The 1998 Larry Clark film “Another Day in Paradise” was filmed around Southern California. Early in the film, Bobbie and Rosie, played by Vincent Kartheiser and Natasha Gregson Wagner, stay the Nate Starkman & Son Building in Los Angeles. It has been featured in countless films and shows, perhaps most famously “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.” Other films that shot here include “Wrath Of Man,” “Color Of Night,” “Saw,” “Repo Man,” “Rising Sun,” “Date Night,” “Lovelace” and many more.
LOCATION: 544 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
This view of the opposite side of the street is seen as Mel, played by James Woods, drops Bobbie off. The same area was seen in “Child’s Play 2,” “Out For Justice,” “Saw” and more.
Rosie goes shopping with Sid, played by Melanie Griffith, at this building in Norwalk. It’s depicted as a clothing store in the film, with drawings of women’s faces on the red panels on the right. One of the buildings across the street was seen in the films “Frailty” and “Best Men.”
LOCATION: 12124 Front St, Norwalk, CA 90650
The business next door is depicted as a Greyhound station in the film. Currently both spaces are merged and occupied by a single business.
Bobbie and Mel rob a pharmacy at this building, also located in Norwalk. It is not far from the clothing store location.
LOCATION: 12330 Firestone Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650
The characters eat at the famed Quality Cafe in Downtown Los Angeles. The diner was a one-time staple of films, appearing in “Seven,” “Training Day,” “Ghost World,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “(500) Days Of Summer” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Heartbreak Kid” and dozens more. However, it was not an actual restaurant open to the public. Instead it was used solely for filming. Sadly, it ceased to function as a filming location and was completely renovated in 2014. The interior of the property no longer bears any resemblance inside to how it appeared in so many films.
LOCATION: 1238 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (now closed and remodeled)
The 1990 comedy “Kindergarten Cop,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, is set in Los Angeles, California and Astoria, Oregon, which is where the production likewise took place. Early in the film, a witness to a murder is taken to this police station, located in Van Nuys, California. While the entrance seen in the film faces Erwin St, it is a section only accessible to pedestrian traffic.
LOCATION: 14400 Erwin St, Van Nuys, CA 91401
Detective John Kimble, played by Schwarzenegger, forces his way into a club and persuades a witness to ID a criminal in a police line-up.
LOCATION: 532 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Kimble stays at this motel throughout the film with his partner Phoebe, played by Pamela Reed. The property can be found in Astoria.
LOCATION: 783 Nehalem Hwy, Astoria, OR 97103
The most famous location is of course the elementary school, where Kimble goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher. The exterior of the school is located in Astoria, where numerous other films shot, including “Free Willy” and “Short Circuit.” The school is located just a couple blocks away from the house from “The Goonies.”
LOCATION: 3550 Franklin Ave, Astoria, OR 97103
Most of the interior classroom scenes were filmed on a set in Los Angeles, while the exterior shots were in Astoria.
This side of the school is featured in one scene where Kimble confronts an abusive father to one of the students.
Joyce, played by Penelope Ann Miller, lives at this home with her son, which can also be found in Astoria.
LOCATION: 414 Exchange St, Astoria, OR 97103
The school fair scenes were shot at Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach, located about 40 minutes south of Astoria. The area is located on Ecola Park Rd, near the Indian Beach Trail and Ecola Point.
LOCATION: Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach, OR 97110 (GPS coordinates: 45.919673, -123.974976)
The park, which offers beautiful views, is a frequent filming location, having also appeared in such movies as “The Goonies,” “Free Willy,” “Twilight,” “Point Break” and more.
There’s even a sign there mentioning it as a filming location of “Kindergarten Cop,” although the sign primarily focuses on “The Goonies.” It’s a long and winding road through the woods to reach this area, but it is a location well worth visiting.
The Tanner family house from the sitcom ALF, which ran from 1986 to 1990, could be found in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. The home has unfortunately since been demolished and an entirely different home was built in it’s place. Here is where the house formerly stood. Some old Google street views still offer views of the original home.
LOCATION: 708 Moreno Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (now demolished)
The 2004 Alexander Payne film “Sideways” is set against the backdrop of California’s wine country, with most of the production likewise taking place in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California. The film has had a lasting impact on the region, as more than one location has since altered their namesakes after the film. One such example is the apartment where Miles, played by Paul Giamatti, resides. Supposedly located in San Diego, the real building can actually be found a couple hundred miles north in the town of Goleta.
LOCATION: 120 Magnolia Ave, Goleta, CA 93117
The property has since been renamed the “Sideways House.”
A few scenes were filmed in Southern California. As Miles heads to Los Angeles to meet up with Jack, played by Thomas Haden Church, he passes the famous Hotel Angeleno, which was also seen in the film “Heat.”
LOCATION: 170 N Church Ln, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (as seen from Sunset Blvd)
Miles makes his way to this house, located in the L.A. neighborhood of Brentwood. The route depicted driving down Sunset Blvd to reach the home is geographically accurate.
LOCATION: 355 N Rockingham Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90049
As Jack and Miles begin their trip, Miles insists he stop and visit his mother, who supposedly lives in Oxnard. The property is actually located in Santa Maria.
LOCATION: 1619 Carmel Ln, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Miles and Jack arrive into Solvang driving down Alisal Rd.
LOCATION: 485 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA 93463
These scenes really were filmed in Solvang, as stated in the film.
LOCATION: 467 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA 93463
They stay at this hotel, located in Buellton.
LOCATION: 114 E Hwy 246, Buellton, CA 93427
The hotel is another location which has renamed itself in honor of the film.
After walking in on Jack having sex with Stephanie, played by Sandra Oh, Miles heads over to the hotel lounge, which has likewise been renamed the “Sideways Lounge.”
Here is the restaurant where Maya, played by Virginia Madsen, works.
LOCATION: 406 E Hwy 246, Buellton, CA 93427
The next morning, this building is seen as one of the establishing shots before cutting to Jack and Miles having breakfast.
LOCATION: 1576 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463
Miles goes bowling with Jack and Stephanie. The bowling alley was formerly located at 1420 E Ocean Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436, but has since been demolished.
Miles and Jack are briefly seen picking up Maya and Stephanie in front of this building in Los Olivos.
LOCATION: 2900 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Maya’s place can be found in Santa Barbara. The back entrance is seen in the film, which is easily visible from the sidewalk.
LOCATION: 916 E Carrillo Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 (back entrance facing Spring St)
Miles learns a publisher has passed on his novel at this winery in Los Olivos, where he becomes upset and proceeds to make a scene.
LOCATION: 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Miles sulks with Jack at the beach near Goleta Pier.
LOCATION: Near Goleta Pier, Sandspit Rd, Goleta, CA 93117
After Stephanie discovers Jack is getting married to another woman, she assaults him. Jack gets treatment at this hospital in Solvang, which has been remodeled a bit.
LOCATION: 2050 Viborg Rd, Solvang, CA 93463
Miles and Jack visit this restaurant, where Jack gets himself into more trouble after sleeping with the waitress.
LOCATION: 350 E Hwy 246, Buellton, CA 93427
In one of the more memorable scenes in the film, Miles sneaks into this house in Lompoc, to retrieve Jack’s wallet from the waitress and her husband. The completely nude husband, played by M.C. Gainey, chases Miles out onto the street. To achieve this scene, police blocked off the entire street and neighbors were paid to stay inside their homes during the filming.
LOCATION: 400 E Lemon Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436
Jack asks Miles to drive the car, not revealing his intentions. They proceed to this intersection in Buellton.
LOCATION: Jonata Park Rd / Central Ave, Buellton, CA 93427
Jack then swerves the car and drives into this tree, in an attempt to create a cover story to his fiancee for his injuries. In the film, the area is seen as barren and undeveloped. A storage facility has since been built on the land, but somewhat surprisingly, the developers left the tree in tact. It remains standing today.
LOCATION: 711 Jonata Park Rd, Buellton, CA 93427
Near the end of the film, Jack’s wedding takes place at this church, located back south in Montebello. After the ceremony, Miles runs into his ex-wife in the parking lot.
The 2002 Jonas Akerlund film “Spun” was filmed in Southern California, with much of the production taking place in the San Fernando Valley. The house of Spider Mike, played by John Leguizamo, can be found in Sylmar.
LOCATION: 12799 Telfair Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342
The home is not derelict like it appears in the film.
The motel where Nikki and The Cook, played by Brittany Murphy and Mickey Rourke respectively, stay throughout the film can be found in Pacoima.
LOCATION: 10225 San Fernando Rd, Pacoima, CA 91331
Ross, played by Jason Schwartzman, visits this strip club in North Hollywood, which is only seen from interior views in the film.
LOCATION: 6630 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
Nikki takes her dog to a pet clinic, which is a real business in Sun Valley.
LOCATION: 11814 Sheldon St, Sun Valley, CA 91352
The liquor store The Cook visits is referred to by name as Circus Liquor in the film. However, it is not the more famous location on Vineland in North Hollywood with the large clown sign, seen in such films as “Clueless.” It was a different location, which is no longer a Circus Liquor.
LOCATION: 6417 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
Near the end of the film, Ross meets up with his ex-girlfriend at Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles (532 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013).
The 1989 sequel “Back to the Future Part II” is once again shot primarily around Southern California. The film makes use of several locations from the first film, revisiting many of them from the perspective of an alternate timeline. Marty McFly’s house once again appears in the film. It can be found in the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles, in the town of Pacoima, California.
LOCATION: 9303 Roslyndale Ave, Pacoima, CA 91331
After Marty’s girlfriend Jennifer sees her future self, she faints. Marty and Doc drop her off at her house, which can be found in Monrovia.
LOCATION: 161 N Magnolia Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016
Marty discovers that life in 1985 has been altered and his home town is now a dangerous area. The auditorium of Whittier High School can be seen behind him.
LOCATION: Whittier Ave / Bailey St, Whittier, CA 90601
Marty comes across the home of Mr. Strickland, which can also be found in Whittier. While we did not experience any issues during our visit, we’ve heard stories of others being confronted for filming or photographing this residence.
LOCATION: 12511 Bailey St, Whittier, CA 90601
Biff’s house can be found in South Pasadena, on the same street as George and Lorraine’s houses from the first film.
LOCATION: 1809 Bushnell Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030
The exterior of Whittier High School once again serves as Hill Valley High School, which is primarily seen from the back of the school.
LOCATION: 12417 Philadelphia St, Whittier, CA 90601
This tunnel is featured a couple times in the film as Biff makes his way to the dance. Near the end of the film, Biff and Marty fight over an almanac from the future. Marty rides a hoverboard as Biff tries to elminitate Marty in the tunnel. The tunnel can be found in Griffith Park, just before you reach the famous Griffith Observatory. The same tunnel can be seen in 1988’s “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” also directed by Robert Zemeckis.
LOCATION: Mt. Hollywood Tunnel, Mt Hollywood Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Several vehicles from the film can be seen on the Universal Studios Hollywood Tour, including this Litestar Pulse.
LOCATION: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
The 1985 horror film “Re-Animator,” directed by Stuart Gordon, supposedly takes place in Switzerland and Massachusetts. The production, however, actually took place in Southern California. In the opening of the film, Herbert West, played by Jeffrey Combs, successfully brings his dead professor, Dr. Hans Gruber, back to life at the University of Zurich Institute of Medicine in Switzerland. The university was a composite of two locations. The exterior was shot at Loyola Hall on the grounds of Loyola High School. This side of the building faces Venice Blvd.
LOCATION: 1901 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
The interior university scenes were filmed in Pasadena at William G. Kerckhoff Laboratories of the Biological Sciences on the grounds of California Institute of Technology.
LOCATION: 535 S Wilson Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106
While GPS will get you in the general vicinity, the grounds are big and it can be confusing if you don’t know where to look. While the exterior is never featured in the film, here is what it looks like on the outside. This entrance faces S Wilson Ave, with GPS coordinates of 34.137110, -118.127688.
Herbert West goes to Miskatonic University in Arkham, Massachusetts, the exterior of which was actually filmed at VA West LA Veteran’s Hospital. The interior scenes were a composite of two more locations, first at the former Pacoima Memorial Lutheran Hospital (11600 Eldridge Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342), which has since been demolished. The morgue interior scenes were filmed at Occidental Studios in Hollywood (201 N Occidental Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026).
LOCATION: 11301 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90073
The house of Dan Cain, played by Bruce Abbott, can be found in Hollywood. Herbert West rents a room from Dan. The interiors were shot at the real home, aside from the basement, which was also filmed at Occidental Studios.
LOCATION: 2238 Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068
The exterior of Dean Halsey’s house can be found near the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.
LOCATION: 405 S Irving Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90020
The 2002 horror remake, “The Ring,” starring Naomi Watts, was filmed in Washington, Oregon and California. Katie, played by Amber Tamblyn, lives at this house, located in Los Angeles. The home is now unfortunately heavily obscured by shrubs and trees.
LOCATION: 413 S McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Rachel, played by Naomi Watts, lives at this apartment, located in Seattle. The view of her apartment faces Seneca St, near the intersection of Western Ave and Seneca St.
In the 1999 romantic comedy “Never Been Kissed,” the childhood home of Josie Geller, played by Drew Barrymore, is supposedly located in the Chicago area. The house can actually be found in Los Angeles, California.
LOCATION: 368 N Ridgewood Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90004
The high school seen in the film is John Marshall High School. A regular location in film, the school has also appeared in such movies as “Teen Wolf,” “Pretty In Pink,” “Teaching Mrs. Tingle,” “What Dreams May Come” and many more.
LOCATION: 600 S McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90005
In the 2011 film “Priest,” starring Paul Bettany, he crosses a post-apocalyptic wasteland on this turbine motocycle, hunting down kidnappers who have abducted his niece. The bike could be found on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, which ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020.
LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036