Primary Colors (1998)

In the 1998 film “Primary Colors,” John Travolta plays Governor Jack Stanton, a Southern politician with many similarities to Bill Clinton.  Stanton serves Thanksgiving dinner on the front lawn with his wife, played by Emma Thompson, 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 1995’s “Tales From The Hood” and the TV shows “Quantum Leap” and “Bronk.”  The house currently operates as a museum and is open the the public.

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LOCATION: 401 E M St, Wilmington, CA 90744

Late in the film, Stanton visits the home of Governor Fred Picker.  Picker’s house was filmed at the Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana.  The plantation is likewise open to public tours.  This house and its distinct row of trees can actually be seen from the road of LA-18.  However, you might find it difficult to stop and get a photo, as there is no parking along the street.  The plantation was also famously used in the film “Interview With The Vampire.”

LOCATION: 3645 LA-18, Vacherie, LA 70090

Family

The house from the 1970s TV series “Family,” can be found in Pasadena, California, where the show was likewise set.  The same house can be seen in the films “Jurassic Park III” and “Bringing Down the House.”

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LOCATION: 1230 Milan Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

The Graduate (1967)

Mike Nichols’ classic 1967 film, The Graduate, about an aimless 21 year old named Benjamin Braddock, played by Dustin Hoffman, continues to resonate with audiences 50 years later; a true testament to the nerve the film struck with audiences. The house of Mrs. Robinson, played by Anne Bancroft, can be found in Beverly Hills.

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LOCATION:  607 North Palm Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

After initially having cold feet, Benjamin pursues an affair with Mrs. Robinson at the former Ambassador Hotel, which has since been demolished. The hotel was a staple of film and television, appearing in such films as “True Romance,” “Forrest Gump,” “Seven,” “Bobby,” “True Lies,” “L.A. Story,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “The Mask” and dozens more. Only this post and statue from the original building remain at the location.

LOCATION: 3400 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010 (now demolished)

The church seen in the film remains a unique and special location to visit.  You do not have to be a member of the church, or even enter it, in order to admire the location of the film’s famous climax.  A simple walk around the back reveals the entirety of the interior.

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LOCATION: United Methodist Church of La Verne, 3205 D Street, La Verne, CA 91750

From here, you can clearly see where Dustin Hoffman’s character famously pounded on the glass.

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Here is the front of the church. Supposedly located in Santa Barbara, it can actually be found in La Verne. It’s well worth a visit if you’re a fan of the film.

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