New York Filming Locations: Superman (1978)

It may not get quite the same hype as Batman or Spider-Man but Superman is arguably the most famous super-hero and one that brings back memories of my early childhood and the last day of school term where we often seemed to watch a Superman movie. I can only remember certain scenes from the Christopher Reeve films and it is actually the mid 90’s TV series ‘Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman‘ which I remember more fondly and most of my Superman knowledge comes from that show.

The Daily Planet offices in the 1978 film where Clark Kent of course works is at 220 East 42nd Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue. It actually is a newspaper office as its known as the News Building. This place plays a pretty important part in the scheme of things as after leaving work one night Kent sees a helicopter crash on the building’s roof and from this night on he becomes known as Superman! His mission: “To fight for truth, justice and the American Way”


Lois Lane’s apartment (below) is at 240 Central Park South.


The statue of Liberty (above) and Brooklyn Bridge (below) also feature in this Richard Donner directed movie with the former seeing Superman take Lois around the New York icon one night.

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8 Responses to New York Filming Locations: Superman (1978)

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  2. Todd Phillips says:

    240 Central Park South was not the filming location for Lois Lane’s apartment. I just spoke to doormen on 12/10/18. Showed him a photo of Lois’ terrace. That is not the top of this building

    • tokyofox says:

      Oh really! I was reliably informed that it was and I’m sure it’s even been published in a book as that address. Always easy to make mistakes though! Thanks for letting me know Todd

      • Todd Phillips says:

        Hi there,
        Sorry to break the news. We are indeed attempting to find the actual location. According Richard Donner it’s on Central Park West (not south). We’lol reach out to you if we can find it. I’m attempting to contact s David Michael Petrou who wrote “The Making of Superman” Bizzantine novel.

      • tokyofox says:

        Oh i see. Good information. This Superman locales post of mine was always a bit lame and done with minimal effort so I shouldn’t be too surprised that I got something wrong! Yeah let me know what you find out!

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  4. justin says:

    Bit late on this but Lois’ building was One Gracie Terrace in NYC.

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