Ghost In The Machine (1993)

The 1993 sci-fi horror film “Ghost in the Machine,” starring Karen Allen, was filmed around Southern California.  The killer first strikes at this home in Pacific Palisades.  The same house was featured as the home of Zack Morris in the TV movie “Saved By The Bell: Wedding In Las Vegas.”

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LOCATION: 510 Frontera Dr, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

The apartment of Karl Hopkins can be found in Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 722 Hartford Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Frazer lives in this Encino house, which was also featured as the home of Steve Sanders in the 1990s TV series “Beverly Hills, 90210,” as well as the horror film “The Dentist.”

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LOCATION: 16711 Bosque Dr, Encino, CA 91436

The house of Elaine Spencer can be found in Van Nuys.

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LOCATION: 6332 Orion Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91411

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, but it’s mostly remembered for the pool scene with Phoebe Cates.  That scene really was filmed at the pool in the back yard, which is unfortunately not visible from outside of the property.  Visitors can still see the front of the house, however, which is shown several times in the film.

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LOCATION: 24124 Welby Way, West Hills, CA 91307

“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

The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)

“The 40 Year-Old Virgin” introduced us to the films of Judd Apatow, who would go on to make a string of hit comedies.  Andy, played by still Steve Carell, lives in this Studio City, California apartment, which still closely resembles how it appeared in the film.  The same building was used in the film “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.”

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LOCATION: 12012 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91604

Andy works in this shopping plaza in Encino, California.

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LOCATION: 17401 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

Trish, played by Catherine Keener, lived at this North Hollywood home.  Sadly, it has since been demolished.

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LOCATION: 4433 Cartwright Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91602

The Karate Kid (1984)

The 1980s classic “The Karate Kid” shot mostly around the San Fernando Valley in California.  Surprisingly, many of the film locations are not only still standing, but still closely resemble how they appear in the film.  The major exception is Mr. Miyagi’s house, which was torn down.

Daniel Larusso’s apartment still exists in Reseda, California.  The apartment looks identical to how it appeared in 1984.  However, the neighborhood it’s located in isn’t the safest of areas.

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LOCATION: 19223 Saticoy St, Reseda, CA 91335

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Daniel embarrassingly arrives in his mom’s run-down car to pick up Ali at her house for a date.

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LOCATION: 4072 Alonzo Ave, Encino, CA 91316

The two go on a date to Golf N’ Stuff, which is a real place and still open to visitors.  It’s located further south, down in Norwalk, California.

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LOCATION: 10555 Firestone Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650

The location of the Cobra Kai dojo can be found in North Hollywood.  The same location was featured in the film “Say Anything…

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LOCATION: 5223 Lankershim Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91601

A glimpse inside the dojo location.

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Boogie Nights (1997)

Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic portrayal of the 1970s and 1980s porn industry, “Boogie Nights,” was shot all around Southern California, but like many of his early works, was primarily based around the San Fernando Valley.

The opening shot of the Reseda Theater can be found on Sherman Way in Reseda, California.  The theater has long since closed, but plans are underway to reopen the property as a mutiplex.

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LOCATION: 18443 Sherman Way, Reseda, CA 91335

Just down the street is the “Hot Traxx” nightclub, which is now a church.  Also right around the corner is the workplace of Quiz Kid Donnie Smith in “Magnolia.”

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LOCATION: 18419 Sherman Way, Reseda, CA 91335

Dirk Diggler’s parents’ house is located far south of the Valley, down in Torrance, California.

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LOCATION: 3503 187th St, Torrance, CA 90504

Jack Horner takes Dirk out for a meal with Amber Waves and Rollergirl at Du-Pars Restaurant and Bakery in Studio City.  The restaurant has undergone renovations since the film was shot and looks a bit different these days.

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LOCATION: 12036 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Jack Horner’s house is tucked away in the city of Covina.  The property is not easily visible from the street.

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LOCATION: 19515 E Cameron Ave, Covina, CA 91724

The side of the house, where Little Bill, played by William H. Macy, witnesses his wife having sex outside, while a group of party guests watch.

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The back of Jack Horner’s house, with the patio and swimming pool, where the party takes place.

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Later in the film, Dirk Diggler moves into his own house, located in Woodland Hills.

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LOCATION: 4214 Lobos Rd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Amber Waves makes a documentary about Dirk Diggler, which itself is based on the documentary “Exhausted: John C. Holmes, the Real Story.”  The bridge Dirk stands in front of is the Colfax Ave footbridge in Studio City.  It can be found near the intersection of Colfax Ave and Ventura Blvd.  Once you spot the overpass on Colfax, the bridge is just beneath it and can easily be accessed by foot.

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LOCATION: Near the intersection of Colfax Ave / Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 (nearest address is 4028 Colfax Ave, Studio City, CA 91604)

Towards the end of the film, things take a darker turn as Dirk solicits himself to perform sexual acts for money.  The alley where he meets the man in the truck is still there, but the buildings to the left has since been demolished.  The church in the background can still be seen.  This location is very close to the donut shop in the film.

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LOCATION: 18128 Sherman Way, Reseda, CA 91335

Buck Swope picks up some donuts at the aforementioned Miss Donuts.  This is in Reseda, near the church seen above and the “Hot Traxx” location.

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LOCATION: 18231 Sherman Way, Reseda, CA 91335

The drug dealer robbery is planned from the El Royale Hotel in Studio City.

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LOCATION: 11117 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Things reach a crescendo with a drug deal gone bad, at this house in Encino.  Sadly, the house has since been demolished and a new home build in it’s place.  Luckily, we we able photograph it prior to it’s demolition.

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LOCATION: 16801 Encino Hills Dr, Encino, CA 91436

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