Mallrats (1995)

The 1995 Kevin Smith film “Mallrats” was mostly filmed in Minnesota, with some scenes filmed in Smith’s native New Jersey. The key location of the movie, the Eden Prairie Center Mall, has since been heavily remodeled and no longer appears how it did in the film. It is located at 8251 Flying Cloud Dr, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.

The “dirt mall” where TS Quint and Brodie, played by Jeremy London and Jason Lee respectively, meet a topless fortune teller, has since been demolished. It was formerly located at 17 US-1, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

Another filming location for the movie can be found in Los Angeles, California. The location of the house of Brandi, played by Claire Forlani, is confusing because two different places were used and depending on which cut of the film you see, different houses appear. The extended cut of the film features the original location in Minnesota, where a news crew waits outside as TS visits with Brodie. After the original movie opening performed poorly with test audiences, the opening was reshot in Los Angeles.

For the shorter, theatrical cut, a totally different home was featured, where TS meets Brandi alone and tries unsuccessfully to take her on a trip to Florida. This is the Los Angeles location of the reshoot scene.

LOCATION: 414 S Rimpau Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Hedges have since been planted along the front of the property, obscuring much of the house from street level.

In the Mallrats audio commentary for the theatrical version, Smith confirms the scene was shot long after the original footage and was indeed filmed in Los Angeles. The location is omitted altogether from the extended cut of the film, in favor of the original footage. The Minnesota location of Brandi’s house, which is only seen in close-up shots, has yet to be found.

At the end of the film, TS and Brandi are married at the Jaws ride, supposedly at Universal Studios Florida. The scene was instead filmed at the Jaws ride at Universal Studios Hollywood.

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

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Clerks II (2006)

While the original “Clerks” film was famously shot in New Jersey, the 2006 sequel, “Clerks II” was largely filmed in Southern California.  Much of the film takes place at the fictional Mooby’s fast food restaurant, which was located in Buena Park.  The restaurant was vacant and slated for demolition at the time of filming.  It has sadly since been demolished and replaced by a housing development.

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LOCATION: 8572 Stanton Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620 (demolished)

One behind the scenes remnant of the film which is still standing is the hotel next door.  The production offices were set up within the rooms.

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The police station seen near the end of the film can be found in Highland Park.  The building is no longer an active police station and operates today as a police museum.  The building has been featured in countless films, including “Transformers,” “Gangster Squad” and “National Security,” as well as the TV series “Twin Peaks: The Return.”

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LOCATION: 6043 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

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Triple Frontier (2019)

While much of J.C. Chandor’s 2019 heist film “Triple Frontier” is set in South America, it was mostly filmed in O’ahu, Hawaii, with a few scenes filmed in Colombia and the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.

Ben Affleck’s character is introduced unsuccessfully trying to sell a property to prospective buyers at Pae Ko Gardens in Kapolei.  As he exits, Oscar Isacc is outside waiting to speak with him.

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LOCATION: 91-1040 Kaiau Ave, Kapolei, HI 96707

The two stand in the parking lot and talk.

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Just a few blocks away is Ben Affleck’s house in the film, where he is only allowed in the garage.

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LOCATION: 91-228 Pilipiliula Pl, Kapolei, HI 96707

The camera is mostly positioned inside the garage, looking out towards the neighboring houses across the street.

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LOCATION: 91-229 / 91-225 Pilipiliula Pl, Kapolei, HI 96707

As Affleck drives his daughter to school, he stops by a convenience store.  The real building is currently a restaurant.

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LOCATION: 91-775 Papipi Rd, Ewa Beach, HI 96706

He then drops his daughter off at school, which was filmed at Samuel Wilder King Intermediate School in Kaneohe.

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LOCATION: 46-155 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744

The freeway establishing shot in South America is actually the iconic Interstate H-3 in O’ahu, also known as the John A. Burns Freeway, which crosses east and west over the Southeast side of the island.  The freeway is known for it’s viaducts running alongside the lush Hawaiian landscape.  We could not replicate the aerial view seen in the film, but here is a view of the freeway from one of the nearby neighborhoods.

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LOCATION: Interstate H-3, Kaneohe, HI 96744

This is the view actually driving the H-3.  Some visual effects were used in the film to add a small village near the road.

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The house where the heist takes place was a composite of a couple different locations.  The main building is part of the historic Clarence H. Cooke Residence, which can be found on Old Pali Road in Honolulu.  It’s actually almost directly across the street from George Clooney’s house in “The Descendants.”  Unfortunately, the building seen in the film is not visible from the road.

The gate and surrounding jungle seen in the film were actually filmed at Kualoa Ranch (49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744).  Unfortunately, the area where the gate set was built was not identified on their movie tour.  Here is a view of the real gate to the Clarence H. Cooke Residence, which of course was never seen from this residential view in the film.

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LOCATION: Clarence H. Cooke Residence, 3860 Old Pali Rd, Honolulu, HI 96817

The crew can be seen having drinks at this cottage, which sits near the the Moli’i Fishpond in Kailua.  The property is actually owned by Kualoa Ranch.  This cottage building can also be seen in the Bruce Willis film “Tears of the Sun.”  The surrounding buildings and pond have also been featured in many movies, such as “Jurassic World,” “50 First Dates,” “Snatched,” “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “You, Me and Dupree” and TV show “Lost.”

This area, while private, can be seen as part of the Premier Movie Site Tour of Kualoa Ranch.  It’s worth mentioning that parts can also by seen by visiting the local shops near the pond, which rent their buildings from Kualoa Ranch. They offer tours of their own near the water for a small fee, but the Premier Movie Site Tour offered by the ranch is our recommended way to see it.

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LOCATION: 49-243 Kuukama St, Kailua, HI 96734

The helicopter crash site was filmed on the main property of Kualoa Ranch.  Their tours do not go up close to the exact site, but they do pass nearby and offer a view in the distance.  A couple buildings from the film, seen on the left side, are still standing.  Countless productions have also filmed in this area, including the 1998 remake of “Mighty Joe Young,” “Windtalkers” and dozens more.

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LOCATION: Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744

The Battle Of Shaker Heights (2003)

The 2003 “Project Greenlight” film, “The Battle of Shaker Heights,” attempted to substitute Los Angeles filming locations for Shaker Heights, Ohio.  The house where Kelly, played by Shia LaBouf, lives is the same house seen in “Kill Bill,” where The Bride battles Vernita Green.  It can also be seen in the 2004 film “Mysterious Skin.”

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LOCATION: 5500 Atlas St, Los Angeles, CA 90032

The house of Lance can be found in South Pasadena.  The same house was also featured in the Rob Zombie remake of “Halloween.”

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LOCATION: 1937 La France Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

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

The Town (2010)

The 2010 Ben Affleck film “The Town” tells the story of a group of Boston bank robbers.  The filmmakers utilized some iconic Boston landmarks as recurring images throughout the film.  The opening shot is of the Bunker Hill Monument, located in the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston, which is where the film’s central characters are from.  The monument was built to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill.

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LOCATION: Bunker Hill Monument, Monument Sq, Charlestown, MA 02129

Another iconic Boston landmark seen in the film is the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, often referred to as the Zakim Bridge or Bunker Hill Bridge.  It too is located close to Charlestown.

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LOCATION: Interstate 93, Boston, MA 02114

The exterior of opening bank robbery in the skull masks takes place at the Cambridge Savings Bank in Cambridge, Massachusetts, located in Harvard Square, directly across the street from Harvard University.  The filmmakers had to use an alternate bank, the East Boston Savings Bank in Melrose, MA, for interior scenes.

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LOCATION: 1374 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

Later in the film, as the robbers are dressed in nun costumes, they get boxed in at this intersection, where they engage in a shootout with police, before taking off down the surrounding, narrow corridors.  Here we take a look at the intersection from a few different angles.

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LOCATION: Intersection of N Margin St & Thacher St, Boston, MA 02113

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Fergie, played by Pete Postlethwaite, works at a a flower shop, which is now a hardware store.

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LOCATION: 111 Dorchester St, Boston, MA 02127

The film’s climactic robbery takes place at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

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LOCATION: 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215

 

 

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Despite being famously set in Boston, Massachusetts, much of the 1997 film “Good Will Hunting” actually filmed in Toronto, Canada.  The film brought home Oscar gold for screenwriters Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, as well as Robin Williams.  Despite heavily filming in Toronto, some scenes were indeed filmed in Boston, including several of the film’s most well-known locations.

Will, played by Matt Damon, and Chuckie, played by Ben Affleck, hang out at the L Street Tavern in South Boston.

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LOCATION: 658 E 8th St, Boston, MA 02127

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They even keep a sign on the side of the building, calling it the “Home of Good Will Hunting.”

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Over at Harvard Square in Cambridge, north of Boston, you’ll find where a couple memorable locations from the film formerly stood, right across the street from Harvard University.  However, it gets confusing due to some remodeling that took place after filming. The Bow and Arrow Pub is where, after obtaining Skyler’s phone number and spotting a rival grad student, Will walks up to the window and delivers his famous “How do you like them apples?” line.

In the film, the scene was at the storefront of a Dunkin Donuts. After the remodel, the Dunkin Donuts relocated over to the left side, down Bow St, before eventually closing it’s doors for good. However, the location on the left, which is currently a ramen restaurant, was not the original filming location. You can see the actors standing next to Massachusetts Ave in the scene, confirming the geography of the original site. Thanks to reader “Little P” for helping clarify this.

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LOCATION: 1230 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

In the same general area is where the former Bow and Arrow Pub stood, which is where Will first meets Skylar. It’s also where he has the confrontation with an arrogant, pony-tailed grad student later seen at the Dunkin Donuts. It was formerly located a bit further down Bow St, prior to the property being remodeled. It was likewise taken over as the back portion of the Grafton Pub, while the front portion changed into a separate storefront.

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LOCATION: 1 Bow St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The famous bench where Will sits with Sean, played by Robin Williams, can be found at the Boston Public Garden.  Surprisingly, the bench is not marked in any way as being the spot from the film.  If you’re unfamiliar with the garden park, it may take you a bit to find it, but it’s a popular spot and sometimes you can spot it simply by watching for others taking photos there.  To get to the bench, follow the lakeside path north from the west end of the bridge.  If you’re at the bridge, you would go down the small set of stairs to reach it.  Behind the bench, you’ll see an intersection of paths and a tree with a branch forming a “v” shape.  In front of the bench, you’ll see the below view, with the curving edge along the water and the tree in the distance.  Referring to this map of the park, the bench is number 5.

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LOCATION: Boston Public Garden, Boston, MA 02116

Dogma (1999)

The climax to Kevin Smith’s biblical comedy “Dogma” takes place at a church in Pittsburgh, where the majority of the film was likewise shot.  Loki and Bartleby, played by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, attempt to bring the apocalypse upon Earth, battling Jay and Silent Bob.  Even God makes an appearance.  It’s also the site of George Carlin’s character introducing “Catholicism Wow!” and the famous “Buddy Christ.”

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LOCATION: 130 Larimer Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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