Priest (2011)

In the 2011 film “Priest,” starring Paul Bettany, he crosses a post-apocalyptic wasteland on this turbine motocycle, hunting down kidnappers who have abducted his niece. The bike could be found on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, which ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020.

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

WandaVision

The Marvel TV miniseries “WandaVision” is set in the town of Westview, New Jersey. The show was filmed between Atlanta, Georgia and Los Angeles, California at locations including Pinewood Atlanta Studios, Warner Bros. Ranch and Disney Golden Oak Ranch. Wanda and Vision, played by Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, live at this home, located on Blondie Street at Warner Bros. Ranch. The house is not a real home, rather a facade. The producers sought out an artificial look for the neighborhood, in favor of using real locations. The home is most famous for being the Griswold house in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” but has also appeared in such films as “American Beauty,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Small Soldiers,” “Pleasantville” and more.

In the first episode, the house is depicted as a single story home in the 1950s. By episode 2, the period has jumped ahead to the 1960s and the home has become a two story house. Warner Bros. Ranch is located separate from the main Warner Bros. Studio lot and is unfortunately not open to public tours.

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LOCATION: 411 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

Dottie, played by Emma Caulfield Ford, lives at this house, also located on Warner Bros. Ranch. The house is best known for appearing in “Lethal Weapon,” but has also appeared in many other productions, such as “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” “American Beauty“, The Three Stooges serials, “Pushing Daisies,” “The Middle” and many more.

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LOCATION: 411 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

Dottie has a party at a pool in her back yard. This is the same pool at Warner Bros. Ranch where Clark fantasizes about the department store woman in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”  While it is located fairly close to Wanda and Dottie’s houses, it’s actually on the opposite side of the street.  If not for the trees in the background of the photo below, you could see Wanda and Vision’s house in the distance.

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LOCATION: 411 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

Special thanks to James Gelet for first identifying the house of Wanda and Vision.

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” and “Gladiator.”

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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 Rd, La 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,” “You, Me And Dupree” and “All About Steve.”

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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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In 2019, the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles held a limited exhibition called “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy,” which featured Tony’s 1932 Ford Flathead Roadster from the film.

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

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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