The Grifters (1990)

The 1990 film “The Grifters,” directed by Stephen Frears, was shot primarily in Los Angeles, California and Phoenix, Arizona. Lilly, played by Anjelica Houston, visits her son Roy, played by John Cusack, at his apartment in Los Angeles. Roy’s apartment is actually a composite of two locations. For the wide shots and the scene where Roy is taken away in an ambulance, the Bryson Apartments were used. The same apartment can be seen in the film “Magnolia.” For closer shots, the Asbury Apartments, located at 2505 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057, were used.

LOCATION: 2701 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

The apartment where Roy’s girlfriend Myra, played by Annette Bening, lives has since been demolished. It was formerly located at 692 S Mariposa Ave Los Angeles, CA 90005.

Lilly places bets on horses at a race track, supposedly located La Jolla. The real location can actually be found in Phoenix. As she’s leaving, her angry boss Bobo comes to visit her. The location appears again later in the film when Myra spies on Lilly.

LOCATION: 1501 W Bell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85023

A drunken man disturbs Lilly as she tries to eat at this cafe in Santa Clarita. The cafe is only seen from interior views in the film.

LOCATION: 25861 Railroad Ave, Santa Clarita, CA 91355

After Lilly discovers she is in danger, she gets a motel room, supposedly located in Phoenix. Myra follows her there, planning to kill her. Ironically, despite other scenes actually filming in Phoenix, the motel chosen by the production instead shot in Santa Clarita, California. The same motel was featured in the Britney Spears film “Crossroads,” as well as the TV shows “Too Old To Die Young” and “Westworld.”


LOCATION: 12117 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91390

Roy is summoned to Phoenix to identify a body and is taken to the Phoenix City Hall. These scenes were filmed at the Maricopa County Courthouse in Phoenix. The entrance Roy is seen entering can be found on the west side of the building, facing what is now the courtyard area.

LOCATION: 125 W Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

The Addams Family (1991)

The 1991 film adaptation of “The Addams Family” was shot in Southern California. The primary location was of course the house, which was a set built for the film and dismantled after production. The facade was built atop a hill above Burbank. Reader Peter Hillman kindly allowed us to share these photos of the house he took back at the time of filming. He added that the back portion was just a frame, barely visible if you looked up from the mountains. Thanks to Peter for these fantastic shots!

LOCATION: Lockheed View Dr, Burbank, CA 91501 (GPS coordinates: 34°12’17.6″N, 118°18’35.3″W, now demolished)

This fake wall was built across the street to cover shots from the house looking outward.

Here is what the area looks like now where the house was built.

After a scheme by Tully Alford, Abigail Craven and Gordon, the Addams family loses their home and wind up in this motel, located in Sylmar. Wednesday and Pugsley are seen selling drinks out front.

LOCATION: 12171 San Fernando Rd, Sylmar, CA 91342

Lurch belches fire and burns a wooden Native American statue in front of this building.

Morticia Addams, played by Anjelica Huston, is seen walking from this direction, with the Addams car parked near the back.

Across the street behind Lurch is a Tombstone billboard. Just out of frame to the left is another filming location. The Olympic Coffee Shop has been featured in such films as “Over The Top,” “Memento” and “Every Which Way But Loose,” as well as such TV shows as “Too Old To Die Young,” “Bosch” and “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

Additional sets were filmed at Sunset Las Palmas Studios, known then as the Hollywood Center Studios, which is likewise where the 1960s television series shot.