Twilight (2008)

The 2008 film “Twilight,” starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, was filmed in Oregon, Washington and California. At the beginning of the film, Bella, played by Stewart, is living at her mother’s house, supposedly located in Phoenix, Arizona. The real home can actually be found in Santa Clarita, California.

LOCATION: 22301 Cataro Dr, Santa Clarita, CA 91350

The Cullen house, where Bella meets the family of Edward Cullen, played by Pattinson, can be found in Portland, Oregon. Contrary to appearances, the house is located in a regular neighborhood, with many other homes nearby. However, the house is not visible from the corner of NW 32nd Ave and NW Quimby St. It sits up an inclined drive, which curves slightly and the tree line blocks the view. The current owners are apparently not welcoming to public visitors, as they have signs posted at the base of the drive stating the path is private. In spite of the sign, it appears to us the path may still be part of the public strip of road, at least a bit further up. There’s even a “dead end” sign, implying the road is public. However, we’re uncertain and wouldn’t recommend walking up unless you verify ahead of time that is indeed the case. Here is an aerial view of the home.

LOCATION: 3333 NW Quimby St, Portland, OR 97210

Later in the film, the vampire James is hunting Bella, who flees back to Phoenix. Bella stays at this hotel, which is actually located in Valencia, California. The same hotel appeared in the films “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Magnolia” (interiors only), as well as numerous TV shows, including “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: New York,” “NCIS,” “Big Love,” “Las Vegas,” The Unit,” “Make It or Break It” and more.

LOCATION: 24500 Town Center Dr, Valencia, CA 91355

Lords Of Dogtown (2005)

The 2005 film “Lords of Dogtown” is set in the Dogtown area of Santa Monica during the 1970s. However, the film shot at a variety of different locations around Southern California. Early in the film, the boys are shown waking up early and making their way out to the beach to surf. Stacy Peralta, played by John Robinson, is seen climbing out his window with a surfboard in the early AM hours. Stacy’s house can be found in San Pedro.

LOCATION: 334 W 17th St, Los Angeles, CA 90731

Stacy’s house is mostly seen in close-ups or shots facing the opposite direction.

Jay Adams, played by Emile Hirsch, lives at this house in San Pedro. He is seen skating off the garage roof a couple times in the film. The property seen in the film sits along a back alley behind W 12th St. We’ve provided the GPS coordinates below.

LOCATION: Rear alley behind 565 W 12th St, San Pedro, CA 90731 (GPS coordinates: 33°43’58.4″N, 118°17’21.8″W)

Jay is then seen skateboarding along Speedway in Venice.

LOCATION: Dudley Ave / Speedway, Los Angeles, CA 90291

Tony Alva, played by Victor Rasuk, lives in this home, also located in San Pedro.

LOCATION: 538 W Santa Cruz St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Later in the film, the kids are seen skating in the alley directly behind Tony’s house as they prepare for their first skateboard competition.

LOCATION: Alley near 566 W Santa Cruz St, San Pedro, CA 90731 (GPS coordinates: 33°44’40.8″N, 118°17’22.0″W)

The filmmakers recreated the legendary Zephyr shop in San Pedro.  The original building where the real shop was located is in Santa Monica (2003 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405), but it was not used in the film.

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LOCATION: 157 N Bandini St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Jay, Stacy and Tony catch a ride through town on their skateboards by hanging onto the back of a bus. They are seen riding past Bandini Street Elementary School, where they let go of the bus and continue through a line of cars.

LOCATION: 425 N Bandini St, San Pedro, CA 90731

The boys test out their new skateboard wheels at Mar Vista Elementary School.

LOCATION: 3330 Granville Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Jay is seen skateboarding down Bicknell Ave in Santa Monica, where he informs Stacy he didn’t make the team. This is very close to where the real Zephyr shop was formerly located.

LOCATION: Ocean Ave / Bicknell Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405

The restaurant where Stacy officially joins the team and a fight breaks out with the manager is Rae’s Restaurant in Santa Monica.  A staple of film and television, Rae’s has been seen in such films as “True Romance,” “Bowfinger,” “Starsky & Hutch” and more.  The restaurant is only seen from interior views in this film.

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LOCATION: 2901 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Skip Engblom, played by Heath Ledger, scolds the boys for missing practice while they eat at Venice Beach.

LOCATION: 1425 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291 (facing Market St)

The Ocean Front Skate Festival scenes were filmed at the Fisherman’s Village shopping mall in Marina Del Rey.

LOCATION: 13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

The boys discuss offers from a competitor at a gas station in Seal Beach. The real building is actually a restaurant, located in San Pedro.

LOCATION: 3401 S Pacific Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731

After shifting business alliances to Topper Burks, played by Johnny Knoxville, Tony Alva chooses a new logo for himself at the Byrdview house in Chatsworth (also known as the Farralone Estate and Fox House). It has appeared in many films, including “Swordfish,” “Transformers,” “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” “The Salton Sea,” “Bewitched,” “Tomcats” and “Dreamgirls.” It has also appeared in such TV series as “Six Feet Under,” “Mad Men,” “Californication,” “The Last Man on Earth,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Aquarius,” “Moonlight” and “Good Girls Revolt.”

LOCATION: 9361 Farralone Ave, Chatsworth, CA 91311

The Seattle skyline is shown from Kerry Park during a skate tour montage. The park is a famous tourist spot, which attracts a lot of visitors. The park was also featured in the films “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Life or Something Like It,” “A Guy Thing” and “The Details,” with this same view also serving as the drawing of the Seattle skyline on the television show “Frasier.”

LOCATION: 211 W Highland Dr, Seattle, WA 98119

Stacy films a cameo for “Charlie’s Angels” on the Warner Bros. backlot.  It can be seen as part of their studio tour. This facade also served as the Gotham City Police Headquarters in the original “Batman” TV series. The scenes of Stacy in London were also filmed on the Warner backlot.

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

Stacy is shown posing for photos in front of the Golden Gate bridge. The bridge is one of the most often seen locations in film, having appeared in “Zodiac,” “Vertigo,” “The Rock,” “Pacific Rim,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Terminator: Genisys,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Superman: The Movie,” “San Andreas,” “A View To A Kill,” “Dirty Harry,” “Hulk,” “The Bridge” and many more.

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LOCATION: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA

Tony can be seen getting photographed in front of the Statue of Liberty in New York. Another of the most iconic locations seen on screen, it has appeared in endless films, such as “Splash,” “The Godfather Part II,” “Superman,” “Escape from New York,” “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York,” “Ghostbusters II,” “X-Men” and countless more.

LOCATION: Statue of Liberty, New York, NY 10004

The World Professional Skateboard Championship scenes were filmed inside the Long Beach Arena. It is only seen from interior views in the film.

LOCATION: 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

Late in the film, Tony Alva is living at this home.

LOCATION: 1027 S Centre St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Thanks to Rob on Location for first finding several of these locations.