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

Southland Tales (2006)

The 2006 Richard Kelly film “Southland Tales” tells the story of an alternate timeline in the near future where the United States is descending into chaos and ultimately the end of the world. The film features an ensemble cast with interconnecting stories set against the backdrop of Southern California. The film is largely set along the beach fronts of Santa Monica, Venice, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. However, the film also shot brief scenes in Abilene, Texas and Primm, Nevada. This article contains some spoilers for the film.

In the opening scene of the movie, a nuclear attack is shown in the town of Abilene, Texas, through the perspective of home video footage at a children’s party. These scenes really were filmed in Abilene, with the house located at 2143 S 10th St, Abilene, TX 79605.

Throughout the film, Private Pilot Abilene, played by Justin Timeberlake, sits perched at the end of the Santa Monica Pier on the rooftop of Maria Sol restaurant, armed with a military grade gun, which is aimed inland at citizens.

LOCATION: 401 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Here’s closer view of the building, from the pier itself.

Boxer Santaros, played by Dwayne Johnson, awakens on the beach, unable to remember the events prior to the start of the film (those events are told in a graphic novel). He is seen walking up these stairs, which connect Palisades Park to the Santa Monica Beach parking area, as he is monitored by USIDent, which is something of an mock up and extreme version of the Department of Homeland Security.

LOCATION: 34°00’47.5″N 118°29’51.6″W

In Downtown Los Angeles, protesters demonstrate outside of the USIDent headquarters, which was filmed at the Caltrans building.

LOCATION: 100 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Boxer Santaros and Krysta Now, a porn star with psychic abilities played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, hide out with Fortunio Balducci, played by Will Sasso, at this home in Manhattan Beach. It is also under surveillance from USIDent.

LOCATION: 132 3rd St, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Later in the film, Officer Ronald Taverner, played by Seann William Scott, stands in front of the home and looks out toward the beach.

The Sidewalk Cafe in Venice is featured multiple times throughout the film, as several characters meet and discuss various matters. It is connected to Small World Books, which is another location seen later in the film.

LOCATION: 1401 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

The entrance is seen briefly in the film.

USIDent surveillance shows that Boxer was first found at the California / Nevada state line, with images showing Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino in Primm, Nevada (31700 S Las Vegas Blvd, Primm, NV 89019).

Neo-Marxist Cyndi Pinziki, played by Nora Dunn, lives at this apartment above a storefront in Venice Beach, which has been slightly remodeled since filming.

LOCATION: 1307 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

The Neo-Marxist compound, where Roland Taverner, also played by Seann William Scott, awakens can also be found on Venice Beach.

LOCATION: 909 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

Later in the film, Roland escapes the Neo-Marxist compound by jumping off the rooftop of the same building. The dumpster jump was a visual effect, but the location is otherwise geographically accurate. In fact, most of the film is geographically accurate in the ways the characters move from one location to the next. This side of the building faces Speedway / Breeze Ave.

Ronald and Boxer go on a drive together as Ronald makes a racist remark, which is captured on camera by Boxer, who is recording for research for an upcoming movie role. The two drive along Culver Blvd, past Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve in Playa Del Rey.

A political ad plays on the USIDent screens, with a little girl standing in front of a church. This was filmed back in Abilene, Texas (518 N 6th St, Abilene, TX 79601).

Boxer follows the mysterious Serpentine, played by Bai Ling, into a book store. This was filmed at the aforementioned Small World Books, which is connected to the beach front restaurant featured multiple times throughout the film. Both the interior and exterior of the store were featured in the film.

LOCATION: 1407 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

Dr. Soberin Exx, played by Curtis Armstrong, picks up Boxer Santaros in front of this restaurant in Marina Del Rey.

LOCATION: 311 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Bing Zinneman, played by Todd Berger, gets hit by car at this intersection in Venice.

LOCATION: Market St / Speedway, Los Angeles, CA 90291

The actual close-up stunt of the impact, however, was filmed in an alley near Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles, around 337 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

On the same street where Bing Zinneman is hit, Ronald Taverner is injected with Fluid Karma, a drug with a variety of effects, depending on which color is taken. Ronald passes out in the street in this area.

LOCATION: 74 Market St, Venice, CA 90291

After Roland awakens from the dumpster he jumped into, he arrives at this area, where he finds Walter Mung, played by Christopher Lambert, parked in an ice cream truck.

LOCATION: 1313 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

Dozens of caskets draped in American flags are unloaded onto the Santa Monica Pier.

LOCATION: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

One of the bodies is transported on a tram to Treer Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles. The tram was a CGI creation, but the surrounding buildings are once again geographically accurate, placing the location at W 7th St / Francisco St. As you can see in the photo, however, new buildings are going up as the skyline continues to change.

LOCATION: W 7th St / Francisco St, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (partial CGI used for the location)

One of the most memorable scenes in the film is Pilot Abilene’s Fluid Karma hallucination, where an impromptu musical sequence ensues to “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers. This was filmed at the Playland Arcade on the Santa Monica Pier, which was renamed the “Fire Arcade” in the film, as a nod to the band Arcade Fire. Both the interior and exterior of the arcade are seen and it still looks largely similar to how it appeared in the film

LOCATION: 350 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Late into the film, the MegaZeppelin prepares to launch in Downtown Los Angeles. This was another CGI creation. However, it is depicted as being located beside the Staples Center, placing it where L.A. Live stands now.

LOCATION: 777 Chick Hearn Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (partial CGI used for the location)

Zora Charmichaels, played by Cheri Oteri and Bart Bookman, played by Jon Lovitz, track down Krysta Now in Hermosa Beach. They exit the Municipal Parking Structure, where armed military are present. This same building appears later in the film, as gunfire erupts.

LOCATION: Municipal Parking Structure, 13th St, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Krysta Now enters the former Poop Deck, which was a real bar and restaurant in Hermosa Beach. It is now known simply as The Deck. Both the exterior and interiors of the restaurant were featured in the film. However, the bathroom scene where Krysta delivers a tape was filmed on a set.

LOCATION: 1272 The Strand, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Back at the Municipal Parking Structure, which is just around the corner, a military gunman opens fire on Zora and Bart from the top deck.

Krysta Now escapes the scene.

The interior of the MegaZeppelin was a composite of two different locations. It starts inside a restaurant at the Pacific Design Center (8687 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069), before seamlessly transitioning (via a hidden edit in an unbroken shot) into the ballroom, which was filmed at Skirball Cultural Center (2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049).

A Los Angeles freeway is seen, with more CGI elements added. This was filmed at W 7th St, overlooking the CA-110 freeway, facing Southbound. Again, the surrounding buildings are geographically accurate.

LOCATION: 34°03’01.0″N 118°15’45.3″W (partial CGI used for the location)

Walter Mung drives his ice cream truck, with Roland inside, towards the erupting riots in the city. A car is burning next to the “Uptown Rocker” public art piece in Downtown Los Angeles.

LOCATION: W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (GPS coordinates: 34°03’06.3″N 118°15’10.2″W)

The ice cream truck crashes at S Hill St / W 4th St, where there are riots in the streets.

LOCATION: S Hill St / W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

As Roland and Ronald Taverner meet one another, the ice cream truck ascends into the sky in front of the US Bank Tower in Downtown Los Angeles.

LOCATION: 633 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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Thirtysomething

The television drama “Thirtysomething,” which ran from 1987 – 1991, was set in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but actually filmed in Southern California. The exterior for the house of Hope and Michael, played by Mel Harris and Ken Olin, can be found in South Pasadena. The same home appeared in the film “Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael.”

LOCATION: 1710 Bushnell Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Why Him? (2016)

The house from the 2016 comedy, “Why Him?,” starring James Franco, Bryan Cranston and Zoey Deutch, can be found in Beverly Hills. In the film, the home is owned by Laird Mayhew, played by Franco. The same home appeared in the television series “Silicon Valley.”

LOCATION: 1159 Summit Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

A Thousand Words (2012)

The house from the Eddie Murphy comedy “A Thousand Words” can be found in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The house is seen near the end of the film when Jack, played by Murphy, purchases a home for Caroline, played by Kerry Washington.

LOCATION: 325 Homewood Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Star 80 (1983)

The 1983 film “Star 80,” starring Mariel Hemingway and Eric Roberts, was filmed in Los Angeles, Vancouver and New York. The film tells the true story of model and actress Dorothy Stratten, played by Hemingway, and her husband, played by Roberts. Stratten was tragically killed by her husband in 1980 after she proceeded with plans to divorce him. The moved filmed at the same home where the actual crime took place.

LOCATION: 10881 Clarkson Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Monkey Trouble (1994)

The 1994 comedy “Monkey Trouble,” starring Thora Birch, was filmed in Southern California. In the early scenes of the film, Azro, played by Harvey Keitel, can be seen at Venice Beach performing for the crowd with Dodger the Monkey. This same area was seen in the film “White Men Can’t Jump.”

LOCATION: Dudley Ave / Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

Eva, played by Birch, lives at this apartment building with her family.

LOCATION: 109 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Dodger can be seen running up this ramp into the building.

Here is the location of the pet store Eva visits in the film.

LOCATION: 12112 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Eva’s father lives at this house in Venice.

LOCATION: 925 Harding Ave, Venice, CA 90291

River’s Edge (1986)

The 1986 drama “River’s Edge,” starring Keanu Reeves and Crispin Glover, was primarily filmed around the Sunland-Tujunga area of the San Fernando Valley in California, with the exception of the opening crime scene, which was filmed at River Bend Park in Sacramento (2300 Rod Beaudry Dr, Sacramento, CA 95827).

Matt, played by Reeves, lives at this home with his younger brother Tim.

LOCATION: 9933 Redmont Ave, Tujunga, CA 91042

The high school the teenage characters attend is Verdugo Hills High School. The school has been featured in countless films, such as “The Craft,” “Heathers,” “Cursed,” “Better Off Dead,” “Christine,” “Not Another Teen Movie,” “187” “Boys And Girls,” “Clockstoppers” and “Little Hercules In 3-D.” It also appeared in such TV shows as “Little Fires Everywhere,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Monk,” “Felicity” “My So-Called Life,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Quantum Leap” and many more.

LOCATION: 10625 Plainview Ave, Tujunga, CA 91042

The restaurant where Mike worked has long since closed and remains shuttered, but the building still stands.

LOCATION: 6736 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga, CA 91042

Tim visits his friend Moko at this home, which has since been remodeled.

LOCATION: 8630 Wentworth St, Shadow Hills, CA 91040

Clarissa, played by Ione Skye, lives at this house, which is located just across the street from Moko’s house.

LOCATION: 8635 Wentworth St, Shadow Hills, CA 91040

John gets beer for Layne, played by Crispin Glover, at this liquor store.

LOCATION: 8301 Foothill Blvd, Sunland-Tujunga, CA 91040

John stops by a hardware store with Feck, played by Dennis Hopper, and proceeds to rob the place. This building is located just across the street from the above liquor store.

LOCATION: 8256 Foothill Blvd, Sunland-Tujunga, CA 91040

One Hour Photo (2002)

In the 2002 Mark Romanek film, “One Hour Photo,” Robin Williams plays a mentally unstable photo developer who becomes obsessed with a family whose photos he develops. The home of the Yorkin family can be found in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. In the film, Sy, played by Williams, sits on the street and watches the home. In reality, however, the property sits tucked away behind a fence and trees and is not visible from the street. Here is an aerial view of the home, which was also featured in the film “Cruel Intentions,” as well as the TV shows “Californication” and “Ray Donovan.”

LOCATION: 136 S Canyon View Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Sy’s aparttment can be found in Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles. It is located just a few buildings over from one of the murder scenes in the film “The Little Things.” It’s not the safest of areas, so use caution if you visit.

LOCATION: 534 Wall St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Sy sits at a diner, looking a duplicates he made of the Yorkins’ family photos. This was filmed at the former Johnie’s Broiler in Downey.  The restaurant has a unique history, having appeared in many other films, such as “Heat,” “Short Cuts,” “License To Drive,” “The Game,” “My Stepmother Is An Alien” and many more.  In 2007, the building was unfortunately demolished.  However, Bob’s Big Boy purchased the property years later and rebuilt it based on the original blueprints and even some of the same materials.  So what stands now closely resembles what was seen in the film.

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LOCATION: 7447 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241

Sy follows Will Yorkin, played by Michael Vartan, to a hotel in Torrance. The real building is not a hotel, but a business area and medical center.

LOCATION: 20780 Madrona Ave, Torrance, CA 90503