The 1994 action film “Terminal Velocity,” starring Charlie Sheen, was primarily filmed in Arizona. In the opening of the film, a woman is killed at this apartment building, where Chris, played by Nastassja Kinski, lives.
LOCATION: 2201 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Richard “Ditch” Brodie, played by Sheen, skydives past this building as he lands at the wrong party.
The 1965 Russ Meyer film “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!” was shot in the deserts of Southern California. The film maintains a cult status and continues to find new fans decades after its release.
The opening go-go dancing scenes were filmed at the Pink Pussycat Club in West Hollywood, which was formerly located at 7969 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046. Some resources state the scenes were filmed at The Pussycat Club in Van Nuys, but that information appears to be incorrect.
There is also conflicting information about the location of the salt flats where the car race takes place. It was once claimed to have been shot at a place called “Lake Cunniback,” but no such location seems to exist. Other resources suggest Rosamond Lake in Rosamond, California, but it remains subject to debate.
One location that remains in tact is the gas station where the three women fuel up. The gas pumps have been removed, but otherwise the buildings, located in the small town of Randsburg, still appear very much the same as they did in the film.
LOCATION: 26623 Butte Ave, Randsburg, CA 93554
Here is the location where the old man and his son park their truck. The women learn the old man may have a large sum of money hidden at his ranch and quickly decide to try to find it.
The Old Man’s ranch, where much of the film takes place, was known as Ollie Peche’s Musical Wells Ranch in the town of Mojave. The ranch was abandoned for years and remained standing until at least 2017, where visitors could approach and explore it. The land was eventually purchased by a motorcycle driving school and the owners unfortunately decided to demolish the ranch. Here is an aerial view of where the ranch once stood. The surrounding wall still exists.
LOCATION: 1600 Pesch Blvd, Mojave, CA 93501 (now demolished)
From ground level, the land is fenced off and marked as private. To reach this area, you must take CA-14 N to Leman Rd. From Leman Rd, you turn right and make an immediate left onto Pesch Blvd, which is marked with a street sign. Pesch Blvd is paved and you can take it straight down until it reaches the fencing and private property signs. You can continue by turning right along Pesch Blvd, but you can’t proceed any further onto the land, which is where the ranch was located. Below is a photo of the closest point you can now access from ground level before the private markers. There are some photos available online from when the ranch still stood.
The 1983 film “Valley Girl,” starring Deborah Foreman and Nicolas Cage, was largely filmed, as the title suggests, in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. The opening shows a helicopter view past the Hollywood sign, overlooking the San Fernando Valley. There is a popular, public hiking trail that goes up to and behind the sign. Here is the view of the Valley from behind the Hollywood sign.
LOCATION: Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (GPS coordinates: 34.134118, -118.321540)
The early scenes of Julie, played by Foreman, shopping at the mall with her friends were filmed at the Del Amo Shopping Center in Torrance. The same mall was heavily featured in the film “Jackie Brown.” Here is a shot of the former food court. The mall has since been heavily remodeled and the food court not only looks nothing like how it appeared in the film, its actually now located in a completely different section of the mall.
LOCATION: 3525 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90503
The party scene where Randy, played by Cage, meets Julie was filmed at this home in West Hills.
LOCATION: 23727 Posey Ln, West Hills, CA 91304
As Randy takes Julie into Hollywood, numerous landmarks are shown, beginning with the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
LOCATION: 6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
The Roxy Theatre on Sunset Blvd is also seen.
LOCATION: 9009 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
The characters also drive by the original Pussycat Theater. The building now looks different and the Pussycat is long gone, but the original theater facade was briefly recreated for the film “Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood.”
LOCATION: 6656 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Here is the home of Julie Richman.
LOCATION: 3907 Dixie Canyon Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
This is where the heath food store, owned by Julie’s parents, was located.
LOCATION: 14543 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
The restaurant where Julie eats with her friends was Du-Pars in Studio City. The same restaurant was featured in “Boogie Nights.” The location has since closed down and the building has been completely remodeled.
LOCATION: 12036 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 (now closed)
In a montage of Randy and Julie dating, more iconic city spots are shown, including Casa Vega.
LOCATION: 13301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
The Camelot apartments from the 90s comedy “Slums of Beverly Hills,” starring Natasha Lyonne and Alan Arkin, can be found in Los Angeles. It has unfortunately since been heavily remodeled and doesn’t much resemble how it appeared in the film.
LOCATION: 425 S Willaman Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90048
The John Carpenter classic “They Live,” starring Roddy Piper, was filmed in Los Angeles, California. Most of the film was shot around Downtown. The train tracks where Nada, played by Piper, first arrives can be found near the Spring Street Bridge. This is about the closest view possible. To get to this area, head down Aurora St until it dead ends at N Spring St. There is a short walkway there, before you reach a fence and can proceed no further. This is a view through the fencing toward the tracks.
LOCATION: Next to 1745 N Spring S, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (where Aurora St dead ends at N Spring St)
Here is the view of Nada walking toward the city, with the Downtown skyline on the horizon. A tip for anyone looking to visit, this is located very close to the above location at the rail tracks and you can quickly walk to both. Public parking near the Los Angeles State Historic Park is available along Baker St, which sits right between the two locations.
LOCATION: Near the intersection of N Spring St / Mesnagers St Los Angeles, CA 90012
As Nada heads into the city, he is seen walking along S Grand Ave. This same spot is seen in the film “Speed.”
LOCATION: Near the intersection of Hope Pl / S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (facing towards W 5th St)
Nada visits City Hall in Downtown Los Angeles where a man is preaching.
LOCATION: 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
The former construction site where Nada seeks work has been completely developed since filming and no longer has any resemblance to how it appeared in the film. The area could be found near 333 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013.
Nada encounters Frank, played by Keith David, at a shantytown in the middle of the city. The area is now a soccer field. The church and the entire section of road where it was located were removed entirely due to redevelopment. Today, the only remnants of filming are a couple of the buildings in the background, which still align.
LOCATION: 1138 W Court St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Here is the location of the Obey sign subliminal message, only visible through special sunglasses Nada finds. The famous artist Shepard Fairey drew inspiration from the film for his “Obey Giant” street art.
LOCATION: 631 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Here is the location of the “Marry and reproduce” sign.
LOCATION: 530 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Here is the view of the city where Nada can see subliminal message signs everywhere. The location is on 1st St in Downtown Los Angeles, overlooking S Figueroa St. The “No thought” building on the right is the back view of the apartment of Edward Norton’s character in “Fight Club.”
LOCATION: Between 880 – 900 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (GPS coordinates: 34.057739, -118.252016 on 1st St, overlooking S Figueroa St)
Nada sees an alien reading at a newsstand at this location.
LOCATION: 640 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Nada sees another alien fixing her hair at this location.
LOCATION: 716 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
This is the market where a woman calls upon authorities to capture Nada.
LOCATION: 1216 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Nada visits the home of Holly, played by Meg Foster, where he unsuccessfully tries to get her to where sunglasses to see the hidden messages.
LOCATION: 8634 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069
This alley, known as Mercury Ct, is where the famous fight breaks out between Nada and Frank over a pair of sunglasses. The alley can be found between S Olive St and S Hill St. It still looks similar to how it appeared in the film and remains a well-preserved gem for filming location fans in Los Angeles. This is the view facing toward W 6th St.
LOCATION: Mercury Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (GPS coordinates: 34.046659, -118.254647)
Here is where the garbage cans were located.
Here is where Nada gives Frank a back suplex off the wall.
Here is where the garbage truck is seen, facing toward W 7th St.
The bank where Nada delivers the immortal line, “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum” was filmed at the A.G. Bartlett Building in Downtown Los Angeles. The building is currently used for a variety of businesses and lofts. The property has been seen in countless other films, including “Seven,” “The Mask,” “The Prestige,” “Ghost,” “Bridesmaids” and many more. This area cannot normally be accessed by pedestrians, so we were unable to match up the exact shot. However, portions of the inside are still visible from the street in a couple areas through the windows.
LOCATION: 650 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Parking in Downtown L.A. can be expensive and many of the locations of “They Live” are within walking distance of one another, so be sure to do your research if you plan on visiting, in order to avoid looping back around the same areas.
The 1995 Kevin Smith film “Mallrats” was mostly filmed in Minnesota, with some scenes filmed in Smith’s native New Jersey. The key location of the movie, the Eden Prairie Center Mall, has since been heavily remodeled and no longer appears how it did in the film. It is located at 8251 Flying Cloud Dr, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.
The “dirt mall” where TS Quint and Brodie, played by Jeremy London and Jason Lee respectively, meet a topless fortune teller, has since been demolished. It was formerly located at 17 US-1, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.
Another filming location for the movie can be found in Los Angeles, California. The location of the house of Brandi, played by Claire Forlani, is confusing because two different places were used and depending on which cut of the film you see, different houses appear. The extended cut of the film features the original location in Minnesota, where a news crew waits outside as TS visits with Brodie. After the original movie opening performed poorly with test audiences, the opening was reshot in Los Angeles.
For the shorter, theatrical cut, a totally different home was featured, where TS meets Brandi alone and tries unsuccessfully to take her on a trip to Florida. This is the Los Angeles location of the reshoot scene.
LOCATION: 414 S Rimpau Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Hedges have since been planted along the front of the property, obscuring much of the house from street level.
In the Mallrats audio commentary for the theatrical version, Smith confirms the scene was shot long after the original footage and was indeed filmed in Los Angeles. The location is omitted altogether from the extended cut of the film, in favor of the original footage. The Minnesota location of Brandi’s house, which is only seen in close-up shots, has yet to be found.
At the end of the film, TS and Brandi are married at the Jaws ride, supposedly at Universal Studios Florida. The scene was instead filmed at the Jaws ride at Universal Studios Hollywood.
LOCATION: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
The 1990 film “The Grifters,” directed by Stephen Frears, was shot primarily in Los Angeles, California and Phoenix, Arizona. Lilly, played by Anjelica Houston, visits her son Roy, played by John Cusack, at his apartment in Los Angeles. Roy’s apartment is actually a composite of two locations. For the wide shots and the scene where Roy is taken away in an ambulance, the Bryson Apartments were used. The same apartment can be seen in the film “Magnolia.” For closer shots, the Asbury Apartments, located at 2505 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057, were used.
LOCATION: 2701 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
The apartment where Roy’s girlfriend Myra, played by Annette Bening, lives has since been demolished. It was formerly located at 692 S Mariposa Ave Los Angeles, CA 90005.
Lilly places bets on horses at a race track, supposedly located La Jolla. The real location can actually be found in Phoenix. As she’s leaving, her angry boss Bobo comes to visit her. The location appears again later in the film when Myra spies on Lilly.
LOCATION: 1501 W Bell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85023
A drunken man disturbs Lilly as she tries to eat at this cafe in Santa Clarita. The cafe is only seen from interior views in the film.
LOCATION: 25861 Railroad Ave, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
After Lilly discovers she is in danger, she gets a motel room, supposedly located in Phoenix. Myra follows her there, planning to kill her. Ironically, despite other scenes actually filming in Phoenix, the motel chosen by the production instead shot in Santa Clarita, California. The same motel was featured in the Britney Spears film “Crossroads,” as well as the TV shows “Too Old To Die Young” and “Westworld.”
LOCATION: 12117 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91390
Roy is summoned to Phoenix to identify a body and is taken to the Phoenix City Hall. These scenes were filmed at the Maricopa County Courthouse in Phoenix. The entrance Roy is seen entering can be found on the west side of the building, facing what is now the courtyard area.
Some props from the 2005 Tim Burton / Mike Johnson film “Corpse Bride” can be found on display at Warner Bros. Studio as part of their studio tour. Here are miniatures of the characters in the film, along with some behind the scenes photos of the filmmakers using them in the film.