The 1984 film “Purple Rain,” starring Prince, was shot around Minneapolis, Minnesota and Los Angeles, California. Early in the film, The Kid, played by Prince, is seen performing at the First Avenue nightclub with The Revolution. The venue is seen multiple times throughout the film.
LOCATION: 701 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
The exterior of the venue was actually a composite of two locations. Close-ups of the box office area were filmed at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.
LOCATION: 3790 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
The Kid’s house can be found in Minneapolis. Less than a year before his death, Prince actually purchased the home in 2015.
Later in the film, The Kid drives up to check on his mother, who is sitting on the curb. These scenes were filmed in Los Angeles. While his mother is sitting in front of 922 Irolo St, only the view across the street is seen, facing 919 Irolo St.
LOCATION: 922 Irolo St, Los Angeles, CA 90006 (facing 919 Irolo St, Los Angeles, CA 90006)
Numerous original props from the classic 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” can be found on display at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, California. Perhaps most notable of all are the ruby slippers of Dorothy, played by Judy Garland.
LOCATION: 6067 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Also on display are Dorothy’s pinafore and blouse.
Here is the headpiece worn by Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion. Rubber ears were sewn to a wig that combined with a beard attached under the chin to complete the headpiece. It is the only known version from the film to still exist.
Here is the hat worn by Margaret Hamilton as The Wicked Witch of the West.
Here is one of the uniforms worn by a Munchkin soldier.
Renowned author William S. Burroughs (“Naked Lunch,” “Junky,” “Queer”) lived in this New Orleans home from 1948 to 1949. The house was famously documented in fellow author Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road,” where he recounted visiting Burroughs on January 21, 1949. There is a historical marker located to the left of the house.
The 1984 film “Footloose,” starring Kevin Bacon, was filmed in Utah. The church where Shaw Moore, played by John Lithgow, is reverend can be found in the town of American Fork, about 40 minutes south of Salt Lake City. The reverend’s home was formerly located across the street, but has since been demolished, with a shopping plaza now in its place.
LOCATION: 75 N 100 E, American Fork, UT 84003
One of the central locations of the film is the mill where Ren, played by Kevin Bacon, works. It can be found in the town of Lehi. While the building itself hasn’t changed much since filming took place, the surrounding area has changed significantly, with roads and businesses now surrounding it.
LOCATION: 833 E Main St, Lehi, UT 84043
Here are some additional looks at the mill, which appears several times throughout the film.
Shaw Moore meets with members of the community at this house, also located in Lehi.
The house from the TV sitcom “The Middle,” which ran from 2009 to 2018, can be found at the Warner Bros. Ranch in Burbank, California. The ranch is a small lot located apart from the main studio lot, which is not open to public tours.
The 1997 Chris Farley comedy “Beverly Hills Ninja” was filmed around Southern California. Haru, played by Farley, joins a clan of ninjas in Japan and trains in their martial arts. These scenes were filmed at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, in their Japanese Garden.
LOCATION: 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108
The hotel scenes were filmed at the The Langham Huntington in Pasadena. The hotel has appeared in countless films, including “Seabiscut,” the 1998 remake of “The Parent Trap,” “Lovelace,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Richie Rich A Christmas Wish” and many more. It has also appeared in the TV series “Westworld,” “Simon & Simon,” “Remington Steele,” “Highway to Heaven,” “Knots Landing” and more.
LOCATION: 1401 S Oak Knoll Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106
Haru disguises himself as a chef at Hop Louie in Chinatown, where a fight soon ensues. The restaurant has since closed, but the facade still remains. The same restaurant was also seen in the 1990s comedies “Surf Ninjas” and “Mystery Men,” as well as the film “I Love You, Man.”
LOCATION: 950 Mei Ling Way, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Haru gets captured by his enemies and taken to a meeting with a rival gang at the Malibu Hindu Temple in Calabasas. The temple also appeared in the 1998 film “Jeans” and the TV series “The Big Bang Theory.”
LOCATION: 1600 Las Virgenes Canyon Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302
The 2019 Todd Phillips film “Joker,” starring Joaquin Phoenix, was filmed in New York and New Jersey. The most famous location from the film likewise emerged as one of the most popular filming locations of recent years, which is of course the stairs where Joker dances. The stairs, previously known as the Shakespeare Avenue Stairs, or alternatively as the Gauson Stairs, connect Shakespeare Ave and Anderson Ave at West 167th St. The stairs were also featured prominently on the film’s poster image and are now most commonly known as the Joker Stairs.
LOCATION: Between 1161 Shakespeare Ave and 1150 Anderson Ave, The Bronx, NY 10452 (GPS coordinates: 40°50’09.3″N, 73°55’26.2″W)
Here is the area where Joker dances. Originally director Todd Phillips was inspired by a flight of stairs seen in the Ridley Scott film “American Gangster,” but upon scouting realized that area had since changed and no longer matched the aesthetic they were looking for in this film. Instead, other stairs around The Bronx were scouted and ultimately the right look was found.
Here is another view of the section of stairs he dances on.
Here is a view from the top of the stairs. Normally the stairs are not only heavily used by local residents, but it is also a highly popular tourist destination. We found a few minutes when the stairs were totally empty, but soon after, the place was crowded full of tourists.
The stairs are seen multiple times in the film. This view is seen early on as Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) walks to the top of the steps on his way home. The large, modern building in the background was replaced via visual effects with a an older, urban backdrop for the film.
Arthur’s apartment can be found at the top of the stairs, but it’s not the entrance closest to the top, right beside the market. It is instead the next entrance down, which is very similar looking, leading many to mix the locations up. Perhaps the easiest method to identify the correct, screen used entrance is to look for the two large poles to the left.
LOCATION: 1140 Anderson Ave, The Bronx, NY 10452
Arthur has a face to face encounter with Bruce Wayne at the Wayne Manor, which was filmed at the Webb Institute Livingston Library.
The Arkham State Hospital building was filmed in Brooklyn near the intersection of 1st Ave / 58th St. Some visual effects were once again employed to make the building to the left taller and add Arkham State Hospital signage above the arches.