Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

The 1989 film “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” supposedly takes place in San Dimas, Califorina.  However, due to tax incentives at the time, most of the production actually took place near Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding towns.

Bill and Ted, played by Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves respectively, practice as their band “Wyld Stallyns” in Bill’s garage.  Bill’s house can be found in Phoenix, although it has been heavily remodeled and no longer bears much of any resemblance to how it appeared in the film.

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LOCATION: 112 W Kaler Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85021

Exterior shots of Bill and Ted’s high school were filmed at Coronado High School in Scottsdale.  Much like Bill’s house, the school has been heavily remodeled since filming took place.  The interiors were filmed at the former East High School in Phoenix (515 N 48th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008), which had already closed at the time of filming and now serves as a warehouse space.

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LOCATION: 7501 E Virginia Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

One location that does still look similar to how it appeared in the film is Ted’s house, located in Phoenix.

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LOCATION: 1841 E Berridge Ln, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Here is another angle of the home.

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The Circle K, where Bill and Ted first meet Rufus, played by George Carlin, can be found in Tempe.  After seeing the time traveling phone booth, Ted delivers the iconic line, “Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.”  The store is a popular location for fans of the film, regularly attracting visitors who quote and reenact scenes.

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LOCATION: 1010 W Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282

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Napoleon eats ice cream at the fictional Zyggies.  At the time, the restaurant was known as Showbiz Pizza Place, but it has since become a Chuck E Cheese.

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LOCATION: 8039 N 35th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85051

The bowling alley Napoleon gets thrown out of after being unable to pay can be found in Tempe.

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LOCATION: 4407 S Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282

Bill and Ted take their crew of historical figures out to the San Dimas Mall.  This was actually filmed at the Metrocenter Mall in Phoenix.  The mall, which was only seen from interior views in the film, has since been heavily remodeled.

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LOCATION: 9617 N Metro Pkwy W, Phoenix, AZ 85051

Waterloo, where Napoleon becomes enamored with the water slides, was filmed at Golfland Sunsplash in Mesa.

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LOCATION: 155 W Hampton Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210

This castle building is seen in some shots during the scene.

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Related articles: Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)

WarGames (1983)

The house where David, played by Matthew Broderick, lives in the 1980s film “WarGames” can be found in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 333 S Arden Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90020

The high school seen in the film is El Segundo High Shool.  The same high school has been seen in many films, including “Superbad,” “Role Models” and “The Babysitter.”

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LOCATION: 640 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245

Gremlins (1984)

The 1984 film “Gremlins” was shot mostly at Warner Bros Studios in Burbank, California.  In the opening of the film, set in Chinatown, Mr. Peltzer emerges from this alley.  This was filmed on the Warner Bros. Studios Lot.

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

Here is the Mogwai shop, also located on the Warner Backlot.

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

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The Peltzer house can be found over at the Warner Bros. Ranch.  The ranch is located separate from the main Warner Bros. Studio lot and is unfortunately not open to public tours.

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LOCATION: 411 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

Kate, played by Phoebe Cates, lives at this house, located back at the main Warner lot.

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

Billy, played by Zach Galligan, goes to this YMCA pool, which is back on the Warner Bros. Ranch.  The pool also famously appeared in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

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LOCATION: 411 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

The church in the film is located back over on the main lot of Warner Bros. Studios.  The same church has been seen in countless films, such as “The Lost Boys.”

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

The house of Mrs. Deagle can also be found on the main Warner lot.  The house was also seen in the TV series “Growing Pains,” as well as the 80s film “The Monster Squad.”

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

Better Off Dead (1985)

In the 1985 film “Better Off Dead,” Lane Meyer, played by John Cusack, lives at this house with his family in Glendale, California.

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LOCATION: 1636 Virginia Ave, Glendale, CA 91202

Directly across the street is the home of Monique, the foreign exchange student.

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LOCATION: 1633 Virginia Ave, Glendale, CA 91202

The Pig Burgers building now sits vacant in North Hollywood.  This same location was used as Mooby’s restaurant in “Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back.”

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LOCATION: 6223 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606

Jurassic Park III (2001)

The 2001 film “Jurassic Park III” was filmed in Hawaii and Southern California.  Early in the film, Dr. Alan Grant, played by Sam Neill, visits the home of Ellie, played by Laura Dern.  Ellie’s house can be found in South Pasadena, California.  The same house was featured in the film “Bringing Down the House,” as well as the 1970s TV series “Family.”

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LOCATION: 1230 Milan Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Much like the original “Jurassic Park” and the sequel “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” this third installment also shot scenes at Jurassic Kahili Ranch in Kauaʻi, Hawaii.  In Spring 2019, the ranch began offering tours to the public for the first time.  However, it is unclear if they are still offering them, as most of their tour information has been removed from their website.  It’s difficult to pinpoint specific scenes from the film, as the ranch is quite large and mostly credited for being featured in general outdoor and jungle scenes.  The ranch’s movie tour focused primarily on the original film and the 2015 hit “Jurassic World,” with little mention of where scenes from the third film specifically shot.  Here are some looks around the grounds of Jurassic Kahili Ranch.  Please note that this land is private and unless you have express permission from the owners, it is trespassing to attempt to enter the grounds.

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LOCATION: Jurassic Kahili Ranch, 5-1771D, Kuhio Hwy, Kilauea, HI 96754

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One scene that can be matched up comes late in the film is when Dr. Grant and the survivors ride a barge along the water and pass herds of dinosaurs standing along the banks.  This was filmed at the Pu’u Ka Ele Reservoir. After a breach of the nearby Ka Loko Reservoir in 2006, located about 2 miles east of the ranch, the owners decided to decommission the Pu’u Ka Ele Reservoir in 2009 and downsize it into a lake. This is how it appears now.  This is the same area where Grant sees the dinosaur herds at the lake in the original film.

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Related articles: Jurassic Park (1993), Jurassic World (2015)

Hannah Montana

The beach house from the TV show “Hannah Montana,” where Hannah, played by Miley Cyrus, lives with her father, can be found in Malibu, California.  The property sits near Zuma Beach and can be seen from the beach.  The house has since been remodeled a bit.

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LOCATION: 30760 Broad Beach Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

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

Sean and Quinn’s 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)