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A Hockey Arena And Abandoned Mental Institution Were Also Used

After a short time filming exterior shots in New York City, the production of Elf shifted over to Vancouver, Canada, where all of the interior scenes and even the North Pole sections of the movie were filmed in some rather unique locations.

For all those interiors shots (the Gimbles department store, Greenway Press, the Hobbs’ apartment), production designer Rusty Smith converted an abandoned mental institution, which despite being unsettling at first, ended up being quite practical for the shoot. The North Pole scenes proved to be more problematic for the crew, and after not being able to film the wide shots in a studio, the crew shifted things over to a public use hockey arena in Vancouver and set up shop there.

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