Marriage Story (2019)

The 2019 Noah Baumbach film “Marriage Story,” starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, tells the story of a couple whose lives are split between New York City and Los Angeles. Production likewise took place in both cities. Nicole, played by Johansson, visits her mother’s house several times in the film. The home can be found in Altadena.

LOCATION: 1145 New York Dr, Altadena, CA 91001

Charlie, played by Driver, picks up some food for his son Henry at this plaza. As Charlie talks on the phone, Henry drops his food.

LOCATION: 5270 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Charlie and Henry can be seen walking to Bert Spitz’s office in this alley.

LOCATION: 8118 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (back alley behind building, GPS coordinates: 34.071805, -118.366658)

Charlie takes Henry trick or treating to this home.

LOCATION: 1325 Miller Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Charlie then takes Henry trick or treating inside this store, which is located very close to the above house, making it geographically accurate to where the characters would have walked.

LOCATION: 8495 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Charlie rents an apartment in Los Angeles. Both the interior and exterior are seen in the film and both have unfortunately since been remodeled. You can still recognize it as the building, but it looks a bit different now. The interior is where the long argument scene between Nicole and Charlie was filmed.

LOCATION: 1530 N Formosa Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

The closing Halloween party scenes were filmed in front of this home in Altadena.

LOCATION: 2011 Mar Vista Ave, Altadena, CA 91001

M*A*S*H*

Malibu Creek State Park today is primarily used for hikers and horse riders, but you’ll find quite a bit of movie and TV history there, as the area was once home to the Fox Ranch, formerly owned by 20th Century Fox.

For decades the land was used as an exterior backlot, hosting many productions, including the original “Planet of the Apes,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and several “Tarzan” films.  One of the most famous locations was the area that stood in as South Korea for exterior scenes for the TV series “M*A*S*H*,” based on the 1970 Robert Altman film.

The area has long since closed as a backlot and is now owned and operated as state property.  The state has made an admirable effort to maintain the old “M*A*S*H*” filming site.  From the main parking lot on Crags Road, the set can be found by hiking about 2.4 miles (4.75 round trip).  It takes a couple hours, but the trail is mostly flat, so it’s not a physically demanding journey and should be suitable for most visitors.

Unfortunately in late 2018, same fire that destroyed much of the Paramount Ranch also tore through Malibu Creek State Park, damaging parts of the “M*A*S*H*” set.  However, unlike Paramount Ranch, the remnants around the M*A*S*H* set actually survived the fire and remain in tact for the most part, albeit with some heat damage.  It’s actually not the first wildfire to come through the area.  During the filming of the show’s famous final episode in the 1980s, wildfires were approaching, which were written into the show.  Some of the original vehicles from the show were severely burned in those fires.  In spite of that, they remain on display to this day.  So the M*A*S*H* set will, in all likelihood, live on for future visitors, as the area slowly recovers.

We had the fortunate opportunity to visit the old set grounds long before the 2018 fires.  Here we’ll take a look at a bit of what could be seen there.

LOCATION: Malibu Creek State Park, Agoura Hills, CA 91301 (currently fire damaged)

The first thing approaching hikers would see is this jeep, which was added as a prop and was not original to the the show.

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This vehicle, on the other hand, was original to the show.  You can see it suffered heavy damages from the 1980s wildfire.

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Here is another burned car frame at the site, also original to the show.

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This sign was a recreation.  It suffered heat damage in the 2018 fire, but will hopefully be repaired or replaced in the future.

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A lot of the surrounding rock formations and geography will also be familiar to fans of the show.  While Malibu Creek State Park slowly finds sings of life again, the “M*A*S*H*” site too will hopefully be restored to it’s former glory.