Frailty (2001)

Bill Paxton’s criminally overlooked 2001 film “Frailty,” starring Matthew McConaughey, is set in the town of Thurman, Texas.  However, the movie primarily filmed around Southern California, with many scenes shot in Orange County.

The FBI Headquarters was filmed at Los Angeles Center Studios.  This is a large facility consisting of numerous buildings.  The studio has been used, both for interior and exterior sets, in countless films and shows, such as “The Game,” “Fight Club” and dozens more.  It’s difficult to photograph the property, because many of the surrounding roads are gated off.  This view is from one of the gates at S Boylston St.

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LOCATION: 450 S Bixel St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Adam Meiks, played by Matthew McConaughey, lives in this house in Covina.

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LOCATION: 470 W Center St, Covina, CA 91723

Thurman Drugs was filmed at the famous Orange Circle.  Another staple of film, Orange Circle has been featured in such movies as “Small Soldiers,” “Big Momma’s House,” “That Thing You Do!” and many more.  The drug store location is now a pizza shop.

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LOCATION: 101 S Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

The boys are seen walking by this church, also found in Orange.

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LOCATION: 305 W Almond Ave, Orange, CA 92866

Flashback scenes to the family home were filmed in Sun Valley.

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LOCATION: 10643 Tuxford St, Sun Valley, CA 91352

The school the boys attend was Katherine Edwards Middle School in Whittier.

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LOCATION: 6812 Norwalk Blvd, Whittier, CA 90606

The sheriff station seen in flashbacks can be found very close to Orange Circle.

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LOCATION: 312 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

The home of Cynthia Harbridge can also be found in Orange.

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LOCATION: 435 E Palmyra Ave, Orange, CA 92866

The home of Brad White can likewise be found in Orange.

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LOCATION: 225 E Maple Ave, Orange, CA 92866

The present day sheriff station is located in Norwalk.

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LOCATION: 12139 Front St, Norwalk, CA 90650

If you’ve never seen the film, we highly recommend you seek it out.

Up (2009)

While not an actual filming location, in the town of Herriman, Utah, you’ll find a replica of Carl and Ellie’s house from the 2009 animated film “Up.”  Inspired by the film, the house was built as a dream home by private residents.  While the homeowners are accommodating to visitors taking quick photos, they ask you make reservations (via their website) if you plan to photograph for more than a couple minutes in front of the property.

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LOCATION: 13218 S Herriman Rose Blvd, Herriman, UT 84096

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Ghost In The Machine (1993)

The 1993 sci-fi horror film “Ghost in the Machine,” starring Karen Allen, was filmed around Southern California.  The killer first strikes at this home in Pacific Palisades.  The same house was featured as the home of Zack Morris in the TV movie “Saved By The Bell: Wedding In Las Vegas.”

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LOCATION: 510 Frontera Dr, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

The apartment of Karl Hopkins can be found in Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 722 Hartford Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Frazer lives in this Encino house, which was also featured as the home of Steve Sanders in the 1990s TV series “Beverly Hills, 90210,” as well as the horror film “The Dentist.”

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LOCATION: 16711 Bosque Dr, Encino, CA 91436

The house of Elaine Spencer can be found in Van Nuys.

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LOCATION: 6332 Orion Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91411

Pet Sematary II (1992)

The 1992 sequel “Pet Sematary II,” starring Edward Furlong and Anthony Edwards, was filmed in the small towns of Georgia.  The Matthews house can be found in the town of Senoia.

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LOCATION: 163 Seavy St, Senoia, GA 30276

The animal hospital and water tower were filmed along Main Street in Senoia, which has a few more buildings since filming took place.  This same area also served as Woodbury in the TV series “The Walking Dead,” which also famously films in Senoia.

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LOCATION: 9 Main St, Senoia, GA 30276

Empty Nest

The house from the late 80s/early 90s sitcom “Empty Nest,” supposedly located in Miami, Florida, can actually be found in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.  The show is a spin-off of “The Golden Girls” and much like that show, a replica of the house was later built at the former Disney-MGM Studios backlot in Orlando.  While the facade in Orlando has long since been demolished, the original home in Brentwood still stands.

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LOCATION: 1457 Jonesboro Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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Ed Wood (1994)

Tim Burton’s 1994 film “Ed Wood,” starring Johnny Depp as the notorious, titular filmmaker, was mostly shot around Hollywood, California.

After the premiere of Ed’s play “The Casual Company,” he and the cast read the scathing reviews at Boardner’s bar in Hollywood.

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LOCATION: 1652 N Cherokee Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Ed sees Bela Lugosi, played by Martin Landau, at a funeral parlor.  This was filmed at the doorway to the left of Boardner’s, which has no distinguishable separate address.

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Bela Lugosi’s house can be found in Gardena.

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LOCATION: 1933 W 147th St, Gardena, CA 90249

Ed’s first apartment can be found in Hollywood.

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LOCATION: 448 N Ogden Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Bela Lugosi delivers a speech to his fans here.

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LOCATION: 1714 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

This building served as Ed’s second apartment.

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LOCATION: 6383 Yucca St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Wood visits this church in Toluca Lake to get baptized, in order to obtain funding for his next film.

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LOCATION: 4301 Cahuenga Blvd, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

Ed Wood meets Orson Welles, played by Vincent D’Onofrio, at Musso Frank & Grill in Hollywood.  The restaurant has popped up in numerous films, including “Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood,” “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Swingers,” as well as the TV shows “Mad Men” and “Bosch.”

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LOCATION: 6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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The premiere of “Plan 9 from Outer Space” takes place at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.  The famous theater likewise appeared in “Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood,” as well as such films as “The Aviator,” “The Bodyguard,” “Species,” “Batman Forever” and many more.  Only the exterior of the Pantages was used.  The interiors were filmed at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles (842 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014).

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LOCATION: 6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

The house from the 2013 horror sequel “Insidious: Chapter 2” can be found in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

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LOCATION: 5905 El Mio Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90042

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Elise Rainier’s house can be found in the Highland Park neighborhood.  The same house was seen in the sequel “Insidious: Chapter 3.”

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LOCATION: 445 N Ave 53, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Related articles: Insidious (2010), Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)

50 First Dates (2004)

The 2004 comedy “50 First Dates” was filmed primarily in Oahu, Hawaii, with some additional scenes filmed in Southern California.

The Hukilau Cafe, where Henry, played by Adam Sandler, first meets Lucy, played by Drew Barrymore, was a set built for the film.  Contrary to some information online, it definitely no longer exists.  It was filmed near the Moli’i Fishpond, which is adjacent to Kualoa Ranch.  The ranch in fact owns this land and it has been featured in many films, including “Jurassic World,” “Triple Frontier,” “Tears of the Sun,” “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “Snatched,” “You, Me and Dupree” and the TV show “Lost.”  There are some buildings there, but they were not used as the restaurant set, which was torn down after filming.

There are a couple ways to see this area.  The local shops near the pond, which rent their buildings from Kualoa Ranch, offer tours of their own near the water for a small fee.  However, the Premier Movie Site Tour offered by Kualoa Ranch itself stops at this area and covers it in detail, which is our recommended way to see it.  Here is a view of the general area where the cafe set was built.

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LOCATION: 49-243 Kuukama St, Kailua, HI 96734

Here is a small sign nearby marking it as the filming location.

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It is a challenge to find the house of Lucy and even more of a challenge to photograph it.  There is a lot of conflicting information about its location and GPS does not offer a definitive address.  So the easiest way to pinpoint the general area is to find the Waikane Store on Kamehameha Hwy, located at 48-377 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744.  There is an unnamed road sitting right beside the store.  That is the road that leads to Lucy’s house.  You can in fact walk down this road, as we did, but the houses do not appear to have any registered addresses.  From where the road dead ends, you still can’t see the house very well, as you’re facing behind it and from a distance.  You would need to actually continue onto the property, which is private, in order to obtain a good view.

The best alternative we could find by land was traveling a bit down Kamehameha Hwy over to Waiahole Beach Park at 48-199 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744.  Despite the name, the area is quite grassy, with little sand.  There is a small section around the trees that extends out from the shoreline a bit, offering the best view of the house.  It’s still not ideal, but it is the closest point on public land to obtain a view of the actual house.  If you have a long-focus lens, you can probably obtain a better view.  It should also be noted there is no parking on Kamehameha Hwy at Waiahole Beach Park.  There are some nearby side streets, however, where you can park and walk over.

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LOCATION: GPS coordinates: 21°29’34.1″N 157°50’50.6″W (nearest registered address is 48-377 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744)

Here is a wider view of the area.  The pier, known as Waikane Pier, is also seen in the film, though only remnants of it exist now.  The TV show “Lost” also featured the pier.

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Further out in the water, you can see a small island known as Mokolii, or sometimes referred to as Chinaman’s Hat, which can also be seen in the film.  It is a popular photo spot for tourists.

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The road where Henry keeps finding creative ways to stop Lucy can be found on Kualoa Ranch.  Countless other films have shot in this area, ranging from “Jurassic Park” to “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” to “Windtalkers.”  If we have one complaint about the Kualoa Ranch tours (which are otherwise great), even on their Premier Movie Site Tour, they drive through this area rather quickly and do not stop.  This makes getting decent photographs a challenge.

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LOCATION: Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744

Later in the film, Lucy is admitted to the Callahan Institute for Brain Injuries.  This was filmed at the Cabrillo Beach Bath House in San Pedro, California.  The same location was famously featured in the film “Face/Off.”

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LOCATION: 3800 Stephen M White Dr, San Pedro, CA 90731

The Cabrillo Beach Bath House interiors were also used in the film.  The staff is very friendly there and welcoming to the public, so don’t hesitate to visit.

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It Chapter Two (2019)

Much like the first “It” film in 2017, for the sequel, the studio set up a pop-up to promote the film, located at the corner of Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood, California.  While the first pop-up highlighted the Neibolt house, for the sequel, the experience was based around The Derry Canal Days Festival and Funhouse.

The pop-up featured games, merchandise and a haunted funhouse.  It was on display during August and September of 2019, but has since closed.  The actual film was shot primarily in Ontario, Canada.

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Related articles: It (2017)

Prisoners (2013)

The 2013 Denis Villeneuve film “Prisoners” is set in suburban Pennsylvania, but the film was actually shot in the surrounding towns of the Greater Atlanta area in Georgia.  Keller Dover, played by Hugh Jackman, lives at this house, located in in the town of Conyers.

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LOCATION: 700 Deering Rd SE, Conyers, GA 30094

Keller’s family visits their friends Nancy and Franklin Birch, played by Viola Davis and Terrence Howard respectively, at this house for Thanksgiving dinner.  It’s located one block away from the Dover house.  The trees in the front yard have since been cut down.

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LOCATION: 2903 High Brook Way SE, Conyers, GA 30094

Detective Loki, played by Jake Gyllenhall, spots an RV belonging to Alex Jones, played by Paul Dano, at this gas station in Monroe.  The RV matches the one spotted near where the girls were last seen, making Jones a primary suspect.

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LOCATION: 1605 Troy Smith Rd, Monroe, GA 30656

The police station can be found in the town of Tucker.

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LOCATION: 4916 N Royal Atlanta Dr, Tucker, GA 30084

Alex Jones lives at his aunt’s house in Lithonia.  It should be noted that this house sits on is somewhat busy road, with no shoulders to park on.

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LOCATION: 1634 Phillips Rd, Lithonia, GA 30058

Keller brings Franklin to this apartment where he used to live, located in Atlanta.

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LOCATION: 651 James P Brawley Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30318