Clueless (1995)

Cher, played by Alicia Silverstone, finds herself being mugged at gunpoint in front of this liquor store in the 1995 film “Clueless.”  Her assailant then asks her to get on the ground, which she protests for not wanting to ruin her fashionable dress.  The liquor store is Circus Liquor, known for it’s giant clown sign, which can be found in North Hollywood, California.  It can also be seen in Larry Clark’s “Ken Park” and Snoop Dogg’s music video for “Murder Was the Case.”

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LOCATION: 5600 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Cher can also be seen passing the Beverly Hills Witch House, a.k.a. the Spadena House.  The house was designed by art director Harry Oliver to serve as offices and dressing rooms for a Culver City film studio, but was later moved to Beverly Hills and became a private residence.

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LOCATION: 516 Walden Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Golden Gate Bridge

The most photographed bridge in the world is the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California.  The bridge connects San Francisco with Marin County and hosts an endless amount of pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists and joggers every day.  It is also, of course, one of the most frequently seen locations, not only in film, but pop culture in general.

Apes caused mayhem and destruction on the bridge in the climax of the 2011 film “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”  The opening credits of “Full House” depicts the Tanner family leisurely driving across it.  The 2004 documentary “The Bridge” focuses on the suicide problem that haunts the bridge.  It’s an endless, towering muse for storytellers and photographer alike.  We can’t name them all, but some other films to feature the bridge include “Vertigo,” “The Rock,” “Pacific Rim,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Terminator: Genisys,” “Zodiac,” “Superman: The Movie,” “San Andreas,” “A View To A Kill,” “Dirty Harry,” “Hulk” and many more.

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LOCATION: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA

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Cheers

The exterior of the bar seen in the hit TV series “Cheers” can be found in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, just across from the Boston Public Garden.  Originally known as the Bull & Finch Pub, the bar/restaurant has since changed it’s name to Cheers Beacon Hill.  The interiors of the show were of course filmed on a sound stage, not the actual restaurant, but the exterior still closely resembles how it appeared in the show.

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LOCATION: 84 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108

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Some Like It Hot (1959)

The classic Billy Wilder comedy, “Some Like It Hot,” starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, filmed at the Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California, just across the San Diego Bay.  The Victorian beach resort opened in 1888 and still goes strong today.  The cast and crew made their way down from Los Angeles to film at the resort, where they also stayed as guests during the production.

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LOCATION: 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

House (1985)

The Victorian home of horrors from the 1985 film “House” can be found in Monrovia, California.  It’s an impressive house to see, even if you’re unfamiliar with the film.

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LOCATION: 329 Melrose Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

The Departed (2006)

Martin Scorsese’s classic Boston crime saga “The Departed,” a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film “Infernal Affairs,” used a mixture of Boston and New York to comprise the locations of the film.  After Warner Bros. purchased the rights to the film, director Martin Scorsese deliberately avoided viewing it until after he completed “The Departed.”  Here we’ll take a look at some of the Boston locations from the film.

The Massachusetts State House plays a recurring role in the film, as Matt Damon’s character Colin Sullivan stares in awe at it and rents an upscale penthouse apartment with a view of it’s iconic golden dome at the center of the Boston skyline.

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LOCATION: 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133

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Matt Damon’s penthouse “apartment” isn’t really an apartment at all.  It’s the library on the top floor of the Suffolk University Law School.  For this obvious reason, the building is never seen from an exterior view in the film, but this is what it looks like from the street.  Unfortunately, you must have a university ID to enter the building, so recreating the apartment view from the library is not possible for the public.

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LOCATION: 120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108

Frank Costello, played by Jack Nicholson, lives at this apartment overlooking the east waterfront of the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston.  The building is known as Flagship Wharf.  Much like Matt Damon’s apartment, the exteriors of this building are scarcely seen in the film.  However, some shots of the windows and a view out over the water can be seen as Costello talks on the phone to Sullivan.

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LOCATION: 197 8th St, Boston, MA 02129

Outside of Costello’s bar, two of Costello’s crew, Fitzy and Delahunt, stand and observe pedestrians walking by, claiming anyone who avoids looking at the pair are cops.  As Billy, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, exits the building without looking at them, Fitzy jokingly says to him “You’re a cop.”  Two buildings were actually used for this location; this exterior can be found in Boston, while the interior was an entirely different building in New York (Raul’s, 180 Prince St, New York, NY 10012).

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LOCATION: 17 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114

Late in the film, Billy meets Queenan, played by Martin Sheen on a rooftop of what is supposedly 344 Washington Street.  There is a hand-drawn sign in front with the numbers 344.  Costello’s crew is informed of the meeting and Delahunt mistakenly tells Billy to meet them at “314 Washington.”  Despite his error, Billy meets Costello’s crew at the correct address, cluing in Delahunt to Billy’s real identity.

The entrance to real building seen in the film is not on Washington Street, but rather along an alley running between Farnsworth Street and Thompson Place, just north of Congress Street in Boston’s Fort Point.

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LOCATION: 11 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA 02210 (this entrance is along a side alley of the building, running between Farnsworth Street and Thompson Place)

Billy narrowly escapes from the rooftop to avoid exposure as an undercover cop.  He races down a fire escape into this alley, just beside the entrance seen above.  The real building does not have a fire escape, but some skillful editing makes it appear as if this is where the fire escape reaches the streets.

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LOCATION: Alley between 11 Farnsworth St and 12 Thompson Pl, Boston, MA 02210

Just as Billy reaches the front of the building, he is shocked as Queenan is thrown from the rooftop.  His body falls in front of these windows.  Director Martin Scorsese had X marks taped over all the windows, as an homage to the 1932 film “Scarface.”

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Billy looks in horror back in front of the building entrance, as Costello’s crew pours out and meet up with him, unaware he was the undercover cop they were just seeking.  The police observe the scene and, against Sullivan’s orders, engage in a shootout with Costello’s crew.  Billy and Sullivan’s fateful meeting also takes place in this building and on the rooftop.

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The Office

In the U.S. version of “The Office,” the Scranton Business Park, home of the Dunder Mifflin, Inc. Paper Company, is located in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  The real building can be found in Panorama City, California.  The building is actually the Chandler Valley Center Studios, which was used as production offices for the show, while the show itself filmed in the studios right next door.

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LOCATION: 13927 Saticoy St, Panorama City, CA 91402

Bonnie And Clyde

Primm, Nevada might not be the first place you’d think of to find the death car of the infamous American outlaws Bonnie and Clyde, yet a casino right along the California / Nevada border is where you’ll find it.

The car was originally stolen by Bonnie and Clyde and used in a series of crimes.  After being lured into an ambush in rural Louisiana, police littered the car with bullets, killing the couple and sending the car into infamy.  The car began a long, strange life after that, circulating around state fairs, carnivals and amusement parks for decades.  For a time, it made it’s way into museums in Massachusetts and Nevada, before later making it’s way into a couple different casinos in Nevada.

Many replicas of the car also exist around the country, as well as the car from the 1967 film, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.  This caused a fair amount of confusion as to the location and authenticity of the car for a time.  The real car can now be found at Whisky Pete’s Casino in Primm, Nevada, placed right on the casino floor.

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LOCATION: 100 W Primm Blvd, Primm, NV 89019

The entire car is littered with bullet holes, particularly the driver’s side door where Clyde drove.

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Even the back of the car has bullet holes in it.

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Accompanying the car is a display with news articles about the killing, death certificates and a certificate of authenticity for the car.

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Clyde’s shredded shirt he wore at the time of his death is also on display.  This too is the authentic shirt.

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While there is something strange about the car being on display on a casino floor, it is nevertheless an interesting exhibit if you find yourself near the Nevada border.  Located right next to the Bonnie and Clyde car is another vehicle, once belonging to mobster Dutch Schultz.

Ally McBeal

On the legal comedy-drama series “Ally McBeal,” which ran from 1997 until 2002, the lead character, played by Calista Flockheart, worked on the 7th floor at the fictional Boston law firm Cage And Fish.  The real building can be found in Boston, but it is actually home to the Congressional Library and Archives.

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LOCATION: 14 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108