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The Dark Knight Location Travel Guide
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The Dark Knight Location Travel Guide | Old Chicago Main Post Office
Old Chicago Main Post Office

Where is it? 433 W. Van Buren, Chicago, Illinois

What is it? Well, it was Chicago’s main post office, hence the name, between its construction in 1921 and 1997, when activities were moved to a new building because this one managed to create huge backlogs in the postal service – at one point in 1966, ten million pieces of mail got jammed up there for a week. Now the building is retired and facing redevelopment as a shopping mall, but in the meantime appeared briefly in Batman Begins, and more extensively in, er, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.

What did it play onscreen? This building is best known as the branch of the Gotham National Bank targeted by the Joker at the beginning of The Dark Knight, which was filmed on the building’s north side, but its east side rather cleverly doubled as Gotham Police Department. So this one’s a two-fer!

Can I visit it? Not the inside, but you only want to poke around the outside anyway, right? You can recognisably make out the spot where the school bus exited the bank and drove away.

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1 You can actually go to Nottingham's Wollaton Hall...
Thanks narf17 - I was a bit bugged that the Wayne Manor you can actually visit was given a throwaway sentence. For a travel guide it's handy to be able to go there!! www.wollatonhall.org.uk I love Wollaton Park, a beautiful hall, majestic deer across the park and a lovely lake walk - my family and I always go when people come to stay with us. Entry is free and you only pay a couple of quid to park. More

Posted by helenleach on Thursday July 5, 2012, 10:52

2 That's Roger Moore's House!
I remember seeing Osterley Park House loads of time in The Persuaders!, Usually as Lord Brett Sinclairs Mansion More

Posted by TPM007 on Wednesday July 4, 2012, 11:08

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The Farmiloe Building near St John Street in London, has been Gotham police HQ in all of Nolan's films. More

Posted by Rod Hull on Wednesday July 4, 2012, 08:17

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The Delta Point building in Croydon. Still an empty office, as far as I'm aware. More

Posted by Schnorbitz on Wednesday July 4, 2012, 00:12

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Nice to see a mention of Wollaton Hall in the copy. You can visit it every day of the year for free, unlike the place in Bucks. More

Posted by narf17 on Tuesday July 3, 2012, 15:55

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Spent a lot of time at Wollaton Park when I was at uni. Remember reading the Inception Issue of Empire and Christopher Nolan's big plans for the The Dark Knight follow up just in front of Wollaton Manor. If I had known it was being used as a location... More

Posted by thepluginbaby on Tuesday July 3, 2012, 15:49

7 RE: Where's...
It's mentioned in the copy!  More

Posted by Helen OHara on Tuesday July 3, 2012, 14:45

8 RE: Where's...
And what about Wollaton Hall in Nottingham used for the external shots of Wayne Manor???????   Bloody production crew even knocked down a wall while filming it because the truck didn't fit through the gap! More

Posted by davey_g on Tuesday July 3, 2012, 14:21

9 Where's...
Glasgow? I heard a rumour that Nolan filmed some in Glasgow as he loved the old architecture of the city and it reminded him of what he thinks Gotham would be like. More

Posted by cheekimonki on Tuesday July 3, 2012, 11:51

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