Free Willy (1993)

The 1993 film “Free Willy” was largely filmed in Oregon, with additional scenes filmed in Washington and Mexico City. Jesse, played by Jason James Richter, is a troubled boy who stays with his foster parents, played by Michael Madsen and Jayne Atkinson, at this home, located in Astoria, Oregon. Astoria is well known for many iconic filming locations, such as “The Goonies,” “Kindergarten Cop,” “Short Circuit” and more.

LOCATION: 3392 Harrison Ave, Astoria, OR 97103

Jesse is assigned to work at a park and clean up graffiti as part of his probation. He goes to Northwest Adventure Park, which is actually Oaks Amusement Park in Portland. There he meets Willy the whale. This building was used as the exterior to where Willy is kept. In the film, on the other side is a water tank and sloped seating arena. At the real location, it’s just a parking lot on the other side. This building is the Oaks Park Roller Skating Rink. The water tank scenes were filmed at the former Reino Aventura Park in Mexico City, which is now a Six Flags (Six Flags México, Blvd. Picacho-Ajusco Km 1.5, Jardines del Ajusco, Tlalpan, 14200 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico).

LOCATION: 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202

Just across from the Oaks Park Roller Skating Rink is the house of Randolph, who becomes a mentor and friend to Jesse. While the house is private, it is easily visible from the park, which is completely open to the public and does not require any admission fee. While it’s on the same park grounds, we’ve provided the exact GPS coordinates below.

LOCATION: GPS coordinates: 45.473363, -122.663271 (on the grounds of Oaks Amusement Park)

Near the end of the film, Willy’s owners hatch a plan to kill Willy and collect the insurance money. Jesse organizes a rescue for Willy and takes him to Dawsons Marina, which is actually Hammond Marina in Hammond, Oregon. There’s a sign there identifying it as the filming location. We always love when places honor their film history in this way.

LOCATION: 1080 Iredale St, Hammond, OR 97121

Here’s a closer look at the sign.

Here is where Glen smashes through the gate with his truck.

Here is the boat ramp where they release Willy into the water.

Here is where Dial and Wade approach and try to stop Jesse, with a fight ensuing.

Willy is finally released and has an opening to freedom, but some boats approach and block the opening.

Jesse then climbs out onto the rocks and signals Willy to jump over the rock wall.

Willy jumps over Jesse to freedom, reuniting with his family on the other side.

The Little Rascals (1994)

The 1994 remake of “The Little Rascals” was filmed around Southern California. The boys’ “He-Man Womun Haters Club” formerly sat on a hillside overlooking Downtown Los Angeles. The location was on Figueroa Terrace, but as is the case with most open land in Los Angeles from decades ago, the area has since been developed. Here is the general vicinity where the clubhouse would have been.

LOCATION: 1031 Figueroa Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Looking the opposite direction at N Beaudry Ave, the road can actually be seen in the background of several shots of the clubhouse, such as when Waldo leaves with Darla.

The canal where Alfalfa serenades Darla can be found at the Venice Canals near Venice Beach. This location still largely looks the same as it did in the film. There are numerous bridges in the neighborhood. The boys eavesdrop over their boat at the bridge connecting Linnie Canal to Court C. The exact same bridge has also appeared in some very different films, including “A Nightmare On Elm Street” and Oliver Stone’s “The Doors.”

LOCATION: The bridge between Linnie Canal / Court C, Venice, CA 90291 (GPS coordinates: 33.985319, -118.464566)

When a fire breaks out at the clubhouse, Buckwheat and Porky rush to a phone booth to call the fire station, but give up when they can’t remember the number for 9-1-1. They walk away, not noticing a fire station directly across the street. This scene was filmed in North Hollywood.

LOCATION: 5320 Tujunga Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91601

Spanky takes Alfalfa to Darla’s ballet recital, where he insists Alfalfa break up with her. This scene was filmed at the famous Castle Green Apartments in Pasadena. The scene was shot on the side of the property facing S Raymond Ave. The boys are seen walking down this entrance, with the Stats Floral Supply building visible behind them (the white, painted letters are no longer there).

LOCATION: 99 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

The boys wait outside for Darla for a bit, but have to flee inside to escape some bullies by disguising themselves as ballerinas. Most of this area is obscured by fencing and hedges from the street, but you can see into the property from a couple spots. Castle Green has been featured in countless films, such as “True Romance,” “The Sting,” “Wild At Heart,” “Deja Vu,” “Sneakers,” “Bugsy,” “The Last Samurai” and many more.

Rocky IV (1985)

In the 1985 sequel “Rocky IV,” the house where Rocky lives can be found in Los Angeles, California. It is located at Fremont Place in Hancock Park. Despite being a popular neighborhood for filming, Fremont Place is unfortunately one of the few gated communities in Los Angeles, making it inaccessible to the general public. In the previous installment, “Rocky III,” Rocky’s house is actually located directly across the street from this home.

This property is a popular filming location, also appearing in the films “Taken,” “Taken 2,” “The Artist” and “Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills,” as well as such TV shows as “Charlie’s Angels,” “Paper Dolls,” “CHiPs,” “CSI: Miami,” “Cold Case,” “Beverly Hills, 90210” and many more.

LOCATION: 56 Fremont Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Related articles: Rocky (1976), Rocky III (1982)

Bye Bye Love (1995)

The 1995 comedy “Bye Bye Love,” starring Paul Reiser, was filmed in Southern California. In the film, Vic, played by Randy Quaid, drops his daughter off at her grandparents house, which can be found in Pacific Palisades. The same house was featured in “Saved By The Bell: Wedding In Las Vegas” and “Ghost In The Machine.”

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LOCATION: 510 Frontera Dr, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

The party house can be found in Altadena, California.  The house has been used in a variety of productions over the years, including “Can’t Hardly Wait,” “American Pie,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” and “I Know Who Killed Me,” as well as such TV shows as “The Mentalist” and “This Is Us.”

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LOCATION: 1090 Rubio St, Altadena, CA 91001

Emma, played by Eliza Dushku, drived into the yard of her former house, located in Pasadena.

LOCATION: 1575 E Mountain St, Pasadena, CA 91104

Bumblebee (2018)

In the 2018 Transformers spin-off film “Bumblebee,” this 1967 Beetle, an Autobot, is discovered by a teenager named Charlie Watson, played by Hailee Steinfeld. The car could be found on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, which ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020. Also on display was a statue of Bumblebee.

LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036