2 Days In The Valley (1996)

The 1996 film “2 Days in the Valley” tells the story of the lives of several characters intersecting, as the title suggests, over two days in the San Fernando Valley.  The wealthy art dealer Allan Hopper, played by Greg Crutwell, becomes sick in the streets next to a night club.  This scene was shot in Sherman Oaks.

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LOCATION: 13615 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Here is the view across the street where Allan’s car was parked.

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LOCATION: 13616 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Two detectives, played by Jeff Daniels and Eric Stoltz, stake out a massage parlor.  Wes Taylor, played by Stoltz, questions whether the stakeout is a suitable use of their time, while Alvin Strayer, played by Daniels, insists it is important.

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LOCATION: 6343 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91606

The two conduct their stakeout from a convenience store across the street.

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LOCATION: 6364 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91606

Dosmo Pizzo, played by Danny Aiello, seeks refuge at the home of Allan Hooper.  The home, which sits on a hillside in Studio City, unfortunately is not visible from the road.  Here is a glimpse of the entrance.

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LOCATION: 3354 Wrightwood Dr, Studio City, CA 91604

One of the most memorable scenes in the film is the fight between Becky Foxx, played by Teri Hatcher and Helga Svelgen, played the Charlize Theron.  These scenes were filmed at the St. George Motor Inn in Tarzana.  The exteriors are seen briefly, but most of the scene takes place inside one of the rooms.

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LOCATION: 19454 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

Jeff Daniels’ character becomes irate when a golf ball breaks the front window of his home.  The house can be found in Studio City.

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LOCATION: 4155 Bellaire Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

It really is located right across the street from a golf course, just as depicted in the film.

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Arachnophobia (1990)

The 1990 comedy thriller “Arachnophobia” is set in the fictional Central California town of Canaima.  In reality, much of the film was shot in the similarly named town of Cambria.

The house of the Jennings, which was featured heavily in the film, was a set and no longer stands.

The funeral home where the spider first escapes is located on Main St.  However, the building seen in the film actually faces around the corner on Arlington St.  It currently operates as an antique store.

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LOCATION: 755 Main St Unit C, Cambria, CA 93428 (facing Arlington St)

The doctor’s office where Ross Jennings, played by Jeff Daniels, works can be found about a mile away from the funeral home location.

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LOCATION: 4090 Burton Dr, Cambria, CA 93428

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The house of Margaret Hollins can be found about thrity miles away from Cambia, in the town of Paso Robles.  The house is part of the Halter Ranch Vineyard, which is a large property, but this house sits close to the road.  Adelaida Rd is a long and winding road, passing countless vineyards.  Cell phone reception is very spotty through this area, so be sure you plan your directions well if you do visit.

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LOCATION: 8910 Adelaida Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Raising Arizona (1987)

The 1987 Coen Brothers film “Raising Arizona” was, as you might have guessed, filmed in Arizona.  Early in the film, the recently paroled H.I. McDunnough, played by Nicolas Cage, robs a convenience store, winding up back in jail.  The store has since been remodeled, but still remains standing in Phoenix.

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LOCATION: 2311 W Deer Valley Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85027

The trailer where H.I. and his new wife Ed, played by Holly Hunter, first move after getting married can be found in Scottsdale.  In reality, it’s just an empty plot of land, which can be found on the left side where N 136th St dead ends into E Del Timbre Dr.

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LOCATION: N 136th St / E Del Timbre Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85259

After discovering they’re unable to have children, H.I. and Ed hear news of a family named Arizona having five children and decide to steal one of them to raise as their own.  The home of the Arizonas is a slight challenge to locate and photograph.  It is found on the grounds of a luxury resort called The Phoenician.  If you travel just briefly up N Phoenician Blvd from E Camelback Rd, you’ll see it on your left.  The building, known as the Jokake Inn, has no unique address separate from the large resort grounds, but the GPS coordinates are 33°30’14.1″N 111°57’04.5″W.  As you can see in the photo, there is a spot there to u turn out of the property.  If you proceed any further, there is a security checkpoint immediately ahead and no other place to turn around without passing through the checkpoint.

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LOCATION: Jokake Inn at The Phoenician, N Phoenician Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85018 (GPS coordinates: 33°30’14.1″N 111°57’04.5″W)

After trying to rob a store for some diapers, H.I. is chased by the police.  After he is ejected through the front window of a truck, he runs through this house, located in Scottsdate.

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LOCATION: 8620 E Malcomb Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Near the end of the film, H.I. battles the bounty hunter Leonard Smalls near this water tower in Scottsdale.  Directly across the street was the bank location that Gale and Evelle rob, but it has unfortunately since been demolished.  The buildings and water tower on the opposite side of the road still remain standing, however.

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LOCATION: 27400 N Alma School Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Little Giants (1994)

The 1994 football comedy “Little Giants” supposedly takes place in the town of Urbania, Ohio.  However, most of the filming actually took place in the small Central California town of Arroyo Grande.  Producers felt they could match the look of Ohio there while keeping the advantages of filming in California.

One of the main locations featured is the gas station where the Little Giants practice over the course of the film.  The gas station is owned by Danny O’Shea (Rick Moranis), father of Becky “Icebox” O’Shea and coach of the Little Giants.  The gas station itself is located on Traffic Way and the location is seen from both the front and back in the film.  However, it’s the back of the location, facing Bridge St, which was featured the most.

Back when filming took place, the parking area was still dirt and not paved with cement as it is today.  The barn on the right was also featured in many scenes and still stands today.

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LOCATION: 139 Traffic Way, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 (back area faces Bridge St)

Here is the front of the gas station facing Traffic Way.  The kids are seen running a car wash out front in one scene.  In the film, there were gas pumps and a canopy extending out, which has since been removed.  The black pole on the right, which was the sign for the gas station, still remains.

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The Arroyo Grande Bridge is also seen frequently in the background as the kids practice football.  In one scene, rival coach Kevin O’Shea, played by Ed O’Neill, spies on the team from the bridge.  Built in 1908, the bridge really is located right next to the gas station location on Bridge St.

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LOCATION: Arroyo Grande Bridge, 118-142 Bridge St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Arroyo Grande is located almost halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.  If you’re a fan of the film and find yourself making the drive between cities, some 90s nostalgia can be found tucked away in the small town.

The Party (1968)

The 1968 comedy Peter Sellers comedy “The Party,” directed by Blake Edwards, is a gem of a film if you’ve never seen it.  The house of Mr. Clutterbuck serves as the central location of the film.  The exterior of the house can be found near West Hollywood, California.  The interiors were a set build at the former Samuel Goldwyn Studios (7200 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046).

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LOCATION: 9271 Robin Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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Near the end of the film, Hrundi V. Bakshi, played by Sellers, drops Michele Monet, played by Claudine Longet, off at her apartment, which can also be found near West Hollywood.

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LOCATION: 1427 N Poinsettia Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90046

She’s All That (1999)

The 1999 teen comedy “She’s All That,” starring Rachel Leigh Cook and Freddie Prinze Jr., was filmed entirely in Sourthern California.  Laney Boggs, played by Cook, lives at this house in Redondo Beach.

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LOCATION: 507 Paseo De La Playa, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

The home was only used for exterior shots.  Interior shots were filmed just across the street at 504 Paseo De La Playa, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

The high school scenes were filmed at Torrance High School.  The same school was featured in the TV series “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “Beverly Hills, 90210.”

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LOCATION: 2200 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

Last Action Hero (1993)

The 1993 film “Last Action Hero” was shot mostly in Southern California, with a few additional scenes filmed in New York City.  Early in the film, Jack Slater, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, faces off against his nemesis, The Ripper, played by Tom Noonan.  These scenes were filmed at the Culver Hotel in Culver City.

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LOCATION: 9400 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Tony Vivaldi, played by Anthony Quinn, lives at this Mailbu estate.

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LOCATION: 28824 Cliffside Dr, Malibu, CA 90265

Late in the film, a mob funeral is held at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

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LOCATION: 200 S Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

Reacher can be seen driving his car across the water here.

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Here is the entrance to the hotel, where Benedict, played by Charles Dance, is seen.

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Some Kind Of Wonderful (1987)

The 1980s film “Some Kind of Wonderful,” written by John Hughes, was filmed entirely around Southern California.  Amanda, played by Lea Thompson, lives at this house located in Wilmington.

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LOCATION: 1319 W E St, Wilmington, CA 90744

Here is another view of the home.

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Keith, played by Eric Stoltz, lives at this home, also located in Wilmington.

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LOCATION: 1441 W I St, Wilmington, CA 90744

The high school scenes were filmed at the San Pedro High School.

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LOCATION: 1001 W 15th St, San Pedro, CA 90731

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I, Robot (2004)

In the 2004 sci-fi action film “I, Robot,” Detective Del Spooner, played by Will Smith, is attacked by robots while he is driving this Audi RSQ.  Specifically developed for the film, the vehicle could be seen at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, which ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020.

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LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036