Lady Bird (2017)

While the 2017 Greta Gerwig film “Lady Bird” is most associated with the city of Sacramento, California, one key location from the film can actually be found in Southern California.  Lady Bird’s house is located in Van Nuys in the San Fernando Valley.

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LOCATION: 6701 Orion Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406

Speed (1994)

For the opening to the 1994 action film “Speed,” Keanu Reeves and Jeff Daniels find themselves pitted against a bomber, played by Dennis Hopper, who has rigged an elevator with explosives, demanding money in order to spare the hostages trapped inside.  The opening was filmed at the The Gas Company Tower in Downtown Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 555 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Ready Player One (2018)

To promote the release of the Steven Speilberg film “Ready Player One,” Warner Bros. set up a pop-up, interactive maze called the “Ready Player One Challenge,” located on the corner of Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood, California.  It’s the same spot they created “The IT Experience: Neibolt House Hollywood” in 2017.

Visitors were invited to explore the OASIS in an interactive maze, which included A/V installations, interactive displays, nostalgic gaming stations, a store, props and a full-scale recreation of the sets from the film.  Here we’ll take a look primarily at the sets and the props.  The exhibition runs from March 18 – April 1, 2018.

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While the film was set in Columbus, Ohio, it was shot in England.  This exhibition allowed visitors to get a real life glimpse at how those sets appeared, in full scale.

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Wade, played by Tye Sheridan, wears this suit as he enters the OASIS.

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The exhibit also included a time-traveling Delorean, most well-known of course from the “Back To The Future” films.

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Some props from the film.

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Big Momma’s House (2000)

In the 2000 comedy “Big Moma’s House,” Big Momma, played by Martin Lawrence, lives at this house in Orange, California.

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LOCATION: 192 N Shaffer St, Orange, CA 92866

The FBI is on a stakeout, watching the house from across the street.  The real house is indeed located directly across from Big Momma’s house, as seen in the film.

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LOCATION: 195 N Shaffer St, Orange, CA 92866

 

Rocky (1976)

One of the most iconic movie locations in the world, the “Rocky Steps,” which Sylvester Stallone famously ascends in the original “Rocky” film, can be found at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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LOCATION: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130 (the actual steps face Spring Garden St)

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Pretty Woman (1990)

In the 1990 romantic comedy “Pretty Woman,” Julia Roberts’ character stays at this Hollywood hotel.  The real hotel is located right off of Hollywood Blvd, exactly as depicted in the film.  At the end of the movie, Richard Gere’s character climbs the fire escape with roses and the two passionately kiss.

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LOCATION: 1738 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Memento (2000)

The Christopher Nolan film “Memento” mostly shot around the San Fernando Valley in Southern California.  The opening and closing scenes of the film, as well as the scenes of Leonard burning his wife’s mementos, were all shot at the Fletcher Oil Refinery in Carson, California (24721 S Main St, Carson, CA 90745), which has since been demolished.

Throughout most of the film, Leonard, played by Guy Pearce, stays at the Discount Inn motel.  It’s actually the Travel Inn in Tujunga, California.  Both the motel and the surrounding area have seen better days, so use caution if visiting.

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LOCATION: 7254 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga, CA 91042

The motel manager takes advantage of Leonard’s condition and secretly charges him for two rooms.

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Later in the film, Leonard visits Natalie’s house, played by Carrie-Anne Moss, where she deceives him into believing that Dodd has beat her.  The house, which as since been renovated a bit, can be found in Burbank.

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LOCATION: 919 E Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91501

Leonard finds himself at another motel, the Mountcrest Inn, where he ambushes Dodd and ties him up.  This motel is the Hill Crest Inn in North Hills.

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LOCATION: 9111 Sepulveda Blvd, North Hills, CA 91343

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Titanic (1997)

The classic 1997 James Cameron film “Titanic” was of course filmed primarily on a recreated set of the famous ship, which was built at Fox Baja Studios in Mexico.  In 2017, however, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California held a unique exhibition on the ship, where it combined real artifacts from the sunken ship alongside props and sets from the film.  It was the largest collection of artifacts from passengers of the ship since the fateful night it collided with an iceberg a century before.

The exhibit has unfortunately since closed, but here we’ll take a look at some of the props, costumes and sets from the film that were on display.

This is the set of the famous scene where Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, draws a nude Rose, played by Kate Winslet.

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Here are some props from the scene, including Rose’s mirror, butterfly hairpin and comb, as well as her “Heart of the Ocean” necklace.

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Here is Jack’s sketchbook and pencil case.  On top of the sketchbook is also the note Rose leaves for Cal, played by Billy Zane.  She places the note inside his safe, along with the necklace.  Her note reads, “Darling – Now you can keep us both locked up inside your safe.  Rose.”

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This is the set of Jack and his friend Fabrizio’s cabin, designed for third class passengers.

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Here is the Marconi Room, another set from the film, where the ship sent out it’s distress calls and communicated with other ships.  Without it, no one would’ve known why or where the ship had sunk.

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Jack Dawson’s suit as he boards the ship.

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Rose wears this dress while the ship is sinking.

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Molly Brown, played by Kathy Bates, wears this dress.

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Bruce Ismay, played by Jonathan Hyde, wears these pajamas and overcoat.

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Here is a dress worn by one of the first class passengers in the film.

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Moving on to more props from the film, here is the clock and cherub from the grand staircase of the ship, where Jack greets Rose.

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Some scale miniatures were also built for the film, including a 45 foot long model of the ship.  Here are some pieces from the miniature.

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The ax Rose uses to free Jack, who is handcuffed in his cabin.

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While the exhibit closed down in 2018, due to the enduring popularity of both the film and the history of the ship itself, these artifacts are bound to find their way into another, future exhibition.

Donnie Darko (2001)

In the 2001 film “Donnie Darko,” a jet engine crashes into the bedroom of the Darko residence.  While set in the town of Middlesex, Virginia, the house can actually be found in Long Beach, California.

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LOCATION: 4225 Country Club Dr, Long Beach, CA 90807

Just up the same road, the house of Jim Cunningham, played by Patrick Swayze, can also be found.

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LOCATION: 4252 Country Club Dr, Long Beach, CA 90807

American Pie (1999)

The house from the 1999 comedy “American Pie” can be found in Long Beach, California.  In the film, Jim, played by Jason Biggs, makes a pact with his friends to lose their virginity.  Jim lives with his family at this home, where many famous scenes take place, including a memorable encounter with a sexy foreign exchange student, played by Shannon Elizabeth, as well as the infamous pie scene.

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LOCATION: 4153 Cedar Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807