Beaches (1988)

The 1988 Garry Marshall film “Beaches” filmed at Cottage 13 at Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach.  The cottage looks a bit different now than how it appeared back then, but there is still some resemblance.

Parking is tricky in this area.  While you can drop off and pick up fairly close to the beach, the closest proper parking lot (the Los Trancos Parking Lot) is across the street and charges a fee.  You’ll have to walk the rest of the way or wait for a shuttle, which also charges a fee.  There’s no exact address to the cottage, but some GPS systems do identify it as the “Beaches Film & Media Center.”  It’s the last cottage at the end, past The Beachcomber restaurant.

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LOCATION: Beaches Film & Media Center, Newport Beach, CA 92657 (just past The Beachcomber restaurant at 15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, CA 92657)

Crystal Cove kindly honors their film history with a sign marking it as the cottage from the movie.  There a film museum inside, celebrating not only “Beaches,” but many other productions at the beach, which date all the way back to the silent era.

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The cottage is owned by the State of California and is completely open to the public.

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Fantasy Island

The famous cottage featured in the intro to the 1970s television series “Fantasy Island,” while set on a fictional island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, can actually be found in Arcadia, California.  Ricardo Montalban walks down the front steps, while Hervé Villechaize famously rings from the bell tower.  The house is known as the Queen Anne Cottage and can be found inside the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.  While the house is perched beside a lake, it’s nowhere near any island.

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LOCATION: 301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

A closer look at the bell tower, where Tatoo famously shouted, “The plane!  The plane!”

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Mullholland Drive (2001)

Given the title, it’s a given that David Lynch’s 2001 film “Mullholland Drive,” like many of his other films, is based around Los Angeles.  When Betty, played by Naomi Watts, first arrives in L.A., she stays at this apartment complex.

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LOCATION: 450 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

In the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, you’ll find the “Sierra Bonita” apartments, where Diane lives.  Located just a few blocks from the original site of Walt Disney Studios, the eight cottages are said to have inspired the animation designs for the dwarf houses in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

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Diane’s apartment unit used in the film is the cottage closest to Griffith Park Blvd, to the left of the front gate.

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LOCATION: 2900 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The iconic Pink’s Hot Dogs is seen where the hitman speaks with a prostitute.

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LOCATION: 709 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

The Winkie’s Diner on Sunset Blvd is not actually on Sunset or even in Hollywood.  The building can actually be found in the city of Gardena.  The “Winkie’s” name was also created by the filmmakers.  The real restaurant was at one time a Denny’s, before later becoming Caesar’s Restaurant.  It currently sits vacant.

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LOCATION: 1016 W El Segundo Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

In one of the film’s more unsettling scenes, Dan, played by Patrick Fischler, is haunted by the image of a man behind a wall in the back lot of the restaurant.  He makes his way down the sidewalk and stairs to the wall behind the restaurant, to face his nightmare.

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As he approaches the wall, he collapses when he sees the man in his nightmares personified.  As you can see, the wall appears a bit different now than how it appeared in the film, no longer extending out as far.

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In Downtown Los Angeles, you’ll find the entrance to Club Silenco.  This is actually the back of the Palace Theatre, facing S Spring St

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LOCATION: 630 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (rear entrance, near 621 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014)

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