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.
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.”
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.”
LOCATION: 1230 Milan Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030
The titular “Birdcage Club” in the 1996 comedy “The Birdcage,” starring Robin Williams, Gene Hackman and Nathan Lane, can be found along the famous Ocean Dr in Miami Beach. The real building is actually known as “The Carlyle” and is also seen in the film “Scarface.”
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 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.
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.
The front of the church, for those wondering what the outside of the building looks like.
We’d be remiss not to also mention the house of Mrs. Robinson, played by Anne Bancroft.
LOCATION: 607 North Palm Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Perhaps due to the church’s distance from Los Angeles, the location isn’t as frequented by film buffs as you might expect. If you’re a fan, however, it’s well worth the drive out to La Verne.