Zodiac (2007)

The 2007 David Fincher film “Zodiac” is primarily set in the San Fransisco Bay area. However, production was split between Northern and Southern California, with quite a few scenes shot in the Greater Los Angeles area. Early in the film, a couple drives to this diner, located in Long Beach, where the woman says it’s too crowded and decides to go some place quiet. The same diner has also appeared in the films “Corrina, Corrina,” “The Real McCoy” and “A Cinderella Story.”

LOCATION: 4390 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807

Robert Graysmith, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, lives in a house that is only seen from interior views in the film. However, a couple shots help pinpoint the neighborhood to Angelino Heights in Los Angeles. For example, the street outside of his home can be seen here when he takes his son to school early in the film.

LOCATION: Near the intersection of Douglas St / Kellam Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (approximately in front of 1406 Kellam Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026)

Robert works as a cartoonist at the San Fransisco Chronicle. For exterior shots, the real newspaper building was used.

LOCATION: 901 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

The Zodiac kills a taxi driver at the corner of Washington and Cherry in San Fransisco. This film shot at the real location where the murder took place. The location is revisited several times in the film, as the characters hope the killer might return to the site on the anniversary of his crimes.

LOCATION: 3893 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Robert stops his son from getting on the school bus at this location. This is again in the Angelino Heights neighborhood, just around the corner from the spot where he drives his son to school early in the film.

LOCATION: Near the intersection of Douglas St / Kellam Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (approximately in front of 908 Douglas St, Los Angeles, CA 90026)

Detectives visit the house of Melvin Belli, played by Brian Cox, after the Zodiac writes him a letter. Later in the film, Robert also visits the home. Belli’s house is located in Hancock Park at Fremont Place, but unfortunately it is within one of the few gated communities in Los Angeles and therefore inaccessible to the public. A popular filming location, many productions have shot inside Fremont Place, such as “Taken,” “The War Of The Roses” and “Rocky III.” Fincher himself returned to the same neighborhood for “Gone Girl,” where the house of Desi Collings can also be found.

LOCATION: 72 Fremont Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Paul Avery, played by Robert Downey Jr., has an argument with Inspector David Toschi, played by Mark Ruffalo, outside of the Riverside Police Department. The building used in the scene is actually located in Culver City. The same location was also featured in the film “The Lincoln Lawyer.”

LOCATION: 4130 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

A time lapse is shown of the construction of the Transamerica Pyramid building. This was of course a CGI creation.

LOCATION: 600 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Robert approaches Inspector Toschi at the Earl Warren Building in San Fransisco, seeking more information on the case. Toschi lets Robert know the case is unlikely to ever be solved at that point and tells him to not disturb him anymore.

LOCATION: 350 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102

The building is located next to San Fransisco City Hall, which can be seen in the background of some shots.

The Vallejo Police Department, where Robert obtains more information on the case, could be found in Hawthorne. It was a real police building, also featured in the TV series “True Blood” and the second season of “True Detective.” The building has since been demolished. It formerly stood at 4440 W 126th St, Hawthorne, CA 90250.

Robert meets up with Toschi at the Wilshire Collonade to tell him about the progress of his own personal investigation. Toschi encourages Robert to keep investigating and directs him to seek out Melvin Belli.

LOCATION: 3701 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Near the end of the film, Robert tracks down a suspect he believes may be the Zodiac working inside this hardware store in South Gate. The building is only seen from interior views in the film.

LOCATION: 3948 Tweedy Blvd, South Gate, CA 90280

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Prisoners (2013)

The 2013 Denis Villeneuve film “Prisoners” is set in suburban Pennsylvania, but the film was actually shot in the surrounding towns of the Greater Atlanta area in Georgia.  Keller Dover, played by Hugh Jackman, lives at this house, located in in the town of Conyers.

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LOCATION: 700 Deering Rd SE, Conyers, GA 30094

Keller’s family visits their friends Nancy and Franklin Birch, played by Viola Davis and Terrence Howard respectively, at this house for Thanksgiving dinner.  It’s located one block away from the Dover house.  The trees in the front yard have since been cut down.

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LOCATION: 2903 High Brook Way SE, Conyers, GA 30094

Detective Loki, played by Jake Gyllenhall, spots an RV belonging to Alex Jones, played by Paul Dano, at this gas station in Monroe.  The RV matches the one spotted near where the girls were last seen, making Jones a primary suspect.

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LOCATION: 1605 Troy Smith Rd, Monroe, GA 30656

The police station can be found in the town of Tucker.

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LOCATION: 4916 N Royal Atlanta Dr, Tucker, GA 30084

Alex Jones lives at his aunt’s house in Lithonia.  It should be noted that this house sits on is somewhat busy road, with no shoulders to park on.

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LOCATION: 1634 Phillips Rd, Lithonia, GA 30058

Keller brings Franklin to this apartment where he used to live, located in Atlanta.

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LOCATION: 651 James P Brawley Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

Dan Gilroy’s 2019 thriller “Velvet Buzzsaw” is set in the Los Angeles art scene.  The offices of Rhodora Haze, played by Rene Russo, can be found in Downtown Los Angeles, near the Staples Center.

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LOCATION: 1200 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Morf, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, meets Josephina, played by Zawe Ashton at the Colburn Cafe.  While the address is on S Grand Ave, it’s not visible from that street.  It’s actually located directly behind another location in the film; the “LAMA” museum, covered later in this article.  There are walkways on either side of the building from S Grand Ave to access this area.

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LOCATION: 201 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The art studio of Piers, played by John Malkovich is the H.D. Buttercup building in Downtown Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 2118 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021

This is the view seen whenever Dondon pays Piers a visit at the same location.

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Gretchen, played by Toni Collette, visits the LAMA museum, which is actually the Colburn School.  Directly behind this building is the Colburn Cafe previously mentioned.

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LOCATION: 200 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Across the street is The Broad museum, with the Walt Disney Concert Hall in the distance.  Both of these are seen as Gretchen visits LAMA.

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LOCATION: 221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Late in the film, Josephina can be seen at a bar.  This exterior is located just a few buildings away from the art studio of Piers.

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LOCATION: 2053 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Donnie Darko (2001)

In the 2001 film “Donnie Darko,” a jet engine crashes into the bedroom of the Darko residence.  While set in the town of Middlesex, Virginia, the house can actually be found in Long Beach, California.

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LOCATION: 4225 Country Club Dr, Long Beach, CA 90807

Just up the same road, the house of Jim Cunningham, played by Patrick Swayze, can also be found.

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LOCATION: 4252 Country Club Dr, Long Beach, CA 90807

The high school seen in the film is Layola High School in Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 1901 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

Donnie goes to a movie at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, one of the best revival houses in the Los Angeles area.  The theater regularly shows classic films, often featuring Q&A’s with the filmmakers and cast.  It has been featured in many films, including “Get Shorty” and “Sleepwalkers.”

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LOCATION: 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

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