Canadian Filming Locations
by Jason Thomas
It is my sincere pleasure to share the Southern Alberta
filming locations for Superman III. This article was
created in the summer of 2015, so all information is
current to the time it was written.
Thanks to Alex Serpa for hosting his great Superman sites:
If visiting these locations please respect all property and
enjoy without trespassing or vandalism.
Enjoy the virtual tour!!
The Bank Robbery
Currently an RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) branch.
The shot of the robbers leaving the bank was looking North.
You can still see the two white buildings on the west side of the street (top photo).
Downtown Calgary, Alberta on 2nd Street SW, between 5th Ave and 6th Ave on the east side of the street.
Latitude: 51° 2'53.45"N
Longitude: 114° 4'3.43"W
Clark Kent to Superman change in photo booth
The boy in photo booth is Aaron Smolinski who was the baby Clark Kent in Superman The Movie.
The woman is Aaron's real mother.
Downtown Calgary, Alberta at the intersection of 6th Ave and 2nd Street SW, on the southwest corner,
just outside of the National Bank at 311 6 Ave SW
Latitude: 51° 2'50.75"N
Longitude: 114° 4'5.35"W
Superman Rescues Drowning Man
Aaron Smolinski's father can be seen behind the man in hard hat.
There is an actual fire hydrant just around the corner a bit, the one in the film was obviously a prop.
Downtown Calgary, Alberta at the intersection of 6th Ave and 2nd Street SW, on the northwest corner.
Latitude: 51° 2'51.79"N
Longitude: 114° 4'4.57"W
The Chemical Plant Fire
The Turbo Refinery used for filming this scene was bought by a Russian vodka maker in 1998 and was to be relocated to Russia by Ventech Engineering International. Project was canceled but the purchaser moved the refinery himself.
The location currently appears to have new life as another plant or refinery.
Near Balzac, Alberta, just East of CrossIron Mills Shopping Centre
Turbo Refinery (relocation) - Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Smallville High School Exterior
The church seen in the beginning of the scene is the St Benedict Anglican Church, built in 1904.
Spitzee Elementary School serves as Clark’s former high school.
It was constructed in 1912 for twenty-five thousand dollars and is still in use.
It is not the same high school location used in Superman The Movie.
Spitzee Elementary School. 409 Macleod Trail SW, High River, Alberta
Gus Gorman Arrives in Smallville
The same brick buildings line the street with some minor changes over the years.
Across 3rd Avenue the same RBC branch exists with the visible blue sign that can be seen in the film.
Downtown High River, Alberta on 1st Street SW between 3rd and 4th Avenue SW.
Picnic/Superman Saves Ricky
A few years ago I spoke to the owner of the property where it was filmed. He informed me the culvert was put in by the production specifically for this scene and that each of the actors had their own HUGE bus to ride to location in. "I guess they couldn't ride together.” They also used his tool shed for make-up.
Just Northeast of Blackie, Alberta
The Wheatking Building Exterior
The Heritage Hotel was made over to become the Wheatking's Smallville offices.
The entrance is still quite similar with obvious renovations inside.
The staff had absolutely no idea that Superman III had filmed a scene there when I was looking around.
Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, 1104 11 Ave SE, High River, Alberta