Licorice Pizza (2021)

The 2021 Paul Thomas Anderson film “Licorice Pizza” is set in the 1970s San Fernando Valley, with the production likewise staying pretty faithful to that area. This article contains some minor spoilers, so we only recommend reading if you’ve seen the film.

The wig shop where Gary, played by Cooper Hoffman, first sees a waterbed for sale is a real wig shop, located in Canoga Park.

LOCATION: 21819 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303

You can see the nursery & hardware sign behind him as he enters the store.

Gary opens his own store, Fat Bernie’s, selling waterbeds. Later in the film, Gary re-brands his business as the Pinball Palace, using the same location. The actual storefront can be found in Chatsworth.

LOCATION: 21758 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311

Here is the front of the store, seen numerous times in the film.

We were actually able to visit the set of the film back when production was taking place. Here you can see the Fat Bernie’s signs and the crew prepping the location.

Here’s a look at the interior, which is also featured heavily in the film.

Alana, played by Alana Haim, follows Gary to the back of the store, as she jealously watches him take interest in another girl.

Alana, angered by Gary’s behavior, walks along the side of the building and kisses a random guy on the sidewalk. Here’s how the area appeared in the film, with the Jurgensen’s Grocery Co. advertisement painted on the wall.

Here’s the same area, repainted as it appears since filming completed.

The back of the store appears again when they load up the truck to leave the store.

As the gas crisis takes hold, Gary runs past a line of cars waiting to fuel up near the intersection of Victory Blvd and Lindley Ave in Encino, overlooking the L.A. River.

LOCATION: Near Victory Blvd / Lindley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91335

The camera follows him running up to the gas station, which is known as Signal Gasoline in the film. In reality, it’s not a gas station at all, rather a mechanic’s shop and smog check station.

LOCATION: 18102 Victory Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91335

The eccentric Jon Peters, played by Bradley Cooper, has Alana and Gary give him a ride to this gas station in Encino.

LOCATION: 16900 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

Alana begins volunteering at the campaign offices of Joel Wachs, played by Benny Safdie. The building is actually a mattress and furniture store.

LOCATION: 21702 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303

Later, she notices a main loitering across the street watching the office and confronts him.

Here is the reverse view, where Alana would have been looking out of the offices, which are mostly seen from interior views in the film.

Late in the film, Gary and Alana embrace under the marquee of the El Portal theater in North Hollywood. For those hoping to catch a screening there, the theater does not host theatrical films, rather stage productions by local performing artists.

LOCATION: 5269 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

We leave you with a few more behind the scenes shots of some of the production design from when we visited the shoot. This was all around the Fat Bernie’s location in Chatsworth.

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The Irishman (2019)

The 2019 Martin Scorsese film “The Irishman” was mostly shot north of New York City, in small towns such as White Plains, Suffern and Hempstead, with a bit of additional filming in New Jersey and Florida. While noted for using de-aging effects on the actors, the film likewise utilized visual effects on several of the locations to make them more period authentic. Sometimes what you see in real life does not immediately match what appears on screen. However, the filmmakers used every tool at their disposal, combining a unique mixture of visual effects, practical set dressing and in some cases, simply finding great locations that didn’t need anything changed to bring about the appropriate look. The production reportedly traveled to over 200 different locations in the film, so we obviously weren’t able visit every spot, but we did as many as we could.

Frank Sheeran, played by Robert De Niro, lives at this home, located in White Plains.

LOCATION: 63 Lincoln Ave, White Plains, NY 10606

After his truck has some mechanical issues, Frank first meets Russell, played by Joe Pesci, at the Texaco gas station, with a Stuckey’s dessert restaurant on the right. The real location is not a gas station at all, rather it is part of Great Hunger Memorial Park, just off the Saw Mill River Pkwy. The gas pumps were added by the production, as well as some set dressing to bring the buildings back to life, but the area is still instantly recognizable from the film. It’s pretty easy to access and open to the public, so we highly recommend visiting the park.

LOCATION: Great Hunger Memorial Park, Saw Mill River Pkwy, Irvington, NY 10533 (GPS coordinates: 41.024472, -73.846028)

Frank works his way up the criminal ranks, meeting Skinny Razor at the Friendly Lounge. Again, the building was repurposed to appear a bit older for the film, but is still recognizable. Several other locations from the film were shot in this same area, including the church in the background.

LOCATION: 880 Woodward Ave, Queens, NY 11385

The baptism scene was shot inside of this church. The exterior of the church appears in a couple scenes as well, but always in the background.

LOCATION: 5815 Catalpa Ave, Queens, NY 11385

Russell collects money and runs some of his operations at Penn Drape & Curtains. This was filmed in the town of Suffern and once again, a couple other locations from the film are on the same street.

LOCATION: 104 Lafayette Ave, Suffern, NY 10901

After Anastasia is killed in a barber shop, Russell is seen exiting Penn Drape & Curtains to talk to a man parked out front and calm things down.

LOCATION: Lafayette Ave / Suffern Pl, Suffern, NY 10901

After a man fails to pay up on a debt owed to Skinny Razor, Frank forces the man into his car in front of this building. This is again located just around the corner from the Friendly Lounge location in Queens, with the same church appearing in the background.

LOCATION: 881 Onderdonk Ave, Queens, NY 11385

Still in the same area, directly across the street from the Friendly Lounge location, is the store where Frank beats the owner on the sidewalk for shoving his daughter. Quite a bit of set decoration was added for this scene, making the storefront look much different in the film.

LOCATION: 885 Woodward Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385

Whispers offers Frank a side job at “Philadelphia’s Melrose Diner,” which is actually the former Goodfellas Diner in Maspeth. The diner was famous for its appearance in another Scorsese film, “Goodfellas,” changing it’s name from the Maspeth Diner after the success of that film. However, it got damaged by a fire in 2018. Since then, the building has remained closed down and appears in disrepair these days. Only the exterior was revisited for this film, the interiors for the scene were filmed at 106 E 2nd St, Mineola, NY 11501.

LOCATION: 56-26 Maspeth Ave, Maspeth, NY 11378

Back in Suffern, Frank makes the rounds to collect more money for Russell at Fair Furriers. This is located very close to the Penn Drape & Curtains location.

LOCATION: 88 Lafayette Ave, Suffern, NY 10901

Frank begins spending a lot of time working with Jimmy Hoffa, played by Al Pacino. Hoffa eats with Frank’s family at this ice cream stand. It really is called Weir’s and very little of it was altered for the film. The spot is a bit of a distance away from most of the other locations, however, in Salisbury Mills.

LOCATION: 2159 NY-94, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577

Hoffa is once again enjoying ice cream with Frank when they learn of J.F.K.’s assassination on a television inside.

LOCATION: 84 Hillside Ave, Williston Park, NY 11596

Hoffa’s teamsters headquarters was actually the Hempstead Town Hall.

LOCATION: 1 Washington St, Hempstead, NY 11550

Hoffa gets sentenced to prison, with the exterior scenes filmed at the East Jersey State Prison. A real prison, the location has appeared in numerous films, including “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Malcolm X,” “Rounders,” “He Got Game,” “The Hurricane” and more.

LOCATION: 1100 Woodbridge Rd, Rahway, NJ 07065

Umbertos Clam House, where Frank performs a hit in front of shocked onlookers, made heavy use of CGI to modify the ground level, incorporating what was a set into the interior views of location. The exterior can be found at 90 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002.

After the hit, Russell is seen at a payphone, making a call to an unknown person in front of the Sunoco gas station. Quite a bit of set dressing was added to make it look like vintage gas station. The real building is part of a bagel shop. The business owns a couple buildings side by side. The one used in the film sits off to the left, near the intersection of Park Ave / Orange Turnpike. The building is currently vacant, although the main building to the right is still operational.

LOCATION: 203 Orange Turnpike, Sloatsburg, NY 10974 (to the left, near the intersection of Park Ave / Orange Turnpike)

Frank buys hot dogs for Jimmy at Lum’s, supposedly located in Florida. The scene was actually filmed in Tuxedo Park, New York, just a short distance away from the above Sunoco location. Visual effects were used to erase the mountain and trees in the background, substituting them for palm trees. The building has also since been remodeled, making it even more tricky to match up.

LOCATION: 192 NY-17, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987 (since remodeled)

Hoffa is killed inside of this house, supposedly located in Michigan. The house seen in the film is actually located in White Plains, New York.

LOCATION: 83 Smith Ave, White Plains, NY 10605

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Suburbicon (2017)

The 2017 George Clooney film “Sububicon,” starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, was filmed in Southern California. In the opening scenes, a book is shown depicting the formation of the Suburbicon community. The Suburbicon Shopping Mall is part of the Valley Plaza in North Hollywood, which has been featured in countless productions, such as “Captain Marvel” and “Too Old To Die Young.” The actual building has long been vacant.

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LOCATION: 2124 Sylvan St, North Hollywood, CA 91606

The Mayers familys family moves into this home in Fullerton, which causes a stir with the racist neighbors in 1950s suburbia.

LOCATION: 1325 W Ash Ave, Fullerton, CA 92833

Gardner and Rose Lodge, played by Damon and Moore, live in this home, which is supposedly located back to back with the above home, but can actually be found over in Carson.

LOCATION: 19720 Dunbrooke Ave, Carson, CA 90746

The bus station is back at the Valley Plaza in North Hollywood.

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LOCATION: 6255 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606

Clerks (1994)

The 1994 independent classic “Clerks,” which famously launched the film career of Kevin Smith, was shot near his hometown of Highlands, New Jersey. The story of “Clerks” is well documented, with Smith financing it via personal credit cards and eventually being accepting into the Sundance Film Festival, ultimately landing national distribution. As you might imagine for a film with such humble beginnings, the locations are all within a short distance of one another.

At the beginning of the film, Dante, played by Brian O’Halloran, is called into work on his day off to cover another employee’s shift. Here is the home of Dante, which still mostly resembles how it appeared in the film.

LOCATION: 102 W Washington Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716

The most iconic location is of course the Quick Stop Groceries, where most of the film takes place. At the time of filming, Smith worked at the store and the owners allowed him to film at night, while the buisness was closed. The store is quite a popular destination, attracting fans on a daily basis. The staff is quite welcoming to fans and allow you to take as many pictures as you’d like, both inside and outside of the store, so we highly recommend a visit.

LOCATION: 58 Leonard Ave, Leonardo, NJ 07737

With the expansion of Smith’s “View Askewniverse,” in which characters from multiple films existed within the same cinematic universe, Quick Stop Groceries would appear in many more Smith films over the years, including “Mallrats” (extended cut only), “Chasing Amy,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and of course the sequels “Clerks II” and “Clerks III.”

Here is the main checkout counter, where Dante spends much of the film. Overall, the interior hasn’t changed much since filming took place.

Randall, played by Jeff Anderson, makes his famous entrance here.

The back of the store appears in multiple scenes, such as the man picking through the eggs, the woman (played by Smith’s mother) checking all the expiration dates on the milk and Caitlin Bree having sex in the bathroom.

Randall works at the RST Video, which is located right next door to the Quick Stop. This is also where Jay and Silent Bob, played by Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, hang out for most of the film. The interior of this area is not open to the public at this time.

LOCATION: 60 Leonard Ave, Leonardo, NJ 07737

After Dante learns one of his exes has died, he and Randall attend the wake at this funeral home.

LOCATION: 59 E Lincoln Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716

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Freeway (1996)

The 1996 dark comedy thriller “Freeway,” starring Reese Witherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland, was shot in Southern California. In the film, Vanessa Lutz, played by Witherspoon, lives at this motel with her mother, Ramona (Amanda Plummer) and stepfather, Larry (Michael T. Weiss).

LOCATION: 13035 San Fernando Rd, Sylmar, CA 91342

Vanessa is depicted as living in the left unit of this building at the back of the property.

After Vanessa’s mother is arrested in a prostitution sting, a social worker attempts to take her away. Vanessa instead handcuffs the worker to a bed and escapes. The location is not in the safest of areas, so we recommend using caution if you visit in person.

Airborne (1993)

The 1990s skating classic “Airborne” was primarily filmed around Cincinnati, Ohio and just across the Ohio River into Kentucky, with a few additional scenes filmed in Southern California. In the film, Mitchell Goosen, played by Shane McDermott, uproots from his Southern California home to Cincinnati to stay with his cousin’s family, while his parents work abroad. His cousin is Wiley, played by a young Seth Green. Wiley’s home can be found in the town of Newport, Kentucky, which is just a short distance away from Cincinnati over the state border.

LOCATION: 711 Linden Ave, Newport, KY 41071

Wiley’s house is mostly seen in brief glimpses from a side angle, but here is a full view of the home.

Mitchell begins attending school at Western Hills University High School, where he struggles to fit in with the other boys, but catches the interest of a girl named Nikki, played by Brittney Powell.

LOCATION: 2144 Ferguson Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45238

Mitchell ends up taking Nikki on a date to the Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati. Mitchell skates around inside the conservatory, which hasn’t changed all that much since filming took place. The property does charge an admission fee, but is open to the public.

LOCATION: 1501 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Mitchell and Nikki end up on another date along the riverfront of the Ohio River, with the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge and Cincinnati skyline in the background. This area is known as Covington Plaza, but it has been remodeled a bit and the area where the characters stand in the film was actually off to the left of Covington Plaza.

LOCATION: Near 1 Madison Ave, Covington, KY 41011 (GPS coordinates: 39.090460, -84.511880)

Mitchell and Wiley go on a double date at this restaurant in Newport, Kentucky, where Nikki’s brother Jack, played by Chris Conrad, spoils their evening. Outside, Mitchell and Wiley get into an argument. Inside, there is a sign for the film, featuring autographs from the cast and crew, but it was unfortunately closed at the time of our visit. The same restaurant was famously featured in the film “Rain Man.”

LOCATION: 600 Washington Ave, Newport, KY 41071

The parking lot hockey game, where Mitchell finally wins over his classmates, was filmed at the Longworth Hall Parking Lot in Cincinnati.

LOCATION: Longworth Hall Parking Lot, W Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

This climax of the film is when Mitchell’s classmates are challenged by a rival crew to an inline skating race down what is known as “Devils Backbone.” While there is a real Devils Backbone Rd in Cincinnati, the version seen in the film is a composite of multiple roads scattered around Cincinnati and Kentucky. The race first begins on the street in front of 7012 Springdale Rd Cincinnati, OH 45247 and continues past this intersection.

LOCATION: Fairview Park Rd / Ravine St, Cincinnati, OH 45219

They continue past this building.

LOCATION: Sycamore St / Dorchester Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45202

As the race winds down, the skaters make their way into the city.

LOCATION: Near Wareham Dr / Van Meter St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

They head into this pedestrian overpass on the right.

Mitchell jumps his way down these stairs on the other side of the overpass.

LOCATION: Near Gilbert Ave / E Court St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

After passing through the former Riverfront Stadium (201 East Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202), which has since been demolished, the race finally ends at the intersection of Broadway / Ohio River Scenic Byway, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

For even more “Airborne” filming locations, we recommend this excellent video from Going To the Movies, which extensively covers most of the locations and uncovers a couple previously unknown spots as well.

Tales From The Hood (1995)

The Simms Funeral Home from the 1995 horror anthology from “Tales From the Hood” can be found in the historic Angelino Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

LOCATION: 1345 Kellam Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Duke Metger, played by Corbin Bernsen, plays a racist running for governor. Duke’s home was filmed 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 1998’s “Primary Colors” 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

Jingle All The Way (1996)

The 1996 holiday comedy “Jingle All the Way,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, was primarily filmed around Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, with a few additional scenes filmed around Southern California.

The opening “Turbo Man” sequence takes place at Vasquez Rocks in Agua Dulce, California.  Countless films have also shot scenes at Vasquez Rocks, including “The Flintstones,” “Dante’s Peak,” “Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Hail, Caesar!,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Paul,” “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” “Hell Comes to Frogtown” and dozens more.  Television shows which featured Vasquez Rocks in episodes include “The Fugutive,” “The A-Team,” “MacGuyver” and perhaps most famous of all, the original “Star Trek” series, where the rocks were seen in numerous episodes, serving as multiple different planets.  The rocks are part of a Natural Area Park and open to the public from sunrise to sunset.

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LOCATION: 10700 Escondido Canyon Rd, Agua Dulce, CA 91350

Howard Langston, played by Schwarzenegger, lives with his family at this home, located near Edina, Minnesota.

LOCATION: 5028 Bruce Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55424

Ted, played by Phil Hartman, lives next door at this home.

LOCATION: 5026 Bruce Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55424

After running out of gas, Howard pushes his car to Micky’s Dining Car. Only the exterior was used in the film, the interior scenes were built on a set. The same diner has been seen in the films “The Mighty Ducks,” “D3: The Mighty Ducks” and “A Prairie Home Companion.” At this time, the diner is closed indefinitely, but it is rumored to potentially reopen sometime in 2022.

LOCATION: 36 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102

The Vanishing (1993)

The 1993 American remake of the French-Dutch film, “The Vanishing,” starring Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland and Nancy Travis, was filmed in around Washington and Southern California. In the film, Jeff Harriman, played by Sutherland, lives with his girlfriend Rita, played by Travis, at this apartment complex, located in Seattle.

LOCATION: 200 Aloha St, Seattle, WA 98109

The unit where the characters live in the film is apartment 20.

The property still generally looks the same as it did in the film.

The Gambler (2014)

In the 2014 film “The Gambler,” Jim Bennett, played by Mark Wahlberg, lives in this home, located in Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles. The house is slightly tricky to find. N Beverly Glen Blvd is a very busy street and there’s no immediate spot to turn once you reach the house. Instead, you actually turn near 795 N Beverly Glen Blvd, which looks like a private driveway, but actually has a path that leads up to several other homes, including this one. There’s also a foot path that leads up. The other homes tucked away in this little area are also very interesting.

LOCATION: 821 N Beverly Glen Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90077