Arachnophobia (1990)

The 1990 comedy thriller “Arachnophobia” is set in the fictional Central California town of Canaima.  In reality, much of the film was shot in the similarly named town of Cambria.

The house of the Jennings, which was featured heavily in the film, was a set and no longer stands.

The funeral home where the spider first escapes is located on Main St.  However, the building seen in the film actually faces around the corner on Arlington St.  It currently operates as an antique store.

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LOCATION: 755 Main St Unit C, Cambria, CA 93428 (facing Arlington St)

The doctor’s office where Ross Jennings, played by Jeff Daniels, works can be found about a mile away from the funeral home location.

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LOCATION: 4090 Burton Dr, Cambria, CA 93428

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The house of Margaret Hollins can be found about thrity miles away from Cambia, in the town of Paso Robles.  The house is part of the Halter Ranch Vineyard, which is a large property, but this house sits close to the road.  Adelaida Rd is a long and winding road, passing countless vineyards.  Cell phone reception is very spotty through this area, so be sure you plan your directions well if you do visit.

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LOCATION: 8910 Adelaida Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Raising Arizona (1987)

The 1987 Coen Brothers film “Raising Arizona” was, as you might have guessed, filmed in Arizona.  Early in the film, the recently paroled H.I. McDunnough, played by Nicolas Cage, robs a convenience store, winding up back in jail.  The store has since been remodeled, but still remains standing in Phoenix.

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LOCATION: 2311 W Deer Valley Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85027

The trailer where H.I. and his new wife Ed, played by Holly Hunter, first move after getting married can be found in Scottsdale.  In reality, it’s just an empty plot of land, which can be found on the left side where N 136th St dead ends into E Del Timbre Dr.

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LOCATION: N 136th St / E Del Timbre Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85259

After discovering they’re unable to have children, H.I. and Ed hear news of a family named Arizona having five children and decide to steal one of them to raise as their own.  The home of the Arizonas is a slight challenge to locate and photograph.  It is found on the grounds of a luxury resort called The Phoenician.  If you travel just briefly up N Phoenician Blvd from E Camelback Rd, you’ll see it on your left.  The building, known as the Jokake Inn, has no unique address separate from the large resort grounds, but the GPS coordinates are 33°30’14.1″N 111°57’04.5″W.  As you can see in the photo, there is a spot there to u turn out of the property.  If you proceed any further, there is a security checkpoint immediately ahead and no other place to turn around without passing through the checkpoint.

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LOCATION: Jokake Inn at The Phoenician, N Phoenician Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85018 (GPS coordinates: 33°30’14.1″N 111°57’04.5″W)

After trying to rob a store for some diapers, H.I. is chased by the police.  After he is ejected through the front window of a truck, he runs through this house, located in Scottsdate.

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LOCATION: 8620 E Malcomb Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Near the end of the film, H.I. battles the bounty hunter Leonard Smalls near this water tower in Scottsdale.  Directly across the street was the bank location that Gale and Evelle rob, but it has unfortunately since been demolished.  The buildings and water tower on the opposite side of the road still remain standing, however.

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LOCATION: 27400 N Alma School Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85262

The Party (1968)

The 1968 comedy Peter Sellers comedy “The Party,” directed by Blake Edwards, is a gem of a film if you’ve never seen it.  The house of Mr. Clutterbuck serves as the central location of the film.  The exterior of the house can be found near West Hollywood, California.  The interiors were a set build at the former Samuel Goldwyn Studios (7200 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046).

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LOCATION: 9271 Robin Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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Near the end of the film, Hrundi V. Bakshi, played by Sellers, drops Michele Monet, played by Claudine Longet, off at her apartment, which can also be found near West Hollywood.

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LOCATION: 1427 N Poinsettia Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90046

She’s All That (1999)

The 1999 teen comedy “She’s All That,” starring Rachel Leigh Cook and Freddie Prinze Jr., was filmed entirely in Sourthern California.  Laney Boggs, played by Cook, lives at this house in Redondo Beach.

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LOCATION: 507 Paseo De La Playa, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

The home was only used for exterior shots.  Interior shots were filmed just across the street at 504 Paseo De La Playa, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

The high school scenes were filmed at Torrance High School.  The same school was featured in the TV series “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “Beverly Hills, 90210.”

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LOCATION: 2200 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

Some Kind Of Wonderful (1987)

The 1980s film “Some Kind of Wonderful,” written by John Hughes, was filmed entirely around Southern California.  Amanda, played by Lea Thompson, lives at this house located in Wilmington.

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LOCATION: 1319 W E St, Wilmington, CA 90744

Here is another view of the home.

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Keith, played by Eric Stoltz, lives at this home, also located in Wilmington.

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LOCATION: 1441 W I St, Wilmington, CA 90744

The high school scenes were filmed at the San Pedro High School.

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LOCATION: 1001 W 15th St, San Pedro, CA 90731

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The Simpsons

While it’s obvious that an animated show such as “The Simpsons” does not have any actual filming locations, there are a few real world replicas that do a good job of recreating the town of Springfield.

A full scale recreation of The Simpsons house was built in Henderson, Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas.  The house was designed to be an exact replica, with the builders studying over 100 episodes for the series in an attempt to match every detail.  When the house was first unveiled, it was painted in the same colors as the show.  The home was built as part of a promotional contest in 1997 from the TV network, where the winner could choose between having the house or the cash value of the property at the time, $75,000.  The winner ended up choosing the latter and the home unfortunately went up for sale and became just another private home.  There is even an image of Homer by series creator Matt Groening drawn into the cement of the sidewalk leading to the front door.  If only a fan with more enthusiasm for the show had won, the home could have been turned into a tourist attraction for fans to come and visit.  Nevertheless, looking at the outer facade of the home, you can still see the resemblance to the cartoon.

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LOCATION: 712 Red Bark Ln, Henderson, NV 89011

Something much better suited for fans of the show is the Springfield area of Universal Studios Hollywood.  Many recreations of the show exist there, in the form of restaurants, rides and stores.  Here is a sign welcoming guests to Springfield.

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

Here is Moe’s Tavern, with the Springfield sign and power plant in the background.

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Here is Barney inside Moe’s Tavern, looking for a refill.

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Here is the Kwik-E-Mart.

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Millhouse is outside enjoying a beverage.

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Krusty Buger.

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Lard Lad Donuts, the mascot for which is something of a hybrid between Bob’s Big Boy and Randy’s Donuts.

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Here is the Springfield Police Station, where Eddie and Lou keep an eye on things.

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Meanwhile, Snake is escaping the jail directly above them.

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Nearby, Chief Wiggum has crashed his police car into a pole.

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Here is the Springfield Department of Motor Vehicles, where Patty and Selma work.

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Here is the office of Dr. Nick Riviera.

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Disco Stu has closed up shop due to an injury.

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Krustyland, where The Simpsons Ride is located.

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Cletus is running a chicken restaurant.

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Here’s a Duff’s hot dog shop, with the brewery in the background.

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Last, but not least, we leave you with the Bumblebee Man’s taco truck.

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Mr. Deeds (2002)

The 2002 Adam Sandler comedy “Mr. Deeds” was largely filmed in New York City, with a few scenes filmed in California.  Longfellow Deeds, played by Adam Sandler, takes Babe Bennett, played by Winona Ryder, to Bethesda Terrace and Fountain in Central Park.  This area has been seen in countless films, such as “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York,” “The Avengers,” “John Wick,” “Elf” and dozens more.

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LOCATION: 72 Terrace Dr, New York, NY 10021 (inside Central Park)

Babe tells Longfellow she grew up in this home, which can be found in Pasadena, California.

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LOCATION: 989 S Madison Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

Transformers (2007)

In the 2007 film “Transformers,” Shia LaBeouf plays Sam Witwicky.  The Witwicky residence can be found in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

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LOCATION: 2187 W 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90018

Bumblebee gives himself an updated look inside the Second Street Tunnel in Downtown L.A.  This is a popular filming location, appearing in such films as “Kill Bill,” “Demolition Man,” “Blade Runner,” “Con Air,” “Independence Day” and many more.

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LOCATION: 620 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The police station seen in the film can be found in Highland Park.  The building is no longer an active police station and operates today as a police museum.  The building has been featured in countless films, including “Clerks 2,” “Gangster Squad” and “National Security,”  as well as the TV series “Twin Peaks: The Return.”

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LOCATION: 6043 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Sam and Mikaela, played by Megan Fox, watch a meteor shower at the iconic Griffith Observatory.  The location is another staple of film, appearing in such movies as “Rebel Without A Cause,” “La La Land,” “The Terminator” and dozens more.

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LOCATION: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Sam and Mikaela are taken to the Hoover Dam in Nevada, which houses Megatron inside a bunker.

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LOCATION: Hoover Dam, Boulder City, NV 89005