Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

The 80s comedy “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” like so many other films of that era, shot in the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles, California.

The mall scenes in the film were shot at the Sherman Oaks Galleria, which has since been completely remodeled and looks nothing like it did in the film, so we’ve opted to omit it here.  However, it can be found at 15301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.

The titular Ridgemont High was primarily filmed at Van Nuys High School in Van Nuys, California, with a few additional scenes shot at Canoga Park High School and James Monroe High School.  The same high school was used in the films “Christine,” “Sleepwalkers,” “Rock ‘N’ Roll High School” and many more.

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LOCATION: Van Nuys High School, 6535 Cedros Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91411

Brad, played by Judge Reinhold, and Stacy Hamilton, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, live at this house in West Hills. Many scenes were filmed inside the house, including the infamous scene of Brad masturbating in the bathroom.

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LOCATION: 24124 Welby Way, West Hills, CA 91307

The house is of course mostly remembered for the topless pool scene with Phoebe Cates. That scene really was filmed at the pool in the back yard, which remains more or less the same as it appeared in the film, aside from the diving board being removed. The changing room was also not authentic to the home. It was a exterior facade built by the production, while the interiors shot on a studio set.

Here is an alternate view of the pool. There are also public real estate listings available online, offering many ground level views of the pool and back yard.

“The Point,” where Stacy loses her virginity later in the film, was shot at the Mid Valley Youth Baseball fields in Encino.  There are quite a number of fields here, which can be confusing, but each of them is numbered.  The field from the film is field 4 and the dugout from the film is the third base dugout.

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LOCATION: 17301 Oxnard St, Encino, CA 91316

Almost Famous (2000)

The house of Patrick Fugit’s character, where he lives with Francis McDormand and Zooey Deschanel in Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical film “Almost Famous,” is set in San Diego, California.  However, the real home used in the film is actually located in Santa Monica, California.

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LOCATION: 1047 Maple St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Say Anything… (1989)

The most iconic scene in Cameron Crowe’s 1989 directorial debut, “Say Anything…” is when John Cusack’s character, Lloyd Dobler, holds a boombox outside of the bedroom of Diane, played by Ione Skye.  The real scene wasn’t filmed in any front yard at all, rather a park in North Hollywood.

The memorable sequence was shot at the North Hollywood Park in California, on the SW corner of Magnolia Blvd. and Tujunga Ave.  The same park was seen in “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.”

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LOCATION: North Hollywood Park, 11430 Chandler Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Just across the street from the park, another scene in the film was shot.  Lloyd walks with Diane out of a convenience store and kicks glass out of her way.

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LOCATION: 11340 W Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Lloyd teaches a kickboxing class at this location, which was more famously used as the Cobra Kai dojo in “The Karate Kid.”  It’s located just a few blocks away from the North Hollywood Park.

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LOCATION: 5223 Lankershim Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91601

Here’s a look inside the building.

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In one of the film’s deleted scenes, Diane asks Lloyd to take her back to Lloyd’s workplace, mentioned above.  This scene, which can be found on the home video edition, was filmed at the Community Room of the South Pasadena Public Library.  The same building appeared in Rob Zombie’s remake of “Halloween.”

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LOCATION: 1115 El Centro St, South Pasadena, CA 91030