The 2019 horror film “The Curse of la Llorona” is a spin-off set in the “Conjuring” universe, starring Linda Cardellini and Raymond Cruz. The story takes place in 1973 in Los Angeles, with production likewise taking place in Southern California. The house where Anna, played by Cardellini, lives with her children is actually a composite of a couple different locations. The front of the home can be found in the Harvard Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.
LOCATION: 1649 S Hobart Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
The back of the home was a set located at the Warner Bros Ranch in Burbank. The pool has been featured in many productions, most notably “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” The home facade itself has likewise been featured in numerous productions, including “Small Soldiers,” “Pleasantville,” the TV series “Pushing Daisies” and more. The ranch is located separate from the main Warner Bros. Studio lot and is not open to public tours.
LOCATION: 411 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505
In one scene, Anna’s daughter Samantha, played by Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, hears crying from her back yard. She looks through the fence across the street, where more homes from the Warner Bros. Ranch can be seen, albeit from a partially obstructed perspective. First she sees part of the Griswold house from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” The same house can also be seen in “American Beauty,” “WandaVision,” “Hocus Pocus” and more.
LOCATION: 411 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505
She then looks to the right and sees the house from “Lethal Weapon,” which has likewise appeared such productions as “American Beauty,” “WandaVision,” The Three Stooges serials, “Pushing Daisies,” “The Middle” and more.
The church seen in the film is the St. Brendan Catholic Church, which has appeared in numerous productions, including “Fight Club,” “Spider-Man 3,” “Armageddon” and the Guns N’ Roses music video for “November Rain.” The same church also appears in another film in “The Conjuring Universe,” “Annabelle.”
LOCATION: 310 S Van Ness Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020
The 1994 remake of “The Little Rascals” was filmed around Southern California. The boys’ “He-Man Womun Haters Club” formerly sat on a hillside overlooking Downtown Los Angeles. The location was on Figueroa Terrace, but as is the case with most open land in Los Angeles from decades ago, the area has since been developed. Here is the general vicinity where the clubhouse would have been.
LOCATION: 1031 Figueroa Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Looking the opposite direction at N Beaudry Ave, the road can actually be seen in the background of several shots of the clubhouse, such as when Waldo leaves with Darla.
The canal where Alfalfa serenades Darla can be found at the Venice Canals near Venice Beach. This location still largely looks the same as it did in the film. There are numerous bridges in the neighborhood. The boys eavesdrop over their boat at the bridge connecting Linnie Canal to Court C. The exact same bridge has also appeared in some very different films, including “A Nightmare On Elm Street” and Oliver Stone’s “The Doors.”
LOCATION: The bridge between Linnie Canal / Court C, Venice, CA 90291 (GPS coordinates: 33.985319, -118.464566)
When a fire breaks out at the clubhouse, Buckwheat and Porky rush to a phone booth to call the fire station, but give up when they can’t remember the number for 9-1-1. They walk away, not noticing a fire station directly across the street. This scene was filmed in North Hollywood.
LOCATION: 5320 Tujunga Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91601
Darla’s house can be found in Burbank. The house was painted white in the film. Alfalfa brings Darla flowers, when he is suddently interrupted by Waldo and his dog.
LOCATION: 537 Delaware Rd, Burbank, CA 91504
Spanky takes Alfalfa to Darla’s ballet recital, where he insists Alfalfa break up with her. This scene was filmed at the famous Castle Green Apartments in Pasadena. The scene was shot on the side of the property facing S Raymond Ave. The boys are seen walking down this entrance, with the Stats Floral Supply building visible behind them (the white, painted letters are no longer there).
LOCATION: 99 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105
The boys wait outside for Darla for a bit, but have to flee inside to escape some bullies by disguising themselves as ballerinas. Most of this area is obscured by fencing and hedges from the street, but you can see into the property from a couple spots. Castle Green has been featured in countless films, such as “True Romance,” “The Sting,” “Wild At Heart,” “Deja Vu,” “Sneakers,” “Bugsy,” “The Last Samurai,” “Puppet Master” and many more.
The 1987 film “The Lost Boys,” directed by Joel Schumacher, is set in the fictional beach town of Santa Carla, California. In reality, the film was famously shot in Santa Cruz, with some additional scenes filmed in Southern California. The Santa Cruz Boardwalk plays a prominent role in the film. In the opening scenes, David, played by Kiefer Sutherland, can be seen riding the carousel with his crew.
LOCATION: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
As the boardwalk closes down for the night, a security guard is attacked as he exits to a parking lot.
Later in the film, Michael, played by Jason Patric, meets Star, played by Jami Gertz, in this area of the boardwalk. The 2019 Jordan Peele film “Us” also shot scenes at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. The film’s opening scene is set in 1986, at the same time “The Lost Boys” was filming. The characters in “Us” even reference this film when they walk past this area, mentioning a movie is being filmed nearby. The film “Sudden Impact” also shot on the boardwalk.
Michael meets David and his crew at this area of the boardwalk.
David invites Michael to come along on a bike ride and the boys all ride their bikes down these stairs.
Sam, played by Corey Haim, moves with his family from Phoenix to Santa Carla to live at his grandpa’s house. The building seen in the film is known as the Pogonip Clubhouse. Built in 1911, the building operated as everything from a golf club, to hosting women’s polo matches, to briefly serving as a rehab facility for servicemen during WWII. The building opened and closed again many times throughout the years, before being condemned in 1986, right around the time of filming. Only the exteriors of the building were used in the film, interiors were filmed at Warner Bros. Studios.
LOCATION: Near 333 Golf Club Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (GPS coordinates: 36.995416, -122.038388)
Today, the building is part of Pogonip, a scenic hiking and biking trail. The building is open to the public and there’s a few ways to reach it. From the nearest trailhead on Golf Club Dr, you can take a paved path straight up to it, or the Lower Meadow Trail. The Lower Meadow Trail, while offering scenic views, is overrun by homeless people, to such a degree that we found ourselves inadvertently walking right into their campsites more than once. While no one was confrontational, as the paths do receive a lot of pedestrian traffic, we recommend sticking to the paved path if you wish to see the building from the film. Either route is about a half mile walk, with some uphill portions, but not terribly difficult. Remember to bring water if you do hike there.
The comic book shop where Sam meets Edgar and Alan Frog, played by Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander, still exists, but no longer at it’s original location. While made to appear on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, the actual shop seen in the film was formerly located on Pacific Ave. The building suffered severe damages in a 1989 earthquake, resulting in the comic book shop changing locations.
LOCATION: 705 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (now demolished)
The store, Atlantis Fantasyworld, is now located on Cedar St in Santa Cruz. While not an actual filming location, they do still have a prop from the film inside; the original “Vampires Everywhere!” comic book. It sits on display behind the front counter.
LOCATION: 1020 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
The cave where David’s crew is based, known as Hudson’s Bluff Sea Cave, is located far from Santa Cruz in Rancho Palos Verdes. The cave sits next to Terranea Beach, which is easily accessible on foot along the Terranea Trail, a public trail which runs behind the Terranea Resort. Seeing the cave up close requires a bit of climbing up some rocks, however, so use caution if you wish to proceed beyond Terranea Beach. The same area has been seen in such films as “Charlie’s Angels,” “Lethal Weapon 2” and “Batman: The Movie,” as well as such TV shows as “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “Wonder Woman,” “The Munsters” and more.
Another Southern California location is the bridge where David and Michael hang underneath as a train passes. It can be found at the Iron Horse Trailhead near Valencia. The actual bridge is a pedestrian crossing with no train tracks. This same location appeared in the film “Nothing But Trouble.”
LOCATION: 25311 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Unlike what is depicted in the film, the bridge is nowhere near the height above ground suggested in the scene. Here is a view of the actual elevation, with Six Flags Magic Mountain seen in the distance.
The church where Sam and Edgar collect holy water can be found at Warner Bros. Studios. The same church has been seen in many productions, such as “Gremlins” and “The Monster Squad.”
The TV series “Dennis the Menace,” which ran from 1959 to 1963, was set in a fictional neighborhood located at the Warner Bros. Ranch in Burbank, California. The Warner Ranch lot is separate from the main Warner backlot and is not open to public tours at this time. Plans have been announced for Warner to sell the ranch, so its future is unknown at this time, but for now the structures still stand.
The Mitchell house is the original home exterior featured on the show and still remains today, although it has had some remodeling. It is one of the few original sets on the ranch, having survived previous fires on the grounds.
LOCATION: 411 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505
The Wilson house was located next door, but the original set was lost in a fire in 1970. It was eventually rebuilt and this is how the facade currently appears.
The Elkins house was likewise burned in the 1970 fire and rebuilt. Here is how it appears now. The same facade was used in the 1970s TV series “The Partridge Family” and the film “The Monster Squad.”
The 2011 film version of “The Muppets” was shot primarily in the Los Angeles area. The opening dance number, set it “Smalltown USA,” was filmed on the Warner Bros. Studios Lot.
LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
Gary, played by Jason Segel, runs into this school, where he meets up with Mary, played by Amy Adams. This is also a set on the Warner lot.
The Muppets studio was filmed at the real Jim Henson Company in Hollywood. It is the former site of Charlie Chaplin’s studios. Old photos of Chaplin standing outside can be found online, with much of the buildings still looking the same.
LOCATION: 1416 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
The Muppets Theater is the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood.
LOCATION: 6838 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
The exterior gate of Kermit’s mansion is located in Encino.
LOCATION: 4545 White Oak Ave, Encino, CA 91316
The interior of Kermit’s mansion was filmed at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. While the outside of the Greystone grounds is open daily and free to the public, opportunities to tour inside are somewhat rare. The property is owned by the City of Beverly Hills and regularly accommodates productions and private events. Therefore, only a few times a year is access to the inside of the estate possible. Planning ahead is required if you’d like to see inside.
LOCATION: 905 Loma Vista Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Filming for the 2002 Steven Spielberg sci-fi film “Minority Report,” starring Tom Cruise, took place mostly around Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Virginia. In one action scene, a chase on rocket-packs occurs in front of this building. This is actually part of the Warner Bros. backlot in Burbank, California. The same building was seen in the 1994 Jim Carrey comedy, “The Mask.”
LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505
The Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020. Included on display were some vehicles from the film.
As a manhunt ensues for John Anderton, played by Tom Cruise, as he is chased by Agent Danny Witwer, played by Colin Farrell. As the chase enters a car factory, Witwer watches as this “2054” Lexus Coupe is assembled around Anderton, who immediately drives it off and escapes.
LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
As Anderton drives this “2054” Lexus Maglev Pod, a computer controlled iris recognition system spots him and stops the vehicle. As police pursue, Anderton escapes out the window.
As Anderton tries to evade police in a mall, an advertisement plays for this “2054” Lexus Roadster.