21 Jump Street (2012)

In the surprisingly entertaining 2012 film adaptation of the 1980s TV series “21 Jump Street,” the police headquarters, supposedly located at the titular address, is actually the St. James AME Church in New Orleans.  The church pops up again briefly in the sequel “22 Jump Street.”

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LOCATION: 222 N Roman St, New Orleans, LA 70112

This building directly to the left is part of the same church property and also seen in the film several times.

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Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

Dan Gilroy’s 2019 thriller “Velvet Buzzsaw” is set in the Los Angeles art scene.  The offices of Rhodora Haze, played by Rene Russo, can be found in Downtown Los Angeles, near the Staples Center.

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LOCATION: 1200 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Morf, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, meets Josephina, played by Zawe Ashton at the Colburn Cafe.  While the address is on S Grand Ave, it’s not visible from that street.  It’s actually located directly behind another location in the film; the “LAMA” museum, covered later in this article.  There are walkways on either side of the building from S Grand Ave to access this area.

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LOCATION: 201 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The art studio of Piers, played by John Malkovich is the H.D. Buttercup building in Downtown Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 2118 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021

This is the view seen whenever Dondon pays Piers a visit at the same location.

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Gretchen, played by Toni Collette, visits the LAMA museum, which is actually the Colburn School.  Directly behind this building is the Colburn Cafe previously mentioned.

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LOCATION: 200 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Across the street is The Broad museum, with the Walt Disney Concert Hall in the distance.  Both of these are seen as Gretchen visits LAMA.

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LOCATION: 221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Late in the film, Josephina can be seen at a bar.  This exterior is located just a few buildings away from the art studio of Piers.

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LOCATION: 2053 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Baby Driver (2017)

Edgar Wright’s 2017 film “Baby Driver” was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia and the surrounding areas.  The opening shot of the bank was filmed at the Candler Building on Peachtree St in Atlanta.  However, the entrance seen in the film faces John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE.

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LOCATION: 127 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Baby, played by Ansel Elgort, parks the getaway car across the street.

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LOCATION: 140 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

For the opening titles, Baby exits the Healey Building, which is where his boss Doc, played by Kevin Spacey, sets up the heists.  The camera looks up to the sky, with some visual effects added to make the building look even taller than it actually is.

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LOCATION: 57 Forsyth St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

The camera pans down to Baby exiting the building.

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He then starts dancing as he walks down the sidewalk listening to his music.

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After making his way down Forsyth St, he crosses here and nearly gets hit by a car.

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LOCATION: 63 Forsyth St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

His arrives at a coffee shop, where he first sees Debora, played by Lily James, passing by outside.  His entire walk during the opening credits is an unbroken shot, meaning you can follow Baby’s exact path if you’re so inclined.

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LOCATION: 85 Poplar St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Debora works at the former Uncle Chucky’s Diner in Forest Park, which has since closed.  The building currently sits vacant.  It can be tricky to access, as the address is on GA-85, but the restaurant actually sits bit further back from the road, with no direct entrance from GA-85.  Instead, you need to take a couple side roads to access it.

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LOCATION: 5116 GA-85, Forest Park, GA 30297

The next bank robbery, which goes awry, is a bit north of Downtown Atlanta.  This building also currently sits vacant.

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LOCATION: 84 Perimeter Center E, Atlanta, GA 30346

Baby and Doc case the post office for their next potential heist.  The exterior was filmed at Dahlberg Hall in Atlanta.

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LOCATION: 30 Courtland St SE, Atlanta, GA 30303

The climax of the film was shot at the Jerry Wadley Memorial Bridge in Juliette, about 70 miles south of Atlanta.  It’s located very close to another famous filming location in Juliette; the Whistle Stop Cafe from “Fried Green Tomatoes.”

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LOCATION: Jerry Wadley Memorial Bridge, Juliette, GA 31046

Duel (1971)

Steven Speilberg’s dazzling debut, the 1971 thriller “Duel,” was mostly filmed around the Santa Clarita and Acton areas of California.  David, played by Dennis Weaver, lives at this house in Toluca Lake, which has unfortunately since been heavily remodeled from how it appeared in the film.

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LOCATION: 10414 Bloomfield St, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

As the film unravels, David unwillingly embarks on a terrifying cat and mouse game with a sadistic truck driver.  The film does a great job of making most of the locations look quite desolate, but in reality the majority are located pretty close to civilization.

David stops off at this distinct looking restaurant with a stone facade in Santa Clarita after an encounter with the mysterious truck driver.

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LOCATION: 12625 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91390

The tunnel where the kids on the school bus are stranded can be found on Soledad Canyon Rd in Santa Clarita, just past Capra Rd.  From there you would pass through to the shoulder on the other side of the tunnel, as the view seen in the film is looking back westbound.

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LOCATION: 34°25’55.1″N, 118°20’59.9″W (nearest address is 11540 Soledad Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91390)

David hides and tries to get some sleep further down Soledad Canoyn Rd, near the entrance of Middleton Ranch.

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LOCATION: 6201 Soledad Canyon Rd, Acton, CA 93510

The truck follows David up this mesa next to Vasquez Canyon Rd in Santa Clarita.  In fact, the name of the road is Mesa Dr, though it is now fenced off.

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LOCATION: Mesa Dr / Vasquez Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91390

If you’ve never seen the film, we encourage you to seek it out.  While the plot is pretty minimal, the execution stands the test of time and is so well done, it’s easy to see why Spielberg quickly made a name for himself.

Identity Thief (2013)

The 2013 comedy “Identity Thief,” starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, was filmed primarily in the Atlanta, Georgia area.  Late in the film, the two stay at The Georgian Terrace in Midtown Atlanta, which is seen mostly from interior views.  The hotel was also featured in another Jason Bateman film; 2011’s “The Change-Up.”  However, the building’s most well-known film connection is having hosted a gala following the 1939 premiere of “Gone with the Wind.”

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LOCATION: 659 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

At a side entrance to the hotel, you’ll find this marker from the Georgia Film Commission, noting the hotel’s connection to the film.  These markers can be found at various filming locations all across Georgia.

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The Girl Next Door (2004)

The houses from the 2004 comedy “The Girl Next Door” can be found in South Pasadena, California.  They are located side by side, as depicted in the film.  The house on the right is where Matthew, played by Emile Hirsch lived, while the one on the left belonged to Danielle, played by Elisha Cuthbert.  Both homes can be found on the same street as the “Beethoven” house.

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LOCATION: 1500 Milan Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030 (Danielle’s house) and 1504 Milan Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030 (Matthew’s house).

Iron Man (2008)

The 2008 film “Iron Man” famously launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is regarded not only as one of the finest Marvel films, but one of the best superhero films ever made.  Early in the film, Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey, Jr., demonstrates his latest weapon, the “Jericho” missile.  Supposedly set in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan, these scenes were actually filmed at Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, California.  Many classic western films have also filmed there over the years, along with more recent films, such as Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.”

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LOCATION: Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA 93545

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Tony’s iconic Malibu house doesn’t actually exist, it is rather a CGI creation.  However, the land where it’s located is very much real.  Point Dume in Malibu is a public park that is thankfully devoid of any homes.  Instead there is a foot trail and biking path which leads to a beautiful ocean view.  The closest actual home, located directly across the street, is the “Circles on the Point” mansion, another property frequently featured in film and television productions, such as “Color Of Night,” “Glow” and more.  The CGI design of the Stark home is rumored to have been inspired by another mansion; the The Razor House in La Jolla (9826 La Jolla Farms RdLa Jolla, CA 92037), near San Diego.  The gated access and high cliff walls do not make for convenient photography of the Razor House, however.

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LOCATION: Point Dume, Cliffside Dr / Birdview Ave, Malibu, CA 90265

More CGI trickery was used with the Stark Industries building.  The main building is the Masimo headquarters, formerly known as the Nikken Building, in Irvine.  However, the wider shot is a composite of other streets and buildings, including portions of Shoreline Drive in Long Beach.  The Masimo building has been used in many other productions, including “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” and “You, Me and Dupree.”

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LOCATION: 52 Discovery, Irvine, CA 92618

Tony attends a charity ball at the Walt Disney Concert Hall near downtown Los Angeles.  The unmistakable design is the work of legendary architect Frank Gehry.

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LOCATION: 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tony first conceives the Iron Man suit after he is captured by terrorists.  Once he escapes and builds the suit, he returns to do battle with the Gulmira terrorists.  The bombed out ruins where he makes short work of his enemies was actually a set located on the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in Santa Clarita.  As is always the case with movie ranches, the sets are often changed around to meet the needs of the latest productions, but several portions of the Iron Man set still remain recognizable.

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LOCATION: 20019 Blue Cloud Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91390

Some additional views of the area where Iron Man battles the terrorists.

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Here is the spot where Iron Man blows up the tank and walks away, as famously featured in the film’s trailer.  It was dressed heavily by the production to look more war-torn.

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Not far from Alabama Hills in Lone Pine is the excellent Lone Pine Film History Museum.  Props and memorabilia from the many films shot in Lone Pine can be found there, with their primary focus on classic westerns.  They even have a small section of the museum dedicated to Iron Man.  Here are some of the items on display.

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

Some merchandise promoting the film.

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Some posters and prop recreations.

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This is the suit worn by Robert Downey, Jr. during his “Jericho” missile scenes, filmed in Lone Pine.

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Bring It On (2000)

The 2000 cheerleader comedy “Bring It On” was set around the greater San Diego area and the production likewise took place there.  Torrance, played by Kirsten Dunst, lives in this home, located in a cul-de-sac in the town of Cardiff, California.

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LOCATION: 2002 Bruceala Ct, Cardiff, CA 92007

Missy and Cliff, played by Eliza Dushku and Jesse Bradford respectively, live at this home in La Jolla.

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LOCATION: 7762 Starlight Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037