is being set up there also,with possible explosions, so the rumor mills states.

  • beforethetrailer

    anyone know if Red Dawn is filming at the area of north Wilson Ave. 12 mile & Campbell cross streets? I got an email that there has been filming the last three days. Gene Simmons of Kiss was there, and the person who emailed me got a picture of him. Is there something else maybe occuring in that area? Even though its pretty close to where Red Dawn had been filming before moving to Pontiac

  • Conarymor

    FYI… The location is not a “recreation center in Highland Park”, it is Dodge Park in the Highland Lake Recreation Area north of Milford. A friend of mine was scouting a hunting site and stumbled across the movie set in the woods, including two identical buildings, one normal and the other partially destroyed. Sort of a before and after.

  • Michigan Girl

    Just drove through Pontiac, there were cars on fire, military with machine guns, there is definitely filming going on today!

  • Marty

    Its good to see some armored vehicles, does anyone have any pictures of some
    tanks.

  • hickabilly

    i live right down the street from dodge 10 in highland mi and they have been shooting for about a week and still there. there base camp is just down the street at the highland rec dog trials area in highland.

  • Scott B.

    Channel 4 in Detroit says Red Dawn will be filming on Griswold at Michigan Tue.-Fri. this week.

  • Kyle

    Filming is currently going in in the Dodge 10 park in milford, i asked a worker and they said they would be packing up and leaving on friday

  • Name

    19-23 shootin gonna happen in hart plaza detroit

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtde8GOCbtI

    There's a video of the nightclub explosion as seen from my apartment, I hope you enjoy it!!

  • StuntDriver

    Filming early Monday morning, Nov. 2nd, in Detroit's New Center Area. Milwaukee & Second Ave. just outside the Michigan State Police Detroit Post. More vehicular carnage.

  • Lindsay

    I live very close to Fitzgerald Park and have been hearing “explosions” all week. They have some very bright lights set up and there is very tight security, so no one is entering the park that I know of.

  • Mollie

    Yep there here in grand ledge, scared half of us to death with the explosions. I live in the aprtment building right next to the filming. they blew stuff up 6 times already tonight. I had no idea what was going on till a neighbor told me.

  • kaley190

    i saw the filming of red dawn on jefferson in detroit a couple of weeks ago. my mom owns the building they were shooting in so i got to meet the stars and everything!! jeffery morgan smiled at my sister and Josh Peck gave me a huge! easily the coolest experience of my life!!!

  • DD

    Red Dawn are doing the tank scene, with it going through the K-Mart HQ today, Dec 3.

  • DD

    Red Dawn are doing the tank scene, with it going through the K-Mart HQ today, Dec 3.