Do The Right Thing (1989)

Spike Lee’s seminal 1989 film “Do the Right Thing” was shot on a single block of Brooklyn, New York in the summer of 1988. You can walk Stuyvesant Ave today, between Lexington Ave and Quincy St and see all of the locations within minutes. Mister Señor Love Daddy, played by Samuel L. Jackson, works as a DJ for We Love Radio at this building, which has since been remodeled a bit.

LOCATION: 174 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

The Yes Jesus Baptist Church, while not immediately obvious, was filmed at this building. A facade was built around the first level to make it appear as a church. The upper levels, however, still match up to what was seen in the film.

LOCATION: 184 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Sal’s Pizzeria, the central location of the film, was a set built on an empty piece of land. The set was removed after filming and is currently a parking lot. It stood at the corner of Lexington Ave and Stuyvesant Ave.

LOCATION: Lexington Ave / Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Here’s a couple more views of where the Pizzeria set stood.

This mural was seen in the film on the opposite side of Lexington Ave, in the background of many shots of Sal’s. A newer building now obscures the view, but the mural was repainted on the wall next to the parking lot where the set stood.

Directly across the street from Sal’s on Stuyvesant Ave is where the Korean fruit and vegetable store stood. Like Sal’s, this too was a set, which was taken down after filming and is currently a strip of empty land.

This mural paying tribute to the film is painted on the wall where the fruit and vegetable stand stood.

Here is the home where Mookie, played by Spike Lee, lived. It has since been updated a bit.

LOCATION: 173 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Here is the location where Radio Raheem, played by Bill Nunn, gives his famous love and hate speech. He is standing in front of Mookie’s home, located on the opposite side of the block from Sal’s, next to Quincy St.

Here is another view of where Radio Raheem gave his speech.

LOCATION: Stuyvesant Ave / Quincy St, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Here is the home where Mother Sister, played by Ruby Dee, lived. Mother Sister sat in the window next to the door on the right, although this home has likewise been updated a bit since filming.

LOCATION: 167 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Cee, played by Martin Lawrence, hangs out with his friends on the front steps of this home.

LOCATION: 165 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Directly in front of the same location, this fire hydrant was also used in the film, when they spray the man driving through the street.

The three older corner men sit in front of this building throughout the film, which was painted red specifically for the film.

LOCATION: 691 Lexington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Here’s a closer look at where the men sat. Some of the windows were also covered for the film.

The block has been named “Do the Right Thing Way” in honor of the film. This sign can be found at Lexington Ave and Stuyvesant Ave, in front of where the the Korean fruit and vegetable store stood.

Although some of the buildings have been updated and some of the sets are gone, you undoubtedly feel like you’ve walked into the same world the characters lived when standing on Do The Right Thing Way in Brooklyn. It is an important place not only in cinema, but in culture and we highly recommend a visit.

To Live And Die In L.A. (1985)

The 1985 William Friedkin film “To Live and Die in L.A.” was shot, as the title suggests, in Los Angeles, California The film made use of nearly every corner of L.A. County. In the opening scenes of the film, the Secret Service escort the President down Santa Monica Blvd in Century City, as they make their way to a hotel.

LOCATION: Century Park E / Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

The convoy arrives at The Beverly Hilton hotel, where Agent Richard Chance, played by William Peterson, stops a terrorist assassination attempt. Many films have shot scenes at the hotel, including “Frost/Nixon,” “Coffy” and “Micki + Maude.”

LOCATION: 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Eric Masters, played by Willem Dafoe, lives at this home in Santa Monica. Most of the property is not visible from the street. Eric burns a piece of art on the balcony on the left. The same home as appeared in such films as “Cafe Society” and “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.”

LOCATION: 757 Kingman Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Chance is seen bungee jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro. The bridge has appeared in countless films, such as “Gone In 60 Seconds,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “Lethal Weapon 2,” “Wrath Of Man,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “City of Angels,” “Knight of Cups,” “Charlie’s Angels” and more. It has likewise appeared in such TV shows as “Mission: Impossible,” “CHiPs,” “Columbo” and more. It it also where director Tony Scott tragically ended his life.

LOCATION: Vincent Thomas Bridge, San Pedro, CA 90731

Masters runs a counterfeit cash operation out of this building in Lancaster. Despite the address being on 170th St E, this area is on the back side of the building, closer to the intersection of 171st St E / Glenfall Ave.

LOCATION: 40038 170th St E, Palmdale, CA 93591 (near the intersection of 171st St E / Glenfall Ave)

Masters is seen speeding off in his car down this area to the right of the building.

To the left is where the dumpster and trailer were located and the murder scene takes place.

Chance’s house can be found in Malibu. There is a Public Beach Access Point that runs directly beside the property, located at 22664 Beach Access Path, Malibu, CA 90265, which makes it relatively easy to access from Pacific Coast Hwy, unlike many of the properties in Malibu.

LOCATION: 22664 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Chance runs a stakeout from this church in Pasadena. The home he surveillances was located around 445 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91101, but it has since been demolished. The church, however, still stands.

LOCATION: 464 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91101

Chance drives down N Pacific Ave in San Pedro to his girlfriend Ruth’s house. The route he takes in the film is geographically accurate.

LOCATION: 981 N Pacific Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731

Chance continues up Knoll Hill, with the Vincent Thomas Bridge visible in the distance.

LOCATION: N Center St / Knoll Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90731

Ruth’s house has long since been demolished, with a baseball field now in its place. Here is the approximate area where it stood.

LOCATION: 255 Viewland Pl, San Pedro, CA 90731 (now demolished)

The start of the foot chase scene begins at this building, which is located across the street from the prison from “Wild At Heart.”

LOCATION: 1701 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Masters walks with Jeff Rice, played by Steve James, where they make plans to kill a man in prison.

LOCATION: 11231 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90061 (on W 113th St)

Jeff Rice’s house is located in Wilmington.

LOCATION: 1442 W F St, Wilmington, CA 90744

The walk to the judge’s office passes through the Citigroup Center in Downtown Los Angeles.  The same area appeared in the films “Heat” and “Fight Club.”

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LOCATION: 444 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

The hospital scenes were filmed at this building.

LOCATION: 610 S St Louis St Los Angeles, CA 90023

The strip club, which was located in Wilmington, has since been demolished. It’s now just some empty land at the corner of S Figueroa St and W Harry Bridges Blvd. Prior to being demolished, the same building appeared in the films “Fight Club” and “Blood In, Blood Out.”

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LOCATION: S Figueroa St / W Harry Bridges Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90731 (now demolished – original address was 1331 W B Street, Wilmington, CA 90731, but that address no longer exists)

The train station scenes were filmed at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.  It has been featured in many films as well, such as “Blade Runner,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Species,” “Bugsy,” “Pearl Harbor” and more.

LOCATION: 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Chance tracks down Carl Cody, played by John Turturro, at this apartment in Sherman Oaks.

LOCATION: 5050 Woodman Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Chance and Vukovich, played by John Pankow, meet with Masters to make an exchange at this building.

LOCATION: 8051 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (on N Laurel Ave)

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Mr. Deeds (2002)

The 2002 Adam Sandler comedy “Mr. Deeds” was largely filmed in New York City, with a few scenes filmed in California.  Longfellow Deeds, played by Adam Sandler, takes Babe Bennett, played by Winona Ryder, to Bethesda Terrace and Fountain in Central Park.  This area has been seen in countless films, such as “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York,” “The Avengers,” “John Wick,” “Elf” and dozens more.

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

Babe tells Longfellow she grew up in this home, which can be found in Pasadena, California.

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LOCATION: 989 S Madison Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

Transformers (2007)

In the 2007 film “Transformers,” Shia LaBeouf plays Sam Witwicky.  The Witwicky residence can be found in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

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LOCATION: 2187 W 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90018

The car lot where Sam shops for cars with his dad can be found in Altadena. It was actually a composite of two locations on opposite sides of the street from one another. The location at 2012 Lake Ave still stands, but the other location at 2000 Lake Ave has since been demolished.

LOCATION: 2012 Lake Ave, Altadena, CA 91001

Bobby Bolivia, played by Bernie Mac, points down the street to where his mother lives.

Bumblebee gives himself an updated look inside the Second Street Tunnel in Downtown L.A.  This is a popular filming location, appearing in such films as “Kill Bill,” “Demolition Man,” “Blade Runner,” “Con Air,” “Independence Day” and many more.

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LOCATION: 620 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The police station seen in the film can be found in Highland Park.  The building is no longer an active police station and operates today as a police museum.  The building has been featured in countless films, including “Clerks 2,” “Gangster Squad” and “National Security,”  as well as the TV series “Twin Peaks: The Return.”

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LOCATION: 6043 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Sam and Mikaela, played by Megan Fox, watch a meteor shower at the iconic Griffith Observatory.  The location is another staple of film, appearing in such movies as “Rebel Without A Cause,” “La La Land,” “The Terminator” and dozens more.

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LOCATION: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Sam and Mikaela are taken into custody near this railway bridge, only for the Transformers to rescue them.

LOCATION: N Henry Ford Ave / Pier A Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90744

Sam and Mikaela are taken to the Hoover Dam in Nevada, which houses Megatron inside a bunker.

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LOCATION: Hoover Dam, Boulder City, NV 89005

Ironhide lands in the pool of the Byrdview house in Chatsworth (also known as the Farralone Estate and Fox House). It has appeared in many films, including “Swordfish,” “Lords Of Dogtown,” “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” “The Salton Sea,” “Bewitched,” “Tomcats” and “Dreamgirls.” It has also appeared in such TV series as “Six Feet Under,” “Mad Men,” “Californication,” “The Last Man on Earth,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Aquarius,” “Moonlight” and “Good Girls Revolt.”

LOCATION: 9361 Farralone Ave, Chatsworth, CA 91311

A full scale Optimus Prime truck used in the film could be seen on display in the prop room at Paramount Studios.

LOCATION: 5555 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Also on display was a full scale Bumblebee.