Monday, January 23, 2006

Helo in "The Alibi Room"

While I'm no Vancouverite, I am pleased to answer my own question regarding the restaurant Helo and Sharon discover in S1 ("Act of Contrition" and "You Can't Go Home Again"), thanks to the Official BSG Companion. The scenes were shot at "The Alibi Room" in Gastown, Vancouver.

"The Alibi Room is an industrial heritage space with two levels locatied in Vancouver's historic railtown. The Alibi occulpies the two lower floors of a five story post and beam, brick building."
The restaurant also advertises itself as a filming location with features such as "large windows on the north and south sides of the building".

They have 4 VR/panoramic images of the restaurant that you can explore in 360 degrees. Click on the images below to compare.

Here's the restaurant facade. They seriously compressed it for the show. Sort of like they did to the Scotia Bank building.

They seem to have brought in that wall of square glass panes themselves and pulled up the blinds. Otherwise the window and the tables are the same:

Note the bar, bar stools, railing and Sharon coming out of the emergency exit.

Helo up against the kitchen counter:

It's interesting how they made quite a large restaurant seem quite small onscreen.

Read/see more about BSG filming locations in my earlier posts:
- Where in Vancouver? I mean Caprica.
- Where in Vancouver... update!
- BSG Shooting locations on Google Earth


  1. Voted just plain "yes" on the poll. Helo is a career military man. You don't pull your weapon unless you mean to use it. (Stop it with the "dirty" comments, D! :P )

  2. Damn it! And that was a perfect opportunity! lol

    Oh, and this place was put in the potential agenda, although I made sure the fries were still priority. :)

  3. Oh, yeah. And I'm going to refrain from commenting on "Helo up against the kitchen counter..." *snerk*