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)

The Terminator (1984)

James Cameron’s original 1984 film “The Terminator” shot all around the Greater Los Angeles area.  Early in the film, Arnold Schwarzenegger travels back in time, arriving at the iconic Griffith Observatory.  The location is a staple of film, appearing in such movies as “Rebel Without A Cause,” “La La Land” and dozens more.

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LOCATION: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Kyle Reese, played by Michael Biehn, arrives back in time in this alley in Downtown Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: Alley beside 214 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Sarah Conner, played by Linda Hamilton, works at this restaurant in South Pasadena.  The building has since been remodeled a bit, but the roof still appears the same as it did in the film.

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LOCATION: 815 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

The Terminator visits a gun shop, located in Van Nuys.  The building is now part of a used car lot.

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LOCATION: 14329 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

The Terminator looks for Sarah Conner at her apartment.

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LOCATION: 420 S Lafayette Park Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Kyle follows Sarah as she approaches the Tech Noir club.  The Tech Noir building is in the process of being remodeled, but the market next to it, now a jewelry shop, can still be seen.

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LOCATION: 720 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

A big action sequence takes place at Grand Lower in Downtown L.A.  This is a popular area for both filming and photography.  It has been featured in countless films, including “Demolition Man,” “Cobra,” “Batman Forever,” “Repo Man” and many more.

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LOCATION: Grand Lower, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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The Tiki Motel where Kyle and Sarah stay can be found in Huntington Park.

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LOCATION: 7301 Santa Fe Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255

Another action sequence takes place at the Second Street Tunnel in Downtown L.A.  This is another popular filming location, appearing in such films as “Kill Bill,” “Demolition Man,” “Blade Runner,” “Con Air,” “Independence Day” and many more.  The scene starts at the side of the tunnel facing S Figueroa St.

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LOCATION: 620 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (facing S Figueroa St)

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The Terminator crashes his bike and steals a truck on upper S Grand Ave.  This is directly above Grand Lower, where the earlier action scene in the film takes place.

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LOCATION: S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (near 340 S Grand Ave)

The big truck explosion near the end of the movie was filmed in front of this building owned by the Los Angeles Police Department.  It is located next just past the Denny’s from “Drive” and very close to Union Station, which has been seen in countless films.

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LOCATION: 555 Ramirez St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The gas station where Sarah’s photograph is taken at the end of the film can be found in the desert town of Littlerock.  The same gas station, which has since been remodeled, was also seen in the Britney Spears movie “Crossroads,” as well as the Z.Z. Top music video for “Gimme All Your Lovin’.”

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LOCATION: 37202 90th St E, Littlerock, CA 93543

Related articles: Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991), Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines (2003)

Twins (1988)

In the 1988 Ivan Reitman comedy “Twins,” Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger play two long-lost brothers who reconnect.

Vincent, played by Danny DeVito, lives at this Santa Monica house.  The house has since been remodeled from how it appeared in the film, but does still bear some resemblance.

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LOCATION: 323 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Julius, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, walks up this Pasadena driveway in search of their father.

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LOCATION: 1126 Hillcrest Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory is one of the most iconic locations in Hollywood, perched atop the Hollywood Hills.  It offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and even the ocean.  The building opened in 1935 and has remained free and open to the public every since.  It has been seen in so many films, we felt it deserved an entire article unto itself.

The observatory is perhaps most famously know for it’s use in the 1955 James Dean film, “Rebel Without A Cause.”  However, the grounds have also been seen in such films as “The Terminator,” “La La Land,” “Back To The Future” and dozens more.  It has also appeared in countless television shows, such as “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “The Wonder Years,” “24” and even “The Simpsons” (as the “Springfield Observatory”).  The observatory has also appeared in music videos, such as Paula Abdul’s “Rush, Rush,” video games, such as “Grand Theft Auto V” and on album covers, for bands such as The Byrds.

Here we’ll take a look at some of the sights of Griffith Observatory.

LOCATION: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Arnold Schwarzenegger could be seen walking nude in the original “The Terminator” film on the sidewalk to the right.  He is approached by some street thugs, including one played by Bill Paxton, before the Terminator makes short work of them.  The scene has also been recreated in some of the film’s sequels.

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Ryan Gosling drives his convertible, with Emma Stone in tow, down the sidewalk on the right in “La La Land.”

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A bust of James Dean can be found at the observatory, in honor of Deen’s classic performance in “Rebel Without A Cause,” where the film shot a memorable knife fight scene.

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The best views of the observatory are of course at night.

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The inside of the observatory has several interesting sights as well.  Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone can be seen dancing around this pendulum in “La La Land.”

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In the same film, the two gaze up at this mural on the ceiling of the observatory.

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The two also pause and look at this Tesla Coil.

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Overall, whether you’re a movie lover, a tourist, a science fan, or someone who simply enjoys beautiful views, the Observatory has something to offer almost anyone.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

James Cameron’s iconic sci-fi action sequel, “Terminator 2: Judgement Day,” shot all around California, primarily in the Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Fremont areas.  Here we’ll take a look at some of these spots.

The T-1000 travels back in time and arrives underneath this bridge, where he kills a police officer and takes his car, beginning his search for John Conner.  This was the 6th St Bridge in downtown Los Angeles, which was used in countless films.  Sadly, the bridge has since been demolished.

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LOCATION: Under the 6th St. Bridge, at the intersection of lower E 6th St. and Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (now demolished)

John Conner lives at this house in Canoga Park with his foster parents.  The T-1000 later arrives searching for John.

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LOCATION: 19828 Valerio St, Canoga Park, CA 91306

John Conner and a friend rob an ATM at this former bank in Van Nuys, California.  The building is now a pharmacy and is fenced off from the street, with no trespassing signs.  It’s still fairly easy to photograph from the sidewalk, however.

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LOCATION: 14400 Roscoe Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91402

After the T-1000 spots John Conner, he begins to pursue him, as John flees down the stairwell of a parking garage.  This is a garage at the Santa Monica Place shopping center.  Despite appearances, it’s actually not too difficult to match up the areas used in the film.

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LOCATION: 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

John races over to his bike.

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The T-1000 chases him at an inhuman speed.

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A look at some other shots seen during the bike chase…

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In one of the most famous scenes in the film, after thinking he’s finally escaped the T-1000, due to some help from the T-800, John is surprised when the T-1000 drives a semi truck through the overpass wall of Bull Creek, a flood control channel located in North Hills.

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LOCATION: Bull Creek, SW corner of Plummer St, near Hayvenhurst Ave, North Hills, CA, 91343

Here is a view of the Bull Creek channel, where John Conner is chased on his dirt bike by the T-1000.

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After The Terminator saves John Conner, Conner asks him to stop the bike at this alley in Van Nuys, where he questions him on his mission.  The alley is located very close to the bank where John Conner robs the ATM.

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LOCATION: Alley on Wakefield Ave, between Burton St and Roscoe Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91402

Sarah Conner, played by Linda Hamilton, is being held at the Pescadero State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.  These scenes were shot at the Phoenix House for Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation.  We did not replicate the exact angles seen of the building in the film, as those sections are now entirely obscured by a row of trees.

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LOCATION: 11600 Eldridge Ave, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

Sarah has a dream in which she approaches a playground as Judgment Day begins.  This was filmed at Elysian Park, overlooking Dodger Stadium and Downtown Los Angeles.  The park has changed quite a bit and the chain link fence is long gone, but the city skyline can still be matched up.  This area is near Elysian Fields on Park Road, where it ends in a cul-de-sac.  The playground has been moved up closer to the road and the area seen in the film is now a lookout point.

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LOCATION: Near Elysian Fields, Park Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (GPS coordinates: 34°04’56.8″N, 118°14’23.4″W)

The T-800, Sarah and John stop off at this desert market and gas station, as they make their way to the Salceda ranch.  Although long since closed, the property is still recognizable from the film.

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LOCATION: 46551 140th St E, Lancaster, CA 93535

Later in the film, the Terminator, John and Sarah Conner all break into the Cyberdine Headquarters, where Skynet will be created, launching Judgement Day.  The real building is located in Northern California in the city of Fremont.  Ironically, the building actually belongs to a real tech company, Mattson Technology.

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LOCATION: 47131 Bayside Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94538

A closer look at the entrance, where the SWAT truck crashes through.

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We leave you with some props from the film.  The T-1000’s crowbar arms, stabbing finger and liquid metal bullet wound can be found on display at Planet Hollywood in Florida.

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LOCATION: 1506 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Related articles: The Terminator (1984), Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines (2003)