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How many different cities has Hollywood turned Fairlie-Poplar into?

A New York City ambulance used for filming in Fairlie Poplar
Photograph by Myrydd Wells

Thanks to its mix of architectural styles, downtown’s Fairlie-Poplar district has stood in for a whole mess of cities in various movies and TV shows, often with the help of a little CGI. Stranger Things used it as downtown Chicago in its second season. Superhero flicks Ant-Man and Venom both transformed it into San Francisco. And the neighborhood has served as New York City for Spider-Man: Homecoming and the Avengers franchise, where Nick Fury is turned to dust right near the Rialto Theater.

This article appears in our November 2019 issue.