Fans of the original Archie comic book series might’ve hoped for something lighthearted, playful, and fun with the TV series but instead, they got the total opposite. Riverdale premiered in 2017 and put a dark twist on the classic storylines and characters who became well known in the 1940s.
There’s something very dark and haunting about Riverdale. The teens always get into trouble around their small town, which makes us question where the show is filmed.
According to Republic World, Riverdale is filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada. The gang’s iconic diner, Pop’s Chocklit Shop, isn’t actually a real-standing diner. Rather, it’s a set that was built in the parking lot of Langley studio.
For the very first episode, they filmed Pop’s Chocklit Shop scenes at a family diner called Rocko’s. The local bar they order drinks from is called La Bonne Nuit in the show, but isn’t actually a real bar either! It’s another set built near the diner. High school scenes for the students have been shot in more than one school location. Lord Byng Secondary School, Burnaby Mountain Secondary School, and John Oliver Secondary School are three of the backdrops used to film the show.
There are plenty of Riverdale scenes that take place outdoors, and a lot of those shots come from Bear Creek Park, located in Surrey. If you recall any of the crazy house party scenes with the teenagers, most of those were filmed at the Minnekhada Lodge in Coquitlam for the gorgeous swimming pool they offer. Any scenes needed for Riverdale’s Town Hall were filmed at the Fort Langley Community Hall, which looked totally believable to us!
The Whyte Wyrm is considered another local hang-out spot in the show and to achieve its believability, Gabby’s Country Cabaret in Langley was transformed to fit the bill. Sweetwater River scenes were actually filmed at Alouette Lake and the Riverdale bus station scenes were filmed at the Port Moody Station Museum. Vancouver has really provided a long list of beautiful backdrops for this show so far.
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