Do The Right Thing (1989)

Spike Lee’s seminal 1989 film “Do the Right Thing” was shot on a single block of Brooklyn, New York in the summer of 1988. You can walk Stuyvesant Ave today, between Lexington Ave and Quincy St and see all of the locations within minutes. Mister Señor Love Daddy, played by Samuel L. Jackson, works as a DJ for We Love Radio at this building, which has since been remodeled a bit.

LOCATION: 174 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

The Yes Jesus Baptist Church, while not immediately obvious, was filmed at this building. A facade was built around the first level to make it appear as a church. The upper levels, however, still match up to what was seen in the film.

LOCATION: 184 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Sal’s Pizzeria, the central location of the film, was a set built on an empty piece of land. The set was removed after filming and is currently a parking lot. It stood at the corner of Lexington Ave and Stuyvesant Ave.

LOCATION: Lexington Ave / Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Here’s a couple more views of where the Pizzeria set stood.

This mural was seen in the film on the opposite side of Lexington Ave, in the background of many shots of Sal’s. A newer building now obscures the view, but the mural was repainted on the wall next to the parking lot where the set stood.

Directly across the street from Sal’s on Stuyvesant Ave is where the Korean fruit and vegetable store stood. Like Sal’s, this too was a set, which was taken down after filming and is currently a strip of empty land.

This mural paying tribute to the film is painted on the wall where the fruit and vegetable stand stood.

Here is the home where Mookie, played by Spike Lee, lived. It has since been updated a bit.

LOCATION: 173 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Here is the location where Radio Raheem, played by Bill Nunn, gives his famous love and hate speech. He is standing in front of Mookie’s home, located on the opposite side of the block from Sal’s, next to Quincy St.

Here is another view of where Radio Raheem gave his speech.

LOCATION: Stuyvesant Ave / Quincy St, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Here is the home where Mother Sister, played by Ruby Dee, lived. Mother Sister sat in the window next to the door on the right, although this home has likewise been updated a bit since filming.

LOCATION: 167 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Cee, played by Martin Lawrence, hangs out with his friends on the front steps of this home.

LOCATION: 165 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Directly in front of the same location, this fire hydrant was also used in the film, when they spray the man driving through the street.

The three older corner men sit in front of this building throughout the film, which was painted red specifically for the film.

LOCATION: 691 Lexington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Here’s a closer look at where the men sat. Some of the windows were also covered for the film.

The block has been named “Do the Right Thing Way” in honor of the film. This sign can be found at Lexington Ave and Stuyvesant Ave, in front of where the the Korean fruit and vegetable store stood.

Although some of the buildings have been updated and some of the sets are gone, you undoubtedly feel like you’ve walked into the same world the characters lived when standing on Do The Right Thing Way in Brooklyn. It is an important place not only in cinema, but in culture and we highly recommend a visit.

Swingers (1996)

The 1996 film “Swingers” is set in Hollywood and loosely based around writer / actor Jon Favreau’s personal experiences. The film was shot primarily around Hollywood, with some additional filming in Las Vegas. The title of the film itself comes from the Swingers diner (8020 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048), which director Doug Liman and many of the crew frequented. It was intentionally not featured in the film, however, as the filmmakers wanted to use a lesser known location. They landed at what was then known as the Hollywood Hills Coffee Shop, just off the 101 freeway in Hollywood. The Hollywood Hills Coffee Shop was renovated and bought out, later becoming the 101 Coffee Shop in 2001. The changes completely altered the interior from how it appeared in the film, including removal of the booth where the characters sat. However, the coffee shop became synonymous with the film until its closure in 2020. Today, the building has once again changed owners and now operates as the Clark Street Diner. The restaurant has also appeared in the films “The Brady Bunch Movie” and “In the Land of Women,” as well as the TV shows “Entourage,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

LOCATION: 6145 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Mike, played by Jon Favreau, lives just up the road from the coffee shop at this apartment building. The apartment was Favreau’s actual home for a time.

LOCATION: 5870 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Mike and his crew attend a party, located at this home in the Hollywood Hills.

LOCATION: 6161 Temple Hill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068

After struggling to build up his confidence, Mike gets the number of a woman at the Dresden Restaurant. The restaurant has also appeared in the films “That Thing You Do,” “Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy,” “The Two Jakes,” “What Women Want” and more.

LOCATION: 1760 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The boys get into a confrontation with another group at what is supposed to be the back of the Dresden. These scenes were actually filmed in the parking lot of Musso & Frank Grill, the oldest restaurant in Hollywood, founded over 100 years ago.  The restaurant has popped up in numerous films, including “Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” and “Ed Wood,” as well as the TV shows “Mad Men” and “Bosch.”

LOCATION: 6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

While some of the signage was dressed for the film to make it appear to be the Dresden, the door and brick work all clearly match Musso & Frank Grill and even portions of their iconic “Oldest in Hollywood” sign appears in a few shots, confirming the location.

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Hereditary (2018)

The 2018 Ari Aster film “Hereditary” was shot in Utah. The Graham house can be found in Park City, within a gated community known as The Colony. The home is not visible from the gated entrance. Ski lifts run just behind the home. Only the exterior of this property was used in the film, the interiors were filmed at Utah Film Studios, which we’ll cover later in this article.

LOCATION: 7 White Pine Canyon Rd, Park City, UT 84060

The tree house was built specifically for the film and dismantled after shooting was completed. We’ve included this wider shot of the surrounding area just to show that the tree house is no longer there.

The exterior of the school seen in the film is actually on the grounds of the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City. It is seen several times in the film, all near the Grand Building near 300 N. In one scene, Peter, played by Alex Wolff, sees Joan, played by Ann Dowd, across the street through fencing.

LOCATION: Grand Building, Utah State Fairpark, 155 1000 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 (GPS coordinates: 40.772115, -111.921264)

Here is another view of the Grand Building, depicted as the high school in the film.

Also on the same grounds of the Utah State Fairpark is the support group building where Annie, played by Toni Collette, first meets Joan. This building is known as the Pioneer Building.

LOCATION: Pioneer Building, Utah State Fairpark, 155 1000 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 (GPS coordinates: 40.772367, -111.923145)

Here is a wider shot of the building. For those wondering, you can freely access the Utah State Fairpark. There is a DMV located near this building. This and the Grand Building seen in the film are fenced off, but both were open and accessible when we visited.

The accident at the telephone pole was filmed on Richardson Flat Rd in Heber City, located very close to Utah Film Studios. The telephone pole itself was added by the production, but here is the area where it was filmed.

LOCATION: Richardson Flat Rd, Heber City, UT 84032 (GPS Coordinates: 40.674216, -111.448817)

The funeral scenes were filmed at Larkin Sunset Gardens in Sandy, with the picturesque mountains in the distance. The cemetery is not large and it is relatively easy to find this location once you’re on the grounds.

LOCATION: Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E 10600 S, Sandy, UT 84092 (GPS coordinates: 40.555222, -111.838284)

Annie visits Joan’s apartment, which can be found in Salt Lake City.

LOCATION: 839 E S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84103

Here is a wider view of the building.

Annie leaves Joel’s Art Supplies and encounters Joan in the parking lot. These scenes were actually filmed at Utah Film Studios in Park City, where much of the interiors for the film were shot, including the Graham house.

LOCATION: Utah Film Studios, 4001 Kearns Blvd, Park City, UT 84060

The entire area is fenced off and there is a security gate to reach the area where the art supply exterior was filmed. When we visited, we were able to enter without issue, but your experience may differ from ours if you attempt to visit. Here is a wider view of the studios. The art supply exterior was toward the left side of the building from this view.

Steve, played by Gabriel Byne, nearly runs the light at this intersection, before hitting the brakes.

LOCATION: Comstock Dr / Kearns Blvd, Park City, UT 84060

Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986)

The 1986 Penny Marshall film “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” starring Whoopi Goldberg, was filmed in New York City and Los Angeles. In the film, Terry Doolittle, played by Goldberg, lives in this apartment, located in New York. Only the exteriors were filmed at this location.

LOCATION: 65 W 73rd St, New York, NY 10023

The house of Liz Carlson, played by Annie Potts, can be found in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles.

LOCATION: 515 N Bundy Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

The exterior of the British Consulate was filmed in New York (2 E 91st St, New York, NY 10128), while the interiors were shot at the oft-filmed Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. While the outside of the Greystone grounds is open daily and free to the public, opportunities to tour inside are somewhat rare. The property is owned by the City of Beverly Hills and regularly accommodates productions and private events. Therefore, only a few times a year is access to the inside of the estate possible. Planning ahead is required if you’d like to see inside. The mansion has been featured in countless films, such as “The Big Lebowski,” “There Will Be Blood,” “The Social Network” and dozens more.

LOCATION: 905 Loma Vista Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Gone In 60 Seconds (2000)

The 2000 film “Gone In 60 Seconds,” a remake of the 1974 film, was shot primarily in Southern California, with some additional filming in Canada. In the film, Memphis Raines, played by Nicolas Cage, lives in this home, located in San Pedro.

LOCATION: 714 W 32nd St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Mirror Man, played by T.J. cross, steals a car at the famous Yamashiro Hollywood restaurant. Originally constructed as a private residence in 1914, it was sold just ten years later. After becoming a boys military school, it wasn’t until 1948 that the building began to be restored to its original appearance. The restaurant has appeared in countless productions, such as “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Breezy,” “Nocturnal Animals”, “Blind Date,” “Playing God,” “Death Wish II,” “Sayonara” and many more . It also appeared in such TV shows as “Perry Mason,” “I Spy,” “Route 66,” “My Three Sons” and more. The restaurant is famous for its views overlooking Hollywood.

LOCATION: 1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Memphis jumps a tow truck on the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro. The bridge has appeared in countless films, such as “Wrath Of Man,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “Lethal Weapon 2,” “To Live And Die In L.A.” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “City of Angels,” “Knight of Cups,” “Charlie’s Angels” and more. It has likewise appeared in such TV shows as “Mission: Impossible,” “CHiPs,” “Columbo” and more. It it also where director Tony Scott tragically ended his life.

LOCATION: Vincent Thomas Bridge, San Pedro, CA 90731

Jersey Shore

The house from the long running TV series “Jersey Shore” can be found in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

LOCATION: 1209 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751

Tours inside the home are available at the Shore Store.

The store where the cast worked is located on the boardwalk just behind the house.

LOCATION: 1209 Boardwalk, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751

Drive Me Crazy (1999)

The 1999 teen comedy “Drive Me Crazy,” starring Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier, was filmed in and around Salt Lake City, Utah. In the film, Nicole and Chase, played by Hart and Grenier respectively, attend a party at the house of Brad, played by Gabriel Carpenter. Brad’s house can be found in the town of Draper, just south of Salt Lake City.

LOCATION: 12758 S Fort St, Draper, UT 84020

Poison Ivy (1992)

The 1992 film “Poison Ivy,” starring Drew Barrymore, was filmed in Southern California. In the film, the Cooper Family lives in this home, which can be found in Los Feliz. The same home appeared in the TV series “Law & Order: LA.”

LOCATION: 2208 W Live Oak Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068