FIRST BLOOD FILMING LOCATIONS
A great shot of Alf Humphreys before and after
Thanks again Don!
When Rambo is brought downstairs by Deputy Galt and company, he is actually now inside the old BC Penitentiary that was originally on Columbia Street in New Westminster, B.C.
The Hope Police station did not have a downstairs as shown in the movie so they moved that scene over to the B.C. Pen which was in the process of being decommissioned. It is now a huge complex of apartments and townhouses. The guard house still remains to this day.
I would like to send a special thank you to Don Mackay for inviting my friend Chris and I to his home in North Vancouver. Of all the people I ever spoke to that were involved in the movie, Don was the best. He had some great stories of the shoot when he hosed down Sylvester Stallone in the Jail cell in New Westminster. He and Alf Humphreys (Lester) still maintain contact to this day and was very nice to let us have some pictures he took back in the day.
Alf and Don with Brian looking on...
Don Mackay (Preston)
The Police Station is now at 560 Douglas Street.
Don in hot pursuit of Sly inside the BC PEN in New Westminster
The Hope Police station was built for two purposes. One was too be an integral part of the movie, both at the beginning and during the very climatic end. The next was that it had to built to code so it could be used as a senior's center after the movie shoot was over.
Behind the scenes of the now famous Senior's Center
Hope resident Brian McKinney with the stairs used by Brian Dennehy in the movie