Spun (2002)

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).

American Beauty (1999)

It is common practice in Hollywood to film exteriors of homes on location, while filming interiors on studio lots.  For the 1999 Sam Mendes film, “American Beauty,” an unusual approach was taken to film the exteriors on a studio lot and the interiors in real locations.

Lester Burnham, played by Kevin Spacey, lives at this house, the exterior of which is located on the Warner Bros. Ranch in Burbank, California.  The ranch is a small lot located apart from the main studio lot, and is unfortunately not open to public tours.  The house is also well known for having been used as the Griswold home in 1989’s “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”  It has also appeared in “WandaVision,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Small Soldiers,” “Pleasantville” and more.  As is often the case with houses on studio lots, the outer facade has since changed a bit from how it appeared in the film.

americanbeauty1

LOCATION: 411 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

The interiors of Lester’s home were filmed at this house, located in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. The exterior of the house was also featured in the TV series “Lizzie McGuire,” starring Hilary Duff.

americanbeauty2

LOCATION: 11388 Homedale St, Los Angeles, CA 90049

To the right of the Bernham house at the Warner Bros. Ranch is the exterior of the Colonel’s house.  This house is most well known for being Danny Glover’s home in the “Lethal Weapon” films.  Known as the Lindsay house, it has also appeared in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” “WandaVision,” The Three Stooges serials, “Pushing Daisies,” “The Middle” and many more.  Once again, the outer facade has changed a bit from how it appeared in the film.

americanbeauty3

LOCATION: 411 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

The interior of the Colonel’s house was filmed at this home near Hancock Park. The same house appeared in the film “Lady Bird.”

LOCATION: 330 S Windsor Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90020

To the left of the Burnham house is the house of the two Jims, played by Scott Bakula and Sam Robards.  To stand on Blondie Street at the Warner Bros Ranch, where all three of the house exteriors are located, it really does feel like you’re standing in a real neighborhood.  It’s only when you approach up close that the facades begin to show.

americanbeauty4

LOCATION: 411 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

Lester takes a job at a fast food restaurant, where his wife unknowingly visits him at the drive through.

americanbeauty5

LOCATION: 20105 Saticoy St, Winnetka, CA 91306

American Pie (1999)

The house from the 1999 comedy “American Pie” can be found in Long Beach, California.  In the film, Jim, played by Jason Biggs, makes a pact with his friends to lose their virginity.  Jim lives with his family at this home, where many famous scenes take place, including a memorable encounter with a sexy foreign exchange student, played by Shannon Elizabeth, as well as the infamous pie scene.

americanpie

LOCATION: 4153 Cedar Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807

The house where Michelle, played by Alyson Hannigan, lives can also be found on the same road.

americanpie2

LOCATION: 3925 Cedar Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807

Kevin’s home can be found in Pasadena.

americanpie4

LOCATION: 3689 San Pasqual St, Pasadena, CA 91107

The high school used in the film is Millikan High School in Long Beach.

americanpie5

LOCATION: 2800 Snowden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90815

The boys frequent this restaurant, located in Monrovia.

LOCATION: 402 S Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

The exterior of Stifler’s house can also be found in Pasadena.

americanpie3

LOCATION: 3644 Lombardy Rd, Pasadena, CA 91107

The interiors of Stifler’s house, however, used this house in Altadena.  The house has been used in many productions, including “Can’t Hardly Wait,” “Bye Bye Love,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” and “I Know Who Killed Me,” as well as such TV shows as “The Mentalist” and “This Is Us.”

canthardlywait1

LOCATION: 1090 Rubio St, Altadena, CA 91001