Dumb And Dumber (1994)

The classic 1994 comedy “Dumb and Dumber” is primarily set in the cities of Providence, Rhode Island and Aspen, Colorado.  However, aside from some brief road clips and establishing shots, the production took place in neither city.  The majority of the production took place around Salt Lake City, Utah and Northeast Colorado.

In the opening scene, Lloyd, played by Jim Carrey, pulls up in a limousine and attempts to talk up an Austrian lady standing on this corner.  The street sign says Hope St, but the real location is at the intersection of 700 S and 200 W in Salt Lake City.

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LOCATION: Intersection of 200 W / W 700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

The building the woman stands in front of has since been completely remodeled.  Some tracks have also been added to the street for trolleys.  However, the building on the opposite side of the street, seen in the background of several shots, still bears some resemblance to how it appeared in the film.

Also worth noting, this same intersection is used in another scene in the film, when Lloyd is driving Mary to the airport and turns around to talk, with his back to the road as he blows through a red light.  He is driving down W 700 S and the same building can be seen on the left side of the frame.

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Lloyd meets Mary Swanson, played by Lauren Holly, as he picks her up at her house, supposedly located in Providence.  Mary’s house can be found on the grounds of La Caille, where several other scenes in the film were also shot, which we’ll cover later in this article.  La Caille is a scenic area that is used for a variety of purposes.  In addition to a restaurant, the property regularly hosts wedding photography and also has many guest houses around the grounds.   Of all the filming locations on La Caille, Mary’s house is the most difficult to access.  It is one of the guest houses on the grounds, often occupied by visitors who pay to stay in the home.  The driveway leading down to the house is gated and marked as private.  However, it is still possible to see a bit of the house from the gate, including the front door where the scene takes place.

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LOCATION: 9563 Wasatch Blvd, Sandy, UT 84092

Harry, played by Jeff Daniels, is introduced driving “Shaggin’ Wagon,” a van decorated like a dog to promote his grooming business, “Mutt Cutts”.  After stopping off for hot dogs to feed his van full of dogs, he races down Technology Way in the city of Orem, Utah, where he jumps the truck in the air.  The trees have grown significantly in the years since the film was shot, obscuring most of the background.  However, just enough of the house in the distance remains visible enough to match it up with the film.

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LOCATION: Technology Way, Orem, UT 84097 (near the intersection of E 1600 N St)

Here is a wider view of the street.  It’s not as steep as it appears in the film.  Low angles and the use of a ramp make it look like much bigger dip in the road.  Technology Way is a very short road, with the jump filmed on the side nearest to E 1600 N St.

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Harry finally arrives with the dogs for Mrs. Neugeboren at Palmer Court housing development in Salt Lake City.

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LOCATION: 999 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Harry opens the back of the van to reveal the dogs, covered in ketchup and mustard from his reckless driving.

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Lloyd drops of Mary at the airport, supposedly located in Providence.  It’s actually the Salt Lake City International Airport.

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LOCATION: 776 N Terminal Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84122

Here is the general vicinity in which he crashes his limo.

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Harry and Lloyd’s apartment exterior can also be found in Salt Lake City.  Known as the Smith Apartments, the building has changed very little since filming took place and is immediately recognizable.  The interior of the apartment was a set at Osmond Studios in Orem, Utah, which has since closed.

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LOCATION: 228 S 300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Here is a wider view of the building.

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Harry and Lloyd escape from around this corner, mistakenly believing they are avoiding the gas man for late payments.  As they turn the corner, a man can be seen in the background urinating against the brick wall of the neighboring building.

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Here is where the blind boy, “Billy in 4C,” sits stroking the dead bird Petey that Lloyd sold him.

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The scene where Lloyd gets robbed by an old lady was filmed just a few buildings down from Harry and Lloyd’s apartment.  The building has unfortunately since been remodeled and the scene mostly just showed a sidewalk and wall anyways, so it may not look too recognizable.  This stretch of sidewalk is where the scene took place, however.

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LOCATION: 279 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Mary’s parents’ house in “Aspen” is actually located in Park City, Utah, the same town where the Sundance Film Festival famously takes place each year.  You have to travel up a mountain to see it.  There are many beautiful houses and majestic mountain views in the area.

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LOCATION: 6 Perserverance Ct, Park City, UT 84060

Lloyd has a fantasy as he drives about striking up a romance with Mary.  He arrives at this “house,” which is actually the La Caille restaurant in Sandy, Utah.  It’s on the same grounds as Mary’s “Providence” house where she first meets Lloyd.

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LOCATION: 9565 Wasatch Blvd, Sandy, UT 84092

Lloyd embraces with Mary at this door, where he spins her and pulls up her dress.

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As Lloyd’s fantasy continues, he hosts a party in the same location.  This room and fireplace are located on the second floor of the La Caille restaurant.

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LOCATION: 9565 Wasatch Blvd, Sandy, UT 84092

There was one other scene shot on the grounds of La Caille, which was set at the pond.  It was ultimately deleted from the film, however.

Harry and Lloyd stay at the honeymoon suite of The Second Time Is Best Motel.  The exterior is actually the M-Star Hotel in Heber City, Utah.  The interior was a set at the former Osmond Studios in Orem, Utah.

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LOCATION: 425 S Main St, Heber City, UT 84032

Harry and Lloyd have burgers with Mental at Dante’s Inferno.  The building is now the American Legion Post in Ogden, Utah.  While in Ogden, be sure to check out the swimming pool from “The Sandlot.”

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LOCATION: 845 W 24th St, Ogden, UT 84401

The scene where Harry fills his van with gas, spilling fuel from under the dog’s leg was filmed at a former gas station in West Valley City (6381 W 2100 S, West Valley City, UT 84128).  The gas station has since been completely removed and a trucking company has taken it’s place.

Lloyd stops off at a convenience store, where he sees some guys drinking big gulps.  The building, now a lending company, is also located in Ogden.

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LOCATION: 3087 Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT 84401

This building seen across the street still matches up perfectly with the film.

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The exterior of the snow owl benefit, supposedly located in Aspen, is the Devereaux Mansion in Salt Lake City.

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LOCATION: 340 S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84103

The interior of the snow owl benefit scene was shot just across the street from the Devereaux Mansion, inside the Grand Hall of the former Union Pacific Depot, which is now a property called The Getaway.  The Grand Hall is actually open to the public, but it has limited daily hours, so if you plan a visit, just be sure you go when it’s open.  The far wall underneath the train mural, just left of the doorway is where the bar was set up in the film.  The hall is quite large, so it was blocked from limited angles in order to be scaled down for the film.

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LOCATION: Union Pacific Depot, The Gateway, 400 W S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Nicholas, the man behind the kidnapping of Mary’s husband, stays at this house in Kamas, Utah.  Although the residence is in Kamas, it’s actually just a few blocks away from Mary’s parents’ house in Park City.

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LOCATION: 8 Oak Ct, Kamas, UT 84036

Related articles: There’s Something About Mary (1998), Kingpin (1996)

There’s Something About Mary (1998)

The opening of the 1998 comedy “There’s Something About Mary” famously begins with a guitarist and drummer sitting in a tree, singing the opening theme.  The tree, supposedly located in front of a high school in Rhode Island, can actually be found in Plantation, Florida.  The tree remains alive and well in front of the Plantation City Hall, albeit with a few less branches.

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LOCATION: 400 NW 73rd Ave, Plantation, FL 33317

The branch the drummer sat on has since been removed, but the lowest, curved branch on the left of the foreground tree is the one the singer sat on.

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At the conclusion of the song, the camera then pans down to a young Ted, played by Ben Stiller.  He stands in this grass immediately to the right of the tree.  The same area is where Mary, played by Cameron Diaz, meets Ted after he breaks up a confrontation between Mary’s brother Warren and an angry jock.

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The high school itself is no school at all, rather the aforementioned Plantation City Hall.

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LOCATION: 400 NW 73rd Ave, Plantation, FL 33317

Mary’s house can be found south of Miami in the town of Coral Gables.  The house and yard have since changed a bit.  Some of those changes include doorways and a different railing added on the second level, as well as the front yard converted into a large driveway with a gate.

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LOCATION: 3300 Granada Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134

There’s now a wall along the front of the property, but it’s not difficult to see over.

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After a humiliating zipper accident on the day of the prom, Ted loses touch with Mary.  Now well into adulthood, Ted still can’t get her off his mind and decides to travel to Florida to try to find her.  Joined by his friend Dom, played by Chris Elliott, the two track Mary down at her Miami workplace.  The two hide behind this art sculpture and Dom shouts Mary’s name, forcing Ted to approach and talk to her.

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LOCATION: 701 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

Here is the full sculpture Ted hides behind.

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Mary stands on these stairs with her brother Warren.  The address is Brickell Ave, but you have to go to the back side of the building along the water to find the areas seen in the film.

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LOCATION: 701 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131 (back end, facing the water)

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Ted successfully scores a date with Mary and gets a room at the Cardoza Hotel in Miami Beach.  This is where the infamous hair gel scene takes place.

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LOCATION: 1300 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Mary’s apartment, one of the key locations of the film, has unfortunately since been demolished, with high rise condos now in it’s place.  It was formerly located at 2066 N Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33137.  However, in the closing scenes of the film, the two stand on the street in front of her apartment, facing the water.  This area remains similar to how it appeared in the film.

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LOCATION: NE 20th Terrace / N Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33137

Related articles: Kingpin (1996), Dumb And Dumber (1994)

Kingpin (1996)

The 1996, Farrelly Brothers comedy “Kingpin” is criminally underrated, featuring a classic performance by the great Bill Murray, with Woody Harrelson showing suprising comedic chops as well.  The film was shot mostly around Pennsylvania, but like many Farrelly Bothers films, it becomes something of a road trip movie, reaching Reno, Nevada by the film’s climax.

Early in the film, “Big Ern” McCracken, played by Bill Murray and Roy Munson, played by Woody Harrelson, hustle some local bowlers.  As they exit the bowling alley, they are confronted by the guys they duped.  Big Ern lets Roy take the fall, as he speeds off and abandons him at the Beaver Valley Bowl in Rochester, Pennsylvania, with Roy losing his hand in the process.  This same location was used in the Michael Douglas film “Wonder Boys,” where he has his own confrontation with “Vernon Hardapple.”

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LOCATION: 25 New York Ave, Rochester, PA 15074

For the film’s climax, Roy and Big Ern square off at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.  The lanes are not open to public use, but there is a bowling museum inside that is open to the public, for those interested.

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LOCATION: 300 N Center St, Reno, NV 89501

Related articles: There’s Something About Mary (1998), Dumb And Dumber (1994)