What’s Love Got To Do With It (1993)

The 1993 Tina Turner biopic “What’s Love Got to Do With It” was largely filmed in Los Angeles, California, with the locations sometimes doubling as other cities for the story. Ike and Tina, played by Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett, eat dinner at the former Quality Cafe in Downtown Los Angeles.  The diner was a one-time staple of films, appearing in “Seven,” “Training Day,” “Ghost World,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “Another Day In Paradise,” “(500) Days Of Summer” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Heartbreak Kid” and many more.  However, it was not an actual restaurant open to the public.  Instead it was used solely for filming (much like Johnie’s Coffee Shop in mid-town L.A.).  Unless the building was being set up for a production, most of the time it was closed up and locked by a large metal door covering the front windows.  So catching a glimpse of it was rare. It ceased to function as a filming location and was completely renovated in 2014. The interior of the property no longer bears any resemblance inside to how it appeared in so many films.

LOCATION: 1238 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (since closed and remodeled)

Ike and Tina perform at New York’s Apollo Theater. The interior scenes were actually filmed at the Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro, California. The same theater also appeared in many other films, including “Pearl Harbor,” “Zodiac,” “Seabiscut,” “Remote Control,” “Win A Date With Tad Hamilton,” “Ghosts Of Mississippi,” “Boys And Girls,” “Live By Night,” “Worth Winning,” “Mark Of Love,” “Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here” and “From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks.” It has also appeared in such television series as “The O.C.,” “Party Of Five,” “Melrose Place,” “T.J.Hooker,” “7th Heaven” and “Cousin Skeeter.”

LOCATION: 478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Ike and Tina’s house can be found in View Park-Windsor Hills. It is the actual home Ike and Tina Turner once lived in, with the original furniture and decor once owned by the couple used for the film. The exterior has since been lined with gates and hedges, making it a bit difficult to see from ground level.

LOCATION: 4263 Olympiad Dr, View Park, CA 90043

Ike gets into a confrontation with Tina and her friend at the former Johnie’s Broiler in Downey.  The restaurant has a unique history, having appeared in many other films, such as “Heat,” “The Game,” “Short Cuts,” “License To Drive,” “My Stepmother Is An Alien,” “One Hour Photo” and many more.  In 2007, the building was demolished.  However, Bob’s Big Boy purchased the property years later and rebuilt it based on the original blueprints and even some of the same materials.  So what stands now closely resembles what was seen in the film.

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LOCATION: 7447 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241

Blonde (2022)

The 2022 Andrew Dominik film “Blonde,” starring Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe, was primarily filmed in Los Angeles, California. Early in the film, a young Norma Jeane (real name of Monroe), played by Lily Fisher, lives with her mom Gladys, played by Julianne Nicholson. They are seen leaving their home when a fire breaks out in the Hollywood Hills. They exit and see a view of a film studio across the street, which is actually Sunset Gower Studios.

LOCATION: 6101 Afton Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (facing N Gower St)

Norma Jeane and her mother are seen leaving in a car from the parking area on the left. Much of the background was altered via CGI.

They drive down N Gower St as ash and smoke fills the air.

This view is never seen in the film, but here is the apartment building they exit in the scene.

Norma Jeane meets with her agent Mr. Shinn, played by Dan Butler, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown L.A.  The hotel is a staple of film, having appeared in such movies as “Ghostbusters,” “Independence Day,” “Beverly Hills Ninja,” “Fight Club,” “Species” and many more.

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

Norma Jeane meets with Cass Chaplin and Eddy Robinson Jr., played by Xavier Samuel and Evan Williams respectively, at Musso & Frank Grill.  The restaurant pops up again when Cass and Eddy give Joe DiMaggio, played by Bobby Cannavale, nude photos of Norma Jeane. Musso & Frank Grill is the oldest restaurant in Hollywood, founded over 100 years ago.  The restaurant has popped up in numerous films, including “Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ed Wood” and “Swingers,” as well as the TV shows “Mad Men” and “Bosch.”

LOCATION: 6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Joe DiMaggio lives with Norma Jeane at this home, which is seen mostly from the driveway facing out into the street, as well as in a close up of the front door into the interior.

LOCATION: 120 N Norton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Norma Jeane crashes her car into this tree on the left.

LOCATION: S Norton Ave / W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90004 (in front of 159 S Norton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004)

Late in the film, Norma Jeane is seen living at this home in Brentwood, where she receives a delivery from Eddy Robinson Jr. of an item Cass Chaplin wanted her to have. These scenes were filmed at the actual home Marilyn Monroe lived in and where she died on August 4, 1962.

LOCATION: 12305 5th Helena Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Rain Man (1988)

The 1988 Barry Levinson film “Rain Man,” starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, was shot across numerous states, including Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Oklahoma, Nevada and California. Early in the film, Charlie Babbitt (Cruise) learns his estranged father, Sanford Babbitt, has passed away. Charlie visits his father’s house, which can be found in Cincinnati (5 Beech Crest Ln, Cincinnati, OH 45206). Raymond (Hoffman) almost correctly states the address as “Beech Crest Street” in the film, but with a different house number. The house remains there today, but is located on a private road.

Charlie learns his father’s estate has been left to his brother, Raymond, who is living at the Wallbrook Institution. The long drive leading up to the building was immortalized on the film’s poster.

LOCATION: 1000 St Anne Dr, Melbourne, KY 41059

Here is a look at the main building seen in the film, where Charlie parks. The real property is actually a the St. Anne Convent. There are no gates and the entire outdoor grounds are freely accessible.

Here in the main entrance seen in the film, with the sign above to door modified to say “Wallbrook” in the film.

Raymond heads back into the building to watch The People’s Court on television.

This area is seen next to where Charlie’s car is parked.

Charlie and his girlfriend Susanna, played by Valeria Golino, stop a hotel, which can be found in Cincinnati.

LOCATION: 400 Oak St, Cincinnati, OH 45219

Charlie and Raymond stop at this restaurant in Newport, Kentucky, where Charlie realizes Raymond has savant syndrome. The same payphone Charlie uses is still located inside the building, but it was closed at the time of our visit. The restaurant was also featured in the film “Airborne.”

LOCATION: 600 Washington Ave, Newport, KY 41071

Susanna’s apartment can be found in San Pedro, California.

LOCATION: 1435 S Beacon St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Charlie’s house can be found in West Hollywood.

LOCATION: 1599 Sunset Plaza Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (as seen from Evanview Dr)

Charlie takes Raymond for pancakes at this restaurant, which is no longer known as the Pink Cadillac Cafe, but still serves breakfast.

LOCATION: 8221 W 3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90048

Charlie meets with Dr. Gerald Bruner, played by Jerry Molen, to determine if Raymond is mentally capable of choosing for himself where he wants to live. This scene was filmed at Wattles Mansion and Gardens in Los Angeles. The home is owned by the City of Los Angeles and is open to the public, regularly hosting special events. It is mostly seen from interior views in the film. The mansion has appeared in many films, including “Troop Beverly Hills,” “Top Gun: Maverick”, “Queen of the Damned,” “My Family” (“Mi Familia”), “Ghoulies,” “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” “The Lost Empire,” “A Better Life,” “Knock Knock 2” and many more. It has also appeared in the TV shows “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The O.C.” and “Scandal,” as well as the Diana Ross music video for “Eaten Alive”.

LOCATION: 1824 N Curson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

In the final scenes of the film, Charlie brings Raymond to the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center, to return him back to the Wallbrook Institute. The same location was featured in the film “Memoirs of an Invisible Man,” as well as the second season of “True Detective.”

LOCATION: 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92701

They walk through the lobby area here.

They continue out the doors on the right to the train tracks outside.

They are seen passing this staircase.

Here is the area where Raymond boards the train.

Sicario (2015)

The 2015 Denis Villeneuve film “Sicario” was shot in Mexico, Texas and New Mexico. In the film, FBI Special Agents Kate Macer, played by Emily Blunt, joins a Joint Task Force overseen by CIA operative Matt Graver, played by Josh Brolin and the mysterious Alejandro Gillick, played by Benicio del Toro.

Kate travels with the team to Juárez, Mexico to extradite Manuel Díaz’s brother, Guillermo. As their convoy travels the streets, Alejandro tells Kate “Welcome to Juárez,” as they spot dismembered bodies hanging nude from an overpass. These scenes were actually filmed in the city of Nezahualcóyotl (commonly known as Neza), just east of Mexico City. The convoy travels west on Av. Chimalhuacán, turning left at C. 3 beneath the overpass from which the bodies hang. The exact intersection is Av. Chimalhuacán / C. 3, El Barco, 57410 Nezahualcóyotl, Méx., Mexico (GPS coordinates: 19°25’18.1″N, 99°03’14.2″W).

Kate and Reggie, played by Daniel Kaluuya, meet up with the team at this motel, where they discuss plans on a crossing point for a covert mission into Mexico.

LOCATION: 2001 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107

The team meets inside of room 117. The motel appeared to be abandoned at the time of our visit.

The task force raids a bank used to launder Díaz’s money and freeze his accounts. The real building is not a bank.

LOCATION: 2801 Eubank Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

Kate and Reggie get drinks at the Wild Pony in Los Lunas, about thirty minutes south of Albuquerque, where Kate meets Ted, played by Jon Bernthal. This location has since been demolished and different building now stands in its place. It was formerly located at 4555 NM-314, Los Lunas, NM 87031.

Destroyer (2018)

The 2018 crime drama “Destroyer,” starring Nicole Kidman, is set in Los Angeles, California, where the production likewise took place. The film begins and ends on a scene of Detective Erin Bell, played by Kidman, parked under this overpass near The Bowtie. While The Bowtie is a popular walking trail, this area nearby is not the safest of areas.

LOCATION: Near W Casitas Ave / Carillon St, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (GPS coordinates: 34°06’41.4″N, 118°14’47.8″W)

A key murder scene at the beginning of the film was shot at The Bowtie. Named for its bowtie shape, the area is an undeveloped stretch of land in an industrial section of town next to the L.A. River. In 2003, the California State Parks Department purchased the property and it is currently being restored into a state park.

LOCATION: 2780 W Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (GPS coordinates: 34°06’28.1″N, 118°14’41.8″W)

The body is seen under this electrical tower. Next to the body is a died bill linked to a robbery sixteen years earlier, which Bell was working undercover at the time.

The area is one of the few places in Los Angeles where the river has a natural floor, as opposed to its more commonly seen concrete bed.

This view is also seen in the film as Erin leaves the scene.

Erin works as a detective at this police station. It is a real police station, located in Skid Row.

LOCATION: 251 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Believing the lead culprit of the robbery, Silas, played by Toby Kebbell, is once again active, Erin follows a lead to this church, in search of a former gang member named Arturo, played by Zach Villa.

LOCATION: 1406 W 98th St, Los Angeles, CA 90047

The painting seen on the side of the church in the film is not actually there at the location.

Artura leads Erin to the home of Dennis DiFranco, played by Bradley Whitford, a lawyer who laundered money for Silas from the robbery. DiFranco’s house can be found in Malibu (27530 Calicut Rd, Malibu, CA 90265), but the home is gated and not visible from the street.

DiFranco gives up the location of the next money drop, at the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round. It has appeared in many other films, including “The Prestige,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Beautiful” and “Twins,” as well as such TV shows as “Alias,” “CSI: NY” and the TV series adaptation of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.” It also famously served as an inspiration to Walt Disney in his decision to create Disneyland.

LOCATION: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Erin follows Petra, the girlfriend of Silas, played by Tatiana Maslany, which eventually leads her to witness a bank robbery from their new crew. They park in this area on the right.

LOCATION: 9800 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 (facing W 98th St)

The bank scenes were filmed at this building, located near LAX Airport. While the address is on S Sepulveda, the entrance seen in the film faces W 98th St.

Erin keeps a storage unit at this facility in Hollywood. Anyone who has driven the 101 Freeway through Hollywood has likely seen this facility, which sits between the north and southbound lanes, but not many people know how to reach it. The entrance is at N Heliotrope Dr, but the view seen in the film is actually from an overpass on N Vermont Ave.

LOCATION: 620 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90004 (as seen from N Vermont Ave, GPS coordinates: 34°04’47.8″N, 118°17’30.5″W)

In a flashback from sixteen years prior, the events of the robbery are revealed at this building, located in Palmdale. Depicted as a bank in the film, the real building is a masonic lodge.

LOCATION: 2231 E Ave Q, Palmdale, CA 93550

Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers (1989)

The 1988 sequel “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers” was filmed in Utah. The Carruthers house, which also appeared in the previous installment, “Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers,” can be found in Salt Lake City.

LOCATION: 509 3rd Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84103

Over in the town of Midvale, you’ll find Vincent Drug, which served as the exterior of the drug store.  Vincent Drug has long since closed, but the signage and decor largely remain in tact.  The trees out front have grown considerably since filming took place, so it’s a bit difficult to see from across the street. The same location was also featured in “Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers,” “The Sandlot” and the Stephen King mini-series “The Stand.”

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LOCATION: 7696 Main St W, Midvale, UT 84047

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The Myers house can also be found in Salt Lake City.

LOCATION: 1007 E 1st Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84102

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Nope (2022)

The 2022 Jordan Peele film “Nope” was shot in Southern California. We’ll try to limit spoilers as much as possible, but its best to read this article after seeing the film. The majority of the movie takes place at the Haywood Ranch, which was actually filmed at Firestone Ranch in Santa Clarita. There OJ and Em Haywood, played by Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer, train horses for film and television. The house seen in the film was a set built specifically for the production and dismantled after filming. It was located in the area to the right of the horse stables. Both the corral and the stables appear several times throughout the film.

LOCATION: 35100 Anthony Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91390 (the house was built at 34°32’43.6″N, 118°17’39.2″W)

The property is located down a long stretch of dirt road near the Sierra Pelona Mountains, where the ranch is gated and inaccessible to the general public. The same ranch appeared in the film “Red State.”

Here is a more precise look at where the house was built. Angel, played by Brandon Perea, stops by to help install cameras around the property, including one on the roof of the horse stable. The house stood just behind the lamppost, which still exists at the property.

This view is seen many times in the film as the Heywoods try to capture evidence of a presence in the sky. The cloud that doesn’t move was located just above the mountains at the end of the road.

As OJ and Emerald return home with their horse, they are seen driving down CA-14, Santa Clarita, CA 91390 (GPS coordinates: 34°26’15.4″N, 118°22’17.9″W), before it cuts to them taking the Agua Dulce Canyon Rd exit (GPS coordinates: 34°27’58.3″N, 118°20’06.5″W).

Jupe, played by Steven Yeun, operates a small Western theme park known as Jupiter’s Claim, which was another set, built at Agua Dulce Movie Ranch, which is in very close in proximity to Firestone Ranch, so much so that portions of one ranch can be seen from the other between the hills dividing them. At the completion of filming, the entire set was dismantled and rebuilt at Universal Studios Hollywood, where it can be seen as part of their studio tour. While the overall layout of Jupiter’s Claim has been condensed, it is in fact the same, screen used facades from the film.

LOCATION: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608 (originally built for the film at 34855 Petersen Rd, Agua Dulce, CA 91390, GPS coordinates: 34°31’35.1″N, 118°19’20.5″W)

A replica of the Haywood’s Hollywood Horses truck and trailer is also on display next to the entrance of Jupiter’s Claim at Universal Studios Hollywood. Universal Studios Hollywood itself is another location featured in the film, when one of OJ’s horses is startled and aggressively reacts. The scene was filmed at Stage 25 of Universal Studios Hollywood, where OJ can be seen exiting.

There is also a destroyed replica version of the Star Lasso Experience on display in the Jupiter’s Claim area. The original set also stood at Agua Dulce Movie Ranch (GPS coordinates: 34°31’39.6″N, 118°19’11.6″W).

OJ and Em purchase video equipment from Fry’s Electronics in Burbank, which had already closed down prior to filming. The interior scenes were likewise filmed at this location.

LOCATION: 2311 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

OJ speculates on possible animal behaviors from the presence at the ranch while he eats with Em and Angel at the fictional Copperpot’s Cove restaurant. The real building can be found in North Hollywood.

LOCATION: 7441 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91605

The Haywoods steal some tube men from a car dealership. The building can be found in Santa Clarita.

LOCATION: 29753 Bouquet Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91390

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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

The 2004 Michel Gondry film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” shot around many parts of New York, from New York City to Mauntauk, at the far end of Long Island, with some additional filming in New Jersey. The beach house Joel and Clementine, played by Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, break into can be found in Wainscott in Long Island. The home is part of the Georgica Association, a private enclave of upscale houses. There is limited street parking nearby, but it requires permit ID. As for the beach itself, the house is perched on a small stretch that is privately owned by the Georgica Association beginning at Beach Lane. If you stop by outside of peak times and keep your visit brief, in our experiences, the neighborhood residents were accommodating, but your experience could differ from ours.

LOCATION: 40 Association Rd, Wainscott, NY 11975 (GPS coordinates: 40°55’45.4″N, 72°14’00.2″W)

The house has also appeared in the film “The Nanny Diaries” as well as the music video for “Seasons Change” by Expose.

Later in the film, the house is seen collapsing as a visual representation of Joel’s memory being erased. This was of course a visual effect.

Clementine’s house was formerly located in Booklyn (59 Orient Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211), but has since been demolished.

Joel’s apartment can be found in Yonkers. He is seen walking along the sidewalk as Stan and Patrick, played by Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood, drive past.

LOCATION: 123 Valentine Ln, Yonkers, NY 10705

Joel is seen turning into his apartment driveway here.

As Stan and Patrick perform the memory wipe, we see into Joel’s memories of an argument he had with Clementie as she approaches this corner.

LOCATION: Saratoga Ave / Caryl Ave, Yonkers, NY 10705

Joel walks after Clementine past the Saratoga Market, but every time he reaches the end of the building, it looks the same as where he began, with Clementine now walking the opposite direction.

LOCATION: 208 Saratoga Ave, Yonkers, NY 10705

Here is the other side of the building.

Here is a panoramic view of the full building where Joel walks back and forth, always ending up where he began, with the store signage going blank as his memories continue to be erased.

Midway through his memories of Clementine being erased, Joel decides he no longer wants to proceed and begins trying to hide her in unrelated memories from his life, in the hopes that he can prevent losing her altogether. They are seen running through New York City’s famed Grand Central Terminal, with people around them disappearing as Joel’s memories are zapped. The two run down these stairs. Grand Central Terminal has been seen in countless films, such as “Midnight Run,” “North By Northwest,” “Carlito’s Way,” “Seconds,” “The Fisher King,” “The Avengers,” “The Ice Storm,” “Unfaithful,” “Hackers,” “The French Connection,” “Armageddon,” “Revolutionary Road” and many more.

LOCATION: 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Joel’s childhood home could be found in Bayonne, New Jersey (105 E 23rd St, Bayonne, NJ 07002), but it has since been demolished.

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Surf Ninjas (1993)

The 1993 action comedy “Surf Ninjas” was filmed primarily in Southern California, with some additional filming in Hawaii and Thailand. The home of Johnny and Adam, played by Ernie Reyes Jr. and Nicolas Cowan, can be found in Hermosa Beach.

LOCATION: 2400 The Strand, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Early in the film, Iggy, played by Rob Schneider, is seen driving the boys around the city. They drive past the Santa Monica Pier.

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LOCATION: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

They also drive down Windward Ave in Venice Beach. The portion they are seen driving down is actually now closed to vehicular traffic and is a pedestrian only pathway.

LOCATION: Near Windward Ave / Speedway, Los Angeles, CA 90291

Zatch, played by Ernie Reyes Sr., takes the boys to the Imperial Palace restaurant, where they meet Ro-May, played by Kelly Hu. The exterior scenes were filmed at Hop Louie in Chinatown.  The restaurant has since closed, but the facade still remains.  The same restaurant was also seen in the films “I Love You, Man,” “Beverly Hills Ninja” and “Mystery Men.”

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LOCATION: 950 Mei Ling Way, Los Angeles, CA 90012