Leave It To Beaver

The house from the 1950s television show “Leave It to Beaver” can be found on the Universal Studios backlot on Colonial Street.  The house was later incorporated into the neighborhood that became known as Wisteria Lane for the TV drama “Desperate Housewives.”  The house can be seen as part of the Universal Studios Hollywood Tour.

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

American Beauty (1999)

It is common practice in Hollywood to film exteriors of homes on location, while filming interiors on studio lots.  For the 1999 Sam Mendes film, “American Beauty,” an unusual approach was taken to film the exteriors on a studio lot and the interiors in real locations.

Lester Burnham, played by Kevin Spacey, lives at this house, the exterior of which is located on the Warner Bros. Ranch in Burbank, California.  The ranch is a small lot located apart from the main studio lot, and is unfortunately not open to public tours.  The house is also well known for having been used as the Griswold home in 1989’s “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”  It has also appeared in the films “Hocus Pocus,” “Small Soldiers,” “Pleasantville” and more.  As is often the case with houses on studio lots, the outer facade has since changed a bit from how it appeared in the film.

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LOCATION: 411 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

The interiors of Lester’s home were filmed at this house, located in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 11388 Homedale St, Los Angeles, CA 90049

To the right of the Bernham house at the Warner Bros. Ranch is the exterior of the Colonel’s house.  This house is most well known for being Danny Glover’s home in the “Lethal Weapon” films.  Known as the Lindsay house, it has also appeared in The Three Stooges serials, “Pushing Daisies,” “The Middle” and many more.  Once again, the outer facade has changed a bit from how it appeared in the film.  The interior of the Colonel’s house was filmed at 330 S Windsor Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90020.

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LOCATION: 411 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

To the left of the Burnham house is the house of the two Jims, played by Scott Bakula and Sam Robards.  To stand on Blondie Street at the Warner Bros Ranch, where all three of the house exteriors are located, it really does feel like you’re standing in a real neighborhood.  It’s only when you approach up close that the facades begin to show.

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LOCATION: 411 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

Breakdown (1997)

Belle’s Diner from the 1997 Kurt Russell film “Breakdown” can be found in Palmdale, California, just past the outskirts of Lancaster.  It’s located on 240th St E, between E Ave O and E Ave P.  The same building also appeared as the sheriff station in the 1999 Melanie Griffith film “Crazy in Alabama.”

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LOCATION: Approximately 40020 240th St E, Palmdale, CA 93591 (GPS coordinates: 34°36’35.1″N 117°42’06.0″W)

Superbad (2007)

The 2007 comedy “Superbad” shot all  around Southern California, including the San Fernando Valley, El Segundo, Culver City and more.  The “Good Shopper” supermarket where Seth, played by Jonah Hill, attempts to steal alcohol, only to back out after visions of being murdered, was filmed at Jon’s Market in Glendale.

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LOCATION: 1717 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91201

The liquor store where “McLovin” attempts to buy alcohol, only to wind up caught in the middle of a robbery, was filmed at a real liquor store, also located in Glendale.  The scene where Seth gets hit by a car was also filmed in this same parking lot.

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LOCATION: 1700 Victory Blvd, Glendale, CA 91201

The party house where Evan and Seth try yet again to steal alcohol can be found in Northridge.  It’s located on the same street as the house from another Seth Rogen film, “Knocked Up.”

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LOCATION: 17711 Community St, Northridge, CA 91325

Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead (1991)

The house from the 1991 Christina Applegate comedy “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead” can be found in Santa Clarita, California.  Some of the angles seen in the film were from the left side of the home by the driveway, but trees obscure the view from the street.  Many scenes were also filmed inside the actual home, as well as at the pool in the back yard.

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LOCATION: 15548 Iron Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91387

Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

The memorable knife fight in the 1955 James Dean film, “Rebel Without a Cause,” was famously filmed at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California.  The location is so synonymous with the film, there have been many other subsequent productions, directly inspired by “Rebel Without a Cause” to also shoot at the Observatory, including “La La Land” and Paula Abdul’s “Rush Rush” music video (featuring Keanu Reeves in the Dean role).

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LOCATION: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

There is even a statue of James Dean at the observatory, honoring his iconic performance.

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Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

In Steven Soderbergh’s ensemble heist remake, “Ocean’s Eleven,” the gang plans out a “pinch” to create a temporary blackout on the Las Vegas Strip.  The scenes in which they steal the device to create the electromagnetic pulse were filmed at the Gillespie Neuroscience Research Facility on the UC Irvine campus in California.

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LOCATION: 829 Health Sciences Rd, Irvine, CA 92617

The ending, with the gang all standing in front of the casino fountain, was filmed at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

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LOCATION: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Space Jam (1996)

The house where Michael Jordon lives in the 1996 film “Space Jam” can be found in South Pasadena, California.  Located on a popular street for filming, the home sits directly next door to the house from “Liar Liar” and on the same street where the girls are walking home from school and being followed in the original “Halloween.”

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LOCATION: 1002 Highland St, South Pasadena, CA 91030