2 Days In The Valley (1996)

The 1996 film “2 Days in the Valley” tells the story of the lives of several characters intersecting, as the title suggests, over two days in the San Fernando Valley.  The wealthy art dealer Allan Hopper, played by Greg Crutwell, becomes sick in the streets next to a night club.  This scene was shot in Sherman Oaks.

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LOCATION: 13615 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Here is the view across the street where Allan’s car was parked.

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LOCATION: 13616 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Two detectives, played by Jeff Daniels and Eric Stoltz, stake out a massage parlor.  Wes Taylor, played by Stoltz, questions whether the stakeout is a suitable use of their time, while Alvin Strayer, played by Daniels, insists it is important.

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LOCATION: 6343 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91606

The two conduct their stakeout from a convenience store across the street.

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LOCATION: 6364 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91606

Dosmo Pizzo, played by Danny Aiello, seeks refuge at the home of Allan Hooper.  The home, which sits on a hillside in Studio City, unfortunately is not visible from the road.  Here is a glimpse of the entrance.

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LOCATION: 3354 Wrightwood Dr, Studio City, CA 91604

One of the most memorable scenes in the film is the fight between Becky Foxx, played by Teri Hatcher and Helga Svelgen, played the Charlize Theron.  These scenes were filmed at the St. George Motor Inn in Tarzana.  The exteriors are seen briefly, but most of the scene takes place inside one of the rooms.

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LOCATION: 19454 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

Jeff Daniels’ character becomes irate when a golf ball breaks the front window of his home.  The house can be found in Studio City.

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LOCATION: 4155 Bellaire Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

It really is located right across the street from a golf course, just as depicted in the film.

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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

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

Related articles: There’s Something About Mary (1998), Kingpin (1996)

Speed (1994)

For the opening to the 1994 action film “Speed,” Keanu Reeves and Jeff Daniels find themselves pitted against a bomber, played by Dennis Hopper, who has rigged an elevator with explosives, demanding money in order to spare the hostages trapped inside.  The opening was filmed at the The Gas Company Tower in Downtown Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 555 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Jack and Harry, played by Keanu Reeves and Jeff Daniels, make their introduction into the film flying down into frame in a speeding cop car right next to The Gas Company Tower. This same location was featured in the film “They Live.”

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LOCATION: Near the intersection of Hope Pl / S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (facing towards W 5th St)

After the elevator job goes wrong, the bomber resurfaces by blowing up a bus as Jack exits a restaurant.  This is The Firehouse restaurant in Venice, which still operates today.

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LOCATION: 213 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

The bus makes a hard right, with all the passengers moving to one side, in an attempt to prevent it from tipping over, at the 110 and 105 freeway interchange. This same spot is seen in the film “Falling Down,” where the character played by Michael Douglas fires a bazooka at the construction site.

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LOCATION: Intersection of S Broadway / W 112th St, Los Angeles, CA 90061 (the bus turns right on W Imperial Hwy)

The famous bus jump scene was filmed on the Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange, which connects the 110 and 105 freeways in Los Angeles, back when it was still under construction.  The same interchange was used for the opening dance sequence in “La La Land.”

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LOCATION: I-110 / I-105, Los Angeles, CA 90061

Late in the film, Howard Payne sets up a money drop for his ransom at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles, just a couple blocks from where the opening scenes were shot.

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LOCATION: 532 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (near the intersection of S Hill St / W 5th St)

Just a bit further down S Hill St, next to the above shot, you’ll see this structure, also located in Pershing Square.  A sniper is posted beside the ball sculpture, waiting for Payne to surface, unaware the bomber has different plans.

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