Licorice Pizza (2021)

The 2021 Paul Thomas Anderson film “Licorice Pizza” is set in the 1970s San Fernando Valley, with the production likewise staying pretty faithful to that area. This article contains some minor spoilers, so we only recommend reading if you’ve seen the film.

The wig shop where Gary, played by Cooper Hoffman, first sees a waterbed for sale is a real wig shop, located in Canoga Park.

LOCATION: 21819 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303

You can see the nursery & hardware sign behind him as he enters the store.

Gary opens his own store, Fat Bernie’s, selling waterbeds. Later in the film, Gary re-brands his business as the Pinball Palace, using the same location. The actual storefront can be found in Chatsworth.

LOCATION: 21758 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311

Here is the front of the store, seen numerous times in the film.

We were actually able to visit the set of the film back when production was taking place. Here you can see the Fat Bernie’s signs and the crew prepping the location.

Here’s a look at the interior, which is also featured heavily in the film.

Alana, played by Alana Haim, follows Gary to the back of the store, as she jealously watches him take interest in another girl.

Alana, angered by Gary’s behavior, walks along the side of the building and kisses a random guy on the sidewalk. Here’s how the area appeared in the film, with the Jurgensen’s Grocery Co. advertisement painted on the wall.

Here’s the same area, repainted as it appears since filming completed.

The back of the store appears again when they load up the truck to leave the store.

As the gas crisis takes hold, Gary runs past a line of cars waiting to fuel up near the intersection of Victory Blvd and Lindley Ave in Encino, overlooking the L.A. River.

LOCATION: Near Victory Blvd / Lindley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91335

The camera follows him running up to the gas station, which is known as Signal Gasoline in the film. In reality, it’s not a gas station at all, rather a mechanic’s shop and smog check station.

LOCATION: 18102 Victory Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91335

The eccentric Jon Peters, played by Bradley Cooper, has Alana and Gary give him a ride to this gas station in Encino.

LOCATION: 16900 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

Alana begins volunteering at the campaign offices of Joel Wachs, played by Benny Safdie. The building is actually a mattress and furniture store.

LOCATION: 21702 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303

Later, she notices a main loitering across the street watching the office and confronts him.

Here is the reverse view, where Alana would have been looking out of the offices, which are mostly seen from interior views in the film.

Late in the film, Gary and Alana embrace under the marquee of the El Portal theater in North Hollywood. For those hoping to catch a screening there, the theater does not host theatrical films, rather stage productions by local performing artists.

LOCATION: 5269 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

We leave you with a few more behind the scenes shots of some of the production design from when we visited the shoot. This was all around the Fat Bernie’s location in Chatsworth.

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The Irishman (2019)

The 2019 Martin Scorsese film “The Irishman” was mostly shot north of New York City, in small towns such as White Plains, Suffern and Hempstead, with a bit of additional filming in New Jersey and Florida. While noted for using de-aging effects on the actors, the film likewise utilized visual effects on several of the locations to make them more period authentic. Sometimes what you see in real life does not immediately match what appears on screen. However, the filmmakers used every tool at their disposal, combining a unique mixture of visual effects, practical set dressing and in some cases, simply finding great locations that didn’t need anything changed to bring about the appropriate look. The production reportedly traveled to over 200 different locations in the film, so we obviously weren’t able visit every spot, but we did as many as we could.

Frank Sheeran, played by Robert De Niro, lives at this home, located in White Plains.

LOCATION: 63 Lincoln Ave, White Plains, NY 10606

After his truck has some mechanical issues, Frank first meets Russell, played by Joe Pesci, at the Texaco gas station, with a Stuckey’s dessert restaurant on the right. The real location is not a gas station at all, rather it is part of Great Hunger Memorial Park, just off the Saw Mill River Pkwy. The gas pumps were added by the production, as well as some set dressing to bring the buildings back to life, but the area is still instantly recognizable from the film. It’s pretty easy to access and open to the public, so we highly recommend visiting the park.

LOCATION: Great Hunger Memorial Park, Saw Mill River Pkwy, Irvington, NY 10533 (GPS coordinates: 41.024472, -73.846028)

Frank works his way up the criminal ranks, meeting Skinny Razor at the Friendly Lounge. Again, the building was repurposed to appear a bit older for the film, but is still recognizable. Several other locations from the film were shot in this same area, including the church in the background.

LOCATION: 880 Woodward Ave, Queens, NY 11385

The baptism scene was shot inside of this church. The exterior of the church appears in a couple scenes as well, but always in the background.

LOCATION: 5815 Catalpa Ave, Queens, NY 11385

Russell collects money and runs some of his operations at Penn Drape & Curtains. This was filmed in the town of Suffern and once again, a couple other locations from the film are on the same street.

LOCATION: 104 Lafayette Ave, Suffern, NY 10901

After Anastasia is killed in a barber shop, Russell is seen exiting Penn Drape & Curtains to talk to a man parked out front and calm things down.

LOCATION: Lafayette Ave / Suffern Pl, Suffern, NY 10901

After a man fails to pay up on a debt owed to Skinny Razor, Frank forces the man into his car in front of this building. This is again located just around the corner from the Friendly Lounge location in Queens, with the same church appearing in the background.

LOCATION: 881 Onderdonk Ave, Queens, NY 11385

Still in the same area, directly across the street from the Friendly Lounge location, is the store where Frank beats the owner on the sidewalk for shoving his daughter. Quite a bit of set decoration was added for this scene, making the storefront look much different in the film.

LOCATION: 885 Woodward Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385

Whispers offers Frank a side job at “Philadelphia’s Melrose Diner,” which is actually the former Goodfellas Diner in Maspeth. The diner was famous for its appearance in another Scorsese film, “Goodfellas,” changing it’s name from the Maspeth Diner after the success of that film. However, it got damaged by a fire in 2018. Since then, the building has remained closed down and appears in disrepair these days. Only the exterior was revisited for this film, the interiors for the scene were filmed at 106 E 2nd St, Mineola, NY 11501.

LOCATION: 56-26 Maspeth Ave, Maspeth, NY 11378

Back in Suffern, Frank makes the rounds to collect more money for Russell at Fair Furriers. This is located very close to the Penn Drape & Curtains location.

LOCATION: 88 Lafayette Ave, Suffern, NY 10901

Frank begins spending a lot of time working with Jimmy Hoffa, played by Al Pacino. Hoffa eats with Frank’s family at this ice cream stand. It really is called Weir’s and very little of it was altered for the film. The spot is a bit of a distance away from most of the other locations, however, in Salisbury Mills.

LOCATION: 2159 NY-94, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577

Hoffa is once again enjoying ice cream with Frank when they learn of J.F.K.’s assassination on a television inside.

LOCATION: 84 Hillside Ave, Williston Park, NY 11596

Hoffa’s teamsters headquarters was actually the Hempstead Town Hall.

LOCATION: 1 Washington St, Hempstead, NY 11550

Hoffa gets sentenced to prison, with the exterior scenes filmed at the East Jersey State Prison. A real prison, the location has appeared in numerous films, including “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Malcolm X,” “Rounders,” “He Got Game,” “The Hurricane” and more.

LOCATION: 1100 Woodbridge Rd, Rahway, NJ 07065

Umbertos Clam House, where Frank performs a hit in front of shocked onlookers, made heavy use of CGI to modify the ground level, incorporating what was a set into the interior views of location. The exterior can be found at 90 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002.

After the hit, Russell is seen at a payphone, making a call to an unknown person in front of the Sunoco gas station. Quite a bit of set dressing was added to make it look like vintage gas station. The real building is part of a bagel shop. The business owns a couple buildings side by side. The one used in the film sits off to the left, near the intersection of Park Ave / Orange Turnpike. The building is currently vacant, although the main building to the right is still operational.

LOCATION: 203 Orange Turnpike, Sloatsburg, NY 10974 (to the left, near the intersection of Park Ave / Orange Turnpike)

Frank buys hot dogs for Jimmy at Lum’s, supposedly located in Florida. The scene was actually filmed in Tuxedo Park, New York, just a short distance away from the above Sunoco location. Visual effects were used to erase the mountain and trees in the background, substituting them for palm trees. The building has also since been remodeled, making it even more tricky to match up.

LOCATION: 192 NY-17, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987 (since remodeled)

Hoffa is killed inside of this house, supposedly located in Michigan. The house seen in the film is actually located in White Plains, New York.

LOCATION: 83 Smith Ave, White Plains, NY 10605

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Suburbicon (2017)

The 2017 George Clooney film “Sububicon,” starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, was filmed in Southern California. In the opening scenes, a book is shown depicting the formation of the Suburbicon community. The Suburbicon Shopping Mall is part of the Valley Plaza in North Hollywood, which has been featured in countless productions, such as “Captain Marvel” and “Too Old To Die Young.” The actual building has long been vacant.

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LOCATION: 2124 Sylvan St, North Hollywood, CA 91606

The Mayers familys family moves into this home in Fullerton, which causes a stir with the racist neighbors in 1950s suburbia.

LOCATION: 1325 W Ash Ave, Fullerton, CA 92833

Gardner and Rose Lodge, played by Damon and Moore, live in this home, which is supposedly located back to back with the above home, but can actually be found over in Carson.

LOCATION: 19720 Dunbrooke Ave, Carson, CA 90746

The bus station is back at the Valley Plaza in North Hollywood.

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LOCATION: 6255 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606

Clerks (1994)

The 1994 independent classic “Clerks,” which famously launched the film career of Kevin Smith, was shot near his hometown of Highlands, New Jersey. The story of “Clerks” is well documented, with Smith financing it via personal credit cards and eventually being accepting into the Sundance Film Festival, ultimately landing national distribution. As you might imagine for a film with such humble beginnings, the locations are all within a short distance of one another.

At the beginning of the film, Dante, played by Brian O’Halloran, is called into work on his day off to cover another employee’s shift. Here is the home of Dante, which still mostly resembles how it appeared in the film.

LOCATION: 102 W Washington Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716

The most iconic location is of course the Quick Stop Groceries, where most of the film takes place. At the time of filming, Smith worked at the store and the owners allowed him to film at night, while the buisness was closed. The store is quite a popular destination, attracting fans on a daily basis. The staff is quite welcoming to fans and allow you to take as many pictures as you’d like, both inside and outside of the store, so we highly recommend a visit.

LOCATION: 58 Leonard Ave, Leonardo, NJ 07737

With the expansion of Smith’s “View Askewniverse,” in which characters from multiple films existed within the same cinematic universe, Quick Stop Groceries would appear in many more Smith films over the years, including “Mallrats” (extended cut only), “Chasing Amy,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and of course the sequels “Clerks II” and “Clerks III.”

Here is the main checkout counter, where Dante spends much of the film. Overall, the interior hasn’t changed much since filming took place.

Randall, played by Jeff Anderson, makes his famous entrance here.

The back of the store appears in multiple scenes, such as the man picking through the eggs, the woman (played by Smith’s mother) checking all the expiration dates on the milk and Caitlin Bree having sex in the bathroom.

Randall works at the RST Video, which is located right next door to the Quick Stop. This is also where Jay and Silent Bob, played by Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, hang out for most of the film. The interior of this area is not open to the public at this time.

LOCATION: 60 Leonard Ave, Leonardo, NJ 07737

After Dante learns one of his exes has died, he and Randall attend the wake at this funeral home.

LOCATION: 59 E Lincoln Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716

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Freeway (1996)

The 1996 dark comedy thriller “Freeway,” starring Reese Witherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland, was shot in Southern California. In the film, Vanessa Lutz, played by Witherspoon, lives at this motel with her mother, Ramona (Amanda Plummer) and stepfather, Larry (Michael T. Weiss).

LOCATION: 13035 San Fernando Rd, Sylmar, CA 91342

Vanessa is depicted as living in the left unit of this building at the back of the property.

After Vanessa’s mother is arrested in a prostitution sting, a social worker attempts to take her away. Vanessa instead handcuffs the worker to a bed and escapes. The location is not in the safest of areas, so we recommend using caution if you visit in person.