The Master (2012)

Admiration for Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 film “The Master” has steadily grown since the film’s release.  The mystique of the movie initially left audiences a bit puzzled, but with time, many have begun to admire it’s nuances and now consider it one of the filmmaker’s finest works.  The film was shot primarily around Northern California, with a couple scenes also being filmed in Hawaii and Nevada.

Freddie Quell, played by Joaquin Phoenix, meets “The Master” Lancaster Dodd, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, as he sneaks aboard Dodd’s boat as a stowaway.  That boat is the USS Potomac, which is docked in Oakland, California.  You can actually take tours aboard the boat.

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LOCATION: 540 Water St, Oakland, CA 94607

A view of the back of the boat.  The production added a canopy to the upper deck, where guests were seen dancing when Freddie first approaches.

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Another, wider view of the USS Potomac, where it regularly docks.

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Freddie is seen visiting his sweetheart, Doris, at this house in Crockett, California.  The house has since received a paint job.

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LOCATION: 619 Winslow St, Crockett, CA 94525

A full view of the home, though it is never seen from this angle in the film.  It sits perched on a steep hilltop of a very narrow, one way road overlooking a lake.

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The Master’s house can be a bit tricky to find, which we’ll attempt to better pinpoint.  The house is known as the Captain’s Mansion, a former event space on Mare Island in Vallejo, California.  The first challenge is that many houses spanning several blocks on this street look almost identical and are used for similar purposes.  There are subtle differences from house to house, however, be it minor architectural variations, trees and shrubs, views in the background, etc., which do allow for identifying the exact home from the film, which is located at 822 Walnut Ave.  The second challenge is that GPS may not take you to that correct location.  To get exactly to “The Master” house, make sure you arrive at the intersection of Walnut Ave and 8th St on Mare Island and you’ll successfully find house 822 from the film.  The house number can be seen on the front steps.

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LOCATION: 822 Walnut Ave, Vallejo, CA 94592 (near Walnut Ave and 8th St)

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Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

Several costumes and props from the 2016 film “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” can be found on display at Warner Bros. Studios, as part of their studio tour.  First up is Ben Affleck’s take on The Caped Crusader.

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Here is Henry Cavill’s Superman costume.

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Arguably general audiences’ favorite character in the film; Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.

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Batman’s desert strike outfit.

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The Batmobile from the film.

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Some kryptonite from Lex Luthor’s Lexcorp.

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

In Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can,” Carl, played by Tom Hanks, is on the hunt for Frank Abagnale, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who stays at the Tropicana Motel in Hollywood.  While the Tropicana was a real motel at one time, it was demolished in 1988.  Instead, the Hollywood Roosevelt was used.  It’s actually the rear of the Roosevelt building that is seen in the film.

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LOCATION: 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (rear of the building on Hawthorn Ave)

Carl eats at a diner, where a waitress tips him off that the alias Frank has been using is the name of “The Flash” in the comic books, cluing him in that his suspect may be younger than he originally thought.

This was filmed 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,” “Million Dollar Baby” and dozens more.  However, it was not an actual restaurant open to the public.  Instead it was used solely for filming.  Sadly, it ceased to function as a filming location and was completely renovated in 2014.  The property no longer bears any resemblance to how it appeared in so many films.

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

The Miami Airport where Frank slips past the FBI by surrounding himself with attractive flight attendants was actually filmed at the Ontario Airport in Ontario, California.  This particular terminal is not in active use and has popped up in countless other films, including “Saving Mr. Banks,” “Zodiac,” “Blow,” “Argo” and many more.

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LOCATION: 1940 Moore Way, Ontario, CA 91761

Another view of the same airport, depicted as the baggage claim terminal in the film.

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Later in the film, Frank takes his father, played by Christopher Walken, to an upscale restaurant, where he tells him he bought him a Cadillac.  The actual location is not a restaurant at all.  It’s the famous “Pompeian Room” of the Doheny Mansion, located on the campus of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles.  While the mansion does offer occasional tours to the public, some of the guides can be strict about allowing photos inside.  Many films have shot at the mansion, including “The Princess Diaries,” “Drag Me To Hell” “The Three Amigos” and more.

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LOCATION: 10 Chester Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Frank strikes up a romance with Brenda, played by Amy Adams, who brings him to the house of her father, played by Martin Sheen.  Frank has to make an abrupt departure with the FBI hot on his heels.  The house used in the film can be found in Pasadena.  The address is on E Crary St, but the back of the house faces that direction and the perimeter is surrounded by a wall, so you won’t see much from there.  The front side of the house is actually around the block on Layton St, which dead-ends into the driveway of the home.  The same house has also been seen in the films “Matilda” and “Scream 2.”  Unfortunately, the property owners have since posted no trespassing signs near the end of Ladyton St, making it much more difficult for pedestrians to see the house anymore.

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LOCATION: 2186 E Crary St, Pasadena, CA 91104 (front of the home faces Ladyton St)

Near the end of the film, Frank is arrested in front of his mother’s house, which can be found in Pasadena.

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LOCATION: 3077 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

The Fighter (2010)

David O. Russell’s gritty boxing drama “The Fighter” shot mostly in the town of Lowell, Massachusetts, where the real life characters the film is based upon actually lived.  The film opens with Micky Ward, played by Mark Wahlberg, working on the streets, accompanied by this brother, Dicky Eklund, played by Christian Bale.

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LOCATION: In front of 318 Westford St, Lowell, MA 01851

The two are being filmed by an HBO film crew, which Dicky erroneously believes are documenting his boxing comeback.  Micky and Dicky do a playful spar in front of the cameras at this intersection.

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LOCATION: Intersection of Westford St / Hastings St, Lowell, MA 01851

The camera then speeds away down Hastings Street.

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LOCATION: Hastings St, Lowell, MA 01851 (looking towards Westford St)

Dicky is seen many times throughout the film staying at this drug house, where he smokes crack.  He repeatedly tries to escape when his family comes looking for him, jumping into a pile of trash in the back.

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LOCATION: 38 Smith St, Lowell, MA 01851

Later in the film, Dicky realizes he’s late for a training session and steps outside of the front door.  He then begins running down the street to the gym.

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Micky meets Charlene, played by Amy Adams, at this bar.  The bar is only shown from interior views in the film.

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LOCATION: Buck’s Bar & Grill, 165 Chelmsford St, Lowell, MA 01851

Micky lives at this home, where Charlene confronts him for standing her up on a date.

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LOCATION: 11 Marshall St, Lowell, MA 01851

Charlene lives at this house, where later in the film, Dicky comes to the porch.  Charlene looks out the window on the right of the second floor and argues with Dicky from the porch, before eventually coming out to the front porch herself.

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LOCATION: 105 11th St, Lowell, MA 01850