Back To The Future Part III (1990)

The third and final installment in the “Back to the Future” trilogy, “Back to the Future Part III” was filmed in Southern California and Monument Valley, Utah. The courthouse square and clock tower appear once again, as the events of the original film overlap with a new timeline. The building can be found on the Universal Studios Lot in Hollywood. It has been used in countless other films, including “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “Gremlins” and “Bruce Almighty.”  In 2008, a fire destroyed much of the building, but Universal restored and reopened it in 2009.  Today, it can be seen once again as part of the Universal Studios Tour, but this area frequently hosts productions and the site is routinely closed off from the tours.

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LOCATION: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Doc Brown’s house also appears once again, as Doc struggles to process the idea of another timeline. The house can be found in Pasadena.  Known as the Gamble House, it is a National Historic Landmark and museum, which is open to public tours.  However, only the exterior was used for Doc’s house in the film. The interiors were filmed on a set built on the Universal lot.

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LOCATION: 4 Westmoreland Pl, Pasadena, CA 91103

Much of the film takes place in the Old West. The drive in theater scene was filmed in Monument Valley, Utah, while the 1885 scenes were filmed on a set built at the Red Hills Ranch near Sonora, California, with additional scenes filmed in Oak Park and Jamestown, California.

Doc and Marty devise a plan to push the Delorean with a train, in order for it to reach the necessary speed to travel through time. Marty successfully arrives back in 1985 at these train tracks, located in Port Hueneme, California, about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

LOCATION: S Ventura Rd / Shoreview Dr, Port Hueneme, CA 93041

Late in the film, Marty house appears once again as he confirms his family has returned to normal. The house can be found in Pacoima.

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LOCATION: 9303 Roslyndale Ave, Pacoima, CA 91331

Marty’s awekens his girlfriend Jennifer, who has been sleeping on her porch through the events of the film. The home can be found in Monrovia.

LOCATION: 161 N Magnolia Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

Related articles: Back To The Future (1985), Back To The Future Part II (1989)

ALF

The Tanner family house from the sitcom ALF, which ran from 1986 to 1990, could be found in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. The home has unfortunately since been demolished and an entirely different home was built in it’s place. Here is where the house formerly stood. Some old Google street views still offer views of the original home.

LOCATION: 708 Moreno Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (now demolished)

Sideways (2004)

The 2004 Alexander Payne film “Sideways” is set against the backdrop of California’s wine country, with most of the production likewise taking place in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California. The film has had a lasting impact on the region, as more than one location has since altered their namesakes after the film. One such example is the apartment where Miles, played by Paul Giamatti, resides. Supposedly located in San Diego, the real building can actually be found a couple hundred miles north in the town of Goleta.

LOCATION: 120 Magnolia Ave, Goleta, CA 93117

The property has since been renamed the “Sideways House.”

A few scenes were filmed in Southern California. As Miles heads to Los Angeles to meet up with Jack, played by Thomas Haden Church, he passes the famous Hotel Angeleno, which was also seen in the film “Heat.”

LOCATION: 170 N Church Ln, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (as seen from Sunset Blvd)

Miles makes his way to this house, located in the L.A. neighborhood of Brentwood. The route depicted driving down Sunset Blvd to reach the home is geographically accurate.

LOCATION: 355 N Rockingham Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90049

As Jack and Miles begin their trip, Miles insists he stop and visit his mother, who supposedly lives in Oxnard. The property is actually located in Santa Maria.

LOCATION: 1619 Carmel Ln, Santa Maria, CA 93454

Miles and Jack arrive into Solvang driving down Alisal Rd.

LOCATION: 485 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA 93463

These scenes really were filmed in Solvang, as stated in the film.

LOCATION: 467 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA 93463

They stay at this hotel, located in Buellton.

LOCATION: 114 E Hwy 246, Buellton, CA 93427

The hotel is another location which has renamed itself in honor of the film.

After walking in on Jack having sex with Stephanie, played by Sandra Oh, Miles heads over to the hotel lounge, which has likewise been renamed the “Sideways Lounge.”

Here is the restaurant where Maya, played by Virginia Madsen, works.

LOCATION: 406 E Hwy 246, Buellton, CA 93427

The next morning, this building is seen as one of the establishing shots before cutting to Jack and Miles having breakfast.

LOCATION: 1576 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463

Miles goes bowling with Jack and Stephanie. The bowling alley was formerly located at 1420 E Ocean Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436, but has since been demolished.

Miles and Jack are briefly seen picking up Maya and Stephanie in front of this building in Los Olivos.

LOCATION: 2900 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441

Maya’s place can be found in Santa Barbara. The back entrance is seen in the film, which is easily visible from the sidewalk.

LOCATION: 916 E Carrillo Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 (back entrance facing Spring St)

Miles learns a publisher has passed on his novel at this winery in Los Olivos, where he becomes upset and proceeds to make a scene.

LOCATION: 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd, Los Olivos, CA 93441

Miles sulks with Jack at the beach near Goleta Pier.

LOCATION: Near Goleta Pier, Sandspit Rd, Goleta, CA 93117

After Stephanie discovers Jack is getting married to another woman, she assaults him. Jack gets treatment at this hospital in Solvang, which has been remodeled a bit.

LOCATION: 2050 Viborg Rd, Solvang, CA 93463

Miles and Jack visit this restaurant, where Jack gets himself into more trouble after sleeping with the waitress.

LOCATION: 350 E Hwy 246, Buellton, CA 93427

In one of the more memorable scenes in the film, Miles sneaks into this house in Lompoc, to retrieve Jack’s wallet from the waitress and her husband. The completely nude husband, played by M.C. Gainey, chases Miles out onto the street. To achieve this scene, police blocked off the entire street and neighbors were paid to stay inside their homes during the filming.

LOCATION: 400 E Lemon Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436

Jack asks Miles to drive the car, not revealing his intentions. They proceed to this intersection in Buellton.

LOCATION: Jonata Park Rd / Central Ave, Buellton, CA 93427

Jack then swerves the car and drives into this tree, in an attempt to create a cover story to his fiancee for his injuries. In the film, the area is seen as barren and undeveloped. A storage facility has since been built on the land, but somewhat surprisingly, the developers left the tree in tact. It remains standing today.

LOCATION: 711 Jonata Park Rd, Buellton, CA 93427

Near the end of the film, Jack’s wedding takes place at this church, located back south in Montebello. After the ceremony, Miles runs into his ex-wife in the parking lot.

LOCATION: 900 W Lincoln Ave, Montebello, CA 90640

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Milk Money (1994)

The 1994 comedy “Milk Money” was filmed around Cincinnati, Ohio. In the film, a young boy named Frank, played by Michael Patrick Carter, lives at this home with his father Tom, played by Ed Harris.

LOCATION: 1330 Hayward Ct, Cincinnati, OH 45208

Frank’s school can be found about one block over from the house. Both locations are easily within walking distance from one another.

LOCATION: 1339 Herschel Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208

Frank and his friends travel to the city, where they end up meeting a prostitute named V, played by Melanie Griffith. V brings the boys back to her hotel, which was filmed at the Fort Washington Hotel in Cincinnati. The large sign is gone, but the building otherwise still looks similar to how it appeared in the film.

LOCATION: 621 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Tom and V kiss in from of an ice cream parlor, which is located in Lebanon, about 30 minutes north of Cincinnati.

LOCATION: 22 S Broadway St, Lebanon, OH 45036

The same ice cream parlor was seen in the 1978 film “Harper Valley P.T.A.”

The interior can be seen as some confused locals are under the impression Tom and V are siblings.

The building across the street is also seen briefly in the film. Tom and V are out for a date and run into one of the families of Frank’s friend. The father has clearly been a past client of V and the encounter ends awkwardly, with V leaving.

LOCATION: 27 S Broadway St, Lebanon, OH 45036

Harry And The Hendersons (1987)

The 1987 comedy “Harry and the Hendersons” was filmed in Washington. Here is the home of the Henderson family, located in Seattle.

LOCATION: 4214 Burke Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

George Henderson, played by John Lithgow, works at the Henderson & Son store. The building is also located in Seattle.

LOCATION: 5201 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Take Shelter (2011)

In the 2011 film “Take Shelter,” Curtis, played by Michael Shannon, has visions of an apocalyptic storm. Curtis lives at this home with his wife Samantha, played by Jessica Chastain. The house can be found in the town of Lagrange, Ohio.

LOCATION: 41800 Biggs Rd, Lagrange, OH 44050

The house is mostly seen from a side view. The front of the home is only briefly seen in one shot when Curtis is driving.

The Goonies (1985)

The town of Astoria, Oregon is something of a film lover’s paradise. The coastal city has served as the backdrop to many famous films, including “Kindergarten Cop,” “Free Willy,” “Short Circuit” and more. Perhaps most famous of all, however, is “The Goonies.” While not quite all of the production occurred in Oregon, such as studio scenes and the final beach scenes, the film is primarily known for being shot in and around Astoria. The enduring popularity of the film attracts visitors from around the world to visit the locations.

The opening scene was filmed at the former Clatsop County Jail, which was an actual working jail from 1914 to 1976. The building has since been converted into the Oregon Film Museum, which offers self-guided tours and celebrates Oregon’s film history, with an emphasis on Astoria, where the building itself is located.

LOCATION: 732 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103

Here is the interior of the jail cell where Jake Fratelli, played by Robert Davi, stages his escape. There’s a replica of the note the guard reads hanging at the back of the cell.

The first cell is filled with various merchandise and memorabilia related to the film.

The last jail cell contains Data’s costume from the film.

Here is the exterior of the building, which is seen as Jake escapes into a getaway vehicle with the Fratellis. The same building was used in the films “Short Circuit” and “Come See the Paradise.”

A replica of the escape vehicle is parked out front. It is not the actual Jeep used in the film.

While the Oregon Film Museum is admittedly small and focuses primarily on “The Goonies,” if you’re a fan of the film, we encourage a visit.

Mouth, played by Corey Feldman, lives at this house. The exterior is only seen for a brief moment as the Jeep flees from police.

LOCATION: 32 Skyline Ave, Astoria, OR 97103

The house is mostly seen from interior views, with the police chase seen out the window behind Mouth. The chase continues down Valley Street.

LOCATION: Skyline Ave / Valley St, Astoria, OR 97103

The jeep continues down this path and onto the beach. This is the entrance to Cannon Beach, which is located about 40 minutes south of Astoria.

LOCATION: Near 1164 Ecola Ct, Cannon Beach, OR 97110

The jeep proceeds into an off road vehicle rally taking place on the beach, where it successfully eludes police. The famous rock in the background is Haystack Rock, also commonly referred to as the Goonies Rock.

LOCATION: Haystack Rock, US-101, Cannon Beach, OR 97110

Haystack Rock is impressive to see in person and worth taking the detour from Astoria if you have the time.

The most famous of all locations from the film is of course the house of Mikey and Brand, played by Sean Astin and Josh Brolin respectively. The house sits up an inclined driveway and attracts many visitors, standing among the most popular filming locations in the United States. The house gained headlines in 2015 when the former owner became irritated by excessive visitors, many of whom left litter and proved disruptive to their privacy. Eventually the homeowner took extreme measures, posting signs that visitors were not allowed up the driveway and even went as far as covering the home in a blue tarp, to discourage visitation or photography. Thankfully, that is no longer the case. The house has since been sold to new owners, who are much more fan friendly and accommodating to all of the tourism the house attracts.

LOCATION: 368 38th St, Astoria, OR 97103

The driveway leads to several homes. At the time of this writing, here is how the foot of the drive appears. There is a sign saying “Yes” to visitors, but also asking “No cars” and pedestrian traffic only. If you do visit, please be respectful of the residents and do not drive your vehicle up, leave any litter behind or engage in any disruptive behavior. There is a donation box in front of Mikey’s house and we encourage leaving something in return for their hospitality.

Seemingly less enthusiastic about all the visitors are the owners of the house of Data, played by Ke Huy Quan. The home is fenced off with no trespassing signs. Thankfully the home is still easily visible from the top of the drive. As long as you are respectful, get your photos and move along without trying to cross the fence, you will not likely encounter any issues. Both homes are located just a couple blocks away from another famous filming location, the school from “Kindergarten Cop,” which is easily within walking distance.

LOCATION: 304 38th St, Astoria, OR 97103

Just across the street from the Oregon Film Museum is the museum where Mr. Walsh works.

LOCATION: 441 8th St, Astoria, OR 97103

The Fratelli hideout was located at Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach, not far from Haystack Rock. The area is located on Ecola Park Rd, near the Indian Beach Trail and Ecola Point. The Lighthouse Lounge was constructed for the film and no longer exists at the location.

LOCATION: Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach, OR 97110 (GPS coordinates: 45.919673, -123.974976)

The park, which offers beautiful views, is a frequent filming location, having also appeared in such movies as “Kindergarten Cop,” “Free Willy,” “Twilight,” “Point Break” and more.

There’s even a sign there marking it as the filming location of “The Goonies,” as well as a mention of “Kindergarten Cop.” It’s a long and winding road through the woods to reach this area, but it is a location well worth visiting.

Astoria has become a mecca for filming location enthusiasts and with the multitude of famous locations on display around the area, we consider it among the top destinations in the US to visit for movie lovers.

Back To The Future Part II (1989)

The 1989 sequel “Back to the Future Part II” is once again shot primarily around Southern California. The film makes use of several locations from the first film, revisiting many of them from the perspective of an alternate timeline. Marty McFly’s house once again appears in the film. It can be found in the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles, in the town of Pacoima, California.

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LOCATION: 9303 Roslyndale Ave, Pacoima, CA 91331

After Marty’s girlfriend Jennifer sees her future self, she faints. Marty and Doc drop her off at her house, which can be found in Monrovia.

LOCATION: 161 N Magnolia Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

Marty discovers that life in 1985 has been altered and his home town is now a dangerous area. The auditorium of Whittier High School can be seen behind him.

LOCATION: Whittier Ave / Bailey St, Whittier, CA 90601

Marty comes across the home of Mr. Strickland, which can also be found in Whittier. While we did not experience any issues during our visit, we’ve heard stories of others being confronted for filming or photographing this residence.

LOCATION: 12511 Bailey St, Whittier, CA 90601

Biff’s house can be found in South Pasadena, on the same street as George and Lorraine’s houses from the first film.

LOCATION: 1809 Bushnell Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

The exterior of Whittier High School once again serves as Hill Valley High School, which is primarily seen from the back of the school.

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LOCATION: 12417 Philadelphia St, Whittier, CA 90601

This tunnel is featured a couple times in the film as Biff makes his way to the dance. Near the end of the film, Biff and Marty fight over an almanac from the future. Marty rides a hoverboard as Biff tries to elminitate Marty in the tunnel. The tunnel can be found in Griffith Park, just before you reach the famous Griffith Observatory. The same tunnel can be seen in 1988’s “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” also directed by Robert Zemeckis.

LOCATION: Mt. Hollywood Tunnel, Mt Hollywood Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Several vehicles from the film can be seen on the Universal Studios Hollywood Tour, including this Litestar Pulse.

LOCATION: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Also on the tour is this Ford Probe.

This Ford Edsel is also on display.

Related articles: Back To The Future (1985), Back To The Future Part III (1990)