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

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Identity Thief (2013)

The 2013 comedy “Identity Thief,” starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, was filmed primarily in the Atlanta, Georgia area.  Late in the film, the two stay at The Georgian Terrace in Midtown Atlanta, which is seen mostly from interior views.  The hotel was also featured in another Jason Bateman film; 2011’s “The Change-Up.”  However, the building’s most well-known film connection is having hosted a gala following the 1939 premiere of “Gone with the Wind.”

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LOCATION: 659 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

At a side entrance to the hotel, you’ll find this marker from the Georgia Film Commission, noting the hotel’s connection to the film.  These markers can be found at various filming locations all across Georgia.

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The Florida Project (2017)

Sean Baker’s excellent 2017 film “The Florida Project” was shot almost entirely on location in Kissimmee, Florida, along the outskirts of Disney World in Orlando.  The vast majority of the film takes place at the Magic Castle Inn & Suites, where a slice of life story unfolds about a mother, Halley, and her daughter, Moonee, played by Bria Vinaite and Brooklynn Prince.

The Magic Castle Inn is a real, operational hotel in Kissimmee and still appears exactly as it did in the film.

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LOCATION: 5055 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746

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Halley and Moonee stay in room 323 for most of the film.

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The kids often sit underneath these stairs near the front entrance of the hotel, including the film’s opening scene.

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The hotel manager, Bobby, played by Willem Dafoe, comes over to the pool to tell an elder guest, who is sunbathing topless, to cover herself up.

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The kids are playing around these picnic tables when a child predator approaches them and strikes up a conversation.  Bobby, seeing what’s happening from afar, quickly intervenes.

In the open field behind the picnic tables, helicopters regularly take flight.  Lacking the funds to control this, the filmmakers instead incorporated the helicopters into the film.

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Another view of the hotel, which was filmed from nearly every angle imaginable over the course of the film.  We won’t attempt to document them all.

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Jancey stays at the former Futureland Inn.  The hotel has since changed ownership and is currently known as the Paradise Inn.  Gone are the distinctive rockets from the front sign.  What does appear the same, other than a paint job, is the room where Jancey and her mom stay, which the kids visit early in the film, spitting on the car from the second level.

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LOCATION: 4501 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746

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Fantasy Island

The famous cottage featured in the intro to the 1970s television series “Fantasy Island,” while set on a fictional island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, can actually be found in Arcadia, California.  Ricardo Montalban walks down the front steps, while Hervé Villechaize famously rings from the bell tower.  The house is known as the Queen Anne Cottage and can be found inside the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.  While the house is perched beside a lake, it’s nowhere near any island.

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LOCATION: 301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

A closer look at the bell tower, where Tatoo famously shouted, “The plane!  The plane!”

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Pretty Woman (1990)

In the 1990 romantic comedy “Pretty Woman,” Vivian, played by Julia Roberts, lives at this Hollywood hotel.  The real hotel is located right off of Hollywood Blvd, exactly as depicted in the film.  At the end of the movie, Edward, played by Richard Gere, climbs the fire escape with roses and the two passionately kiss.

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LOCATION: 1738 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Vivan stays at a luxurious hotel in Beverly Hills.

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LOCATION: 9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Vivian and Edward walk past the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain at Grand Park in Downtown L.A.  The same fountain was seen in “(500) Days Of Summer.”

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LOCATION: Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Edward’s office can be found in Downtown Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 333 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Some Like It Hot (1959)

The classic Billy Wilder comedy, “Some Like It Hot,” starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, filmed at the Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California, just across the San Diego Bay.  The Victorian beach resort opened in 1888 and still goes strong today.  The cast and crew made their way down from Los Angeles to film at the resort, where they also stayed as guests during the production.

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LOCATION: 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

True Romance (1993)

In the 1993 Tony Scott directed, Quentin Tarantino penned film, “True Romance,” the outlaw couple of Clarence, played by Christian Slater and Alabama, played by Patricia Arquette, supposedly meet in Detroit.  In reality, most of the film was shot in Southern California.

In the opening scene of the film, Clarence sits at a bar and talks about Elvis. These scenes were filmed in San Fernando. The bar is only seen from interior views in the film, but you’ll see the distinctive glass block windows match up to those visible behind Clarence in the film.

LOCATION: 1113 San Fernando Rd, San Fernando, CA 91340

Early in the film, Clarence and Alabama watch a Sonny Chiba “Street Fighter” triple feature together.  This was filmed at the Vista Theater, one of L.A.’s best vintage theaters.

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LOCATION: 4473 Sunset Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

After the movies, the couple goes for coffee and pie at Rae’s Restaurant in Santa Monica.  The restaurant has been used in countless films, such as “Lords Of Dogtown,” “Bowfinger” and “Starsky & Hutch.”

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LOCATION: 2901 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

The comic book store, “Heroes For Sale,” where Clarence works, was actually “Fantastic Store,” a former comic book, music and vintage store located near the famous intersection of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave in Hollywood.  The store has unfortunately long since closed and bears little resemblance to how it appeared in the film.

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LOCATION: 1718 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

The billboard location where the two sit outside and talk could be found in downtown Los Angeles at the Dewey Hotel Apartments.  Unfortunately, there is no longer an actual billboard on the side of the building.

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LOCATION: 721 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

The building where Drexl, played by Gary Oldman, resides was a combination of two locations.  The exterior was located in Downtown Detroit, Michigan.  It was demolished in the 1990s, to make way for a football stadium.  The interior living room, where Clarence confronts Drexl, was actually shot on the other side of the country, back in Los Angeles.  Known as The Beckett Mansion, the property, located in the West Adams neighborhood, actually operates as an event space and filming location year round.  The same house has been featured in Rob Zombie’s “Halloween,” “Neighbors,” “No Strings Attached” and many more.  It’s also located directly across the street from the house from “The People Under The Stairs.”

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LOCATION: 2218 S Harvard Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018

The apartment of Floyd and Dick Ritche, played by Brad Pitt and Michael Rapaport respectively, can be found in Hollywood. The scenes were filmed on the upper level unit of the Krotona Apartments. Tarantino himself lived at Krotona Apartments for a time, staying on the couch of writer-director Scott Spiegel, much like Floyd in the film. The apartment is seen only from interior views in the film. This area is on the side of the building.

LOCATION: 2122 Vista Del Mar Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Clarence calls Dick Ritchie from a payphone in the desert. The building in the shot has long since been demolished and now its just an empty plot of land. The mountains in the distance can be seen behind Clarence and Alabama in the payphone in multiple shots.

LOCATION: 17012 E Palmdale Blvd Palmdale, CA 93591 (now demolished)

The scene took place near the intersection of 170th St E and E Palmdale Blvd in Palmdale.

The foundation where the building stood still exists.

Later in the film, the couple stays at this motel, supposedly located on the Sunset Strip.  The real motel, the Safari Inn, is actually located just north of L.A., in Burbank, California.

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LOCATION: 1911 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91506

The same motel was featured in the films “Apollo 13” and “Coach Carter.”

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Somewhere (2010)

Sophia Coppola’s slow-paced, 2010 film “Somewhere” takes place almost entirely at Hollywood’s famed Chateau Marmont.  The hotel has been a beacon for celebrities over the years, at times hosting everyone from Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski, to Jim Morrison, to Hunter S. Thompson, to Keanu Reeves.  Comedian John Belushi passed away at the hotel in 1982.  The hotel is known for it’s privacy and discretion.  It made for a perfect location for Coppola’s story about an aimless actor reexamining his life.

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LOCATION: 8221 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)

The comedy classic “National Lampoon’s Vacation” is set all across the United States, but a good portion of the filming was based in Southern California.

The Griswold house, set in Chicago, Illinois, is actually located in near Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California (you’ll likely drive right past if it you visit the Griffith Observatory).

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LOCATION: 2310 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

The hotel where Clark goes skinny dipping with “The Girl in the Ferarri,” played by Christie Brinkley, is the Guesthouse Hotel in Norwalk, California.  Despite some remodeling and changes in ownership, the pool area is still fairly recognizable to how it appeared in the film.  The scene where Clark runs into The Girl in the Ferrari at thehotel lounge was also filmed here, but that section, while still a lounge, has unfortunately been remodeled beyond recognition.

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LOCATION: 12500 Firestone Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650

The gas station where Clark has trouble finding the gas tank can be found in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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LOCATION: 2515 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86004

When the Griswolds get lost in a bad neighborhood, the rough streets were actually filmed on the Warner Bros. Studio lot.  This is the spot where Clark is getting directions, while the guys on the street steal his hubcaps.

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505

When Aunt Edna dies, the family drops her off at Cousin Normie’s house, which can be found in Flagstaff.

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LOCATION: 3025 W Wilson Dr, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

The production was clever when it came to filming the “Walley World” entrance at the end of the film.  While the amusement park used in the film was Six Flags Magic Mountain (26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia, CA 91355), the memorable entrance was a totally different location; the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.  This overpass was used as the entrance, with a matte painting of the Walley World sign and the roller coasters in the background.  The overpass is actually on the outskirts of the park, right beside the Westfield Santa Anita mall.  In this case, the exact address is tricky, as the grounds are large and it only navigates you to the general vicinity.  A tip on how to find the exact spot is to drive down W Huntington Dr. towards S. Baldwin Ave.  As you near the mall’s parking lot, drive past the overpass entrance and proceed to the next entrance, into the mall parking lot.  As soon as you turn off of Huntington Dr. to the mall, you’ll immediately see this view of the Santa Anita Park parking lot on your right, with the Walley World overpass in the distance.

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LOCATION: 285 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007

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