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Transit on film: tearing down Smallville!

Smallville set in Burnaby

Superman, where are you?!

The smooth metal claws of a yellow excavator smash the wooden building just feet away from the news station. Onlookers watch powerlessly as the yellow mechanical behemoth surveys the normally quaint town for a new victim to smash into a thousand pieces. Will Camero Jewelers or the delightful Brasserie Georgina be the next to suffer at the bucket of the unstoppable digger of destruction? Wait, why is this charming street  being demolished anyway? And what news outlet is the “news station”?

As some of you may have noticed from your seats on the Expo Line/Millennium Line these last few weeks, the set of the popular TV show Smallville is being torn down. Yes, the ten-year run of Clark, Lois, and Lex finished in May 2011. Burnaby’s Beresford Street has been one of many locations used in Metro Vancouver and BC for the popular program. Check out this past post of Waterfront Station/Metropolis International Airport.

If you have a favorite view from transit (SkyTrain, Bus, SeaBus, West Coast Express) drop me a note at I might just make a blog post about it! Thanks to my colleague at SkyTrain for snapping these pictures of Smallville, Kansas… er Burnaby.

Another Smallville set shot in Burnaby

I wonder what a place above the restaurant would cost?


  • By Elfren Ordanza, June 9, 2011 @ 10:51 am

    No wonder I see that everyday right pass it between Royal Oak and Edmonds. :-)

  • By zack, June 9, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    I’ve always assumed that a filming of some sort was happening in the area, because you don’t normally see flashy FBI police cars in Vancouver! :D

  • By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor, June 9, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

    Zach: That’s very true! You also don’t see buildings of that era in that area of Burnaby. Too bad they aren’t real!

  • By Sheba, June 10, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    I liked looking at the fake movie posters they had up above the theater (actually the side of a warehouse – you can see most of that side in the top picture). I wonder if anyone took pictures of them over the years.

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