The house from the 1988 horror film “Waxwork” can be found in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Large hedges and trees now obscure much of the view, but the home can still be seen from some angles.
LOCATION: 255 S Rossmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004
The 2007 romantic comedy “Waitress,” starring Keri Russell, is set in the American South, but was filmed in California. In the movie, Jenna Hunterson, played by Russell, works at a pie diner, located in Santa Clarita, California. The same location has appeared in many productions, such as “Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny,” “Space Cowboys,” “The Twilight Zone: The Movie” and “Westworld.” The cafe also appeared in a famous commercial starring Cindy Crawford.
LOCATION: 15564 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91390
The office of Dr. Jim Pomatter, played by Nathan Fillion, is a private home, which can be found in South Pasadena.
The 2007 Sean Penn film “Into The Wild,” which was based on true events, filmed across quite a few locations, including Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, South Dakota, Mexico, California and Alaska.
Tracy, played by Kristen Stewart, invites Chris McCandless, living under the alias of Alexander Supertramp and played by Emile Hirsch, to take a walk over to Salvation Mountain. Salvation Mountain is a hillside sculpture created by Leonard Knight in Calipartia, Californa. It is located near Slab City and not far from the Salton Sea. Despite appearing quite remote in the film, Salvation Mountain is actually not far from nearby towns, such as Niland.
LOCATION: Salvation Mountain, Beal Rd, Calipatria, CA 92233
Leonard Knight appears as himself in the film, giving the characters a guided tour through his creation. Leonard unfortunately passed away in 2014.
Originally built in 1984, the initial attempt at the project collapsed in 1989. Knight, however, rebuilt the sculpture with more sturdy materials and it remains standing to this day.
After Leonard’s passing, a public charity was established to preserve and maintain the site.
The “magic bus” seen in the film is not the actual bus Chris McCandless stayed in. It was also not filmed at the real location in Alaska, both out of respect for the family, as well as the major logistical issues of filming at the real site. Instead, a set was built about 50 miles south of the real bus, in the town of Cantwell, Alaska, with all traces of the set since removed. However, the replica bus featured in the film can be found at the 49th State Brewing Company in Healy, Alaska (248 Parks Hwy 5 mile, Healy, AK 99743).
In spite of the film’s use of an alternate site, many hikers still made the trek out to the real “magic bus” location, located on the Stampede Trail. The real site presents many dangers, much like those that McCandless encountered. After numerous cases of visitors needing rescued, with some even losing their lives, the bus was extracted by helicopter on June 19, 2020, due to public safety concerns. Officials stated the real bus may be put on display at a safe location someday in the future.
The 1993 action film “Point Of No Return,” a remake of “La Femme Nikita,” was filmed in a variety of locations, including New Orleans, Washington D.C. and Southern California.
Maggie, played by Bridget Fonda, relocates to this “apartment” in Venice Beach. The actual building is not a residential property. The same location appeared as the Colonic Institute in the 1991 Steve Martin comedy, “L.A. Story.”
LOCATION: 523 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
Maggie is instructed to blow up a hotel room. These scenes were filmed at a hotel in Century City, located next to the “Nakatomi Plaza” from “Die Hard.”
LOCATION: 2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067
The 1992 film “White Men Can’t Jump” remains one of the more iconic Los Angeles based films. While it shot at various locations around the city, many of which were not destination-based spots for tourists, it is arguably best remembered for its basketball scenes on Venice Beach. During the opening credits, Billy Hoyle, played by Woody Harrelson, parks his car on Windward Ave in Venice Beach, as he searches for a basketball court.
LOCATION: 25 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Just on the opposite side of the street, there is this mural for the film.
LOCATION: 66 Windward Ave Venice, CA 90291
Here is where the men sing a song over the opening credits. This same area was featured in the film “Monkey Trouble.”
LOCATION: Dudley Ave / Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
Billy approaches the singing men and asks where to find the basketball court.
LOCATION: 401 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
The court where Billy hustles Sidney Deane, played by Wesley Snipes, was not a real court at all. It was and still is a parking lot for beach visitors at the end of Rose Ave, stretching down to Dudley Ave. The production liked the location and converted it into a basketball court for filming. There is a famous court next to the Muscle Beach gym area, often mistaken as being the court from this film and featured in such films as “American History X.” However, the real location is the Rose Ave parking lot, as the buildings and surrounding areas still align with what is seen in the background of the film.
LOCATION: 1 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Here is the court where Sidney and Billy run their first hustle together. Their target does not react kindly to the hustle and goes to his car to get a gun.
LOCATION: 601 E 23rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90011 (court is behind the church on the corner of Trinity St / E 22nd St)
Billy and Gloria, played by Rosie Perez, drop Sidney off at his apartment in Los Angeles.
LOCATION: 4808 August St, Los Angeles, CA 90008
The first motel where Billy stays was formerly located at 1733 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401. It has since been demolished and a new building stands in its place. After some men seeking to collect a debt from Billy track him down at that motel, Billy and Gloria flee to this motel for much of the film.
LOCATION: 5274 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Sidney gets a tour as a prospective buyer of this home, which may be beyond his price range.
LOCATION: 2352 W 30th St, Los Angeles, CA 90018
Gloria appears on the game show “Jeopardy!,” which was filmed at the show’s stage on the Sony Pictures studio lot. The set can be visited as part of their studio tour.
LOCATION: 10202 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
After Gloria does well on “Jeopardy!,” she and Billy celebrate by upgrading to this hotel in Santa Monica.
In the 1991 comedy “Suburban Commando,” Hulk Hogan plays a warrior from outer space named Shep Ramsey, who finds himself stranded on Earth after crash-landing. Ordered by his commander to use the time to take a vacation, Shep takes up residence with a suburban family.
The film was shot entirely in Southern California. Early in the movie, after Shep leaves his space craft hidden away to recharge, he first encounters Earthlings walking down this strip of storefronts, located in Pacific Palisades. The storefronts have changed very little from the time filming took place and much of it is still easily recognizable. He turns this corner from the parking area to see a cop writing a ticket and a man holding a broom, shouting at him.
LOCATION: 16618 Marquez Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
As Shep continues walking, a group of women notice him and comment to themselves in front of this store.
LOCATION: 16636 Marquez Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
In the same general area to the right of the doors, a woman is standing in front of a soda machine, angry because it took her money. Shep hits the machine and all the coins spill out, causing a group of kids to run over and collect them.
As he continues walking past this store, a couple pedestrians pass and comment on his unusual fashion.
LOCATION: 16642 Marquez Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Shep notices a dog locked in a vehicle in the blistering heat in front of this restaurant, where the owner sits and eats a meal and yells at the dog. Shep grabs the man, locks him in the vehicle and lets the dog finish the owner’s meal.
LOCATION: 16646 Marquez Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Shep reaches the end of the block, rounding the corner onto Bollinger Dr, where he notices a telephone pole with a posting advertising an apartment for rent. The phone pole has since been removed.
LOCATION: 16650 Marquez Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
The scene ends with Shep taking the advertisement and walking down Bollinger Dr, implying the Wilcox property is located just down the road. The real location, however, is located nowhere near Pacific Palisades.
The same location appears again later in the film, when Shep encounters a mime, who he believes is actually stuck in an invisible force field.
LOCATION: Bollinger Dr / Marquez Ave Los Angeles, CA 90272
The apartment ad eventually leads Shep to Jenny Wilcox, played by Shelley Duvall, who posted the rental as a means to help bring in extra income for her husband Charlie, played by Christoper Lloyd. The Wilcox family home can be found in Tarzana.
LOCATION: 19106 Sylvan St, Tarzana, CA 91335
The house is mostly seen in tight shots, or facing out towards the street. There are, however, a couple brief views of the entire home in wide shots.
The neighboring homes to the left and right of the Wilcox house are also featured in the film. This is the home where Charlie’s neighbor is working on cars in the driveway throughout the film. He keeps leaving vehicles on the street, blocking Charlie from accessing his own driveway, until Shep takes matters into his own hands.
LOCATION: 19100 Sylvan St, Tarzana, CA 91335
On the other side of the Wilcox house is where the eccentric veteran neighbor sits out in the front lawn and strikes up a friendship with Shep, sharing battle stories.
LOCATION: 19112 Sylvan St, Tarzana, CA 91335
The traffic light Charlie keeps getting stuck at throughout the film can be found at the intersection of Burbank Blvd and Woodley Ave, near Encino Village in the San Fernando Valley.
LOCATION: Burbank Blvd / Woodley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91411
Higgins Haven from “Friday The 13th Part III” can be found at the Melody Ranch Studio Backlot in Santa Clarita, California. Many people know the lot as the Veluzat Movie Ranch and it is still commonly referred to by that name. However, the ranch has since changed its name to the Melody Ranch Studio Backlot. If you make it to the ranch in person, you’ll see a sign at the gates, referring to it as such. The lot is owned by the Veluzats, who also own Melody Ranch in Newhall, California. To make matters more confusing, right next to it sits the Diamond V Movie Ranch. This is owned by other members of the Velutats, but not the same ones as those who own Melody Ranch and the Melody Backlot (a.k.a. Veluzat Movie Ranch). People often mistake Diamond V and Veluzat Ranch as being one in the same, or Melody Ranch and Melody Backlot, but they are separate properties.
While perhaps not quite as well known as Melody Ranch in Newhall, the Melody Backlot is actually larger. To get to the ranch, you make a turn from Copper Hill Drive. There is a very unassuming dirt road there (GPS coordinates: 34°27’36.5″N 118°30’32.0″W). You would never guess from that road what lies at the end of that dirt road, but if you follow the long dirt road, you’ll sure enough arrive at the ranches. However, a locked fence is at the entrance and you can proceed no further without permission of the owners. The good news, however, is that the ranch is available for public tours. You must book by appointment only and if productions are in active progress, that may inhibit their availability, but the Melody Ranch owners are very generous in that they offer tours in the first place, as most Southern California movie ranches do not.
Perhaps the most widely known location among horror fans at the property is Higgins Haven. This is where the house was located, which was destroyed by a fire. The chimney and parts of the foundation still remain.
LOCATION: Melody Ranch Studio Backlot (a.k.a. Veluzat Movie Ranch), Forest Rte 5N28, Santa Clarita, CA 91390 (GPS coordinates: 34°29’32.0″N 118°29’46.4″W)
Here is the famous barn from the film, which sits right across from the above location.
Here is a look inside the barn.
Here is the second level, where Jason attacks.
If you get a chance to visit the Melody Ranch Studio Backlot, we highly encourage it. Please do so by booking a tour, to support the owners who have preserved these sets for decades.
The 2010 Christopher Nolan film “Inception” shot in a variety of locations around the world, including France, England, Japan, Morocco, Canada and the United States. Quite a few scenes were filmed around Southern California.
At this intersection in Downtown Los Angeles, Cobb, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, goes over plans with his team to execute a mission within a dream.
LOCATION: Wilshire Blvd / Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Directly across the street are the corner steps where Cobb picks up a man in a taxi and kidnaps him. The same steps were used in “The Social Network,” when Jesse Eisenberg shows up to a business meeting wearing a robe.
LOCATION: 707 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Yusuf’s van falls from the Schuyler F. Heim Bridge, a vertical lift bridge in Long Beach. This area has since changed some. The exact stretch of the liftspan seen in the film has since been removed and a fixed stretch of bridge now exists in it’s place. Construction on the remodeled bridge began in 2011 and was completed in 2020.
LOCATION: Schuyler F. Heim Bridge, Terminal Island Fwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cobb walks with his wife Mal, played by Marion Cotillard, though a deep dream state called “limbo,” where the dreamers risk being unable to awaken. This area is part of The Music Center building in Downtown Los Angeles, facing toward The John Ferraro Building. Cobb also walks with Ariadne, played by Ellen Page, through the same area.
LOCATION: 135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Cobb and Ariadne continue walking through the surreal landscape, where old houses are seen partially submerged in water. This was filmed at The John Ferraro Building, which has been featured in countless films and television shows, such as “The Nice Guys,” “Hancock,” “The Omega Man” and more. The buildings submerged in water were CGI, replacing the L.A. skyline on the left, but the section of the Ferraro Building on the right side is the real location seen in the film.
LOCATION: 111 N Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Mal, believing she’s trapped in a dream and will only awaken by leaping to her death, sits on the ledge of this building.
LOCATION: 215 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Some props from the film could be found on display on the Warner Brothers Studio Tour.
The 1971 road movie “Two-Lane Blacktop,” directed by Monte Hellman, was filmed across many states, including North Carolina, Tennessee, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona. In the film, The Driver, played by James Taylor and The Mechanic, played by Dennis Wilson, stop off at this cafe located in Flagstaff, Arizona for a meal. The classic ’55 Chevy from the film was parked out front in the scene.