The Ring (2002)

The 2002 horror remake, “The Ring,” starring Naomi Watts, was filmed in Washington, Oregon and California. Katie, played by Amber Tamblyn, lives at this house, located in Los Angeles. The home is now unfortunately heavily obscured by shrubs and trees.

LOCATION: 413 S McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Rachel, played by Naomi Watts, lives at this apartment, located in Seattle. The view of her apartment faces Seneca St, near the intersection of Western Ave and Seneca St.

LOCATION: 1200 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Birdman (2014)

In the 2014 Alejandro G. Iñárritu film “Birdman,” Michael Keaton plays Riggan Thomas, a former superhero actor who is trying to breathe new life into his career by putting on a Broadway play.

The theater where Riggan stages his comeback, and where much of the film takes place, is the St. James Theatre, which really is located right in the heart of Broadway.  Although crafted to look like a single take, the film was in fact shot in many different takes across several locations, which are not always as close together as depicted in the film.  Some of the interior shots of the St. James Theatre, for example, were actually sets built at Kaufman Astoria Studios (34-12 36th St, Astoria, NY 11106).

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LOCATION: St. James Theatre, 246 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

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During a couple scenes in the film, Sam, played by Emma Stone, sits on the rooftop of the neighboring Helen Hayes Theatre, where she is joined by Mike, played by Edward Norton.

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LOCATION: 240 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

The Majestic Theatre, which sits across the street, can also be seen many times throughout the film.

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LOCATION: 245 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

Mullholland Drive (2001)

Given the title, it’s a given that David Lynch’s 2001 film “Mullholland Drive,” like many of his other films, is based around Los Angeles.  When Betty, played by Naomi Watts, first arrives in L.A., she stays at this apartment complex.

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LOCATION: 450 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

In the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, you’ll find the “Sierra Bonita” apartments, where Diane lives.  Located just a few blocks from the original site of Walt Disney Studios, the eight cottages are said to have inspired the animation designs for the dwarf houses in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

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Diane’s apartment unit used in the film is the cottage closest to Griffith Park Blvd, to the left of the front gate.

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LOCATION: 2900 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The iconic Pink’s Hot Dogs is seen where the hitman speaks with a prostitute.

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LOCATION: 709 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

The Winkie’s Diner on Sunset Blvd is not actually on Sunset or even in Hollywood.  The building can actually be found in the city of Gardena.  The “Winkie’s” name was also created by the filmmakers.  The real restaurant was at one time a Denny’s, before later becoming Caesar’s Restaurant.  It currently sits vacant.

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LOCATION: 1016 W El Segundo Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

In one of the film’s more unsettling scenes, Dan, played by Patrick Fischler, is haunted by the image of a man behind a wall in the back lot of the restaurant.  He makes his way down the sidewalk and stairs to the wall behind the restaurant, to face his nightmare.

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As he approaches the wall, he collapses when he sees the man in his nightmares personified.  As you can see, the wall appears a bit different now than how it appeared in the film, no longer extending out as far.

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In Downtown Los Angeles, you’ll find the entrance to Club Silenco.  This is actually the back of the Palace Theatre, facing S Spring St

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LOCATION: 630 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (rear entrance, near 621 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014)

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