Blonde (2022)

The 2022 Andrew Dominik film “Blonde,” starring Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe, was primarily filmed in Los Angeles, California. Early in the film, a young Norma Jeane (real name of Monroe), played by Lily Fisher, lives with her mom Gladys, played by Julianne Nicholson. They are seen leaving their home when a fire breaks out in the Hollywood Hills. They exit and see a view of a film studio across the street, which is actually Sunset Gower Studios.

LOCATION: 6101 Afton Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (facing N Gower St)

Norma Jeane and her mother are seen leaving in a car from the parking area on the left. Much of the background was altered via CGI.

They drive down N Gower St as ash and smoke fills the air.

This view is never seen in the film, but here is the apartment building they exit in the scene.

Norma Jeane meets with her agent Mr. Shinn, played by Dan Butler, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown L.A.  The hotel is a staple of film, having appeared in such movies as “Ghostbusters,” “Independence Day,” “Beverly Hills Ninja,” “Fight Club,” “Species” and many more.

LOCATION: 506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Norma Jeane meets with Cass Chaplin and Eddy Robinson Jr., played by Xavier Samuel and Evan Williams respectively, at Musso & Frank Grill.  The restaurant pops up again when Cass and Eddy give Joe DiMaggio, played by Bobby Cannavale, nude photos of Norma Jeane. Musso & Frank Grill is the oldest restaurant in Hollywood, founded over 100 years ago.  The restaurant has popped up in numerous films, including “Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ed Wood” and “Swingers,” as well as the TV shows “Mad Men” and “Bosch.”

LOCATION: 6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Joe DiMaggio lives with Norma Jeane at this home, which is seen mostly from the driveway facing out into the street, as well as in a close up of the front door into the interior.

LOCATION: 120 N Norton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Norma Jeane crashes her car into this tree on the left.

LOCATION: S Norton Ave / W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90004 (in front of 159 S Norton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004)

Late in the film, Norma Jeane is seen living at this home in Brentwood, where she receives a delivery from Eddy Robinson Jr. of an item Cass Chaplin wanted her to have. These scenes were filmed at the actual home Marilyn Monroe lived in and where she died on August 4, 1962.

LOCATION: 12305 5th Helena Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

The Irishman (2019)

The 2019 Martin Scorsese film “The Irishman” was mostly shot north of New York City, in small towns such as White Plains, Suffern and Hempstead, with a bit of additional filming in New Jersey and Florida. While noted for using de-aging effects on the actors, the film likewise utilized visual effects on several of the locations to make them more period authentic. Sometimes what you see in real life does not immediately match what appears on screen. However, the filmmakers used every tool at their disposal, combining a unique mixture of visual effects, practical set dressing and in some cases, simply finding great locations that didn’t need anything changed to bring about the appropriate look. The production reportedly traveled to over 200 different locations in the film, so we obviously weren’t able visit every spot, but we did as many as we could.

Frank Sheeran, played by Robert De Niro, lives at this home, located in White Plains.

LOCATION: 63 Lincoln Ave, White Plains, NY 10606

After his truck has some mechanical issues, Frank first meets Russell, played by Joe Pesci, at the Texaco gas station, with a Stuckey’s dessert restaurant on the right. The real location is not a gas station at all, rather it is part of Great Hunger Memorial Park, just off the Saw Mill River Pkwy. The gas pumps were added by the production, as well as some set dressing to bring the buildings back to life, but the area is still instantly recognizable from the film. It’s pretty easy to access and open to the public, so we highly recommend visiting the park.

LOCATION: Great Hunger Memorial Park, Saw Mill River Pkwy, Irvington, NY 10533 (GPS coordinates: 41.024472, -73.846028)

Frank works his way up the criminal ranks, meeting Skinny Razor at the Friendly Lounge. Again, the building was repurposed to appear a bit older for the film, but is still recognizable. Several other locations from the film were shot in this same area, including the church in the background.

LOCATION: 880 Woodward Ave, Queens, NY 11385

The baptism scene was shot inside of this church. The exterior of the church appears in a couple scenes as well, but always in the background.

LOCATION: 5815 Catalpa Ave, Queens, NY 11385

Russell collects money and runs some of his operations at Penn Drape & Curtains. This was filmed in the town of Suffern and once again, a couple other locations from the film are on the same street.

LOCATION: 104 Lafayette Ave, Suffern, NY 10901

After Anastasia is killed in a barber shop, Russell is seen exiting Penn Drape & Curtains to talk to a man parked out front and calm things down.

LOCATION: Lafayette Ave / Suffern Pl, Suffern, NY 10901

After a man fails to pay up on a debt owed to Skinny Razor, Frank forces the man into his car in front of this building. This is again located just around the corner from the Friendly Lounge location in Queens, with the same church appearing in the background.

LOCATION: 881 Onderdonk Ave, Queens, NY 11385

Still in the same area, directly across the street from the Friendly Lounge location, is the store where Frank beats the owner on the sidewalk for shoving his daughter. Quite a bit of set decoration was added for this scene, making the storefront look much different in the film.

LOCATION: 885 Woodward Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385

Whispers offers Frank a side job at “Philadelphia’s Melrose Diner,” which is actually the former Goodfellas Diner in Maspeth. The diner was famous for its appearance in another Scorsese film, “Goodfellas,” changing it’s name from the Maspeth Diner after the success of that film. However, it got damaged by a fire in 2018. Since then, the building has remained closed down and appears in disrepair these days. Only the exterior was revisited for this film, the interiors for the scene were filmed at 106 E 2nd St, Mineola, NY 11501.

LOCATION: 56-26 Maspeth Ave, Maspeth, NY 11378

Back in Suffern, Frank makes the rounds to collect more money for Russell at Fair Furriers. This is located very close to the Penn Drape & Curtains location.

LOCATION: 88 Lafayette Ave, Suffern, NY 10901

Frank begins spending a lot of time working with Jimmy Hoffa, played by Al Pacino. Hoffa eats with Frank’s family at this ice cream stand. It really is called Weir’s and very little of it was altered for the film. The spot is a bit of a distance away from most of the other locations, however, in Salisbury Mills.

LOCATION: 2159 NY-94, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577

Hoffa is once again enjoying ice cream with Frank when they learn of J.F.K.’s assassination on a television inside.

LOCATION: 84 Hillside Ave, Williston Park, NY 11596

Hoffa’s teamsters headquarters was actually the Hempstead Town Hall.

LOCATION: 1 Washington St, Hempstead, NY 11550

Hoffa gets sentenced to prison, with the exterior scenes filmed at the East Jersey State Prison. A real prison, the location has appeared in numerous films, including “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Malcolm X,” “Rounders,” “He Got Game,” “The Hurricane” and more.

LOCATION: 1100 Woodbridge Rd, Rahway, NJ 07065

Umbertos Clam House, where Frank performs a hit in front of shocked onlookers, made heavy use of CGI to modify the ground level, incorporating what was a set into the interior views of location. The exterior can be found at 90 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002.

After the hit, Russell is seen at a payphone, making a call to an unknown person in front of the Sunoco gas station. Quite a bit of set dressing was added to make it look like vintage gas station. The real building is part of a bagel shop. The business owns a couple buildings side by side. The one used in the film sits off to the left, near the intersection of Park Ave / Orange Turnpike. The building is currently vacant, although the main building to the right is still operational.

LOCATION: 203 Orange Turnpike, Sloatsburg, NY 10974 (to the left, near the intersection of Park Ave / Orange Turnpike)

Frank buys hot dogs for Jimmy at Lum’s, supposedly located in Florida. The scene was actually filmed in Tuxedo Park, New York, just a short distance away from the above Sunoco location. Visual effects were used to erase the mountain and trees in the background, substituting them for palm trees. The building has also since been remodeled, making it even more tricky to match up.

LOCATION: 192 NY-17, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987 (since remodeled)

Hoffa is killed inside of this house, supposedly located in Michigan. The house seen in the film is actually located in White Plains, New York.

LOCATION: 83 Smith Ave, White Plains, NY 10605

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