Airheads (1994)

The 1994 comedy “Airheads,” starring Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi and Adam Sandler, was filmed around Los Angeles, California. The exterior of the KPPX Rebel Radio station, where much of the film takes place is actually located on the grounds of Fox Plaza, more famously known for it’s appearance as Nakatomi Plaza in “Die Hard.” This building sits opposite the back entrance of the main building and connects to a parking structure, in an area typically off limits to the general public.

LOCATION: 2121 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067

The main Fox Plaza building in also seen many times in the film, such as when the band first arrives at the radio station.

Chazz, played by Brendan Fraser, unsuccessfully tries to submit a demo to Palatine Records.

LOCATION: 10635 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

The apartment of Kayla, played by Amy Locane, can be found in Hollywood. There are limited views from the street.

LOCATION: 1600 N Bronson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

The Lone Rangers band lives in this apartment building overlooking Hollywood.

LOCATION: 6326 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

The address is listed as Franklin Ave, which is deceptive. The road is atop a hillside, separating it from the main road of Franklin Ave. You actually need to take Yucca St to Ivar Ave to access it.

The band catches a show at the famous Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood. The venue pops up again later in the film when Officer Wilson, played by Chris Farley, goes looking for Kayla.

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LOCATION: 8901 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992)

The 1992 feature film version of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” was shot around Los Angeles, California. Buffy, played by Kristy Swanson, attends John Marshall High School.  A regular location in film and television, it has also appeared in such movies as “Rebel Without A Cause,” “A Nightmare On Elm Street,” “Can’t Hardly Wait,” “Bachelor Party,” “Grosse Pointe Blank,” “Grease,” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” as well as such TV shows as “Boy Meets World,” “Boston Public” and many more.  It was even used in the Van Halen music video for “Hot For Teacher.”

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LOCATION: 3939 Tracy St, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The vampire Amilyn, played by Paul Reubens, stalks Grueller, played by Sasha Jenson at the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round. It has appeared in many other films, including “The Prestige,” “Destroyer,” “Beautiful” and “Twins,” as well as such TV shows as “Alias,” “CSI: NY” and the television adaptation of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.” It also famously served as an inspiration to Walt Disney in his decision to create Disneyland.

LOCATION: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Lothos, played by Rutger Hauer, has a base of operations at the Tower Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. It has since been converted into a retail store and is open to the public. The same building appeared in the films “Mullholland Drive,” “The Omega Man,” “Fight Club,” “The Prestige,” “Coyote Ugly,” “Last Action Hero,” “Transformers,” “Ed Wood,” “End of Days,” “Inland Empire,” “She’s So Lovely,” “The Replacement Killers,” “The Good German,” “Dark Streets” and “The Mambo King,” as well as such TV shows as “Twin Peaks: The Return” and “Alias.”

LOCATION: 800 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Pike, played by Luke Perry, lives in an apartment unit above a mechanic’s shop. He is visited in the night by Benny, played by David Arquette, who floats outside his window.

LOCATION: 5657 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Buffy’s training sequences with Merrick, played by Donald Sutherland, were filmed inside the MacArthur in Los Angeles, formerly known as the Park Plaza Hotel. No longer a functioning hotel, the MacArthur today serves primarily as a property for hosting filming and special events.  However, it is under renovation with apparent plans to open a portion up once again as a hotel sometime in 2022 or 2023. It has been featured in many films, such as “Wild At Heart,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Drive,” “Bobby,” “Gangster Squad,” “Tango & Cash” and many more.

LOCATION: 607 S Park View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Buffy chases Grueller from a basketball game. Grueller runs outside past a group of bikers. Buffy takes one of the motorcycles and continues pursuit. These scenes were filmed in Sherman Oaks, but the building has since been remodeled. This is how it appears now.

LOCATION: 14612 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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Never Been Kissed (1999)

In the 1999 romantic comedy “Never Been Kissed,” the childhood home of Josie Geller, played by Drew Barrymore, is supposedly located in the Chicago area. The house can actually be found in Los Angeles, California.

LOCATION: 368 N Ridgewood Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90004

The high school seen in the film is John Marshall High School.  A regular location in film, the school has also appeared in such movies as “Teen Wolf,” “Pretty In Pink,” “Teaching Mrs. Tingle,” “What Dreams May Come” and many more.

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LOCATION: 600 S McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Roadracers (1994)

Between his successful indie debut “El Mariachi” and the hit sequel “Desperado,” Robert Rodriguez made a small film called “Roadracers.”  Shot in just 13 days, the film was part of a television anthology known as “Rebel Highway,” which enlisted notable directors to take b-movie titles from the 1950s and apply them to original stories.  This first installment was set to be directed by Wes Craven, before he dropped out in order to begin work on “New Nightmare.”  Rodriguez stepped up in his place and made a fun film that continues to find new audiences decades later.

While set in Texas, most of the film was shot in Whittier, California.  The downstairs club where Dude Delaney, played by David Arquette, meets up with Donna, played by Salma Hayek, can be found on Greenleaf Ave in Whittier.  The location pops up numerous times over the course of the film.  While located on a busy shopping strip, the property currently sits vacant.

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LOCATION: 6745 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90601

The theater where Dude and Donna pick up Nixer, played by John Hawkes, is the Whittier Village Cinemas, located just up the road.  Over twenty years later, the theater is still going strong.

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LOCATION: 7038 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90602

The theater pops up again later in the film when trio watch the 1956 version of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” featuring a cameo from original film star Kevin McCarthey.

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Teddy Leather, played by Jason Wiles, rolls up with his crew next to Dude’s car in front of the Nixon Plaza.  Dude flicks his cigarette butt, which lands in the hair of the girl in the back seat.  Indicative of Rodriguez’s run and gun style of his early career, the same location was used again later in the film, when Teddy’s crew toss beer bottles at Dude.

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LOCATION: 13002 Philadelphia St, Whittier, CA 90601

The two cars drag race down Philadelphia St.

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LOCATION: Philadelphia St / Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90601

Donna’s house can be found just across the street from the Whittier Central Park, another location that pops up later in the film.

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LOCATION: 6543 Washington Ave, Whittier, CA 90601

The roller rink where Dude greases his hair and spreads it across the floor of the rink was the former Fiesta Roller Rink in San Gabriel.  The roller rink closed back in 2003.  Some other businesses have since come and gone, but the building currently sits empty.

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LOCATION: 136 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Here’s a look inside.

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Dude’s house, which has been slightly remodeled, can be found back in Whittier.

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LOCATION: 5919 Redman Ave, Whittier, CA 90606

Along the curb in front of his house, Dude backs his car into the police car of Sarge, played by William Sadler.

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As Donna and her friend walk beside Whittier Central Park, Teddy Leather’s crew approaches along Bailey St and Teddy forces himself on Donna.  The same area was used again in a later scene, where Sarge gives Teddy a gun.

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LOCATION: Near the intersection of Bailey St / Washington Ave, Whittier, CA 90601

Dude and Donna sit on the steps of this gazebo, located at Whittier Central Park.

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LOCATION: Central Park, Whittier, CA 90601

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Teddy’s crew walks down these steps and challenge Dude.

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The final confrontation between Dude and Teddy takes place across from the former Los Portales Mexican restaurant.

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LOCATION: 13033 Philadelphia St, Whittier, CA 90601

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