Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines (2003)

The 2003 sequel “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” much like the first two films, was shot mostly around Los Angeles, California.  Early in the film, the advanced T-X, played by Kristanna Loken, is sent from the future, where she arrives nude in the middle of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.  She walks past this shop.

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LOCATION: 238 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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The T-X passes a famous shopping center known as Two Rodeo, where she steals a car.

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LOCATION: Intersection of Dayton Way / N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The T-X gets pulled over while supposedly still in Beverly Hills.  In reality, this scene was filmed over in Culver City.

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LOCATION: Intersection of Washington Blvd / Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 (in front of 9600 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232)

Arnold Scharzenegger returns as the iconic Terminator.  In a riff of the second film in the series, he once again arrives at a roadside bar and searches for clothes.  The exterior shots were filmed at this location in Agua Dulce, which is used exclusively for filming purposes.  The interiors were shot at the Cowboy Palace Saloon in Chatsworth (21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311).

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LOCATION: 13800 Sierra Hwy, Agua Dulce, CA 91390

The T-X works her way through a hit list of victims, arriving at the drive thru of this burger restaurant near the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.  The same location also appeared in the Matthew McConaughey film “The Lincoln Lawyer.”

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LOCATION: 1901 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

The mausoleum housing the grave of Sara Conner was filmed at the Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier.  The property is quite large and the exact spot can be difficult to find.  The easiest solution is to search for the Whittier Heights Mausoleum.  GPS may attempt to have you enter through Sycamore Canyon Rd from Workman Mill Rd at Gate 14.  That entrance may or may not be open.  Instead, you’ll likely need to enter just down the road through Gate 17, which has a guard post.  A guard will approach and ask your purposes for visiting.  Once inside, you can navigate to the mausoleum.  The exact GPS coordinates are 34.007627, -118.053266.

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LOCATION:  Whittier Heights Mausoleum, Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary, Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, CA 90601 (GPS coordinates: 34.007627, -118.053266)

Related articles: The Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)

The 1991 sequel “Bill And Ted’s Bogus Journey” filmed in Southern California. Bill and Ted, played by Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves, live at this apartment in West Hollywood. The same building has been featured in the films “L.A. Story,” “The Limey,” “Rush Hour” and more.

LOCATION: 1400 N Hayworth Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046

The Bill and Ted University was filmed at the Japanese Garden of the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys, California.  The location has been used in countless TV shows and films, notably serving as the “Starfleet Academy” in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise.”  Other TV shows to film there include the original “Knight Rider,” “Murder She Wrote” and the original “Charmed.”  Films such as “Bio-Dome,” “Rising Sun,” “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,” “Zoombies” and “Most Wanted” also filmed at the location.

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LOCATION: 6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406

Bill and Ted face off against the Grim Reaper, played by William Sadler, at the famous Vasquez Rocks.  One of the most popular filming locations in all of California, the iconic rocks have appeared in such films as “Dante’s Peak,” “Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Hail, Caesar!,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Paul” and dozens more.  Television shows which featured Vasquez Rocks in episodes include “The Fugutive,” “The A-Team,” “MacGuyver” and perhaps most famous of all, the original “Star Trek” series, where the rocks were seen in numerous episodes, serving as multiple different planets. The rocks have also been seen in music videos for Michael Jackson, 311 and many more, as well as countless commercials.

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LOCATION: 10700 Escondido Canyon Rd, Agua Dulce, CA 91350

Related articles: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

The Flintstones (1994)

The 1994 live action adaptation of “The Flintstones” was filmed in California and Utah. Early in the film, Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble, played by John Goodman and Rick Moranis, are seen driving through the Bronson Cave, which can be found in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California.  A very popular hiking spot, to reach it, simply take the Bronson Cave Trail for about a quarter of a mile and the caves are on the left.  Although the walk is uphill, it’s so short that anyone without medical issues should be able to handle it with ease.  The cave is a bit larger than it appears here.  Those who walk through it will also be treated to a nice view of the Hollywood sign on the other side. The cave has been featured in countless productions, most famously as the “Bat Cave” in the 1966 “Batman” TV series.

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LOCATION: 3200 Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (the trailhead can be found at 2950 Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068)

Vasquez Rocks in Agua Dulce, California are featured prominently in the film as the town of Bedrock.  Fred Flintstone’s house is featured as a set directly in front of the rocks. Countless films have also shot scenes at Vasquez Rocks, including “Dante’s Peak,” “Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Hail, Caesar!,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Paul,” “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” “Hell Comes to Frogtown” and dozens more.  Television shows which featured Vasquez Rocks in episodes include “The Fugutive,” “The A-Team,” “MacGuyver” and perhaps most famous of all, the original “Star Trek” series, where the rocks were seen in numerous episodes, serving as multiple different planets.  The rocks have also been seen in music videos for Michael Jackson, 311 and many more, as well as countless commercials. The rocks are part of a Natural Area Park and open to the public from sunrise to sunset.  They receive a steady amount of visitors, many of whom attempt to climb the steep rocks, which are larger than they might appear in the photograph.

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LOCATION: 10700 Escondido Canyon Rd, Agua Dulce, CA 91350

Fred Flintstone’s car from the film could be seen on the Universal Studios Hollywood Tour.

LOCATION: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Barney Rubble’s car was also on display on the tour.

Vasquez Rocks

One location arguably known more for the sum of films in which it’s been featured, more so than any one particular film, is Vasquez Rocks in Agua Dulce, California.  Formed by rapid erosion during uplift about 25 million years ago, the rock formations were later exposed by activity along the San Andreas Fault.  The unique look of the rocks, combined with it’s reasonable proximity to Hollywood, made Vasquez Rocks a frequent filming spot for motion pictures, serving as anything from desert terrain to foreign countries to alien planets.  Films which shot scenes at Vasquez Rocks include “Dante’s Peak,” “Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Hail, Caesar!,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Paul,” “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” “Hell Comes to Frogtown” and dozens more.  Television shows which featured Vasquez Rocks in episodes include “The Fugutive,” “The A-Team,” “MacGuyver” and perhaps most famous of all, the original “Star Trek” series, where the rocks were seen in numerous episodes, serving as multiple different planets.  The rocks have also been seen in music videos for Michael Jackson, 311 and many more, as well as countless commercials.

The rocks are part of a Natural Area Park and open to the public from sunrise to sunset.  They receive a steady amount of visitors, many of whom attempt to climb the steep rocks, which are larger than they might appear in the photograph.

LOCATION: 10700 Escondido Canyon Rd., Agua Dulce, CA 91350

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