Short Cuts (1993)

The 1993 Robert Altman film “Short Cuts” is based on short stories by author Raymond Carver. Originally set in the Pacific Northwest, for Altman’s film adaptation, he switched the setting to Los Angeles. The film features intersecting stories performed by an ensemble cast.

The house of Ann and Howard Finnegan, played by Andie MacDowell and Bruce Davidson respectively, can be found in North Hollywood.

LOCATION: 4950 Bellaire Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91607

The house next door is where Zoe, played by Lori Singer, lives with her mother Tess, played by Annie Ross. After being injured by a car, the Finnegan’s son Casey returns home. Zoe is playing basketball with some friends in front of the garage and asks Casey why he’s not in school, but he does not answer.

LOCATION: 4946 Bellaire Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91607

The restaurant where Doreen, played by Lily Tomlin, works is the former Johnie’s Broiler in Downey.  She is visited there by her husband Earl, played by Tom Waits. The restaurant has a unique history, having appeared in many other films, such as “Heat,” “The Game,” “License To Drive,” “My Stepmother Is An Alien,” “One Hour Photo” and many more.  In 2007, the building was unfortunately demolished.  However, Bob’s Big Boy purchased the property years later and rebuilt it based on the original blueprints and even some of the same materials.  So what stands now closely resembles what was seen in the film.

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LOCATION: 7447 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241

Say Anything… (1989)

Cameron Crowe’s 1989 directorial debut, “Say Anything…” was filmed in Washington, Southern California and Vancouver, Canada. The exterior of the house of Corey, played by Lili Taylor, can be found in Seattle. Interiors were filmed in California at 2545 Ganesha Ave, Altadena, CA 91001.

LOCATION: 3627 NW 65th Ct, Seattle, WA 98117

Lloyd, played by John Cusack, walks with Diane, played by Ione Skye, out of a convenience store and kicks glass out of her way. The store can be found in North Hollywood.

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LOCATION: 11340 W Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Diane has lunch with her mom at this restaurant in Pasadena, which has changed a lot since filming took place.

LOCATION: 1978 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

Lloyd teaches a kickboxing class at this location, which was more famously used as the Cobra Kai dojo in “The Karate Kid.”  It’s located just a few blocks away from the convenience store.

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LOCATION: 5223 Lankershim Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91601

Here’s a look inside the building.

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The most iconic scene in the film is of course when Lloyd Dobler holds a boombox outside of the bedroom of Diane.  The real scene wasn’t filmed at any house at all, rather a park in North Hollywood. It’s actually located right across the street from the convenience store seen earlier in the film, at the North Hollywood Park, on the SW corner of Magnolia Blvd and Tujunga Ave.  The same park was seen in “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.”

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LOCATION: North Hollywood Park, 11430 Chandler Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

In one of the film’s deleted scenes, Diane asks Lloyd to take her back to Lloyd’s workplace, mentioned above.  This scene, which can be found on the home video edition, was filmed at the Community Room of the South Pasadena Public Library.  The same building appeared in Rob Zombie’s remake of “Halloween.”

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LOCATION: 1115 El Centro St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

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