Suburban Commando (1991)

In the 1991 comedy “Suburban Commando,” Hulk Hogan plays a warrior from outer space named Shep Ramsey, who finds himself stranded on Earth after crash-landing. Ordered by his commander to use the time to take a vacation, Shep takes up residence with a suburban family.

The film was shot entirely in Southern California. Early in the movie, after Shep leaves his space craft hidden away to recharge, he first encounters Earthlings walking down this strip of storefronts, located in Pacific Palisades. The storefronts have changed very little from the time filming took place and much of it is still easily recognizable. He turns this corner from the parking area to see a cop writing a ticket and a man holding a broom, shouting at him.

LOCATION: 16618 Marquez Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

As Shep continues walking, a group of women notice him and comment to themselves in front of this store.

LOCATION: 16636 Marquez Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

In the same general area to the right of the doors, a woman is standing in front of a soda machine, angry because it took her money. Shep hits the machine and all the coins spill out, causing a group of kids to run over and collect them.

As he continues walking past this store, a couple pedestrians pass and comment on his unusual fashion.

LOCATION: 16642 Marquez Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Shep notices a dog locked in a vehicle in the blistering heat in front of this restaurant, where the owner sits and eats a meal and yells at the dog. Shep grabs the man, locks him in the vehicle and lets the dog finish the owner’s meal.

LOCATION: 16646 Marquez Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Shep reaches the end of the block, rounding the corner onto Bollinger Dr, where he notices a telephone pole with a posting advertising an apartment for rent. The phone pole has since been removed.

LOCATION: 16650 Marquez Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

The scene ends with Shep taking the advertisement and walking down Bollinger Dr, implying the Wilcox property is located just down the road. The real location, however, is located nowhere near Pacific Palisades.

The same location appears again later in the film, when Shep encounters a mime, who he believes is actually stuck in an invisible force field.

LOCATION: Bollinger Dr / Marquez Ave Los Angeles, CA 90272

The apartment ad eventually leads Shep to Jenny Wilcox, played by Shelley Duvall, who posted the rental as a means to help bring in extra income for her husband Charlie, played by Christoper Lloyd. The Wilcox family home can be found in Tarzana.

LOCATION: 19106 Sylvan St, Tarzana, CA 91335

The house is mostly seen in tight shots, or facing out towards the street. There are, however, a couple brief views of the entire home in wide shots.

The neighboring homes to the left and right of the Wilcox house are also featured in the film. This is the home where Charlie’s neighbor is working on cars in the driveway throughout the film. He keeps leaving vehicles on the street, blocking Charlie from accessing his own driveway, until Shep takes matters into his own hands.

LOCATION: 19100 Sylvan St, Tarzana, CA 91335

On the other side of the Wilcox house is where the eccentric veteran neighbor sits out in the front lawn and strikes up a friendship with Shep, sharing battle stories.

LOCATION: 19112 Sylvan St, Tarzana, CA 91335

The traffic light Charlie keeps getting stuck at throughout the film can be found at the intersection of Burbank Blvd and Woodley Ave, near Encino Village in the San Fernando Valley.

LOCATION: Burbank Blvd / Woodley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91411

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

Saved By The Bell

The original “Saved By the Bell”  show taped at Sunset-Gower Studios in Hollywood, California.  Those sets are long since gone, but that didn’t stop the next best thing from happening; a full blown, pop-up restaurant, inspired by the show.  Recreating many of the classic sets, Saved By the Max was created with participation and support from NBC and first opened in Chicago, Illinois (1941 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622), where it ran for a year, before relocating to Los Angeles, California, where it is also currently slated to run for one year.

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LOCATION: 7100 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

The restaurant is well designed, capturing many of the little details of The Max.  It is a full service restaurant, serving burgers, shakes and many other foods.  Occasionally cast members from the show even make appearances.

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Not an actual, functioning door.  In fact, even the window is not real.

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The classic jukebox from the show.

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And of course the arcade machines.

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A DJ station for KKTY Bayside.

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Some oversized heads of the cast for visitors to use for photo ops.

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A look at the kitchen.

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The merch area, where you can buy hoodies, t-shirts, slap bracelets and more.

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Visitors can also choose to dine in Mr. Belding’s office.

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Sections of the restaurant even tried to recreate portions of Bayside High.

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Here we see the lockers of all of the cast.  Zack, Slater, Kelly, Screech, Jessie, Lisa and even Tori.

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There’s even a “Belding stinks” sticker on the bathroom door, a nice touch.

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Some props and merchandise from the original show, including menus for The Max, dolls, the Saved By the Bell board game, a copy of the Bayside Breeze newspaper and much more.

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There are a few locations in the real world that were used for the show, but these were limited to the TV movies, which came after the original show and could no longer utilize the former sets.  In “Saved By the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas,” this Pacific Palisades home is shown the be the house of Zack Morris.  Throughout the main run of the show, Zack’s house was always a set.  This same house was also seen in the horror film “Ghost In The Machine.”

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LOCATION: 510 Frontera Dr, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

There is also a shot in the movie showing Palisades High School as the famous Bayside High School.  This is the only time, aside from a couple establishing shots during Season 1, an exterior high school shot was ever used.  Again, in the original show, it was always a set.  The same school was used in the original 1976 “Carrie,” the 2003 remake of “Freaky Friday” and many more films.

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LOCATION: 15777 Bowdoin St, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

For those wondering, the Malibu Sands Resort was filmed at the Annenberg Community Beach House at 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402.  It has since been heavily remodeled and looks nothing like it did on the show.

 

Mohandas Gandhi

After Mohandas Gandhi was tragically assassinated in his native India, his ashes were scattered throughout the rivers and seas of India, save for a small portion that made their way to Southern California.  At the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine, you can find a shrine dedicated to Gandhi.  The Self-Realization Fellowship was founded by Paramahansa Yogananda, a longtime admirer of Gandhi.  His friend, a publisher and journalist from India, named Dr. V.M. Nawle, sent Yogananda the ashes.  Yogananda had the ashes encased in a thousand-year-old stone sarcophagus from China, which cannot be opened without breaking it.  The shrine is free of charge to visit and exists as the only place in the world, outside of India, to contain some of Gandhi’s remains.

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LOCATION: 17190 Sunset Blvd, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Face/Off (1997)

John Travolta plays FBI Agent Sean Archer in John Woo’s 1997 action film “Face/Off.”  Archer lives with his family at this Pacific Palisades home, right near the ocean.  Later in the film, Nicolas Cage’s villainous character, Castor Troy, bearing the face of Sean Archer, comes to his home and begins role-playing as husband and father.

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LOCATION: 326 N Swarthmore Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

The hospital where Eve Archer, played by Joan Allen, works can be found in Baldwin Park.  This entrance sits closest to Dalewood Street.  A different area of the same facility was seen in the movie “Starship Troopers.”

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LOCATION: 1011 Baldwin Park Blvd, Baldwin Park, CA 91706 (near Dalewood St)

Caster Troy and his brother plant an explosive at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  This particular section is near the intersection of S Figueroa St and W Pico Blvd.  The same building was seen in the film “Demolition Man.”

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LOCATION: 1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (near the intersection of S Figueroa St / W Pico Blvd)

Near the climax of the film, Victor Lazarro’s funeral takes place at the Cabrillo Beach Bath House in San Pedro.  The Adam Sandler comedy “50 First Dates” also notably shot at the same location.

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LOCATION: 3800 Stephen M White Dr, San Pedro, CA 90731

Archer’s daughter is dropped off outside at the entrance to the building.

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Inside, an epic John Woo gunfight takes place, featuring his signature use of doves and slow motion.  Thankfully, the staff is quite friendly and welcoming and allows visitors inside.  Here are some areas where the shootout takes place.

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The gunfight spills out to this area, with Archer’s daughter trapped in the crossfire.

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Archer’s daughter runs down these stairs to the lower level.

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As the fight spills outside, Archer’s daughter is taken hostage in this area.

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Castor Troy flees and runs to a boat.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm

Throughout the long-running comedy series, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Larry David’s character has lived at a couple different locations.  In more recent seasons, this Brentwood house has been his home.

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LOCATION: 537 Moreno Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90049

For much of the series, Larry’s manager Jeff and his temperamental wife Suzie lived at this house in the Pacific Palisades.

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LOCATION: 745 Alma Real Dr, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272