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.
The 1983 Adrian Lyne drama “Flashdance” tells the story of an aspiring dancer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The film itself split production between Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, California. Alex Owens, played by Jennifer Beals, works at Mawby’s Bar. The location has since been remodeled, but can be found in Downtown Los Angeles near Skid Row. The 1985 sequel “Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment” also filmed at the same location.
LOCATION: 229 Boyd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Alex backs out of a dance audition at the famed Carnegie Museum & Library in Pittsburgh. The same building appears in the films “The Silence Of The Lambs” and “Pretty Woman,” with the latter using actual footage from this film.
LOCATION: 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Hanna Long, played by Lilia Skala, lives at this home, also located in Pittsburgh.
LOCATION: 2100 Sidney St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
The exterior of the Zanzibar strip club location can be found in Downtown Los Angeles. It is actually part of the property of the infamous Cecil Hotel. The interior was located at 365 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048.
LOCATION: 640 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Nick Hurley, played by Michael Nouri, lives in this home, located in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.
The famous final audition sequence was shot inside the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in Downtown L.A. The building has been featured in numerous films, including “Inspector Gadget,” “Back To School,” “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Stand And Deliver” and more.
LOCATION: 1816 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
The 1992 thriller “Unlawful Entry,” starring Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta and Madeleine Stowe, was filmed in Southern California. The house where Michael and Karen Carr, played by Russell and Stowe, live can be found near the Hancock Park neighborhood.
LOCATION: 546 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Trees now obscure part of the front of the home.
Michael’s club is The Mayan, a popular music venue in Downtown L.A.
The 1995 Kathryn Bigelow film “Strange Days” is set in the last two days of 1999 in Los Angeles, California. Lenny, played by Ralph Fiennes, uses an illegal electronic device known as a SQUID that records memories onto a disc. On one of these discs, Lenny plays back memories of his ex-girlfriend Faith, played by Juliette Lewis, skating at Venice Beach.
LOCATION: Near Market St / Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
The area has changed a bit, but the Sidewalk Cafe is visible in the background, which is still there. The same cafe was seen in the film “Southland Tales.”
Lenny and Mace, played by Angela Bassett, pick up Mr. Fumitsu at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood. The hotel has been featured in numerous other films, such as “Get Shorty,” “The Player,” “Wayne’s World 2,” the 2003 remake of “The Italian Job” and many more.
LOCATION: 8358 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
The murder scene involving the killer climbing from one room to another from the balconies was filmed at the Andaz West Hollywood (8401 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069), which was given the fictional name Sunset Regent. The hotel has also been featured in such films as “Almost Famous” and “This Is Spinal Tap” and has quite a history with rock stars committing various acts of debauchery.
Jeriko One, played by Glenn Plummer, gets pulled over by police under the 6th St Bridge below E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, which has since been demolished.
The climax of the film was shot at the Westin Bonaventure, which is one of the most frequently filmed locations in all of Los Angeles. Countless other movies have filmed there, such as “True Lies,” “In the Line of Fire,” “Interstellar,” “Rain Man,” “Lethal Weapon 2,” “Forget Paris,” “Nick of Time,” “Hard to Kill,” ‘Playing God” and many more.
LOCATION: 404 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
The US Bank Tower in Downtown Los Angeles is seen as the streets are filled with thousands of people celebrating the end of 1999.
LOCATION: 633 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
The police shootout at the end was filmed on S Broadway in Downtown L.A., with the Palace Theatre visible in the background.
The 2016 Coen Brothers film “Hail, Caesar!” is set against 1950s Hollywood and the production likewise mostly took place there. The house of Carlotta Valdez, played by Veronica Osorio, can be found in Hollywood, not far from Griffith Park.
LOCATION: 4791 Cromwell Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
The 1994 James Cameron film “True Lies,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis, was filmed in numerous cities and states, including Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Baltimore, Rhode Island and the Florida Keys. In the film, Harry Tasker, a secret agent for U.S. counterterrorism played by Schwarzenegger, pursues a terrorist named Aziz, played by Art Malk. Aziz flees through hotels on a motorcycle, while Harry pursues on horseback.
LOCATION: 3400 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010 (now demolished)
The chase continues at the Westin Bonaventure hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Harry rides a horse through the water as Aziz takes a hostage inside the elevator.
LOCATION: 404 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Harry in turn takes his horse up the opposite facing elevator.
Here is the elevator entrance Aziz takes. Both elevators used in the film are marked with plaques noting their appearance in the film.
Here’s a closer look at one of the plaques. There are several more around the hotel, noting some of the other films shot there, including “In the Line of Fire” and “Forget Paris.” We appreciate when locations celebrate their film history in this manor.
Here is the elevator entrance Harry takes up to the roof.
Taking things a step further, the hotel dedicated the entire hallway leading from the parking garage to the lobby to all of it’s cinematic history. The Westin Bonaventure is one of the most frequently filmed locations in all of Los Angeles. In addition to the previously mentioned films, movies such as “Interstellar,” “Rain Man,” “Lethal Weapon 2,” “Strange Days,” “Nick of Time,” “Hard to Kill,” ‘Playing God” and many more have all filmed at the hotel and posters for many of them line their walls. Here is the “True Lies” poster on display at the hotel.
Harry threatens Simon, played by Bill Paxton, as he holds him on a ledge at the Sepulveda Dam in Van Nuys. The dam has likewise been featured in many films, such as “Escape From New York,” “Gattaca,” “The Italian Job,” “Iron Man 2” and many more. It has also appeared in such TV shows as “American Horror Story,” “Alias,” “Knight Rider” and more.
LOCATION: Sepulveda Dam, 15758 Burbank Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91406
The base of the dam is open to the public and there is a large recreation area surrounding it, with trails leading directly to the dam. There are several options for areas to park and the length of the hike to reach the dam depends on where you choose to start. It can be a short walk or a long one, depending on your preference, but all of it is on level ground and what we consider fairly easy to traverse on foot.
Helen, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, is sent on a staged spy mission to the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Gib, played by Tom Arnold, informs her she is undercover as a prostitute and her mission is to plant a bug in one of the rooms, leading to her famous striptease scene for Harry. The hotel is another staple of film, having appeared in such movies as “Ghostbusters,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Independence Day,” “Fight Club” and dozens more.
LOCATION: 506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071
The Crystal Ballroom of the same hotel also appeared in the film for the tango scene between Harry and Helen. This particular ballroom has also appears in such films as “Pretty In Pink,” “Rocky III,” “The Bodyguard,” “Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion,” “The Fabulous Baker Boys” and more. It has also appeared in such TV shows as “True Blood,” “Bridgerton” and more.
Aziz’s men kidnap Harry and Helen, loading them in a van and driving up this ramp of the Millennium Biltmore, which is located just past the hotel on S Grand Ave. The same area can be seen in the 2018 version of “A Star Is Born,” “Chinatown” (on the upper ramp to the right) and from the reverse angle in the film “Seven.”
Late in the film, a major action sequence takes place at the Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys. Harry peruses terrorists at the bridge, as they attempt to transport some nuclear warheads across it. The location is featured in another action sequence in the James Bond film “License To Kill” and also appears in the films “Key Largo,” “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Up Close & Personal,” “CrissCross” and “The Triangle,” as well as the TV series “Burn Notice.”
LOCATION: Seven Mile Bridge, Marathon, FL, 33050 (GPS coordinates of the start of the bridge: 24.706964, -81.124353)
There are two bridges there, built to connect Knight’s Key to Little Duck Key. The one on the right, originally known as the Knights Key-Pigeon Key-Moser Channel-Pacet Channel Bridge, is now commonly referred to as the Old Seven Mile Bridge. It was constructed from 1909 to 1912 and eventually decommissioned in favor of a new bridge, seen on the left, which was completed in 1982 for vehicular traffic. A portion of the Old Seven Mile Bridge is still open to pedestrian traffic and cyclists. However, it has been under reconstruction since 2017 and is expected to reopen by the end of 2021. Sections of the Old Seven Mile Bridge were missing altogether and the production rebuilt portions for the film, as well as using miniatures for some of the explosions.
The 1990 David Lynch film “Wild At Heart,” starring Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern, filmed in Southern California, New Orleans, Louisiana and El Paso, Texas. The opening scenes were filmed at 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. While we have been inside the hotel, the Grand Staircase seen in the opening was crowded at the time and we weren’t able to get photos the way we wanted. You can find plenty of shots of it online, the staircase is located just through the lobby doors of the main entrance.
LOCATION: 607 S Park View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
We did get better shots inside the restroom of the MacArthur, where Marietta Fortune, played by Diane Ladd, makes a pass at Sailor Ripley, played by Nicolas Cage. The same bathroom has appeared in such films as “Reservoir Dogs” and “Barton Fink.” It has since been remodeled a bit, but remains largely recognizable.
The Pee Dee Correctional Institution, where Sailor is released from prison, is actually the property of the city’s Department of Water and Power.
LOCATION: 1630 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Lula, played by Laura Dern, picks up Sailor and they take off down Main Street.
Sailor and Lula drive past this restaurant as they travel across the country. The same restaurant was featured in the film “Duel,” as well as the TV series “Sharp Objects.”
LOCATION: 12625 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91390
The interiors of Mr. Reindeer’s home were filmed at the Castle Green Apartments in Pasadena. Castle Green has been featured in countless films, such as “True Romance,” “The Sting,” “The Little Rascals,” “Deja Vu,” “Sneakers,” “Bugsy,” “The Last Samurai,” “Puppet Master” and many more.
LOCATION: 99 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105
Lula nearly gets into an accident at the intersection of E 4th Pl and Mateo St.
LOCATION: E 4th Pl / Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Sailor tells Lula he’s leaving near the intersection of Naud St / Wilhardt St. This is located very close to the Pee Dee Correctional Institution location.
LOCATION: 1709 Naud St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
As Sailor is walking, some gang members approach him. He insults them and gets attacked.
LOCATION: E 2nd St / S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Sailor runs back to Lula, jumping on top of cars in a traffic jam along Banning St, very close to the above location. The large building behind him is no longer there. Sailor sings “Love Me Tender” to Lula near the intersection of Banning St and N Vignes St.
LOCATION: Near Banning St / N Vignes St, Los Angeles, CA 90012