Frailty (2001)

Bill Paxton’s criminally overlooked 2001 film “Frailty,” starring Matthew McConaughey, is set in the town of Thurman, Texas.  However, the movie primarily filmed around Southern California, with many scenes shot in Orange County.

The FBI Headquarters was filmed at Los Angeles Center Studios.  This is a large facility consisting of numerous buildings.  The studio has been used, both for interior and exterior sets, in countless films and shows, such as “The Game,” “Fight Club” and dozens more.  It’s difficult to photograph the property, because many of the surrounding roads are gated off.  This view is from one of the gates at S Boylston St.

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LOCATION: 450 S Bixel St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Adam Meiks, played by Matthew McConaughey, lives in this house in Covina.

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LOCATION: 470 W Center St, Covina, CA 91723

Thurman Drugs was filmed at the famous Orange Circle.  Another staple of film, Orange Circle has been featured in such movies as “Small Soldiers,” “Big Momma’s House,” “That Thing You Do!” and many more.  The drug store location is now a pizza shop.

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LOCATION: 101 S Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

The boys are seen walking by this church, also found in Orange.

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LOCATION: 305 W Almond Ave, Orange, CA 92866

Flashback scenes to the family home were filmed in Sun Valley.

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LOCATION: 10643 Tuxford St, Sun Valley, CA 91352

The school the boys attend was Katherine Edwards Middle School in Whittier.

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LOCATION: 6812 Norwalk Blvd, Whittier, CA 90606

The sheriff station seen in flashbacks can be found very close to Orange Circle.

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LOCATION: 312 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

The home of Cynthia Harbridge can also be found in Orange.

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LOCATION: 435 E Palmyra Ave, Orange, CA 92866

The home of Brad White can likewise be found in Orange.

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LOCATION: 225 E Maple Ave, Orange, CA 92866

The present day sheriff station is located in Norwalk.

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LOCATION: 12139 Front St, Norwalk, CA 90650

If you’ve never seen the film, we highly recommend you seek it out.

Ghost In The Machine (1993)

The 1993 sci-fi horror film “Ghost in the Machine,” starring Karen Allen, was filmed around Southern California.  The killer first strikes at this home in Pacific Palisades.  The same house was featured as the home of Zack Morris in the TV movie “Saved By The Bell: Wedding In Las Vegas.”

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LOCATION: 510 Frontera Dr, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

The apartment of Karl Hopkins can be found in Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 722 Hartford Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Frazer lives in this Encino house, which was also featured as the home of Steve Sanders in the 1990s TV series “Beverly Hills, 90210,” as well as the horror film “The Dentist.”

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LOCATION: 16711 Bosque Dr, Encino, CA 91436

The house of Elaine Spencer can be found in Van Nuys.

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LOCATION: 6332 Orion Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91411

Pet Sematary II (1992)

The 1992 sequel “Pet Sematary II,” starring Edward Furlong and Anthony Edwards, was filmed in the small towns of Georgia.  The Matthews house can be found in the town of Senoia.

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LOCATION: 163 Seavy St, Senoia, GA 30276

The animal hospital and water tower were filmed along Main Street in Senoia, which has a few more buildings since filming took place.  This same area also served as Woodbury in the TV series “The Walking Dead,” which also famously films in Senoia.

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LOCATION: 9 Main St, Senoia, GA 30276

Ed Wood (1994)

Tim Burton’s 1994 film “Ed Wood,” starring Johnny Depp as the notorious, titular filmmaker, was mostly shot around Hollywood, California.

After the premiere of Ed’s play “The Casual Company,” he and the cast read the scathing reviews at Boardner’s bar in Hollywood.

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LOCATION: 1652 N Cherokee Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Ed sees Bela Lugosi, played by Martin Landau, at a funeral parlor.  This was filmed at the doorway to the left of Boardner’s, which has no distinguishable separate address.

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Bela Lugosi’s house can be found in Gardena.

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LOCATION: 1933 W 147th St, Gardena, CA 90249

Ed’s first apartment can be found in Hollywood.

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LOCATION: 448 N Ogden Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Bela Lugosi delivers a speech to his fans here.

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LOCATION: 1714 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

This building served as Ed’s second apartment.

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LOCATION: 6383 Yucca St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Wood visits this church in Toluca Lake to get baptized, in order to obtain funding for his next film.

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LOCATION: 4301 Cahuenga Blvd, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

Ed Wood meets Orson Welles, played by Vincent D’Onofrio, at Musso Frank & Grill in Hollywood.  The restaurant has popped up in numerous films, including “Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood,” “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Swingers,” as well as the TV shows “Mad Men” and “Bosch.”

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LOCATION: 6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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The premiere of “Plan 9 from Outer Space” takes place at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.  The famous theater likewise appeared in “Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood,” as well as such films as “The Aviator,” “The Bodyguard,” “Species,” “Batman Forever” and many more.  Only the exterior of the Pantages was used.  The interiors were filmed at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles (842 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014).

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LOCATION: 6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Prisoners (2013)

The 2013 Denis Villeneuve film “Prisoners” is set in suburban Pennsylvania, but the film was actually shot in the surrounding towns of the Greater Atlanta area in Georgia.  Keller Dover, played by Hugh Jackman, lives at this house, located in in the town of Conyers.

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LOCATION: 700 Deering Rd SE, Conyers, GA 30094

Keller’s family visits their friends Nancy and Franklin Birch, played by Viola Davis and Terrence Howard respectively, at this house for Thanksgiving dinner.  It’s located one block away from the Dover house.  The trees in the front yard have since been cut down.

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LOCATION: 2903 High Brook Way SE, Conyers, GA 30094

Detective Loki, played by Jake Gyllenhall, spots an RV belonging to Alex Jones, played by Paul Dano, at this gas station in Monroe.  The RV matches the one spotted near where the girls were last seen, making Jones a primary suspect.

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LOCATION: 1605 Troy Smith Rd, Monroe, GA 30656

The police station can be found in the town of Tucker.

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LOCATION: 4916 N Royal Atlanta Dr, Tucker, GA 30084

Alex Jones lives at his aunt’s house in Lithonia.  It should be noted that this house sits on is somewhat busy road, with no shoulders to park on.

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LOCATION: 1634 Phillips Rd, Lithonia, GA 30058

Keller brings Franklin to this apartment where he used to live, located in Atlanta.

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LOCATION: 651 James P Brawley Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

The Terminator (1984)

James Cameron’s original 1984 film “The Terminator” shot all around the Greater Los Angeles area.  Early in the film, Arnold Schwarzenegger travels back in time, arriving at the iconic Griffith Observatory.  The location is a staple of film, appearing in such movies as “Rebel Without A Cause,” “La La Land” and dozens more.

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LOCATION: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Kyle Reese, played by Michael Biehn, arrives back in time in this alley in Downtown Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: Alley beside 214 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Sarah Conner, played by Linda Hamilton, works at this restaurant in South Pasadena.  The building has since been remodeled a bit, but the roof still appears the same as it did in the film.

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LOCATION: 815 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

The Terminator visits a gun shop, located in Van Nuys.  The building is now part of a used car lot.

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LOCATION: 14329 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

The Terminator looks for Sarah Conner at her apartment.

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LOCATION: 420 S Lafayette Park Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Kyle follows Sarah as she approaches the Tech Noir club.  The Tech Noir building is in the process of being remodeled, but the market next to it, now a jewelry shop, can still be seen.

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LOCATION: 720 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

A big action sequence takes place at Grand Lower in Downtown L.A.  This is a popular area for both filming and photography.  It has been featured in countless films, including “Demolition Man,” “Cobra,” “Batman Forever,” “Repo Man” and many more.

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LOCATION: Grand Lower, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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The Tiki Motel where Kyle and Sarah stay can be found in Huntington Park.

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LOCATION: 7301 Santa Fe Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255

Another action sequence takes place at the Second Street Tunnel in Downtown L.A.  This is another popular filming location, appearing in such films as “Kill Bill,” “Demolition Man,” “Blade Runner,” “Con Air,” “Independence Day” and many more.  The scene starts at the side of the tunnel facing S Figueroa St.

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LOCATION: 620 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (facing S Figueroa St)

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The Terminator crashes his bike and steals a truck on upper S Grand Ave.  This is directly above Grand Lower, where the earlier action scene in the film takes place.

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LOCATION: S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (near 340 S Grand Ave)

The big truck explosion near the end of the movie was filmed in front of this building owned by the Los Angeles Police Department.  It is located next just past the Denny’s from “Drive” and very close to Union Station, which has been seen in countless films.

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LOCATION: 555 Ramirez St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The gas station where Sarah’s photograph is taken at the end of the film can be found in the desert town of Littlerock.  The same gas station, which has since been remodeled, was also seen in the Britney Spears movie “Crossroads,” as well as the Z.Z. Top music video for “Gimme All Your Lovin’.”

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LOCATION: 37202 90th St E, Littlerock, CA 93543

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Con Air (1997)

At Wendover Airfield, located near the border of Nevada and Utah you’ll find one of the planes used in the Nicolas Cage action film “Con Air.”  The plane isn’t the only attraction to be seen, however, as the area was also used as one of the major locations of the film.

First, we’ll cover the plane.  There were actually several planes used during filming.  The plane used during flight scenes has a rather tragic history.  After being sold to a variety of owners, both military and private, in 2010 the plane crashed into Mt Healy, Alaska, killing three flight crew on board.  However, the Jailbird plane used for filming taxi scenes fared much better and now sits on display at Wendover Airfield and it’s completely free to see.  It can be found near the parking lot and while it is surrounded by fencing, during daytime business hours at the nearby museums, the plane is accessible for free to the public.  Here are several different views of the plane.

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LOCATION: 345 Airport Way, Wendover, UT 84083

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Here is a view inside the plane.  The interiors seen in the film were actually a set built at Sunset Las Palmas Studios (1040 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038).  Nevertheless, we’ve included a few shots inside the plane at Wendover.

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Here is a view of the cockpit, facing out towards the airfield.

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Wendover Airfield is still an operational airport, which has a long history dating back to World War II.  Bomber groups trained here during the war, which included three Medal of Honor recipients.  There’s a museum documenting the history of the airfield, which attracts a lot of tourism.  However, our focus is of course on the filming history.

Wendover Airfield has often been used in films, dating back to 1982’s “The Philadelphia Experiment.”  “Independence Day,” “Mullholland Falls,” The Core” and Ang Lee’s 2003 version of “The Hulk” all filmed at the airfield as well.  The scenic vistas have also been filmed as plates and stock footage in untold numbers of productions.  However, arguably the film most widely associated with the airfield is “Con Air.”

The bad news is that all of the filming locations are located away from the main roads, out on the airfield.  The good news is, for a fee, you can arrange a personal escort out to the filming locations.  Simply look up the Historic Wendover Airfield and reach out to management to arrange a tour.  Do not book one of the regular museum tours, as that is a separate attraction and they typically do not venture out to the filming locations.  Instead, contact management and tell them exactly what you’re wanting to see and when.  They are very friendly and accommodating.

Now we’ll take a look at which scenes filmed at the airfield.  Midway through the film, the plane makes a stop at the fictional “Lerner Airfield” for a rendezvous, where the criminals are supposed to change planes and escape the country.  When they arrive however, the other plane does not appear to be there, leaving them waiting at the airfield for an extended portion of the film.

The filming area is surrounded by this barbed-wire fencing.  In the movie, Steve Buscemi plays a Hannibal Lector like killer named Garland Greene.  Garland roams off from the others out past the fencing.  Due to the fact the fence runs the entire perimeter, it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact spot of the shot, but here is a general view of the fencing.

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Garland spots a little girl at a nearby trailer park having tea time in this empty pool.  He comes over and joins her.

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This is the airstrip where the plane takes off again, dragging a car in tow.

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This tower was featured prominently in the film, including when Johnny-23, played by Danny Trejo, warns the others they’ve got company.  It’s also where the car crashes into the tower and detaches from the plane.  There is a similar looking tower visible from the road near the entrance of Wendover Airfield.  That is not the one seen in the film.  The filmmakers saw the real tower and had a replica built specifically for the film, which is seen below.  It is not visible from the main road.

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Vince Larkin, played by John Cusack, stands beside the inept Duncan Malloy near these buildings, as they watch Malloy’s car crash back down to the ground.

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Near the end of the film, an action sequence takes place at in a tunnel supposedly located in Las Vegas, as Poe pursues Cyrus The Virus, played by John Malkovich, on a fire truck.  This was actually filmed in the Second Street Tunnel in Downtown Los Angeles.  The tunnel is a popular filming location, appearing in such films as “Kill Bill,” “Blade Runner,” “Independence Day” and many more.

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LOCATION: 620 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

If you’re a filming location fan, we highly encourage a visit to Wendover Airfield.  Just be sure to plan a bit in advance with management to confirm you can get an escort out to the locations.  It’s well worth the time and expense if you can make the trip.

Django Unchained (2012)

Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 western “Django Unchained” is set in various locations across the USA.  The filming locations also span across several states, including California, Wyoming and Louisiana.  In the opening of the film, Django, played by Jamie Foxx, is shown as a slave.  The was filmed at Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, California.  Alabama Hills is a staple of old westerns, having been used in dozens of films, such as “How the West Was Won” and “The Gunfighter.”  It appears in more modern films as well, such as “Iron Man,” “Tremors,” “Gladiator” and more.

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LOCATION: Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA 93545

Dr. King Schultz, played by Christoph Waltz,  arrives with Django in the town of Daughtrey, Texas.  This was actually filmed at Melody Ranch in Newhall, California.  The sets are sometimes moved around at Melody, depending on the needs of the latest production.  So it can be tricky matching up every shot, but there remains a lot of areas that do match up almost exactly.  The same ranch is also briefly seen in the early scenes of Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood,” on the set of the fictional “Bounty Law.”

The two are first seen arriving into the town between these two buildings.

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LOCATION: 24715 Oakcreek Ave, Newhall, CA 91321

They are seen passing this building.

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They proceed down this main street, as the locals stare them down.  This section has changed a bit from how it appeared in the film.

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Schultz parks his wagon in front of the building on the left.  Most of this area still looks the same as it did in the film.

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The enter this saloon, where the bartender quickly runs out to fetch the sheriff.  The doors were switched to swinging doors in the film.  This same set was featured prominently in the TV show “Westworld,’ as the brothel where Thandie Newton’s character works.

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After the bartender runs out, Schultz prepares some beer for himself and Django.

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Dr. Schultz has a confrontation with the sheriff between these two buildings.  The boardwalk on the left is where Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt sit for their “Bounty Law” interview at the beginning of “Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood.”

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The marshall, played by Tom Wopat, has a short standoff with Dr. Schultz and Django in front of these buildings, before Schultz reveals he is a bounty hunter with a valid warrant.  Schultz and Django are also seen walking past these buildings earlier when they first entered the town.

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Later in the film, Dr. Schultz and Django make their way to Tennessee.  Django picks out a new set of clothes for himself at the Chattanooga Haberdashery.  This was also filmed at Melody Ranch.

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Unlike most movie ranches in Southern California, Melody Ranch does in fact offer tours to the public.  However, the challenge is simply finding availability.  The ranch is sometimes booked for months or years at a time, hosting such shows as “Deadwood,” “Westworld” and “Peaky Blinders,” as well as numerous films and commercials.  With such high demand as a filming location, the opportunities for tours are quite limited and require much diligence or good timing.

In search of the Brittle Brothers, Schultz and Django make their way to a plantation owned by Big Daddy, played by Don Johnson, supposedly located in Tennessee.  This was filmed at the Evergreen Plantation in Edgard, Louisiana.  The Evergreen Plantations is available for tours to the public.  This main house can actually be seen from the road, but it is a busy road, so it’s not the safest area to try to grab photos.  We recommend booking a tour, where you can also see other locations from the film not visible from the road.

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LOCATION: 4677 LA-18, Edgard, LA 70049

The pair are seen entering through this front gate.  The dirt trail leading to the house has since grown back over with grass.

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There is a flashback scene of the Brittle Brothers beating Django’s wife Broomhilda, played by Kerry Washington.  This was filmed at the back of the Evergreen Plantation, where real housing communities were set up for slaves.

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Django confronts the Brittle Brothers in this area, also located behind the main house at the Evergreen Plantation.  John Brittle is about the beat a woman who is tied to the base of the tree located next to the white barn.  After Django exacts his revenge, Dr. Schultz soon joins him at the scene.

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As Django and Schultz gear up and mount their horses to go in search of Broomhilda, we are back at Melody Ranch.  They first ride out of this building.

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Candyland, the estate of Calvin Candie, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, was a set constructed for the film.  The exterior was built on the grounds of the Evergreen Plantation, which has since been removed.  The interiors were filmed at Second Line Stages in New Orleans (800 Richard St, New Orleans, LA 70130).

Back in Lone Pine, where the opening of the film takes place, you’ll find the excellent Lone Pine Film History Museum.  During the production, Tarantino would hold screenings for crew members at the museum’s screening room.  At the completion of the film, Tarantino donated the dentist wagon of Dr. Schultz, where it is currently on display.  If you have the opportunity, we highly recommend visiting the museum, which dives deep into the history of the many films shot in the Lone Pine area.

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LOCATION: 701 S Main St, Lone Pine, CA 93545

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Also on display at the museum is a photo of Tarantino and the cast, as well as a signed copy of the script.

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Here is a director’s chair from the film.

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Over at Melody Ranch, they also have their own museum, known as the Melody Ranch Motion Pictures Studio Museum.  The collection contains a mixture of memorabilia acquired by the owners over the years, as well as items donated by productions shot at the ranch.  There is a small area focused on “Django Unchained.”

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Idle Hands (1999)

The 1999 horror comedy “Idle Hands” was filmed in Pasadena, California.  The houses from the film are all located next to one another.  Anton, played by Devon Sawa, lives at this house at the corner of Madison Ave and Jackson St.

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LOCATION: 1034 N Madison Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104

Directly across the street is the house of Molly, played by Jessica Alba.

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LOCATION: 589 E Jackson St, Pasadena, CA 91104

Directly next door to Molly’s house is Randy’s house.

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LOCATION: 577 E Jackson St, Pasadena, CA 91104