In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them when Newt and Tina are on the run and joined by Jacob and Queenie, there is a chase in an area of MACUSA which is presumably low in the building and full of pillars.

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What is the purpose of this space? It seems to contain nothing but empty space with many lights and many pillars. It doesn't seem to be for storage as it is empty. It's a very large space.

What is it?

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    Foundations, I expect
    – Valorum
    Mar 31, 2017 at 18:49
  • I'm no architect - is it common to be able to access foundations in a large building?
    – ThruGog
    Mar 31, 2017 at 19:03
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    @ThruGog - maintenance needs to be done somehow, and the bigger the building usually the more complicated the foundation - it's not like you can just pour a thicker slab of concrete and expect it to work. That said... something like this (simple, geometric, repetitive) is also rather cheap to add to the CGI budget, I expect.
    – Radhil
    Mar 31, 2017 at 19:07

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They are in the basement.


NEWT and TINA, hand in hand, charge through the basement corridors. Suddenly accosted by the group of Aurors, they turn, darting behind pillars, just missing the fired curses and spells.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

This, for example is the basement of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption

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    Huh. So strange to have such an ornate and empty basement. You're clearly right though.
    – ThruGog
    Mar 31, 2017 at 19:22

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