Captain Marvel (2019)

The 2019 movie “Captain Marvel” was filmed in Louisiana, New York and Southern California.  Early in the film, Carol Danvers, played by Brie Larson, crash lands on Earth in the mid-90s, busting through the roof of a Blockbuster Video.  This was filmed at a largely abandoned shopping plaza in North Hollywood sometimes referred to as the Valley Plaza.  The same plaza was featured heavily in the Nicolas Winding Refn TV series “Too Old To Die Young.”

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LOCATION: 6321 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606 (this is facing away from the street and the door number says 221)

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Here is the wreckage of the inside of the building, which is still painted in the Blockbuster colors.

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Carol makes her way over to “The Slow Club,” where she uses a payphone.  Nick Fury meets her here.  The same property also serves as “The Lone Drifter” in “Too Old To Die Young.”  Both establishments were fictional and the actual building has long been vacant.

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LOCATION: 2124 Sylvan St, North Hollywood, CA 91606

Here is a view of where the payphone was located, which was of course a prop for the film.  The wall was covered in 90s music posters.

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A Skrull suddenly opens fire on Carol from atop this roof.

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LOCATION: 6255 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606

Carol runs down the sidewalk in pursuit as the Skrull feels across the roof of the same building.

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Carol steals a man’s bike at this plaza.

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LOCATION: 1402 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

She turns out of the plaza and rides down Valencia Street on the bike.

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8MM (1999)

The 1999 Joel Schumacher film “8MM,” starring Nicolas Cage and Joaquin Phoenix, was filmed all over the U.S., including New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida and California.  The porn shop where Tom Welles, played by Nicolas Cage, follows his investigation can be found in Los Angeles.  The building really is an adult store.

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LOCATION: 1117 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

The back of the store is also seen in the film.

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Tom stops in front of this famous mural in Hollywood, known as “You Are A Star,” which can also be seen in “La La Land.”

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LOCATION: 1648 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Forrest Gump (1994)

Visiting the filming locations of the classic 1994 film “Forrest Gump” is a staggering feat, as the story unfolds all across the United States and the production likewise followed that path.

The famous opening scene of the feather falling was filmed at Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia.  It descends past the steeple of The Independent Presbyterian Church Administration Building.

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LOCATION: The Independent Presbyterian Church Administration Building, Savannah, GA 31401

Here is a wider view of the full building.

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As the feather falls closer to the ground, we see the First Baptist Church in the distance.

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LOCATION: First Baptist Church, 223 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401

The feather finally reaches the ground and settles on the shoe of Forrest Gump, played by Tom Hanks.  Forrest sits at a bus stop and recounts the story of his life to strangers sitting on a bench waiting for their bus rides.  The location where Forrest sits is at the intersection of Hull Street and Bull Street in Chippewa Square.  In reality, there is no bus stop or bench there.  They were added for the film.  Instead, there are just some plants.

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Here is a wider view of the area.

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LOCATION: Chippewa Square, Savannah, GA 31401 (at the intersection of Hull St / Bull St)

The actual bench from the film can be found at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California.  It can be seen on their studio tours.

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LOCATION: 5555 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

The exterior of the lounge where Forrest finds Jenny, played by Robin Wright, performing nude, can also be found in Savannah.  The name of the restaurant is Love’s, just as depicted in the film, but it is a seafood and steak joint and you won’t find any nude performers there.  The interior of the scene was actually filmed at the former Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, which has long since been demolished.

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LOCATION: 6817 Chief Of Love Rd, Savannah, GA 31419

Forrest celebrates New Year’s Eve with Lieutenant Dan, played by Gary Sinise, in what is supposed to be New York City.  This was actually filmed on 6th St in Downtown Los Angeles.  This area is right next to the locations used for the Nite Owl Coffee Shop from “L.A. Confidential” and Wild Bill’s Leather from “Seven,” both of which were fictional businesses.

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LOCATION: Near the intersection of E 6th St / S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

On the same street, as Forrest exists a TV studio, Lieutenant Dan is waiting for him outside.  This was actually on a ramp built above this sandwich shop, which has since been removed.

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LOCATION: 118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Lieutenant Dan then loses control of his wheelchair and slides down the ramp into this wall at the same location.

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Later in the film, Forrest begins running, from coast to coast.  He is seen reaching the famous Santa Monica Pier.

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LOCATION: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

He reaches the end of the pier and turns around to begin running back across the country.  There is a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant located on the pier itself as well, although of course it was not a filming location.

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Forrest’s running attire from the film can be found on display at Planet Hollywood in Florida.

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LOCATION: 1506 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Late in the film, Jenny is working as a waitress and sees Forrest on television.  This was filmed at Debi’s Restaurant in Savannah, located just a few blocks away from the opening scene of the film.

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LOCATION: 225 E Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401

The restaurant is quite proud of their connection to the film and the front is decorated with quotes from the film and a shot of the scene.

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We’ve only covered a portion of the vast filming locations here.  The production also shot scenes in South Carolina, Utah, Arizona, North Carolina, Vermont, Maine, Montana and Washington D.C.

Parks And Recreation

Pawnee City Hall from the TV series “Parks and Recreation” is supposedly located in Indiana.  The building is actually Pasadena City Hall in Pasadena, California.  The building has also been featured in such films as “American Pie 2,” “Beverly Hills Cop II” and “S1m0ne.”

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LOCATION: 100 Garfield Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

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From Here To Eternity (1953)

The famous beach from the movie “From Here to Eternity,” known as Halona Beach Cove, can be found on the Southeast shore on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.  The beach is located just off the Kalanianaʻole Hwy (HI-72), but nearby parking can be limited during peak tourist times.  The beach itself is only accessible by hiking down the rocks.

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LOCATION: Halona Beach Cove, Hawaii 96825

Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)

Much like the first two installments, “Insidious: Chapter 3” was filmed in Los Angeles, California.  Elise Rainier’s house can be found in the Highland Park neighborhood.  The same house was seen in “Insidious: Chapter 2.”

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LOCATION: 445 N Ave 53, Los Angeles, CA 90042

The apartment building from the film can be found in Hollywood.

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LOCATION: 1825 Whitley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Related articles: Insidious (2010), Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

Frailty (2001)

Bill Paxton’s criminally overlooked 2001 film “Frailty,” starring Matthew McConaughey, is set in the town of Thurman, Texas.  However, the movie primarily filmed around Southern California, with many scenes shot in Orange County.

The FBI Headquarters was filmed at Los Angeles Center Studios.  This is a large facility consisting of numerous buildings.  The studio has been used, both for interior and exterior sets, in countless films and shows, such as “The Game,” “Fight Club” and dozens more.  It’s difficult to photograph the property, because many of the surrounding roads are gated off.  This view is from one of the gates at S Boylston St.

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LOCATION: 450 S Bixel St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Adam Meiks, played by Matthew McConaughey, lives in this house in Covina.

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LOCATION: 470 W Center St, Covina, CA 91723

Thurman Drugs was filmed at the famous Orange Circle.  Another staple of film, Orange Circle has been featured in such movies as “Small Soldiers,” “Big Momma’s House,” “That Thing You Do!” and many more.  The drug store location is now a pizza shop.

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LOCATION: 101 S Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

The boys are seen walking by this church, also found in Orange.

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LOCATION: 305 W Almond Ave, Orange, CA 92866

Flashback scenes to the family home were filmed in Sun Valley.

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LOCATION: 10643 Tuxford St, Sun Valley, CA 91352

The school the boys attend was Katherine Edwards Middle School in Whittier.

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LOCATION: 6812 Norwalk Blvd, Whittier, CA 90606

The sheriff station seen in flashbacks can be found very close to Orange Circle.

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LOCATION: 312 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

The home of Cynthia Harbridge can also be found in Orange.

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LOCATION: 435 E Palmyra Ave, Orange, CA 92866

The home of Brad White can likewise be found in Orange.

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LOCATION: 225 E Maple Ave, Orange, CA 92866

The present day sheriff station is located in Norwalk.

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LOCATION: 12139 Front St, Norwalk, CA 90650

If you’ve never seen the film, we highly recommend you seek it out.