Strange Days (1995)

The 1995 Kathryn Bigelow film “Strange Days” is set in the last two days of 1999 in Los Angeles, California. Lenny, played by Ralph Fiennes, uses an illegal electronic device known as a SQUID that records memories onto a disc. On one of these discs, Lenny plays back memories of his ex-girlfriend Faith, played by Juliette Lewis, skating at Venice Beach.

LOCATION: Near Market St / Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

The area has changed a bit, but the Sidewalk Cafe is visible in the background, which is still there. The same cafe was seen in the film “Southland Tales.”

Lenny and Mace, played by Angela Bassett, pick up Mr. Fumitsu at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood. The hotel has been featured in numerous other films, such as “Get Shorty,” “The Player,” “Wayne’s World 2,” the 2003 remake of “The Italian Job” and many more.

LOCATION: 8358 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

The murder scene involving the killer climbing from one room to another from the balconies was filmed at the Andaz West Hollywood (8401 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069), which was given the fictional name Sunset Regent. The hotel has also been featured in such films as “Almost Famous” and “This Is Spinal Tap” and has quite a history with rock stars committing various acts of debauchery.

Jeriko One, played by Glenn Plummer, gets pulled over by police under the 6th St Bridge below E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, which has since been demolished.

The climax of the film was shot at the Westin Bonaventure, which is one of the most frequently filmed locations in all of Los Angeles. Countless other movies have filmed there, such as “True Lies,” “In the Line of Fire,” “Interstellar,” “Rain Man,” “Lethal Weapon 2,” “Forget Paris,” “Nick of Time,” “Hard to Kill,” ‘Playing God” and many more.

LOCATION: 404 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

The US Bank Tower in Downtown Los Angeles is seen as the streets are filled with thousands of people celebrating the end of 1999.

LOCATION: 633 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

The police shootout at the end was filmed on S Broadway in Downtown L.A., with the Palace Theatre visible in the background.

LOCATION: 630 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Judas And The Black Messiah (2021)

The 2021 Shaka King film “Judas and the Black Messiah” is set in the Chicago area, but was actually shot in Cleveland, Ohio. In an early scene, Bill O’Neal, played by LaKeith Stanfield, impersonates an FBI agent and steals a car at Leon’s Bar. The real building is the Croatian Tavern.

LOCATION: 3244 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114

Here is a full view of the building.

Daniel Kaluuya plays Fred Hampton, the leader of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. Fred and the Panthers meet The Crowns at this church.

LOCATION: 4015 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103

Here is a full view of the church building.

Jimmy, played by Ashton Sanders, gets into a shootout with the police at this market.

LOCATION: 6501 St Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103

This building served as the headquarters of the Black Panther Party, where a major shootout scene takes place.

LOCATION: 5450 Broadway Ave, Cleveland, OH 44127

The back of the building is also seen as Bill escapes. There is an alley that runs behind the building, offering a clear view of this area.

The Menard prison where Fred gets released is none other than the Ohio State Reformatory, which is of course most famous for being the prison from “The Shawshank Redemption.” It has been featured in other films as well, however, such as “Air Force One” and “Tango & Cash.” No longer an operating prison, the facility is now run by The Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society, which offers seasonal tours in and around the property. We highly recommend it if you’re in the area.

LOCATION: 100 Reformatory Rd, Mansfield, OH 44905

Fred gives his “I am a revolutionary” speech inside this church, which is only seen from interior views in the film.

LOCATION: 2131 E 46th St, Cleveland, OH 44103

Late in the film, Fred’s apartment is featured in a climactic scene.

LOCATION: 1953 W 65th St, Cleveland, OH 44102

Singles (1992)

The 1992 Cameron Crowe film “Singles” was shot in Seattle, Washington. During the opening credits, various establishing shots around the city are shown, including of course the Space Needle.

LOCATION: 400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109

The Pike Place Public Market Center also appears during the opening credits.

LOCATION: Pike St / 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Linda, played by Kyra Sedgwick, lives at this duplex.

LOCATION: 203 31st Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Cliff, played by Matt Dillon, moves into the same apartment as Janet, played by Bridget Fonda.

LOCATION: 1820 E Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98112

Steve, played by Campbell Scott, sits on a bench discussing marriage with Linda at Gas Works Park. At one time the area was a gas plant, but it ceased operations in 1956, when the city converted to natural gas. Some of the structures were left in tact and the area now serves as a public park. The same park has appeared in the films “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Three Fugitives” and “Little Fish,” as well as the TV shows “Six Feet Under” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

LOCATION: 2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103

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Our House

The television series “Our House,” starring Wilford Brimley, Deidre Hall and Shannen Doherty, ran from 1986 to 1988. The Witherspoon family house from the show can be found in Los Angeles, California.

LOCATION: 158 S Kingsley Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90004

True Lies (1994)

The 1994 James Cameron film “True Lies,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis, was filmed in numerous cities and states, including Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Baltimore, Rhode Island and the Florida Keys. In the film, Harry Tasker, a secret agent for U.S. counterterrorism played by Schwarzenegger, pursues a terrorist named Aziz, played by Art Malk. Aziz flees through hotels on a motorcycle, while Harry pursues on horseback. The chase first passes through the former Ambassador Hotel (3400 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010), which has since been demolished. The chase continues at the Westin Bonaventure hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Harry rides a horse through the water as Aziz takes a hostage inside the elevator.

LOCATION: 404 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Harry in turn takes his horse up the opposite facing elevator.

Here is the elevator entrance Aziz takes. Both elevators used in the film are marked with plaques noting their appearance in the film.

Here’s a closer look at one of the plaques. There are several more around the hotel, noting some of the other films shot there, including “In the Line of Fire” and “Forget Paris.” We appreciate when locations celebrate their film history in this manor.

Here is the elevator entrance Harry takes up to the roof.

Taking things a step further, the hotel dedicated the entire hallway leading from the parking garage to the lobby to all of it’s cinematic history. The Westin Bonaventure is one of the most frequently filmed locations in all of Los Angeles. In addition to the previously mentioned films, movies such as “Interstellar,” “Rain Man,” “Lethal Weapon 2,” “Strange Days,” “Nick of Time,” “Hard to Kill,” ‘Playing God” and many more have all filmed at the hotel and posters for many of them line their walls. Here is the “True Lies” poster on display at the hotel.

Harry threatens Simon, played by Bill Paxton, as he holds him on a ledge at the Sepulveda Dam in Van Nuys. The dam has likewise been featured in many films, such as “Escape From New York,” “Gattaca,” “The Italian Job,” “Iron Man 2” and many more. It has also appeared in such TV shows as “American Horror Story,” “Alias,” “Knight Rider” and more.

LOCATION: Sepulveda Dam, 15758 Burbank Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91406

The base of the dam is open to the public and there is a large recreation area surrounding it, with trails leading directly to the dam. There are several options for areas to park and the length of the hike to reach the dam depends on where you choose to start. It can be a short walk or a long one, depending on your preference, but all of it is on level ground and what we consider fairly easy to traverse on foot.

Helen, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, is sent on a staged spy mission to the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Gib, played by Tom Arnold, informs her she is undercover as a prostitute and her mission is to plant a bug in one of the rooms, leading to her famous striptease scene for Harry. The hotel is another staple of film, having appeared in such movies as “Ghostbusters,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Independence Day,” “Fight Club” and dozens more.

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LOCATION: 506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Aziz’s men kidnap Harry and Helen, loading them in a van and driving up this ramp of the Millennium Biltmore, which is located just past the hotel on S Grand Ave.  The same area can be seen in the 2018 version of “A Star Is Born,” “Chinatown” (on the upper ramp to the right) and from the reverse angle in the film “Seven.”

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Late in the film, a major action sequence takes place at the Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys. Harry peruses terrorists at the bridge, as they attempt to transport some nuclear warheads across it. The location is featured in another action sequence in the James Bond film “License To Kill” and also appears in the films “Key Largo,” “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Up Close & Personal,” “CrissCross” and “The Triangle,” as well as the TV series “Burn Notice.”

LOCATION: Seven Mile Bridge, Marathon, FL, 33050 (GPS coordinates of the start of the bridge: 24.706964, -81.124353)

There are two bridges there, built to connect Knight’s Key to Little Duck Key. The one on the right, originally known as the Knights Key-Pigeon Key-Moser Channel-Pacet Channel Bridge, is now commonly referred to as the Old Seven Mile Bridge. It was constructed from 1909 to 1912 and eventually decommissioned in favor of a new bridge, seen on the left, which was completed in 1982 for vehicular traffic. A portion of the Old Seven Mile Bridge is still open to pedestrian traffic and cyclists. However, it has been under reconstruction since 2017 and is expected to reopen by the end of 2021. Sections of the Old Seven Mile Bridge were missing altogether and the production rebuilt portions for the film, as well as using miniatures for some of the explosions.

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Once Bitten (1985)

The house from the early Jim Carrey comedy “Once Bitten,” can be found in Beverly Hills, California. In the film, the Countess, played by Lauren Hutton, lives at the home, which sits along a narrow road on a hillside.

LOCATION: 1355 Angelo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Wild At Heart (1990)

The 1990 David Lynch film “Wild At Heart,” starring Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern, filmed in Southern California, New Orleans, Louisiana and El Paso, Texas. The opening scenes were filmed at the MacArthur in Los Angeles, formerly known as the Park Plaza Hotel. No longer a functioning hotel, the MacArthur today serves primarily as a property for hosting filming and special events.  However, it is under renovation with apparent plans to open a portion up once again as a hotel in 2022. While we have been inside the hotel, the Grand Staircase seen in the opening was crowded at the time and we weren’t able to get photos the way we wanted. You can find plenty of shots of it online, the staircase is located just through the lobby doors of the main entrance.

LOCATION: 607 S Park View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

We did get better shots inside the restroom of the MacArthur, where Marietta Fortune, played by Diane Ladd, makes a pass at Sailor Ripley, played by Nicolas Cage. The same bathroom has appeared in such films as “Reservoir Dogs” and “Barton Fink.” It has since been remodeled a bit, but remains largely recognizable.

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The Pee Dee Correctional Institution, where Sailor is released from prison, is actually the property of the city’s Department of Water and Power.

LOCATION: 1630 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Lula, played by Laura Dern, picks up Sailor and they take off down Main Street.

Sailor and Lula drive past this restaurant as they travel across the country. The same restaurant was featured in the film “Duel,” as well as the TV series “Sharp Objects.”

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LOCATION: 12625 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91390

The interiors of Mr. Reindeer’s home were filmed at the Castle Green Apartments in Pasadena. Castle Green has been featured in countless films, such as “True Romance,” “The Sting,” “The Little Rascals,” “Deja Vu,” “Sneakers,” “Bugsy,” “The Last Samurai,” “Puppet Master” and many more.

LOCATION: 99 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

Lula nearly gets into an accident at the intersection of E 4th Pl and Mateo St.

LOCATION: E 4th Pl / Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

Sailor tells Lula he’s leaving near the intersection of Naud St / Wilhardt St. This is located very close to the Pee Dee Correctional Institution location.

LOCATION: 1709 Naud St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

As Sailor is walking, some gang members approach him. He insults them and gets attacked.

LOCATION: E 2nd St / S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Sailor runs back to Lula, jumping on top of cars in a traffic jam along Banning St, very close to the above location. The large building behind him is no longer there. Sailor sings “Love Me Tender” to Lula near the intersection of Banning St and N Vignes St.

LOCATION: Near Banning St / N Vignes St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Zack And Miri Make A Porno (2008)

The 2008 Kevin Smith comedy “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” was filmed primarily around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the surrounding area. It is not the director’s first time using the city as his backdrop, having previously filmed portions of “Dogma” there as well.

In the opening credits, Miri, played by Elizabeth Banks, is awakened to the sounds of a car crashing in front of the church on the right.

LOCATION: 161 Hazelwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15207

Miri lives with her roommate Zack, played by Seth Rogan, at this home, which is located just across the street from the church.

LOCATION: 200 Hazelwood Ave, Hazelwood, PA 15207

The exterior of the high school reunion Zack and Miri attend is also located just across the street from their house at 327 Hazelwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15207.

Miri works at the Monroeville Mall in Monroeville, which horror fans will know well as the shopping mall from George Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead.” Early in the film, Miri is dropped off at this entrance, which is to the left of the movie theater. The area beside the entrance is now a loading dock, so that portion has changed a bit. The parking numbers still match up however, as well as the mall entrance itself, so just look for row 50 on the signs if you’re uncertain. We’ve also provided GPS coordinates below.

LOCATION: 200 Mall Cir Dr, Monroeville, PA 15146 (GPS coordinates: 40.428730, -79.797013)

The fictional Bean-N-Gone Coffee Shop where Zack works can also be found in Monroeville, located less than a mile from the mall.

LOCATION: 2525 Monroeville Blvd, Monroeville, PA 15146

The exterior of the building where Zack and Miri hold auditions for a porn film can be found at this theater in McKeesport.

LOCATION: 1614 Coursin St, McKeesport, PA 15132

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