(500) Days Of Summer (2009)

The bench from “(500) Days of Summer,” where Tom and Summer, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel respectively, sit and overlook the city, is another sad story of a film location soon to be lost.  The bench was located in a small park area once known as Angels Knoll in Los Angeles, California, now called Angels Landing.  Located directly beside Angels Flight from La La Land, the bench attracted many visitors after the release of the film, who enjoyed recreating the famous shot.

Sadly in 2013, the City of Los Angeles permanently closed the park, blocking it off with fencing and no trespassing signs.  Many years passed while the area sat unused and inaccessible to the public.  During this time, the Angels Flight was thankfully restored at put back into operation, so film lovers can at least rejoice that fact.  The fate of the “500 Days” bench and the Angels Knoll park in general wasn’t as optimistic, however.  The bench is actually still there, along with many other benches overlooking the city.  While they can still be seen, either through the fencing, or particularly better from the restaurant area overlooking the park, it is no longer possible to get an up close shot like the film.

Plans have since been announced for a high rise to be built in place of the park, so sadly the entire location will soon be gone.  Here we take a look back to when the park and bench were still open and accessible.  Stories such as this will always be part of the reckoning in an ever-changing world, but we try to document what we can while it’s there.

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There was even a plaque on the bench commemorating the film, which read “Tom’s favorite place becomes one of Summer’s too.”  While the bench is still there (for now), the plaque has been removed.

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LOCATION: 356 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (permanently closed, soon to be demolished)

Down And Out In Beverly Hills (1986)

In the 1986 Nick Nolte film “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” the life of a wealthy Beverly Hills family is turned upside down by the arrival of a homeless man.  In the film, the house is clearly visible from the road.  That is not the case today, as it is now surrounded by plants and trees, making it difficult to get a clear view.  Other than that, however, the house still closely resembles how it appeared in the film.  The home really is located in Beverly Hills, which is somewhat rare, due to the high cost of filming in the exclusive neighborhood, which causes most productions to find more affordable areas to stand in instead.

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LOCATION: 802 N Bedford Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Spider-Man (2002)

In Sam Raimi’s original 2002 “Spider-Man” film, Peter Parker, played by Tobey Maguire, works at the Daily Bugle as a freelance photographer who has an uncanny ability to capture photos of Spider-Man.  Famous for it’s triangular shape, the Flatiron Building in Manhattan is one of the more iconic skyscrapers in New York City.

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LOCATION: 175 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Norman Osborn’s Manhattan rooftop home isn’t in Manhattan, or New York at all.  It’s the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, California.

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LOCATION: Greystone Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Norman stands on the stairs and talks to his son, Harry Osborn, played by James Franco.

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The scene where Mary Jane Watson, played by Kirsten Dunst, kisses an upside down Spider-Man in the rain wasn’t filmed in New York City either.  It was filmed on the Warner Bros. Lot in Burbank, California.  Designed to look like New York alley, this facade can be seen as part of their studio tour.

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505

The Great Gatsby (2013)

For 2013 adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel “The Great Gatsby,” director Baz Luhrmann strayed a bit from the book.  While Fitgerald described Gatsby as driving a 1922 Rolls-Royce, Luhrmann elected to go with a 1934 Duesenberg.  The car is actually a Duesenberg II, a modern reproduction of the original.  The reproduction was used for financial and practical reasons.  This model can be seen being driven by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film.  The car can be found on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.

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LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

The most famous scene in “When Harry Met Sally…” is of course when Sally, played by Meg Ryan, fakes an orgasm for Harry, played by Billy Crystal, while sitting in the middle of a deli.  The deli in question would be Katz’s Delicatessen, located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  Opened in 1888, the deli is wildly popular for it’s sandwiches, consistently ranking among the highest rated in New York City.

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LOCATION: 205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

This plaque can be found on the sidewalk in front of the building.

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The inside still heavily resembles how it appeared in the film.  The walls are completely covered with photos of endless celebrities who have visited over the years.  Here is a shot of the backdrop behind Harry and Sally’s table.

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Here is the exact table where Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal filmed their famous scene.

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The deli makes the table quite easy to identify by hanging this sign above it, which references the scene’s famous punchline, stating, “Where Harry met Sally… Hope you have what she had!  Enjoy!”

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If you find yourself in Manhattan and you’re looking for a good sandwich, you can’t go wrong with Katz’s.  The prices aren’t cheap, but the portions are large and the deli itself is just as much of an attraction as the food itself.

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

The most famous location from Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 film “Reservoir Dogs” is of course the warehouse, where the majority of the film takes place.  Sadly, it no longer exists.  Once located on 59th Avenue near Figueroa Street in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, the building was originally a mortuary.  It was later demolished, with a parking lot built it it’s place.  Mr. Orange’s apartment was also located above the warehouse in the same building, so that too is gone.

The opening “Like a Virgin” scene, which establishes all of the characters, was filmed at Pat And Lorraine’s in Eagle Rock.  The restaurant is still alive and well, serving up food daily to locals and film fans alike.

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LOCATION: 4720 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

The parking lot where the gang walks along in the opening credits does still exist.  However, the brick wall is no more.  The parking lot belongs to a bowling alley.  This is what the wall of the building looks like now, approximately where the cast walked.

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What can be matched up better is the ending shot of the opening credits sequence.  In the shot from behind of the group, the buildings across the street look identical.  However, a fence and gate has since been added along the street.

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LOCATION: 4459 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

After the bank robbery gone wrong, Mr. Pink makes a run from the cops, stealing a car from a driver he encounters at the corner of N Avenue 50 and York Blvd in Highland Park, Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: Intersection of N Avenue 50 and York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042 (nearest address is 5000 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042)

The police catch up and Mr. Pink opens fire on them at this same corner.  Mr. Pink is standing on N Avenue 50, firing towards York Blvd.

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The restaurant where Mr. Orange tells another officer all of the intel he’s collected is Johnie’s Coffee Shop Restaurant in midtown Los Angeles.  The restaurant closed many years ago, but still operates as a filming location.  It has appeared in “The Big Lebowski,” “American History X,” “Miracle Mile,” “Gone in Sixty Seconds” and many more.

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LOCATION: 6099 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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Ghostbusters (1984)

One of the most famous movie locations in the world, the fire station that served as the headquarters for the Ghostbusters in the original 1984 film can be found in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City.  The building was chosen because the screenwriters imagined the Ghostbusters as a public service, much like firemen.  Cast member Dan Aykroyd knew the neighborhood well and suggested the building.  Still an active firehouse, the location draws countless visitors each year.

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LOCATION: 14 N Moore St, New York, NY 10013

Not quite as well known is the Los Angeles fire station location used in the film.  While the Hook & Ladder Company 8 building in Tribeca was used for exterior shots, interiors were filmed at Fire Station No. 23 in downtown L.A.  The fire station was closed in 1960 and has currently fallen into quite a state of disrepair.  The photo below is from several years ago, when it still looked presentable, but currently the building is boarded up, covered in graffiti and prohibited from entry.  Perhaps someday the interior will be restored to resemble the film, but it sits in a pretty bad area not far from skid row, so a restoration seems unlikely at this time.

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

Over at the Sony lot in Culver City, California, there was even at attempt to build a replica of the Hook & Ladder 8 building.

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LOCATION: 10202 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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Also on the lot is the Ecto 1 car, which can be seen on the Sony Pictures Studio Tour.

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Boy Meets World

While set in Philadelphia, the house from the TV series “Boy Meets World” can actually be found in Studio City, California.  The house is obscured by a lot of greens and overgrowth along fencing surrounding the property and it’s not easily visible from the street.  This is the view if you make your way up to the front gate.

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LOCATION: 4196 Colfax Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

Family Matters

The house from the TV show “Family Matters” is another unfortunate case of a piece of television history being destroyed.  While the actual filming of the show took place at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California, the series was set in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.  This home, located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, was used for exterior shots of the Winslow residence on the show.

Looking to convert the house into a multi-unit property, the homeowners decided renovation would not adequately suit their plans, so a full-blown demolition was approved by the city in late 2017.  The homeowners have stated that they will leave a photo of the original home, as well as photos of the cast of the show on the new property’s entryway, which will likely provide little solace to fans of the show.

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LOCATION: 1516 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (now demolished)

Panic Room (2002)

The apartment from David Fincher’s 2002 home invasion thriller “Panic Room” is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, near Central Park.  The apartment was only used for exterior shots in the film.

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LOCATION: 38 W 94th St, New York, NY 10025

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Here is a view of the entire building, although it’s never seen from this angle in the film.

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The apartment interiors were filmed entirely on a custom built set in Manhattan Beach, California at Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios (1600 Rosecrans Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266).  That set has of course long since been removed.

The ending scene of the film shows Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart sitting on a park bench.  They are seated in an area known as The Mall in Central Park; a tree-covered pedestrian walkway that leads to Bethesda Terrace.  The two are seated near the Robert Burns statue.  The benches have slightly changed from how they appeared in the film.

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LOCATION: The Mall, Central Park, New York, NY 10022