Much of the 1994 Jim Carrey comedy “The Mask” filmed around the Warner Bros. Studio Lot in Burbank, California. After Carrey first tries on the mask, a startled neighbor pulls a gun on him and he leaps out of a window from this building on the Warner Lot, where he falls to the street and like a cartoon character, flattens like a pancake, before peeling himself back up. The same building was featured in an action sequence in the Steven Spielberg film “Minority Report.”
Found in the Angelino Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles is the house from the TV series “Charmed,” starring Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowen and Shannen Doherty. It’s located in on a popular street for filming. The same house appeared in the films “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” and “Earthquake.” Just a couple doors down is the house from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video and right across the street is the house from “Grandma’s Boy.”
The opening of David Fincher’s 2010 Facebook drama, “The Social Network,” takes place at the Thirsty Scholar Pub in Somerville, Massachusetts, just north of Cambridge, where Harvard University is located.
LOCATION: Thirsty Scholar Pub, 70 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143
In the opening scene, Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg, is dumped by Erica Albright, played by Rooney Mara, helping set forth the events of the film. The layout inside of the pub looks slightly different than how it appeared in the film, but the back windows remain the same.
A poster for the film, signed by some of the cast and crew, can be seen above one of the restroom doors inside the pub.
After the 1970 film “Love Story,” Harvard University banned nearly all commercial production on the grounds, due to disruption to students and damage to property. Their anti-filming policy still remains today, thus the majority of the Harvard scenes for “The Social Network” were instead filmed at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. However, a few shots of the real Harvard and surrounding Harvard Square can be seen in the opening credits of the film. The producers sidestepped Harvard’s policy by filming on top of the Cambridge Savings Bank at Harvard Square (the bank was also used for a robbery scene in the 2010 Ben Affleck film “The Town”). Portions of the Dudley House at Harvard Square can be seen in these opening credit shots.
LOCATION: 1351-1443 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Mark walks past the Out Of Town News, located at the real Harvard Square, before the scene seamlessly shifts to him walking through John Hopkins University in Baltimore for the remainder of the opening credits.
LOCATION: 18 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Later in the film, Eduardo, played by Andrew Garfield, is seen being initiated into the prestigious Phoenix Society, citing the three lies about the John Harvard statue. Once again, the real Harvard University was not cooperative in allowing any filming at the real statue. This scene was instead filmed at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA (180 Main St, Andover, MA 01810), about 25 miles north of Boston. Below is the real John Harvard statue at Harvard University, which was recreated for the film.
LOCATION: 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138
Several scenes in the film were actually shot around the Los Angeles area, far away from the grounds of Harvard. Once such sequence involved the Winkelvoss twins discovering Facebook has begun allowing registration in the UK, which finally prompts the twins, played by Armie Hammer, to sue Mark Zuckerberg. While this scene is supposedly set in England, it was actually shot at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. The scenes were shot inside the Breakfast Room, which was also seen from the opposite side in “The Big Lebowski,” when The Dude looks at photos of the Little Lebowski Urban Achievers.
LOCATION: Greystone Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Mark shows up to a business meeting with prospective advertisers wearing a robe (seen below) on the steps of the Aon Center in Downtown Los Angeles. The same steps show up in “Inception,” where Leonardo DiCaprio picks up a man in a taxi and kidnaps him.
LOCATION: 707 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017
We leave you with one of the robes worn by Jesse Eisenberg, which can be found on display as part of the Sony Pictures Studio Tour.
LOCATION: 10202 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Some props from the film could also be found on display at Sony Pictures Studio.
Not to be confused with the 1994 Jim Carrey comedy, the 1985 film “Mask,” directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starring Eric Stoltz, Cher and Sam Elliot, was a drama about a teenager with a facial deformity and his mom, struggling to live a normal life. The house where Rocky and his mother live in the film can be found in Monrovia, California.
In the 1983 John Carpenter adaption of the Stephen King novel, “Christine,” the director returned to his old South Pasadena stomping grounds, where he famously shot “Halloween.” Those locations can be found in the same proximity as the exterior of the house where Arnie lives in “Christine.”
LOCATION: 1037 Buena Vista St, South Pasadena, CA 91030
However, when people think of the film “Christine,” the first thing that comes to mind is of course the killer car. The film follows a possessed Plymouth Fury as it wreaks havoc on it’s owner and those around him. 24 total Plymouth Fury vehicles were acquired for use in the film. This was one of two stunt cars, which can be found at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California. At the end of the production, the vehicle was set to be destroyed. However, a buyer stepped in and rescued the car, using parts from other screen-used “Christine” vehicles and restored it back to it’s original condition.
LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Though it has changed quite a bit over the years, the house from the classic 1960s TV series “The Munsters” can still be seen today. Located on the Universal Studios Backlot, the house has since been used for a variety of productions, including the television series “Coach,” “Dragnet,” and “Desperate Housewives.” As often happens with studio backlots, depending on the style of the production, the facade was remodeled to fit their needs. However, the basic structure still loosely resembles how it appeared on the show. The house can be found on Colonial Street as part of the Universal Studios Hollywood Tour.
LOCATION: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
In the opening scenes of director Paul Feig’s 2016, all-female remake of “Ghostbusters,” the ladies encounter a ghost at the Aldridge Mansion Museum, supposedly in New York. The building is actually the Boston University Castle in Boston, Massachusetts.
LOCATION: 225 Bay State Rd, Boston, MA 02215
The team sets up a new Ghostbusters headquarters above Zhu’s Authentic Hong Kong Food. The real restaurant is actually Kaze Shabu Shabu. The production added a garage on the left side of the building to house the Ecto-1 car. At the real location, the garage space is just an additional area of the parking lot.
LOCATION: 1 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111
Here are some costumes and props from the film, which are on display at the Sony lot as part of their tour.
LOCATION: 10202 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
The 2014 comedy “Neighbors,” starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, as well as it’s sequel, “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” starring Chloe Grace Moretz filmed around Midtown, Los Angeles, California.
Seth Rogan and his wife, played by Rose Byrne, move into this house in hopes of having a quiet homestead to raise their infant daughter.
LOCATION: 2179 W 20th St, Los Angeles, CA, 90018
Unbeknownst to them, a wild fraternity, led by Zac Efron, has just moved in next door as well to host their frat parties. As you can guess, a comedic feud arises.
LOCATION: 2203 W 20th St, Los Angeles, CA 90018
As seen in the film, the two homes really are located right beside one another. The houses were once again used in the 2016 sequel, “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” when a sorority moves in and the neighbor feud is reignited.
One of the frat houses where a party takes place was filmed at a property known as The Beckett Mansion, located in the West Adams neighborhood. The house actually operates as an event space and filming location year round. The same house has been featured in Rob Zombie’s “Halloween,” “True Romance,” “No Strings Attached” and many more. It’s also located directly across the street from the house from “The People Under The Stairs.”
LOCATION: 2218 S Harvard Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018
After Mohandas Gandhi was tragically assassinated in his native India, his ashes were scattered throughout the rivers and seas of India, save for a small portion that made their way to Southern California. At the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine, you can find a shrine dedicated to Gandhi. The Self-Realization Fellowship was founded by Paramahansa Yogananda, a longtime admirer of Gandhi. His friend, a publisher and journalist from India, named Dr. V.M. Nawle, sent Yogananda the ashes. Yogananda had the ashes encased in a thousand-year-old stone sarcophagus from China, which cannot be opened without breaking it. The shrine is free of charge to visit and exists as the only place in the world, outside of India, to contain some of Gandhi’s remains.
LOCATION: 17190 Sunset Blvd, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
In the 1997 Nickelodeon film “Good Burger,” Kenan and Kel work at “Good Burger, home of the Good Burger.” The restaurant building can be found in West Covina, California, where it currently serves Mexican food.
LOCATION: 437 S Glendora Ave, West Covina, CA 91790
The rival Mondo Burger can be found just across the street, where the production added quite a few elements to the building facade.
LOCATION: 450 S Glendora Ave, West Covina, CA 91790