Training Day (2001)

Jake, played by Ethan Hawke, first meets Alonzo, played by Denzel Washington, at the Quality Cafe in Antoine Fuqua’s 2001 film “Training Day.”  The diner was a one-time staple of films, appearing in “Seven,” “Ghost World,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “Million Dollar Baby” and dozens more.  However, it was not an actual restaurant open to the public.  Instead it was used solely for filming.  Sadly, it ceased to function as a filming location and was completely renovated in 2014.  The property no longer bears any resemblance to how it appeared in so many films.

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LOCATION: 1238 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (now closed and heavily remodeled)

Later in the film, Jake finds himself set up inside this drug dealer’s house.  The house can be found perched on a hill in the Everett Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.  The home was used again in the 2009 Sam Raimi film, “Drag Me To Hell,” as the residence of Alison Lohman’s character.

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LOCATION: 1031 Everett St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Mullholland Drive (2001)

In the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, you’ll find the “Sierra Bonita” apartments from David Lynch’s “Mullholland Drive.”  Located just a few blocks from the original site of Walt Disney Studios, the eight cottages are said to have inspired the animation designs for the dwarf houses in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

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Diane’s apartment unit used in the film is the cottage closest to Griffith Park Blvd, to the left of the front gate.

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LOCATION: 2900 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Winkie’s Diner on Sunset Blvd is not actually on Sunset or even in Hollywood.  The building can actually be found in the city of Gardena.  The “Winkie’s” name was also created by the filmmakers.  The real restaurant was at one time a Denny’s, before later becoming Caesar’s Restaurant.  It currently sits vacant.

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LOCATION: 1016 W El Segundo Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

In one of the film’s more unsettling scenes, Dan, played by Patrick Fischler, is haunted by the image of a man behind a wall in the back lot of the restaurant.  He makes his way down the sidewalk and stairs to the wall behind the restaurant, to face his nightmare.

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As he approaches the wall, he collapses when he sees the man in his nightmares personified.  As you can see, the wall appears a bit different now than how it appeared in the film, no longer extending out as far.

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Batman (1989)

While Tim Burton’s 1989 “Batman” film was originally considered to be shot at Warner Bros. Studios, the film instead primarily shot at Pinewood Studios, just outside of London, England.  However, the Batmobile from the original film can today be seen at the Warner Bros. lot, as part of their studio tour.

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505

A couple models of the Batmobile can be found on display at Planet Hollywood in Florida.

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LOCATION: 1506 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Knocked Up (2007)

Ben Stone, played by Seth Rogan in the 2007 comedy “Knocked Up,” lives with his buddies at this house in Northridge, California.  Unfortunately, the house has somewhat limited visibility from the road.  You can see this view from the driveway.  The rest of the property is obscured by a large wall covered by plants.  Another Seth Rogen comedy, “Superbad,” filmed scenes of a party house on the same street.

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LOCATION: 17800 Community St, Northridge, CA 91325

Alison visits her sister Debbie, played by Leslie Mann at this Brentwood home.  Debbie and her husband Pete, played by Paul Rudd, would become the subject of their own spin-off to this film, “This Is 40.”  The same house was used in both films.  This property is also gated, with a wall running along the street, so while it’s likewise not easily visible, it too can still be seen from a couple angles.

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LOCATION: 531 N Bristol Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)

“The 40 Year-Old Virgin” introduced us to the films of Judd Apatow, who would go on to make a string of hit comedies.  Andy, played by still Steve Carell, lives in this Studio City, California apartment, which still closely resembles how it appeared in the film.

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LOCATION: 12012 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91604

Andy works in this shopping plaza in Encino, California.

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LOCATION: 17401 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

It (2017)

To promote the release of the film “It,” Warner Bros. built a a haunted house on the corner of Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood, California, in which visitors could go inside the Neibolt house, where actors and haunted house theatrics would do their best to scare you.

The real house seen in the film was also a creation of the production.  It was built in the town of Oshowa, Ontario, Canada, on the corner of Eulalie Ave and James St.

“The IT Experience: Neibolt House Hollywood” pop-up exhibition was on display for one month, during August and September, 2017.  It has since closed.

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The Usual Suspects (1995)

In “The Usual Suspects,” the suspects meet up with Redfoot at the Korean Bell of Friendship, in San Pedro, California.  Perched right in front of a spectacular ocean view, it’s a great place to visit, even if you’re not a fan of the film.

The bell was given as a gift by South Korea to celebrate the U.S. bicentennial in 1978.

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LOCATION: 3601 Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 90731

Lost Highway (1997)

David Lynch’s underappreciated masterpiece “Lost Highway” shot around Southern California, Death Valley and the Nevada desert.

Early in the film, Fred and Renee, played by Bill Pullman and Patricia Arquette respectively, receive a mysterious video tape at their doorstep.  David Lynch used what was, at that time, his own home as the location.

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LOCATION: 7035 Senalda Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90068

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Fred plays his saxophone at the Luna Lounge.  This was filmed at the Lankershim Arts Center in North Hollywood, with the fictional signage placed over the real one.

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LOCATION: 5108 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Fred ends up on death row for the murder of his wife.  The cell block wasn’t a prison at all, rather a creative re-purposing of a decommissioned fire station in downtown Los Angeles.  The same station was used for interior scenes for the original “Ghostbusters” firehouse.  Much like that film, only the interiors were used in the film, but here is a view of the exterior.  Today, the surrounding area has become run down and it isn’t the safest of places.

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LOCATION: 225 E 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

After some mysterious events, Pete, played by Balthazar Getty, awakens in Fred’s jail cell.  Baffled by this phenomenon, the police decide to release him.  Pete returns to his home, located in Northridge.

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LOCATION: 16706 Citronia St, Northridge, CA 91343

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Pete’s girlfriend Sheila, played by Natasha Gregson Wagner, lives at this house, located just a few blocks away from Pete’s place.

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LOCATION: 9532 McLennan Ave, Northridge, CA 91343

Pete works as a mechanic at Arnie’s, which was filmed at the Firestone building in Los Angeles.  No longer in service, the building, built in 1937, is designated as an historical monument by the city.

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LOCATION: 800 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

After Alice meets Pete at the mechanic’s, the pair begin an affair.  Alice is waiting at the Palm Tree Inn in North Hills, calling down to him from the second floor to say that she already got them a room.

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LOCATION: 8424 Sepulveda Blvd, North Hills, CA 91343

Pete pulls up to this spot in the parking lot, where he talks to Alice.

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The cops watch from the parking lot as the two go into the hotel room.  The same motel has also been seen in the TV series “My Name Is Earl.”

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Near the end of the film, Fred arrives at the Lost Highway Hotel.  This was actually a composite of two separate buildings.  The exterior, seen below, is an abandoned building located at Death Valley Junction, near the California / Nevada border.  The same building was seen in the 1986 film “The Hitcher.”  The interior corridors were actually filmed across the street at the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel (608 Death Valley Jct, Death Valley, CA 92328).  This area is very much in the middle of nowhere.

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LOCATION: Near the intersection of State Line Rd / CA-127, Death Valley Junction, CA 92328 (nearest address is 608 CA-127, Death Valley Junction, CA 92328)

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