Primary Colors (1998)

In the 1998 film “Primary Colors,” John Travolta plays Governor Jack Stanton, a Southern politician with many similarities to Bill Clinton.  Stanton serves Thanksgiving dinner on the front lawn with his wife, played by Emma Thompson, at the Banning House in Wilmington, California.  Built in 1863, the property was also seen in the 1992 Danny Aiello film “Ruby,” as well as the TV shows “Quantum Leap” and “Bronk.”  The house currently operates as a museum and is open the the public.

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LOCATION: 401 E M St, Wilmington, CA 90744

Late in the film, Stanton visits the home of Governor Fred Picker.  Picker’s house was filmed at the Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana.  The plantation is likewise open to public tours.  This house and its distinct row of trees can actually be seen from the road of LA-18.  However, you might find it difficult to stop and get a photo, as there is no parking along the street.  The plantation was also famously used in the film “Interview With The Vampire.”

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LOCATION: 3645 LA-18, Vacherie, LA 70090

Bad Santa (2003)

As snow falls on “O’Hara’s Pub” in the opening scenes of Terry Zwigoff’s “Bad Santa,” the sunny streets of Venice, California are probably the last thought in the minds of the viewers.  However, that’s exactly where the scenes were shot, at a store front along the famous Abbot Kinney Boulevard.  A wooden facade was partially built over the store front, along with a neon sign, with only the outer brick lining still visible.  It’s located just a couple doors down from the record label where Paul Rudd works in “This Is 40.”

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LOCATION: 1100 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Willie, played by Billy Bob Thorton, hides out at Thurman Merman’s house.  The real house is located in a somewhat upscale neighborhood in West Hills, California.

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LOCATION: 7211 Whitehall Ln, West Hills, CA 91307