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

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

The 2017 film “Kong: Skull Island” filmed at a variety of locations around the world, including Australia, Vietnam and Hawaii.  Over at Kualoa Ranch in Oahu, there are a couple interesting set pieces from the film.

First up is the bone graveyard.  These props made by the production were unfortunately not built to last.  As they remain exposed to the elements year round, they are slowly deteriorating.  The props will not likely be displayed in this manor long term, but for now they can be seen on the ranch’s movie tours.

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LOCATION: Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744

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In the Jungle area of the ranch, there is one more location from the film; the site of the helicopter crash.

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A few more bone props are stored in the prop building at the ranch.

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If you’re a fan of filming locations and make it to Hawaii, Kuloa Ranch is an oasis, hosting dozens of memorable films.  There are a wide variety of tours available at the ranch, more than one of which are film related. We recommend the Premier Movie Site Tour, as it takes you to many locations that are only seen on that particular tour. The Hollywood tour, while cheaper, skips many locations around the ranch.

Matinee (1993)

Joe Dante’s 1993 film “Matinee,” starring John Goodman, is set in Key West, Florida.  Much of the film centers around a movie theater known as The Strand.  There is a real, historic theater by that name in Key West, the exteriors of which still stand, but the interior is now a pharmacy store.  It also was not the theater used in the film.

The building which served as The Strand for filming wasn’t in Key West at all.  It’s the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, which can be found in the town of Cocoa, Florida.  While the theater does still show films on a limited basis, it primarily serves as a playhouse.  Only the playhouse exteriors were used in the film.  The interior theater scenes were filmed at Universal Studios Florida.

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LOCATION: 260 Brevard Ave, Cocoa, FL 32922

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The Big Lebowski (1998)

“The Big Lebowski,” one of the great comedies of the Coen Brothers, shot all around the greater Los Angeles area.  Several of the movie locations are surprisingly difficult to gain access to however, so if you’re a fan of the film and want to check out the places where it was shot, just be aware it may be a more difficult process than you’d expect.

First, we start with the apartment of The Dude, played famously by Jeff Bridges.  The exterior apartment complex can be found in Venice, while the interiors were shot on a sound stage.  The complex has since been renovated, but still bears some resemblance to how it appeared in the film.

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LOCATION: 606 Venezia Ave, Venice, CA 90291

The apartment complex across the street can also be seen in the film.  This complex is frequently mistaken as being The Dude’s.

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LOCATION: 609 Venezia Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Just outside of the apartments on Venezia Ave, looking down toward Zeno Pl, you’ll see where The Dude confronts Da Fino, the brother shamus.

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LOCATION: Venezia Ave, Venice, CA 90291 (in front of The Dude’s apartment)

The famous bowling alley in the film no longer exists.  It was the Hollywood Star Lanes, formerly located at 5227 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029.  The building was torn down in 2002 to make way for a children’s elementary school.

The Big Lebowski’s mansion consisted of two locations.  The exterior was shot at 10231 Charing Cross Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90024.  It is a private, gated property, closed to the public.  The interior of the mansion is the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.  The City of Beverly Hills actually owns the property, which is routinely used for filming.  The outside grounds are open to the public, but getting inside is more difficult.  Due to hosting productions and private events on a regular basis, only a few times a year does the city open the inside up for public viewing.  It can be done if you are patient and keep an eye out for these select dates, however.

Inside the Greystone Mansion, this wall is where The Dude talks with Brandt, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, and looks at all of The Big Lebowski’s awards and achievements, including his “Little Lebowski Urban Achievers.”  It’s known as the “Breakfast Room” inside the mansion.

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LOCATION: Greystone Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Brandt is seen walking these hallways of Greystone Mansion several times in the film, as are The Dude and Walter, played by John Goodman.

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Another famous location inside of Greystone Mansion; The Dude talks to the distraught Big Lebowski in front of this fireplace, where The Dude is hired to find the kidnapped Bunny Lebowski.

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The very same room was used in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood,” as Daniel Plainview’s office, where his son visits him late in the film.  It was also seen in “Air Force One.” A little tip for Lebowski fans, this room can usually be seen without access inside the Greystone Mansion.  If you go to the front of the building and look through the windows, usually there are no curtains and this room, which is on the ground level, left of the main windows, can be seen.  The hallway Brandt walks down can also be seen through a doorway window, just around the corner to the left of this room, near the fish pond.  Only the Urban Achievers room truly requires access inside the mansion to be seen.

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The coffee shop where Walter tells dude he can “get you a toe by 3 o’clock… with nail polish” is Johnie’s Coffee Shop Restaurant in midtown Los Angeles.  The restaurant actually closed many years ago, but still operates as a filming location.  It has appeared in “Reservoir Dogs,” “American History X,” “Miracle Mile,” “Gone in Sixty Seconds” and many more.

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LOCATION: 6099 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

The Dude, Walter and Donny pay a visit to Larry Sellers’ house, “near the In-N-Out Burger.”  It’s in front of this home that Walter destroys the red corvette.  Today, the home is partially obscured by trees.

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LOCATION: 1824 Stearns Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90035

Late in the film, The Dude pays a visit to Jackie Treehorn’s house.  In the film, the property is shown as being right on the beach.  Those beach scenes were filmed at Point Dume in Malibu.  In reality, however, the house is located in the hills of Benedict Canyon, nowhere near the beach.  It’s the Sheats-Goldstein House, one of the most unique and famous houses in Los Angeles.  It’s actually located just above Cielo Dr, where the Manson Family’s infamous murder of Sharon Tate and four others took place.  The house regularly hosts photo shoots for models and at one time even allowed porn shoots.  In 2016, the property was donated to LACMA, which hosts occasional events there.  The house is tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac, down a long, private drive and is not visible from the street.  Unless you are a professional photographer or model, the only way to get onto the property is most likely, similar to Greystone Mansion, to keep your eyes peeled for a rare, public invitation.

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LOCATION: 10104 Angelo View Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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