American Sniper (2014)

The 2014 Clint Eastwood film “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper is set in Texas and Iraq. However, much of the filming took place in Southern California, with some additional filming in Morroco. Early in the film, a young Chris attends church with his family at this location in Highland Park. An additional scene moments later shows Chris helping his brother in a fight on a playground. This was also shot on the same property.

LOCATION: 6338 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Chris Kyle, played by Cooper, enlists in the military at this building, which can be found in Acton.

LOCATION: 33318 Santiago Rd, Acton, CA 93510

While deployed in Iraq in search of a sadistic killer known as “The Butcher,” Chris assembles a team to capture or kill him. After his team learns the suspected location of The Butcher, they enter a family’s home directly across from the targeted building, to gather information and run a stakeout. These scenes were filmed on a set at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in Santa Clarita, California. The ranch features many Middle Eastern sets, with quite a number of different productions filming there, such as “Iron Man.” The Americans subdue the man who owns the home on this floor. After things settle down, the family, who claims they don’t know anything, serve dinner to the team in the dining room in the background.

LOCATION: 20019 Blue Cloud Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91390

After noticing scrapes on the skin around the homeowner’s elbows, Chris becomes suspicious the man is hiding something and begins searching the bedrooms. He discovers a large hole in the floor concealing a major weapons stash. The hole and the metal sheet covering it are still there.

Here is the area in the living room where the team watches out the window, photographing who is coming and going from the adjacent building.

The shot of Chris crossing the Texas border line is on E Ave K in Lancaster, just past 85th St E.

LOCATION: GPS coordinates: 34°40’31.8″N 117°58’28.7″W (Near E Ave K / 85th St E, Lancaster, CA 93535)

Chris Kyle’s house in the film can be found in Sherwood Forest, near Northridge in the San Fernando Valley.

LOCATION: 8843 Newcastle Ave, Sherwood Forest, CA 91325

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Licorice Pizza (2021)

The 2021 Paul Thomas Anderson film “Licorice Pizza” is set in the 1970s San Fernando Valley, with the production likewise staying pretty faithful to that area. This article contains some minor spoilers, so we only recommend reading if you’ve seen the film.

The opening scene where Alana, played by Alana Haim, first meets Gary, played by Cooper Hoffman, was filmed at Gaspar De Portola Middle School in Tarzana. There are a couple of similar looking corridors located at the school. Alana walks near the southwest corner, facing the towards Linnet St. The same school appeared in the films “Thirteen,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Akeelah and the Bee.”

LOCATION: 18720 Linnet St, Tarzana, CA 91356

Gary eats at this hot dog stand, where he tells Greg he met the girl he’s going to marry one day.

LOCATION: 9039 Lindley Ave, Northridge, CA 91325

Gary’s house can be found in North Hollywood.

LOCATION: 7902 Goodland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91605

The Tail O’ The Cock scenes were filmed inside the former Billingsley’s Restaurant, located on the grounds of the Van Nuys Golf Course (6550 Odessa Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406). While the restaurant closed in 2004, it remains in tact and Anderson previously used the same location for his film “Magnolia.” Some websites state the Tail O’ The Cock scenes were filmed at Barone’s, but this is incorrect.

Alana’s house can also be found in North Hollywood, on a cul de sac located very close to the scenes where Gary and Alana run together later in the film.

LOCATION: 12801 Miranda St, North Hollywood, CA 91607

The wig shop where Gary first sees a waterbed for sale is located in Canoga Park. The store is currently vacant, but the lettering on the windows from the film is still there.

LOCATION: 21819 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303

You can see the nursery & hardware sign behind him as he enters the store.

The Teen-Age Fair scenes were filmed at the Hollywood Palladium. Gary and his friends are seen loading in from the side entrance on Argyle Ave. Police mistakenly arrest Gary because his description matches another suspect.

LOCATION: 6215 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Gary is taken to the police station, where he is seen in this hallway. The real building is actually a youth center in Hollywood.

LOCATION: 6501 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Alana is seen across the street.

After a witness confirms Gary is not the suspect, he is released. Gary and Alana start running from this point.

They are seen running together down Cole Pl.

LOCATION: Cole Pl / Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

The film seamlessly jumps to North Hollywood and the two continue running along Burbank Blvd, with Bellaire Ave visible behind them. To find the exact area, look for this spot where there is a second fence running perpendicular, with the building on the left and towers. They as seen running past these exact spots. This is close to the location of Alana’s house.

LOCATION: 12755 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91607

After Alana gets an advertisement on the radio for Gary’s water bed business, sales pick up as they start shipping out numerous orders. They load a truck from this location in Studio City. This is just behind Ventura Blvd, at the rear alley near Laurel Terrace Dr.

LOCATION: 12444 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Here is where the UPS truck is parked. Alana then heads back inside and yells at the other boys for not helping her carry the dolly up the stairs.

This is also where the film’s poster image was shot, with Alana and Gary standing in front of a car, facing the camera

Gary opens his own store, Fat Bernie’s, selling waterbeds. Later in the film, Gary re-brands his business as the Pinball Palace, using the same location. The actual storefront can be found in Chatsworth.

LOCATION: 21758 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311

Here is the front of the store, seen numerous times in the film.

We were actually able to visit the set of the film back when production was taking place. Here you can see the Fat Bernie’s signs and the crew prepping the location.

Here’s a look at the interior, which is also featured heavily in the film.

Alana follows Gary to the back of the store, as she jealously watches him take interest in another girl.

Alana, angered by Gary’s behavior, walks along the side of the building and kisses a random guy on the sidewalk. Here’s how the area appeared in the film, with the Jurgensen’s Grocery Co. advertisement painted on the wall.

Here’s the same area, repainted as it appears since filming completed.

The back of the store appears again when they load up the truck to leave the store.

Alana auditions for Jack Holden, played by Sean Penn (reciting dialogue from the film “Breezy“), inside the Church of the Chimes in Sherman Oaks. The scene is only shown from interior views in the film. The property, which consists of several buildings, has also appeared in the film “Stepfather II: Make Room for Daddy,” as well as the TV shows “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” “The Office” and “Scrubs.”

LOCATION: 14115 Magnolia Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

The scenes where Jack Holden does a motorcycle stunt were filmed at the the Van Nuys Golf Course (6550 Odessa Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406).

As the gas crisis takes hold, Gary runs past a line of cars waiting to fuel up near the intersection of Victory Blvd and Lindley Ave in Tarzana, overlooking the L.A. River.

LOCATION: Near Victory Blvd / Lindley Ave, Tarzana, CA 91335

The camera follows him running up to the gas station, which is known as Signal Gasoline in the film. In reality, it’s not a gas station at all, rather a mechanic’s shop and smog check station.

LOCATION: 18102 Victory Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91335

The eccentric Jon Peters, played by Bradley Cooper, lives at this home in Encino, where Alana and Gary deliver a water bed.

LOCATION: 4450 Balboa Ave, Encino, CA 91316

While the home is located on a public road, it sits at the top of a long driveway up a dead end hillside and is not really visible from the street. There are additional views around the property available online via old real estate listings.

Alana and Gary give Jon Peters a ride to this gas station in Encino. The geography laid out in the film is somewhat plausible, in that Jon Peters’ home really is at the top of the hill on the road to the left. However, in the film, it is depicted as a long, steep and winding road, when in reality, it is a relatively short, straight path up Balboa Ave. The two locations are in near proximity, however.

LOCATION: 16900 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

The actual winding road seen in the film is Palo Drive in Tarzana, near Rosita Street. This is where Gary smashes up Jon Peters’ car, only to realize their truck has run out of gas, forcing Alana to coast down a series of hills, back down to the gas station. Here is the curve they are seen taking in the film. The house in the background behind the trees and shrubs appeared in the film “Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood,” for the back yard scenes of Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski’s home.

LOCATION: Palo Dr, Tarzana, CA 91356 (GPS coordinates: 34°09’26.5″N, 118°33’26.4″W)

Here is the area where Jon Peters’ car was parked.

Here is another view of the general area where the car was parked.

Alana says in the film if she can make the light at Ventura, she can make a right and get them to the gas station. This is again geographically accurate, as the truck is seen turning at the intersection of Genesta Ave and Ventura Blvd, which turning right does indeed put you about one block from the gas station used in the film.

LOCATION: Ventura Blvd / Genesta Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91316

Afterwards, Alana sits on this curb in front of the Encino Post Office. Jon Peters walks by and throws a garbage can through the front window of the store next to it, before turning around to flirt with some women walking past. The real property does provide mails services, but is not a post office.

LOCATION: 18034 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316 (Jon Peters breaks the window out of 18034 1/2 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316)

Alana begins volunteering at the campaign offices of Joel Wachs, played by Benny Safdie. The building is actually a mattress and furniture store.

LOCATION: 21702 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303

Later, she notices a man loitering across the street watching the office and confronts him.

Here is the reverse view, where Alana would have been looking out of the offices, which are mostly seen from interior views in the film.

Late in the film, Gary and Alana embrace under the marquee of the El Portal theater in North Hollywood. For those hoping to catch a screening there, the theater does not host theatrical films, rather stage productions by local performing artists.

LOCATION: 5269 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

We leave you with a few more behind the scenes shots of some of the production design from when we visited the shoot. This was all around the Fat Bernie’s location in Chatsworth.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

In the opening scene of the 2017 sequel “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,”  Star-Lord’s father Ego, played by Kurt Russell, drives through 1980 Missouri in this 1978 Mustang II King Cobra. The vehicle could be found on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, which ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020.

LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

A Star Is Born (2018)

Bradley Cooper directed and starred alongside Lady Gaga in the 2018 remake of “A Star is Born,” which was filmed largely around Los Angeles.  Early in the film, Ally, played by Lady Gaga, quits her job at a restaurant.  This was filmed in the kitchen of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.  Ally can be seen walking up the loading ramp just past the hotel on S Grand Ave.  The same alley can be seen in the film “Chinatown” (on the upper ramp to the right) and from the reverse angle in the film “Seven.”

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LOCATION: 530 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Ally’s house can be found in Angelino Heights, almost directly across the street from Dominic Toretto’s house in “The Fast And The Furious.”

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LOCATION: 739 E Kensington Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Another view of Ally’s house.

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Jack and Ally sit in front of the Super A Foods market late at night as Ally nurses an injured hand.  The same market was used in the films “Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood” and “Crossroads.”

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LOCATION: 2924 Division St, Los Angeles, CA 90065

The famous Chateau Marmont is where Ally sees the billboard promoting her album release.

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LOCATION: 8221 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Jack and Ally begin living together in a house near the woods, located in Calabasas.  Since filming completed, the property is now surrounded by a fence.  However, due to the downward slope of the land from the road, the house is still easily visible from several areas.

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LOCATION: 481 Cold Canyon Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302

Jack’s garage, seen in several scenes in the film, is not fenced off and sits very close to the road.

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Jack is awoken on the street curb in front of his friend Noodles’ house, supposedly located in Memphis.  The real home can be found in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of East L.A.

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The home itself is only seen from interiors and side angles from the opposite side of the fence in the film.  The same house can be seen as the party house in the 1980s comedy “Teen Wolf” and was featured on an episode of the TV series “This Is Us.”  Directly next door is also the house of Chloë Grace Moretz’s character in “(500) Days Of Summer.”

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LOCATION: 5223 Shearin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90041