American Splendor (2003)

The 2003 film “American Splendor” tells the story of local Cleveland, Ohio legend Harvey Pekar and his autobiographical comic book series of the same name. The film was likewise shot primarily around the Cleveland area, with a few additional scenes filmed in New York City and Los Angeles. Harvey, played by Paul Giamatti, lives at this home, located in Lakewood.

LOCATION: 12962 Clifton Blvd, Lakewood, OH 44107

Harvey has lunch with famed cartoonist Robert Crumb at Shay’s Restaurant, a local favorite which is still going strong.

LOCATION: 4007 St Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103

Just before Harvey enters a bakery, the Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral is seen in one of the establishing shots. The church was also famously featured in the film “The Deer Hunter.”

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LOCATION: 733 Starkweather Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

The bakery where Harvey runs into an old college classmate is the Elmwood Home Bakery, exactly as depicted in the film. It too is still going strong at the same location nearly twenty years after the film.

LOCATION: 15204 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107

Harvey takes Joyce, played by Hope Davis, to dinner at Gene’s Place. The restaurant is only seen from interior views in the film.

LOCATION: 3730 Rocky River Dr, Cleveland, OH 44111

Marriage Story (2019)

The 2019 Noah Baumbach film “Marriage Story,” starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, tells the story of a couple whose lives are split between New York City and Los Angeles. Production likewise took place in both cities. Nicole, played by Johansson, visits her mother’s house several times in the film. The home can be found in Altadena.

LOCATION: 1145 New York Dr, Altadena, CA 91001

Charlie, played by Driver, picks up some food for his son Henry at this plaza. As Charlie talks on the phone, Henry drops his food.

LOCATION: 5270 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Charlie and Henry can be seen walking to Bert Spitz’s office in this alley.

LOCATION: 8118 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (back alley behind building, GPS coordinates: 34.071805, -118.366658)

Charlie takes Henry trick or treating to this home.

LOCATION: 1325 Miller Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Charlie then takes Henry trick or treating inside this store, which is located very close to the above house, making it geographically accurate to where the characters would have walked.

LOCATION: 8495 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Charlie rents an apartment in Los Angeles. Both the interior and exterior are seen in the film and both have unfortunately since been remodeled. You can still recognize it as the building, but it looks a bit different now. The interior is where the long argument scene between Nicole and Charlie was filmed.

LOCATION: 1530 N Formosa Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

The closing Halloween party scenes were filmed in front of this home in Altadena.

LOCATION: 2011 Mar Vista Ave, Altadena, CA 91001

Sleepless In Seattle (1993)

The 1993 romantic comedy “Sleepless in Seattle,” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, was filmed, as you might guess, in Seattle, Washington, with additional filming in New York City, New York, Baltimore, Maryland and Chicago, Illinois. Annie, played by Meg Ryan, visits her family at this house. The home is mostly obscured from the street by trees and hedges, but if you walk up closer, you can get a clear view.

LOCATION: 1235 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Sam, played by Tom Hanks, lives at this house, which sits on Lake Union in Seattle. The path which leads to the home is unfortunately gated off and marked as private. You can in fact see the home from the gate, but the views are limited. Here are some aerial views.

LOCATION: 2448 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

This door is seen many times throughout the film, including when Annie eventually visits the residence.

These distinct mailboxes seen in the film really do exist at the location. The area is out near the parking lot and accessible to the public. Sam’s house is just to the right of here.

Sam walks with his friend Jay, played by Rob Reiner, as he discusses setting Sam up on a blind date. They start our near 1st Ave and Stewart St.

LOCATION: 86 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101 (facing 1st Ave, near Stewart St)

They continue walking along 1st Ave and turn down Pine St, when Sam asks Jay to evaluate his butt.

LOCATION: Pine St / 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

They continue towards the famous Pike Place Market. Sam and Jay have drinks here, where Jay brings Sam up to speed on the modern dating scene. These scenes were filmed at The Athenian Seafood Restaurant and Bar, which is located within Pike Place Market. The two characters sit at the corner of the bar on the right. There are small red plaques on the bar in front of each seat where the characters sat. It’s always nice when places acknowledge their film history in this way, so we highly recommend visiting.

LOCATION: 1517 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

The sign outside appears in a later scene, as Sam is out on a date with Victoria and introduces her to his son, Jonah. This sign is just outside of the above location.

Jonah’s friend Jessica, played by Gaby Hoffmann, lives at this home. It is seen briefly as Jessica mails a letter to Annie.

LOCATION: 1816 4th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

After Annie arrives in Seattle, she is seen turning at this intersection, with the Space Needle visible in the distance.

LOCATION: Western Ave / Broad St, Seattle, WA 98121

The film’s famous ending takes place at the observation deck atop the iconic Empire State Building in New York City.

LOCATION: 20 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001

Breezy (1973)

The 1973 Clint Eastwood directed film “Breezy” was shot in Southern California. In the opening scene, Breezy, played by Kay Lenz, leaves the home of Bruno, a man whom she’s slept with but doesn’t remember her name. The title sequence begins as she walks down Rothdell Trail. The road is most famous for also being the one time home of The Doors singer Jim Morrison, who lived with his girlfriend near the bottom of the street and penned the song “Love Street” about Rothdell Trail and the surrounding neighborhood.

LOCATION: 8001 Rothdell Trail, Los Angeles, CA 90046

While very little of the exterior of Bruno’s home is seen in the film, this is the only property there from the top corner Breezy starts down.

Here is the exact spot where the film’s title appears as Breezy walks.

LOCATION: Prospect Trail / Rothdell Trail, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Breezy continues down Rothdell Trail. While the street has changed a bit since filming took place, it is still very recognizable overall.

Breezy walks over the the iconic Canyon Country Store. This is all geographically accurate and you can walk the exact same route seen in the film, if you’re so inclined.

LOCATION: 2108 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

The Canyon Country Store is referred to specifically in “Love Street” as “this store where the creatures meet.” At the height of the 1960s counterculture movement, the Canyon Country Store served as a meeting place for musicians, such as Joni Mitchel, David Crosby and Mama Cass Elliot, all of whom penned songs about the neighborhood, with the latter even living in the basement of the store for a period. The store is still open today and remains a popular spot for locals.

Breezy hitchhikes next to the parking lot of the store, where a strange man picks her up.

Frank, played by William Holden, lives at this home, located in Tarzana. Breezy first meets Frank outside the home and much of the film takes place here. The home has since been remodeled, but the unique triangle design is still very identifiable. In fact, the home is sometimes referred to as the “Triangle House.” While the home is unfortunately not visible from the street, here is an aerial view. There are also extensive real estate photos and videos available online of both the inside and outside of the home, if you wish to see more.

LOCATION: 4946 Vanalden Ave, Tarzana, CA 91356

Frank has lunch with Betty, played by Marj Dusay, at the famous Yamashiro Hollywood restaurant. Originally constructed as a private residence in 1914, it was sold just ten years later. After becoming a boys military school, it wasn’t until 1948 that the building began to be restored to it’s original appearance. The restaurant has appeared in countless productions, such as “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Gone in 60 Seconds,” “Nocturnal Animals”, “Blind Date,” “Playing God,” “Death Wish II,” “Sayonara” and many more . It also appeared in such TV shows as “Perry Mason,” “I Spy,” “Route 66,” “My Three Sons” and more. The restaurant is famous for it’s views overlooking Hollywood.

LOCATION: 1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

License To Kill (1989)

The 1989 James Bond film “License to Kill,” starring Timothy Dalton, was filmed in the Florida Keys and Mexico. In the opening scenes, Bond can be seen riding across the famous Seven Mile Bridge. The location is also featured in an action sequence when Franz Sanchez, played by Robert Davi, stages a daring escape. The same location was also featured in the films “True Lies,” “Key Largo,” “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Up Close & Personal,” “CrissCross” and “The Triangle,” as well as the TV series “Burn Notice.”

There are two bridges, built to connect Knight’s Key to Little Duck Key. The one on the right, originally known as the Knights Key-Pigeon Key-Moser Channel-Pacet Channel Bridge, is now commonly referred to as the Old Seven Mile Bridge. It was constructed from 1909 to 1912 and eventually decommissioned in favor of a new bridge, seen on the left, which was completed in 1982 for vehicular traffic. A portion of the Old Seven Mile Bridge is still open to pedestrian traffic and cyclists. However, it has been under reconstruction since 2017 and is expected to reopen by the end of 2021.

LOCATION: Seven Mile Bridge, Marathon, FL, 33050 (GPS coordinates of the start of the bridge: 24.706964, -81.124353)

Felix Leiter’s wedding takes place at this church in Key West. Bond and Leiter parachute from the sky to attend.

LOCATION: 1010 Windsor Ln, Key West, FL 33040

Felix Leiter’s wedding reception is held at this property.

LOCATION: 707 South St, Key West, FL 33040

The owners are clearly fans of the film, as the house address is designed as an homage to the iconic “007” logo.

Bond meets with M at the Ernest Hemingway House, which is the real location where the legendary author once lived in the 1930s. The home was designated a national historic landmark in 1968 and is open to public tours.

LOCATION: 907 Whitehead St Key West, FL 33040

Here is the area where Bond meets M and has his license to kill revoked.

An armed guard is posted at the lighthouse across the street, known as the Key West Lighthouse (938 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040). Bond becomes a rogue agent and escapes.

Bond arrives by boat at the Barrelhead Bar to meet Pam Bouvier, played by Carey Lowell. They get into an altercation with Dario, played by a young Benicio Del Toro. The building is currently a restaurant.

LOCATION: 711 Eisenhower Dr, Key West, FL 33040

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Short Circuit (1986)

The 1986 sci-fi comedy “Short Circuit” was filmed in Oregon, Washington and California. The house of Stephanie, played by Ally Sheedy, can be found in Astoria, Oregon. Astoria is well known for many iconic filming locations, such as “The Goonies,” “Kindergarten Cop,” “Free Willy” and more. The house overlooks the Astoria-Megler Bridge, which is featured in another scene where the robot Number 5 is pushed by a military vehicle and falls off the bridge, leading him to meet Stephanie.

LOCATION: 197 Hume Ave, Astoria, OR 97103

The climactic confrontation with NOVA takes place at the iconic Vasquez Rocks in Agua Dulce, California. The rock formation has has been featured in countless films, such as “Dante’s Peak,” “Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Hail, Caesar!,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Paul,” “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” and dozens more.  Television shows which featured Vasquez Rocks include “The Fugutive,” “The A-Team,” “MacGuyver” and perhaps most famous of all, the original “Star Trek” series. 

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

The Kings Of Summer (2013)

The 2013 coming of age comedy “The Kings of Summer” was filmed entirely in Northeast Ohio. Joe Toy, played by Nick Robinson, lives with his father Frank, played by Nick Offerman, at this house located in the town of Lyndhurst. After some family disagreements, Joe and his friends decide to leave and build their own home out in the woods.

LOCATION: 4867 Edsal Dr, Lyndhurst, OH 44124

The Chagrin River is seen several times in the film as Joe rides his bike down Cleveland St. In another scene, the boys are walking through the water.

LOCATION: 218 High St, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 (as seen from Cleveland St)

Joe attends school in Chagrin Falls. The high school and middle school are on the same property and the area seen in the film is actually the middle school at the rear of the property.

LOCATION: 342 E Washington St, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Patrick, played by Gabriel Basso, lives with his parents at this home in North Royalton.

LOCATION: 13940 Quail Oval, North Royalton, OH 44133

The pipe where the boys drum with broken tree branches and dance was featured prominently, both in the film itself, as well as the marketing campaign leading up to its release. While it appears to be a remote location, the spot is not as difficult to find as you might expect. It can be found in Whitesburg Park in Chagrin Falls. We’ll explain how to reach it.

LOCATION: Whitesburg Park, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 (GPS coordinates approximately: 41.440071, -81.380063)

These final two photos are not shown in the film itself, rather they are included here in an attempt to illustrate how to get to the above location. To reach the pipe, you simply drive down High St, which is initially a paved, residential street. If you continue down it, the road becomes unpaved and will lead you straight to the trailhead. It’s not a particularly far drive and there are some unmarked parking areas available. The ground can get muddy, however, so be mindful of weather conditions. If you take the road until it dead ends, you’ll be pretty close to the right spot. There’s a couple different trails in that vicinity. The one pictured below is on the left side, just before the road dead ends. This is what the trailhead looks like on the ground, the GPS coordinates are approximately 41.439869, -81.380259. If you proceed ahead on the trail, the pipe would be in the woods on the right side and you can start to see it pretty quickly.

However, the easiest way to identify it is by simply continuing straight up the trail until you reach this pedestrian bridge. It is only a couple minutes walk from the trailhead and it directly overlooks the area of the pipe where the scene was filmed. It is a good spot for photography and recommended to those not wanting to wander off the trail. The park seemed safe from our experiences, with many people from the community out walking the trails. The pipe is within sight of the main trail, so you don’t need to walk far to reach it. However, going off trail of course presents possible hazards, such as loose debris on the ground or any of the usual risks involved in roaming around the woods, so proceed at your own risk.