Coming To America (1988)

The 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy “Coming to America” was primarily filmed in New York, with some additional filming in Los Angeles, California. The McDowell house can be found in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.  Unfortunately, quite a few trees and shrubs have since been planted and almost completely obscure all visibility of the home. The same home appears in the film “Jawbreaker.”

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LOCATION: 555 S Muirfield Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90020

The fictional McDowell’s fast food restaurant, an obvious riff on McDonald’s, from the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy “Coming To America,” came to life for a short stint as a pop-up exhibition in Los Angeles in 2017.  It’s not the first time this has been done.  Previously another McDowell’s pop up surfaced in Chicago in 2015.  The “Home of the Big Mick” could be found at Fat Sal’s Hollywood, which converted their establishment for just 48 hours.  The pop-up has long since closed, but you can find pictures below of the event.  For those wondering, Samuel L. Jackson did not make any surprise appearance to stage a robbery, as depicted in the film.

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