Kyle, played by Christine Elise, gets pulled over in front of this building, also located in Downtown L.A. It too has appeared in many films, such as “Saw,” “Another Day In Paradise” and “Out For Justice.”
The 2006 drama “Bobby,” about the day of the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, filmed at the former Ambassador Hotel, where the real assassination took place. The film was notable for being the last production to shoot at the Ambassador, before it was demolished. Demolition had actually already begun at the time of filming, but many parts of the hotel had not yet been destroyed yet. So the production filmed in areas they could at the real hotel, then used multiple other locations to stand in as well.
The Ambassador was a staple of film and television, appearing in such films as “The Graduate,” “Forrest Gump,” “True Romance,” “Seven,” “Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas,” “True Lies,” “L.A. Story,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “The Mask” and dozens more. After closing for good in 1989, the Ambassedor was used primarily for filming throughout the 1990s. The film crews were apparently not always considerate of the property, leaving it in poor condition after wrapping. Eventually the hotel was in such disrepair, despite a long struggle to preserve the property, it was eventually settled upon to be demolished. Only this post and statue from the original building remain at the location.
LOCATION: 3400 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010 (now demolished)
Many more locations were used to composite the hotel, including the MacArthur in Los Angeles, formerly known as the Park Plaza Hotel. No longer a functioning hotel, the MacArthur today serves primarily as a property for hosting filming and special events. However, it is under renovation with apparent plans to open a portion up once again as a hotel in 2022. The interior stood in for portions of the lobby of the Ambassador. It has been featured in many films, such as “Wild At Heart,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Drive,” “Gangster Squad,” “Tango & Cash” and many more.
LOCATION: 607 S Park View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
The Castle Green Apartments in Pasadena stood in for the hotels gardens area. Castle Green has likewise been featured in countless films, such as “The Little Rascals,” “True Romance,” “The Sting,” “Wild At Heart,” “Deja Vu,” “Sneakers,” “Bugsy,” “The Last Samurai,” “Puppet Master” and many more.
The 1999 revenge film “The Limey,” directed by Stephen Soderbergh, is set in Los Angeles, where the production mostly took place as well. Wilson, played by Terence Stamp, plays an Englishman who travels to L.A. to track down those responsible for the death of his daughter. Wilson follows a lead to the offices of some associates of Terry Valentine. He first approaches from the corner of S Santa Fe Ave and Willow St in Downtown L.A., with the Fourth Street Viaduct visible in the background. Today, buildings mostly block the view of the viaduct, but a small portion of it can still be seen.
LOCATION: S Santa Fe Ave / Willow St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
The location of the offices was actually part of what is now known as Willow Studios. In one of the most famous sequences of the film, Wilson takes a beating from the men inside and gets thrown out onto the street. Wilson stands up, pulls out a gun and proceeds back inside to finish the job.
LOCATION: 1335 Willow St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Terry Valentine, played by Peter Fonda, lives in this home overlooking the Hollywood Hills. The house is featured prominently in the film, particularly the distinctive looking pool area. Wilson attends a party at Valentine’s house. Most of Astral Dr is public, but the last stretch of it leading up to the home is marked private.
LOCATION: 2210 Astral Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Wilson meets up with Elaine, played by Lesley Ann Warren, at Dinah’s Family Restaurant near Culver City, which has also appeared in such films as “The Big Lebowski” and “Nightcrawler.”
LOCATION: 6521 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
LOCATION: 1400 N Hayworth Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046
The car chase begins at the intersection of Ledgewood Dr and Mulholland Hwy.
LOCATION: Ledgewood Dr / Mulholland Hwy, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Portions of the third act of the film were shot north around Big Sur. Wilson, Elaine and Ed (Luis Guzmán) stop at the Lucia Lodge, located at 62400 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920. The property was partially destroyed by a fire in 2021, but the lodge portion survived and remains open.
The 1978 crime drama “Straight Time,” starring Dustin Hoffman, much like the novel its based upon, “No Beast So Fierce,” by Edward Bunker, is set in the Los Angeles criminal underworld. In the film, Hoffman plays Max Dembo, an ex-con out on probation and adapting to a straight life. Max reconnects with his friend Willy, played by Gary Busey, who lives at this home located near Angelino Heights.
LOCATION: 327 N Bixel St, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Max meets up with Manny, played by Sandy Baron, at The Bat Rack cocktail bar, which could be found in Santa Monica. Max asks Manny to give him a gun.
LOCATION: 2454 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Max uses the gun to rob Ahn’s Market.
LOCATION: 2609 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Max robs a pawn shop, where he obtains more weapons to take on bigger scores. This is located just a few doors down from the former “Quality Cafe,” which has been seen in dozens of films, such as “Seven” and “Training Day.”
LOCATION: 1226 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Max teams up with Jerry Schue, played by Harry Dean Stanton, to start doing robberies together. The pair rob a bank at the Wilshire Colonnade. It has been featured in many films, such as “Zodiac,” “Wrath Of Man,” “Stealing Harvard” and “Earthquake,” as well as such TV series as “Californication,” “American Crime Story: Impeachment” and more.
LOCATION: 3701 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
After the robbery, the pair swap vehicles at the intersection of W 4th St and S Kenmore Ave.
LOCATION: W 4th St / S Kenmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020
The climactic jewelry store robbery was filmed at this building in Beverly Hills, while the back alley scenes were filmed at a different location (138 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212).
LOCATION: 9634 Wilshire Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 90212
The gas station and diner from the end of the film can be found in Lancaster. It is located almost directly across the street from the church from “Kill Bill.”
The 2014 horror film “Annabelle,” a prequel to “The Conjuring,” was filmed around Los Angeles, California. Early in the film, Mia, played by Annabelle Wallis, lives with her husband John, played by Ward Horton, at this home on the left, located in Central L.A., near Hancock Park. The run into their neighbors out front, who live at the home on the right.
LOCATION: 228 N Gramercy Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90004
At night, Mia awakens to the sounds of a home invasion at their neighbors’ house and John goes over to investigate.
LOCATION: 224 N Gramercy Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90004
After the birth of their child, John and Mia move into Palmeri Apartments, supposedly located in Pasadena. The real building, The Langham, can be found in Koreatown.
LOCATION: 715 Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
The scene where Father Perez takes a photo of Mia and her baby was filmed at St. Brendan Catholic Church, which has appeared in numerous productions, including “Fight Club,” “Spider-Man 3,” “Armageddon” and the Guns N’ Roses music video for “November Rain.” The same church also appears in another film in “The Conjuring Universe,” “The Curse Of La Llorona.”
LOCATION: 310 S Van Ness Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020
The church where Father Perez tries to take Annabelle, which is seen again near the end of the film, six months later, is the Wilshire United Methodist Church.
LOCATION: 4350 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90005
The 2021 Paul Thomas Anderson film “Licorice Pizza” is set in the 1970s San Fernando Valley, with the production likewise staying pretty faithful to that area. This article contains some minor spoilers, so we only recommend reading if you’ve seen the film.
The opening scene where Alana, played by Alana Haim, first meets Gary, played by Cooper Hoffman, was filmed at Gaspar De Portola Middle School in Tarzana. There are a couple of similar looking corridors located at the school. Alana walks near the southwest corner, facing the towards Linnet St. The same school appeared in the films “Thirteen,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Akeelah and the Bee.”
LOCATION: 18720 Linnet St, Tarzana, CA 91356
Gary eats at this hot dog stand, where he tells Greg he met the girl he’s going to marry one day.
LOCATION: 9039 Lindley Ave, Northridge, CA 91325
Alana’s house can be found in North Hollywood, on a cul de sac located very close to the scenes where Gary and Alana run together later in the film.
LOCATION: 12801 Miranda St, North Hollywood, CA 91607
The wig shop where Gary first sees a waterbed for sale is located in Canoga Park. The store is currently vacant, but the lettering on the windows from the film is still there.
LOCATION: 21819 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303
You can see the nursery & hardware sign behind him as he enters the store.
After Alana gets an advertisement on the radio for Gary’s water bed business, sales pick up as they start shipping out numerous orders. They load a truck from this location in Studio City. This is just behind Ventura Blvd, at the rear alley near Laurel Terrace Dr.
LOCATION: 12444 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
Here is where the UPS truck is parked. Alana then heads back inside and yells at the other boys for not helping her carry the dolly up the stairs.
This is also where the film’s poster image was shot, with Alana and Gary standing in front of a car, facing the camera
Gary opens his own store, Fat Bernie’s, selling waterbeds. Later in the film, Gary re-brands his business as the Pinball Palace, using the same location. The actual storefront can be found in Chatsworth.
LOCATION: 21758 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311
Here is the front of the store, seen numerous times in the film.
We were actually able to visit the set of the film back when production was taking place. Here you can see the Fat Bernie’s signs and the crew prepping the location.
Here’s a look at the interior, which is also featured heavily in the film.
Alana follows Gary to the back of the store, as she jealously watches him take interest in another girl.
Alana, angered by Gary’s behavior, walks along the side of the building and kisses a random guy on the sidewalk. Here’s how the area appeared in the film, with the Jurgensen’s Grocery Co. advertisement painted on the wall.
Here’s the same area, repainted as it appears since filming completed.
The back of the store appears again when they load up the truck to leave the store.
After Gary is taken in by police for questioning, he and Alana embrace outside once he is released. The two run along Burbank Blvd, with Bellaire Ave visible behind them. To find the exact area, look for this spot where there is a second fence running perpendicular, with the building on the left and towers. They as seen running past these exact spots. This is close to the location of Alana’s house.
LOCATION: 12755 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91607
As the gas crisis takes hold, Gary runs past a line of cars waiting to fuel up near the intersection of Victory Blvd and Lindley Ave in Tarzana, overlooking the L.A. River.
LOCATION: Near Victory Blvd / Lindley Ave, Tarzana, CA 91335
The camera follows him running up to the gas station, which is known as Signal Gasoline in the film. In reality, it’s not a gas station at all, rather a mechanic’s shop and smog check station.
LOCATION: 18102 Victory Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91335
The eccentric Jon Peters, played by Bradley Cooper, lives at this home in Encino, where Alana and Gary deliver a water bed.
LOCATION: 4450 Balboa Ave, Encino, CA 91316
While the home is located on a public road, it sits at the top of a long driveway up a dead end hillside and is not really visible from the street. There are additional views around the property available online via old real estate listings.
Alana and Gary give Jon Peters a ride to this gas station in Encino. The geography laid out in the film is somewhat plausible, in that Jon Peters’ home really is at the top of the hill on the road to the left. However, in the film, it is depicted as a long, steep and winding road, when in reality, it is a relatively short, straight path up Balboa Ave. The two locations are in near proximity, however.
LOCATION: 16900 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316
Alana begins volunteering at the campaign offices of Joel Wachs, played by Benny Safdie. The building is actually a mattress and furniture store.
LOCATION: 21702 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303
Later, she notices a man loitering across the street watching the office and confronts him.
Here is the reverse view, where Alana would have been looking out of the offices, which are mostly seen from interior views in the film.
Late in the film, Gary and Alana embrace under the marquee of the El Portal theater in North Hollywood. For those hoping to catch a screening there, the theater does not host theatrical films, rather stage productions by local performing artists.
LOCATION: 5269 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
We leave you with a few more behind the scenes shots of some of the production design from when we visited the shoot. This was all around the Fat Bernie’s location in Chatsworth.
The Simms Funeral Home from the 1995 horror anthology from “Tales From the Hood” can be found in the historic Angelino Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.
LOCATION: 1345 Kellam Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Duke Metger, played by Corbin Bernsen, plays a racist running for governor. Duke’s home was filmed at the Banning House in Wilmington, California. Built in 1863, the property was also seen in the 1992 Danny Aiello film “Ruby,” as well as 1998’s “Primary Colors” and the TV shows “Quantum Leap” and “Bronk.” The house currently operates as a museum and is open the the public.
In the 2014 film “The Gambler,” Jim Bennett, played by Mark Wahlberg, lives in this home, located in Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles. The house is slightly tricky to find. N Beverly Glen Blvd is a very busy street and there’s no immediate spot to turn once you reach the house. Instead, you actually turn near 795 N Beverly Glen Blvd, which looks like a private driveway, but actually has a path that leads up to several other homes, including this one. There’s also a foot path that leads up. The other homes tucked away in this little area are also very interesting.
LOCATION: 821 N Beverly Glen Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90077
David Lynch’s 1977 directorial debut “Eraserhead” was shot around Los Angeles, California. During the opening of the film, The Man in the Planet, played by Jack Fisk, is seen moving levers in a room by a window. This scene was filmed in an upstairs room inside the stables of the famed Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. The stables are separate from the main house and the building sits much closer to the road. Quite a bit of the film was in fact shot in and around the mansion’s stables, as the property was leased at the time by the American Film Institute, which partially funded the film. Now known as the Carriage House, Lynch actually lived in the stables for a time during production.
LOCATION: 509 Doheny Rd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Henry Spencer, played by Jack Nance, begins his walk home through this tunnel, located in Downtown Los Angeles. Lynch returned to this area, shooting mere blocks away for some scenes in “Wild At Heart.”
LOCATION: 504 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013
The construction site Henry walks though on his way home was shot on what would become the Beverly Center, a large shopping mall near Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. The entire area obviously looks much different now.
LOCATION: 8500 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
The 2021 James Wan horror film “Malignant” is set in Seattle, Washington. While some scenes did shoot there, a good portion of the film was shot in Southern California. Madison, played by Annabelle Wallis, lives in this home, which can be found in Pasadena.
LOCATION: 510 Lockehaven St, Pasadena, CA 91105
As is the case with most films set in Seattle, the famous Space Needle appears in an establishing shot of the city.
LOCATION: 400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109
Dr. Florence Weaver, played by Jacqueline McKenzie, lives at this home, located in Altadena.
LOCATION: 1686 Homewood Dr, Altadena, CA 91001
The exterior of the police station can be found in Downtown Los Angeles. The same building can be seen in the films “Velvet Buzzsaw” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?,” as well as the TV show “Supergirl.”
LOCATION: 1200 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Madison has visions of a murder and leads police to the “Silvercup” Apartments sign. The sign was a visual effect added by the production and does not exist at the real building.
LOCATION: 841 S Serrano Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
The crime scene is one building over to the left.
LOCATION: 855 S Serrano Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
The Pike Place Public Market Center makes a brief appearance as Madison drives with her sister Sydney, played by Maddie Hasson.
LOCATION: Pike St / 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Madison has visions of another murder at this building in Downtown L.A.