When We Rise Filming Locations, Trailer and Premiere

When We Rise image via ABC

ABC’s When We Rise miniseries from Dustin Lance Black was filmed in the Vancouver area and San Francisco from March 2nd to June 22nd of 2016 and it premieres Monday, February 27th at 9pm. Check out the official trailer and filming locations below.

Inspired by real life stories, When We Rise highlights the struggle experienced by many during the LGBT civil rights movement. The script was written by Dustin Lance Black, who won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 2008 film Milk. Gus Van Sant, who directed Milk, serves alongside Dustin as one of the executive producers for When We Rise and is also credited for directing one of the episodes.

When We Rise Cast

Main Cast

Actor Role You may know them from
Guy Pearce Cleve Jones Memento, L.A. Confidential, Iron Man 3
Mary-Louise Parker Roma Guy Weeds, Angels in America, The West Wing
Rachel Griffiths Diane Blow, Brothers & Sisters, Hacksaw Ridge
Carrie Preston Sally Gearhart True Blood, The Good Wife, Person of Interest
Michael Kenneth Williams Ken Jones Hap and Leonard, Boardwalk Empire, 12 Years a Slave
Emily Skeggs Young Roma Guy Don’t Think Twice
Ivory Aquino Cecilia Chung
Jonathan Majors Young Ken Jones
Austin P. McKenzie Young Cleve Jones

There will also be a number of notable actors making appearances in the series. This includes Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Denis O’Hare, David Hyde Pierce, and Matthew Del Negro.

When We Rise Filming Locations

Although it’s set in San Francisco, the majority of the filming was done around Vancouver, and specifically the downtown East Side, but they also spent some time in New Westminster, Delta. A few scenes were actually filmed in San Francisco itself. Here’s a roundup of all of the locations we’re aware of.


  • 1000 Beach Avenue
  • 1100 Block West Hastings Street
  • 251 & 600 Block East Hastings Street
  • 222 Keefer Street
  • 304 Dunlevy Avenue
  • 300 Block, 326, 328, 332, 338, 344, 400 Block Powell Street
  • 303, 373 & 381 East Cordova Street
  • 450 Heatley Avenue
  • 472 Union Street
  • 500 Block Carrall Street
  • 429 & 525 Campbell Avenue
  • 5255 Heather Street
  • 640 East Georgia Street
  • 814 Jackson Avenue
  • Arch Alley (near Victory Square)
  • Cambie Street between West Cordova Street and West Hastings Street
  • Gore Avenue at Powell Street
  • Hotel Georgia
  • Jackson Avenue and Union Street
  • Ovaltine Cafe on East Hastings Street
  • Pacific Central Station
  • Shanghai Alley
  • St. James Anglican Church on Powell Street
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Vancouver City Hall
  • West Hastings Street between Hornby Street and Burrard Street

New Westminster

  • Arundel Mansion Hotel at 48 Begbie Street
  • Hume Park
  • The Museum of the Royal Westminster Regiment Armory


  • Delta City Hall

San Francisco

  • Buena Vista Park
  • Castro district including 520 Castro Street and outside the Castro Theatre
  • Mission District
  • San Francisco City Hall (for infamous White Night Riots)

Do you know of a location we may have missed? Let us know in the comments below!

THEPDXGIRL.com captured lots of great pictures of When We Rise filming around Shanghai Alley in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Check them out here.

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When We Rise Official Trailer

Don’t miss the 2-hour premiere of When We Rise on ABC Monday, February 27th at 9pm.