Kingpin (1996)

The 1996 Farrelly Brothers comedy “Kingpin” was shot mostly around Pennsylvania, but like many Farrelly Bothers films, it becomes something of a road trip movie, reaching Reno, Nevada by the film’s climax. In the opening scene of the film, a young Roy Munson practices bowling with his father at the Munson Service Center. The scene is supposedly set in Ocelot, Iowa. It was actually filmed in Mars, Pennsylvania.

LOCATION: 255 Mars Valencia Rd, Mars, PA 16046

Roy bowls with his father at the side of the building, using a homemade lane and bowling pins.

After winning a bowling tournament, Roy Munson, played by Woody Harrelson, takes his car to a mechanic, who tells him someone put sugar in his gas tank. This scene was filmed just a few buildings down from the Munson Service Center and is easily within walking distance.

LOCATION: 229 Mars Valencia Rd, Mars, PA 16046

Only a small part of the building is seen in the film. However, this house across the street is also seen in the background of the scene, confirming the location.

“Big Ern” McCracken (played by Bill Murray) and Roy Munson hustle some local bowlers.  As they exit the bowling alley, they are confronted by the guys they duped.  Big Ern lets Roy take the fall, as he speeds off and abandons him at the Beaver Valley Bowl in Rochester, Pennsylvania, with Roy losing his hand in the process.  This same location was used in the Michael Douglas film “Wonder Boys,” where he has his own confrontation with “Vernon Hardapple.”

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LOCATION: 25 New York Ave, Rochester, PA 15074

The apartment of Roy Munson is supposedly located in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The real building is actually located in the town of Trafford. Roy’s neighbors sit outside and complain about life, while his landlady lives next door as well. The building has been slightly updated, but is still very recognizable from how it appeared in the film.

LOCATION: 533 5th Street Ext, Trafford, PA 15085

Later in the film, Roy stages a purse snatching on his landlady, in which he rescues her in hopes she’ll cut him a break on his late rent.

Right around the corner from Roy’s apartment was another scene from the film. Roy helps a mother get her stroller up on the sidewalk and then steals the baby’s milk for his coffee.

LOCATION: 5th St / 5th Street Ext, Trafford, PA 15085

Roy first meets Amish bowler Ishmael, played by Randy Quaid, at the Lancaster Bowl. This scene was actually filmed at Mars Lanes, located right across the street from the Munson Service Center.

LOCATION: 262 Mars Valencia Rd, Mars, PA 16046

For the film’s climax, Roy and Big Ern square off at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.  The lanes are not open to public use, but there is a bowling museum inside that is open to the public, for those interested.

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LOCATION: 300 N Center St, Reno, NV 89501

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