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The TV series “GLOW” tells the real life story of a 1980s women’s wrestling promotion called the “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.”  The show, starring Alison Brie, was primarily set around the San Fernando Valley in Southern California for the first two seasons, before shifting to Las Vegas for the third season.

The exterior of the gym where the ladies train can be found at the San Fernando Masonic Lodge.  The angle shown is from the back of the building.  There is a gate on the front side preventing vehicle access to this area.  There is also fencing along the back.  However, there is an alley running behind the property, allowing for views of the location.  The interior of the gym was a set built on a sound stage.

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LOCATION: 1112 N Maclay Ave, San Fernando, CA 91340

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The diner the girls frequent is Cadillac Jack’s in Sun Valley.  It is no longer an active restaurant establishment, instead it is used solely as a filming location or event space.  The building is actually part of the same property as the hotel used in the show and located directly beside it.  The restaurant has been used in countless productions, including “Grease 2,” “The Whole Ten Yards,” the TV shows “Vanderpump Rules,” “MacGuyver” and dozens more.  It has also been featured in many music videos, such as CeeLo Green’s “Forget You” and Mandy Moore’s “Candy.”

It should be noted that this location, including the hotel, has gained reputation in recent years for disliking unsolicited visitation.  Cones block off most of the entrances.  Due to the filming history, as well as the unique look of the property, it often attracts interest from the general public.  We had no issues when we visited, but there are numerous comments online from others with more unpleasant experiences.   If you do visit, keep in mind that they have apparently become sensitive about the issue and be careful not to trespass.

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LOCATION: 9457 San Fernando Rd, Sun Valley, CA 91352

The girls attend a party at the house of the producer Bash.  This was filmed at the Circles on the Point mansion in Malibu.  The 1994 film Bruce Willis film “Color Of Night” also filmed here, as well as the TV series “Jean-Claude Van Johnson.”

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LOCATION: 29377 Cliffside Dr, Malibu, CA 90265

The Dusty Spur motel where the girls reside is actually the Pink Motel in Sun Valley.  It’s part of the same property as the diner on the show and sits directly beside it.  It is not an operational motel, rather a set used for filming or special events.  As mentioned earlier, according to many online comments, the property is not receptive to public visitation these days, preferring only professional clients.  The motel property has been featured in countless productions, including “The House Bunny” and “Drive” (interiors only), as well as the TV shows “Westworld,” “Dexter” and “The O.C.”

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LOCATION: 9457 San Fernando Rd, Sun Valley, CA 91352

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The gang tries to secure sponsorship from Patio Town.  This was filmed at the back entrance of an actual patio store in Studio City.

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LOCATION: 11055 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

The girls celebrate securing sponsorship by grabbing some burgers at Foster’s Freeze.  The same location was used in “Pulp Fiction,” whenever Butch crosses paths with Marsellus and gets into a car collision.

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LOCATION: 2760 Fletcher Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Carmen’s house, where they wrestle in the back yard, can be found in the Pico Union neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 1234 Fedora St, Los Angeles, CA 90006

Seeking additional funding, the girls attend a fundraiser at Bash’s mother’s house.  The home, found in Pasadena, was also famously used in the sitcom “Benson.”

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LOCATION: 1365 S Oakland Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

Matilda (1996)

The Wormwood house from the 1996 Danny DeVito directed film Matilda can be found in Whittier, California.  The house and especially the yard have changed a bit from how they appeared on screen, but there is still some resemblance.

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LOCATION: 15811 Youngwood Dr, Whittier, CA 90603

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Trunchbull’s house can be found in Pasadena. The address is on E Crary St, but the back of the house faces that direction and the perimeter is surrounded by a wall, so you won’t see much from there. The front side of the house is actually around the block on Layton St, which dead-ends into the driveway of the home. The same house has also been seen in the films “Catch Me If You Can,” “Hocus Pocus” and “Scream 2.” Unfortunately, the property owners have since posted no trespassing signs near the end of Ladyton St, making it much more difficult for pedestrians to see the house anymore.

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LOCATION: 2186 E Crary St, Pasadena, CA 91104 (front of the home faces Ladyton St)

Twins (1988)

In the 1988 Ivan Reitman comedy “Twins,” Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger play two long-lost brothers who reconnect.

Vincent, played by Danny DeVito, lives at this Santa Monica house.  The house has since been remodeled from how it appeared in the film, but does still bear some resemblance.

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LOCATION: 323 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Julius, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, walks up this Pasadena driveway in search of their father.

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LOCATION: 1126 Hillcrest Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

Julius and Vincent first encounter each other in front of the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

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LOCATION: 6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

In Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can,” Carl, played by Tom Hanks, is on the hunt for Frank Abagnale, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who stays at the Tropicana Motel in Hollywood.  While the Tropicana was a real motel at one time, it was demolished in 1988.  Instead, the Hollywood Roosevelt was used.  It’s actually the rear of the Roosevelt building that is seen in the film.

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LOCATION: 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (rear of the building on Hawthorn Ave)

Carl eats at a diner, where a waitress tips him off that the alias Frank has been using is the name of “The Flash” in the comic books, cluing him in that his suspect may be younger than he originally thought.

This was filmed at the former Quality Cafe in downtown Los Angeles.  The diner was a one-time staple of films, appearing in “Seven” “Training Day,” “Ghost World,” “Million Dollar Baby” and dozens more.  However, it was not an actual restaurant open to the public.  Instead it was used solely for filming.  Sadly, it ceased to function as a filming location and was completely renovated in 2014.  The property no longer bears any resemblance to how it appeared in so many films.

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LOCATION: 1238 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (now closed and heavily remodeled)

The Miami Airport where Frank slips past the FBI by surrounding himself with attractive flight attendants was actually filmed at the Ontario Airport in Ontario, California.  This particular terminal is not in active use and has popped up in countless other films, including “Saving Mr. Banks,” “Zodiac,” “Blow,” “Argo” and many more.

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LOCATION: 1940 Moore Way, Ontario, CA 91761

Another view of the same airport, depicted as the baggage claim terminal in the film.

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Later in the film, Frank takes his father, played by Christopher Walken, to an upscale restaurant, where he tells him he bought him a Cadillac.  The actual location is not a restaurant at all.  It’s the famous “Pompeian Room” of the Doheny Mansion, located on the campus of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles.  While the mansion does offer occasional tours to the public, some of the guides can be strict about allowing photos inside.  Many films have shot at the mansion, including “The Princess Diaries,” “Drag Me To Hell” “The Three Amigos” and more.

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LOCATION: 10 Chester Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Frank strikes up a romance with Brenda, played by Amy Adams, who brings him to the house of her father, played by Martin Sheen.  Frank has to make an abrupt departure with the FBI hot on his heels.  The house used in the film can be found in Pasadena.  The address is on E Crary St, but the back of the house faces that direction and the perimeter is surrounded by a wall, so you won’t see much from there.  The front side of the house is actually around the block on Layton St, which dead-ends into the driveway of the home.  The same house has also been seen in the films “Matilda,” “Hocus Pocus” and “Scream 2.”  Unfortunately, the property owners have since posted no trespassing signs near the end of Ladyton St, making it much more difficult for pedestrians to see the house anymore.

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LOCATION: 2186 E Crary St, Pasadena, CA 91104 (front of the home faces Ladyton St)

Near the end of the film, Frank is arrested in front of his mother’s house, which can be found in Pasadena.

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LOCATION: 3077 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

American Pie (1999)

The house from the 1999 comedy “American Pie” can be found in Long Beach, California.  In the film, Jim, played by Jason Biggs, makes a pact with his friends to lose their virginity.  Jim lives with his family at this home, where many famous scenes take place, including a memorable encounter with a sexy foreign exchange student, played by Shannon Elizabeth, as well as the infamous pie scene.

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LOCATION: 4153 Cedar Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807

The house where Michelle, played by Alyson Hannigan, lives can also be found on the same road.

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LOCATION: 3925 Cedar Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807

Kevin’s home can be found in Pasadena.

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LOCATION: 3689 San Pasqual St, Pasadena, CA 91107

The high school used in the film is Millikan High School in Long Beach.

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LOCATION: 2800 Snowden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90815

The exterior of Stifler’s house can also be found in Pasadena.

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LOCATION: 3644 Lombardy Rd, Pasadena, CA 91107

The interiors of Stifler’s house, however, used this house in Altadena.  The house has been used in many productions, including “Can’t Hardly Wait,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” and “I Know Who Killed Me,” as well as such TV shows as “The Mentalist” and “This Is Us.”

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LOCATION: 1090 Rubio St, Altadena, CA 91001

Benson

“Benson,” a spin-off of the television series “Soap,” about a butler becoming the Governor’s “Director of Household Affairs,” ran from 1979 until 1986.  The Governor’s house from the show can be found perched atop a hill in Pasadena, California and is much larger than you might expect.  The same house was featured on an episode of the TV series “GLOW.”

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LOCATION: 1365 S Oakland Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

Back To The Future (1985)

We’ll be the first to admit, with a film having as rabid of a fanbase the 1985 Robert Zemeckis classic “Back To The Future,” there are far more comprehensive websites than ours available to break down the filming sites.  Having said that, that doesn’t stop us from taking a look at some of our favorite spots.

Marty McFly’s house can be found in the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles, in the town of Pacoima, California.

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LOCATION: 9303 Roslyndale Ave, Pacoima, CA 91331

Doc Brown’s house can be found over in Pasadena.  It’s the Gamble House, a National Historic Landmark and museum, which is open to public tours.  However, only the exterior was used for Doc’s house in the film.  The interior was shot at 1777 Hillcrest Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106, which is a private residence.

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LOCATION: 4 Westmoreland Pl, Pasadena, CA 91103

Doc’s garage, located on the same property, is now a bookstore.

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The Burger King where Mary hitches a ride on his skateboard, grabbing onto the back of a truck, is still operational and going strong.  You can find it in Burbank, California.

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LOCATION: 535 N Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

Hill Valley High School is actually Whittier High School.

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LOCATION: 12417 Philadelphia St, Whittier, CA 90601

The Twin Pines Mall is actually the Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry.  The mall occasionally hosts events in celebration of the film.

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LOCATION: Puente Hills Mall, 1600 S Azusa Ave, City of Industry, CA 91748

Inside the mall, you can even find this replica sign for the Twin Pines Mall.  Sometimes when there are special events surrounding the film, they will place this sign outside, as it appeared in the film.

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George McFly’s house can be found in South Pasadena.

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LOCATION: 1711 Bushnell Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Marty’s mother Lorainne lives at this house, located on the same street, just a few doors down from George’s house.  It was used only for exterior shots.  This house was also used in another Michael J. Fox film, “Teen Wolf.”

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LOCATION: 1727 Bushnell Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

The interiors of Lorainne’s house were filmed at another property on the same road.

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LOCATION: 1705 Bushnell Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Biff’s grandmother’s house can also be found on the same street.

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LOCATION: 1809 Bushnell Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

The courthouse square and clock tower can be found on the Universal Studios Lot in Hollywood.  The building has been used in countless other films, including “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “Gremlins” and “Bruce Almighty.”  In 2008, a fire destroyed much of the building, but Universal restored and reopened it in 2009.  Today, it can be seen once again as part of the Universal Studios Tour, but be warned, this area frequently hosts productions and the site is routinely closed off from the tours.  If you’re adamant about seeing the tower, it’s perhaps best to call ahead and find out if it’s showing on a given day.

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LOCATION: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Few movie cars are as famous than the Delorean, with many fans building their own replicas.  There were in fact seven vehicles built for use in the original trilogy, with only three still known to exist.  Below is the first of those three, which appeared throughout the original film and in both sequels.  After spending 25 years as part of Universal Studio’s Hollywood Tour, the car had begun showing signs of wearing and many key pieces had been removed, including the famed flux capacitor.  A team was hired to meticulously restore the car back to it’s original form and the vehicle is now on permanent display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.  The second Delorean is on display at Universal Studios Florida, while the third is privately owned.

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LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

A look inside the restored vehicle.

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Here is the restored flux capacitor.

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One vehicle from the original film which can still be seen on the Universal Studios Hollywood Tour is Biff Tannen’s 1946 Ford Convertible.  Some vehicles from the sequels can also be seen there, but here we’ll strictly focus on the first film.

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LOCATION: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608