My Cousin Vinny (1992)

The 1992 Joe Pesci comedy “My Cousin Vinny,” while set in rural Alabama, was mostly filmed in small towns around Georgia.  Even with the current tax incentives creating a filming boom in the state of Georgia, “My Cousin Vinny” stands apart for having chosen towns not heavily seen on film.

At the beginning of the film, Bill, played by Ralph Macchio and his friend Stan visit the Sac-O-Suds convenient store, where a crime transpires and sets the story into motion.  The store remains in operation all these years later.

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LOCATION: 54 GA-16, Monticello, GA 31064

Vinny, played by Joe Pesci, and his fiancee Lisa, played by Marisa Tomei, first arrive in town and park in the town square of Monticello, where they debate who blends in best with the locals.

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LOCATION: 214 Forsyth St, Monticello, GA 31064

The courthouse featured throughout the film is the Jasper County Courthouse in Monticello.

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LOCATION: 126 W Greene St, Monticello, GA 31064

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Later in the film, Vinny and Lisa are seen walking past this statue in the middle of the town square in Monticello, near the courthouse.

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The General Putnam Motel and Restaurant where Vinny tries grits was partially destroyed in a fire in 2018.  The property had remained closed for years, but was in the process of being renovated when the fire occurred, with the cause believed to be electrical.  It is unknown if the building will be restored in the wake of the damages.  However, we were able to visit prior to the fire.

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LOCATION: 774 Madison Rd, Eatonton, GA 31024

Vinny and Lisa visit a bar to confront a man who stiffed Lisa on a pool game bet.

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LOCATION: 1 W 1st Ave, Mansfield, GA 30055

The Parker Hotel where Vinny awakens to squealing pigs is the Susie Agnes Hotel in Bishop.

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LOCATION: 5941 Bostwick Rd, Bishop, GA 30621

Lisa runs up the stairs next to this building looking for a suit for Vinny after he falls in the mud.  The arrow painted on the side of the building is still there.  This property is located just a few doors down from the courthouse.

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LOCATION: 8 Towee St, Monticello, GA 31064

If you’re a fan of the film, it’s a nice way to spend an afternoon roaming the smaller towns of Georgia where the story unfolds.  Even decades later, many of the locations remain relatively unchanged.

Goodfellas (1990)

One of the most memorable scenes in Martin Scorsese’s classic 1990 film “Goodfellas” is when Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta, takes Karen, played by Lorraine Bracco, on a date to the Copacabana in Manhattan.  The camera follows them as they take a side entrance, skipping the line and walking through the kitchen out onto the restaurant floor, where a table is immediately brought for them.

The Copacabana was a legendary restaurant located in the actual location seen in the film.  Acts such as Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and The Supremes all performed there.  However, after fifty years, it was relocated in 1992, not long after the film was released.

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LOCATION: 10 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022

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Casino (1995)

Much of the 1995 Martin Scorsese film “Casino” was filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada, as you might imagine.  The house where Ace, played by Robert De Niro, lives can be found in the Paradise Palms neighborhood.  A real casino owner did at one time live in the home and once was even targeted for attack by a car bomb.  However, it is not the same man De Niro’s character is based on in the film.  Former rap mogul Suge Knight is also said to have owned the house at one time.

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LOCATION: 3515 Cochise Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89169

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Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)

For the 1992 sequel “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York,” the entire, original cast and crew returned, as well as a location from the first film.  In the early scenes, the McCalister house is once again on display.  The famous home can be found in Winnetka, Illinois.

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LOCATION: 671 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL 60093

The bulk of the film, however, takes place in New York City this time around.  Upon arrival, Kevin takes in many of the city’s landmarks, including Radio City Music Hall.

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LOCATION: 1260 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

Later Kevin makes his way over to Central Park, where he first encounters the Pigeon Lady, a scary and mysterious woman covered in birds, who essentially serves the same role as Old Many Marley in the original film.  Kevin is initially frightened when he sees her feeding birds in front of Gapstow Bridge in Central Park, though the two eventually strike up a friendship.

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LOCATION: Gapstow Bridge, Central Park, New York, NY 10019

Very close to Gapstow Bridge is another major location in the film, the Plaza Hotel.  “Guests of the new ‘Celebrity Ding, Dang, Dong’ stay at the world-renowned Plaza Hotel, New York’s most exciting hotel experience.”  It is a real, well-known hotel in Manhattan, perched right above Central Park.  Here is a view of the hotel from the park.

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LOCATION: 768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Later in the film, Kevin returns to Central Park at Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, where he flees from the Sticky Bandits.  The terrace is another famous New York landmark seen in countless films.

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

A reverse view of the fountain.  Here Kevin hides in the back of a carriage, narrowly escaping the bandits.

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A couple other, notable locations from the film were actually sets.  Uncle Rob’s house, where Kevin once again wreaks havoc on the Sticky Bandits with homemade traps, was a set located on Brownstone Street on the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood.  The street suffered a fire in 2008 and portions had to be rebuilt.

While made to resemble Central Park, the scene where the Pigeon Lady throws bird seeds all over the bandits, saving Kevin from harm’s way in the process, was also a set.

Near the end of the film, Kevin is finally reunited with his mother in front of Rockefeller Center.

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LOCATION: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111

Some props from this film, as well as the first part, can be found on display at Planet Hollywood in Florida.

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LOCATION: 1506 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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Home Alone (1990)

If there’s one location that should someday be converted into a tourist attraction, it would probably be the house from Home Alone.  A truly iconic film spot, it seems an exercise in futility to try to manage a private life at the residence, yet to this day, it does indeed remain private.  The house can be found in the quiet neighborhood of Winnetka, IL, a bit north of Chicago.

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LOCATION: 671 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL 60093

They left the garage door open, just like in the film.

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The church from the film can be found over in Wilmette, IL.  This is the Trinity United Methodist Church, which was used as the exterior location for the film.  The interior of the church was actually an entirely separate location; the Grace Episcopal Church (924 Lake St., Oak Park, IL 60301).

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LOCATION: 1024 Lake Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091

Some props from the film and it’s sequel can be found on display at Planet Hollywood in Florida.

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LOCATION: 1506 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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