Another Day In Paradise (1998)

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)

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Milk Money (1994)

The 1994 comedy “Milk Money” was filmed around Cincinnati, Ohio. In the film, a young boy named Frank, played by Michael Patrick Carter, lives at this home with his father Tom, played by Ed Harris.

LOCATION: 1330 Hayward Ct, Cincinnati, OH 45208

Frank’s school can be found about one block over from the house. Both locations are easily within walking distance from one another.

LOCATION: 1339 Herschel Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208

Frank and his friends travel to the city, where they end up meeting a prostitute named V, played by Melanie Griffith. V brings the boys back to her hotel, which was filmed at the Fort Washington Hotel in Cincinnati. The large sign is gone, but the building otherwise still looks similar to how it appeared in the film.

LOCATION: 621 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Tom and V kiss in from of an ice cream parlor, which is located in Lebanon, about 30 minutes north of Cincinnati.

LOCATION: 22 S Broadway St, Lebanon, OH 45036

The same ice cream parlor was seen in the 1978 film “Harper Valley P.T.A.”

The interior can be seen as some confused locals are under the impression Tom and V are siblings.

The building across the street is also seen briefly in the film. Tom and V are out for a date and run into one of the families of Frank’s friend. The father has clearly been a past client of V and the encounter ends awkwardly, with V leaving.

LOCATION: 27 S Broadway St, Lebanon, OH 45036

Roar (1981)

The 1981 film “Roar” has been called “the most dangerous film ever made” and may well be exactly that.  The film was created by director Noel Marshall and his then wife Tippi Hedren, who both star, after they drew inspiration to raise awareness against animal poaching while visiting Africa.  Marshall and Hedren began raising a variety of big cats at their home, eventually purchasing a ranch in Acton, California.

Using large, untrained animals, the film is scripted, but with the unpredictable behavior of the animals, it often feels like a documentary.  Initially shooting scenes in Santa Clarita, filming shifted to Acton and the troubled shoot, which involved 70 injuries to the cast and crew, continued on for 5 years.  Actress Melanie Griffith, daughter to Tippi Hedren, was among the injured, requiring facial reconstructive surgery after being attacked by a lion.

The film eventually saw release in 1981, but only hit theaters outside of the U.S. upon initial release.  However, 34 years later, it was finally re-released into theaters in 2015, including the United States, and has since gained a cult following.

Today the ranch in Acton, known as the Shambala Preserve, is still operated by The Roar Foundation, founded by Tippi Hedren.  The ranch offer tours, but reservations fill up quickly.

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LOCATION: 6867 Soledad Canyon Rd, Acton, CA 93510

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