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.

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

The interior of the scene was actually filmed at the former Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, which has long since been demolished. The hotel was a staple of film and television, appearing in such films as “The Graduate,” “True Romance,” “Seven,” “Bobby,” “True Lies,” “L.A. Story,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “The Mask” and dozens more. Only this post and statue from the original building remain at the location.

LOCATION: 3400 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010 (now demolished)

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. The same sandwich shop has appeared in the films “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Rumor Has It” and “A Lot Like Love.”

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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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As Forrest runs through Flagstaff, Arizona, he steps in a pile of manure and helps coin the phrase “Shit happens.”

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LOCATION: Near 106 N San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Also in Flagstaff, Forrest runs past the former Twin Arrows Trading Post.  The building featured two large, wooden arrows piercing the ground.  Some mud splashes on Forrest and he uses a t-shit to clean off his face, creating the famous smiley face t-shirt.  The building now unfortunately sits abandoned.

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LOCATION: Twin Arrows Trading Post Ruins – Historic Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Here’s a closer look at the arrows, which are slowly deteriorating.

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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.

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Empty Nest

The house from the late 80s/early 90s sitcom “Empty Nest,” supposedly located in Miami, Florida, can actually be found in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.  The show is a spin-off of “The Golden Girls” and much like that show, a replica of the house was later built at the former Disney-MGM Studios backlot in Orlando.  While the facade in Orlando has long since been demolished, the original home in Brentwood still stands.

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LOCATION: 1457 Jonesboro Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

The neighborhood in Tim Burton’s 1990 film “Edward Scissorhands” was originally considered to film in Burbank, California, where Burton grew up.  However, the director felt the neighborhoods had changed too much from his childhood and began scouting other locations, ultimately settling on the Tampa Bay area of Florida.

Early in the film, the neighborhood is introduced as Peg, played by Dianne Wiest, goes door to door selling make-up products.  The neighborhood in question known as Carpenter’s Run in Lutz, Florida.  The production took the unusual step of painting all of the houses in faded pastel colors.  The homes were newly built at the time and the production painted them back to their original colors at the completion of filming.

One house Peg skips while making her house calls is that of Esmerelda, an eccentric religious woman.

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LOCATION: 1816 Tinsmith Cir, Lutz, FL 33559

After an unsuccessful loop through the neighborhood, Pam decides out of desperation to visit the castle of Edward, played by Johnny Depp.  This was a composite of two locations.  The castle is seen in a matte painting at the top of a rocky peak at the end of this cul-de-sac on Tinsmith Circle.  The castle exterior itself was a real set, however, built by the production over in an empty plot of land only accessible via a dirt road just outside of Dade City, Florida.  It was then composited into the shot on Tinsmith Circle, with castle set torn down at the completion of filming.

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LOCATION: End of Tinsmith Cir, Lutz, FL 33559 (nearest address is 1800 Tinsmith Cir, Lutz, FL 33559)

Here’s a reverse view from the cul-de-sac, also seen in the film.

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The Boggs family house where Kim, played by Winona Ryder, lives is in the same neighborhood, just across the street from Esmerelda’s house. As of 2021, the interior of the house as opened up to visitors as a free museum and the exterior has been painted to appear similar to how it did in the film. We encourage you to give it a visit if you’re in the area and take advantage of the homeowners’ hospitality.

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LOCATION: 1774 Tinsmith Cir, Lutz, FL 33559

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The back yard of the house is seen in many scenes in the film, such as when the family throws a party and when Edward sculpts ice, making the shavings appear as snow.

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Edward is brought to a hair salon at the Southgate Shopping Center in Lakeland.

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LOCATION: 2515 Florida Ave S, Lakeland, FL 33803

He sees Kim and her boyfriend embracing here.

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Behind the main sign is where the hair salon could be found.

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The salon location itself remained vacant for many years until 2019.  Unfortunately, it has since been remodeled and incorporated into a larger shopping space, with a wall replacing the outside windows.  We managed to visit and photograph it before that happened, however.  This is what it looked like inside prior to the remodel, with the doorway matching up to the film.

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Kim’s boyfriend Jim, played by Anthony Michael Hall, lives in this house, also located in Tinsmith Circle, near the other houses from the film.

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LOCATION: 1844 Tinsmith Cir, Lutz, FL 33559

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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

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Magic Mike (2012)

The 2012 Steven Soderbergh film “Magic Mike” depicts the behind the scenes life of a stripper played by Channing Tatum, loosely based on the actor’s own experiences in the world of male stripping.

The film was shot mostly in the Tampa, Florida area.  The group performs at Club Xquisite, where they are led by Dallas (Matthew McConaughey).  The club was actually a composite of two separate buildings.  The exterior was filmed at Wilson’s Sports Lounge in St. Petersburg.

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LOCATION: 3030 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704

The interiors were filmed across the country at the former Platinum Live in Studio City, California (11345 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604), which shut down not long after the film was shot.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016)

For Tim Burton’s 2016 film “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” the filmmaker returned to his old stomping grounds of West Central Florida, where he famously shot “Edward Scissorhands” sixteen years prior.  Jake’s house can be found in the town of Largo, in a small neighborhood built on a peninsula.

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LOCATION: 101 Poinciana Ln, Largo, FL 33770

One of the more memorable locations in the film, besides of course the titular home of Miss Peregrine (located in Belgium), is the house of Abe, which sits before of a long row of ominous looking trees.  The house can be found in Sun City Center, Florida.

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LOCATION: 1007 Hacienda Dr, Sun City Center, FL 33573

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Bad Boys (1995)

Michael Bay’s 1990s action film “Bad Boys” and it’s sequel, “Bad Boys II,” are famously set in Miami, Florida.  Marcus, played by Martin Lawrence, lives in this house in the first film, which is located near the Marlins Park baseball field.

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LOCATION: 737 NW 15th Ave, Miami, FL 33125

The police station where the pair work is actually the Dade County Courthouse.  The building was also seen in the 1981 Sydney Pollack film “Absence of Malice” and the 1998 thriller “Wild Things.”

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LOCATION: 73 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33130

“Club Hell,” where Marcus gets into a fight in the bathroom, was the heavily dressed Scottish Rite Temple.  The same building appears in Michael Mann’s 2006 film adaptation of “Miami Vice.”

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LOCATION: 471 NW 3rd St, Miami, FL 33128

The apartment where Mike, played by Will Smith, lives was the former Collins Park hotel in Miami Beach, which was also seen in the original “Miami Vice” television series.  The property is currently undergoing remodeling.

LOCATION: 2030 Park Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Julie, played by Téa Leoni, is kidnapped and a large action sequence takes place, ending with Mike and Marcus failing to rescue her. In one of director Michael Bay’s trademark shots, a low-angle, 360 degree shot around the pair takes place in front of the Tropics Hotel.

LOCATION: 1550 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

The 1994 Jim Carrey comedy “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” was filmed around Miami, Florida, where the story also takes place.

Early in the film, Ace turns the corner of Española Way onto Washington Blvd, as he makes his way to his apartment.  He can be seen passing the Cameo night club here, but today some palm trees obscure the view a bit.

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LOCATION: Corner of Española Way / Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Here is an unobstructed view of the Cameo night club.

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LOCATION: 1445 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Ace lives at the former Campton Apartments, which have likewise become a bit obscured from view by palm trees since filming took place.  The Campton Apartments are now closed and the property has become a bit unkempt.

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LOCATION: 1455 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Here’s a closer look at the courtyard to the property facing Washington Ave.

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Later in the film, Ace and Melissa, played by Courteney Cox, attend a party at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.  The villa has been seen in many films, including “The Money Pit,” “Bad Boys II” and “Iron Man 3.”  This is the rear view of the property, facing the water.  The villa is open to public tours and regularly hosts special events.  Photography is permitted both inside and outside of the property.

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LOCATION: 3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129

Ace and Melissa make their way up these stairs as they arrive to the party, with the ship structure seen in the background.

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Ace searches for Snowflake the dolphin at the pool on the eastern side of the building.  He hops the rail and shimmies down it, only to hop right back over and open the door to the right.

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Problem Child 2 (1991)

While the original “Problem Child” filmed in mostly around Dallas, Texas, the sequel, “Problem Child 2,” was filmed primarily around Orlando, Florida.

Ben Healy, played by John Ritter, moves with Junior into this lakefront home.

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LOCATION: 1216 Lancaster Dr, Orlando, FL 32806

The school Junior attends is Kaley Elementary School. The same school was featured in the 1985 film “D.A.R.Y.L.”

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LOCATION: 1600 E Kaley St, Orlando, FL 32806

This is the curb where Ben wrestles to get Junior out of the car and rips the entire seat out.

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This entrance is where the bully tries to push the satellite onto Junior from the roof above.

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Several scenes were also filmed at the Harry P. Leu Gardens.  You have to pay to enter the grounds and the property is bigger than you might expect.  Grabbing a map from the reception area might help you find your way, but if you’re seeking out the “Problem Child 2” locations, you might end up doing a bit more walking than you anticipated.

The Leu House Museum is where Ben prepares for his wedding to Lawanda.

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LOCATION: 1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

The wedding itself is set in another section of the same property.

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The love rock Junior and Trixie visit is also at the Harry P. Leu Gardens.  This is where the rock was placed, but the prop is long since gone.

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