Popular ABQ locations attract filmmakers

Albuquerque Rail Yards
Many historic Albuquerque locations are hot spots for movie scenes.

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – From the outside, Loyola’s Restaurant looks like an unassuming Route 66 diner.

But it’s more famous than meets the eye.

On Breaking Bad, it was one of Mike’s favorite spots to grab a bite. On Season 4, you can see him eating with Walter White sidekick Jesse Pinkman.

“People want to come in and sit at the booth,” said Loyola’s owner Sarah Cordova.

Breaking Bad isn’t the only show it’s been featured on.

“The latest one was Better Call Saul,” Cordova said. “[Also] Sarah Connor Chronicles, Fanboys.”

Several commercials have also used the restaurant.

If you head down Central across town to Lindy’s Diner, you’ll find even more productions that have used that restaurant’s downtown location.

“Force of Execution” with Steven Seagal recently took advantage of the location. According to the Albuquerque Film Office, at least 7 movies and TV shows have used Lindy’s in recent years.

So why are Lindy’s and Loyola’s attractive for filmmakers?

“They’re still period, they still look like they did maybe in the 50’s or 60’s,” said Ann Lerner, the city’s film liaison. “So they don’t have to build a set… they can go to a practical location.”

That’s one of the advantages the Gibson Medical Center has.

“They kept the third floor on the West side as a location that’s a hospital,” Lerner said.

It’s a feature that lured the NBC series “The Night Shift” to use the center, as well as the 2011 movie “The Resident”.

Albuquerque’s Country Club neighborhood also gets plenty of attention. Lerner says that’s because it can double for a lot of different other cities or locales.

But the king of all film locations in the city is the Albuquerque Rail Yards. It’s been featured in blockbusters like “The Avengers” and “Transformers”.

“All of those kind of buildings in Los Angeles have been torn down,” Lerner said.

More than 14 productions have used the iconic hub in the last decade alone.

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