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.”
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
The 2004 Alexander Payne film “Sideways” is set against the backdrop of California’s wine country, with most of the production likewise taking place in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California. The film has had a lasting impact on the region, as more than one location has since altered their namesakes after the film. One such example is the apartment where Miles, played by Paul Giamatti, resides. Supposedly located in San Diego, the real building can actually be found a couple hundred miles north in the town of Goleta.
LOCATION: 120 Magnolia Ave, Goleta, CA 93117
The property has since been renamed the “Sideways House.”
A few scenes were filmed in Southern California. As Miles heads to Los Angeles to meet up with Jack, played by Thomas Haden Church, he passes the famous Hotel Angeleno, which was also seen in the film “Heat.”
LOCATION: 170 N Church Ln, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (as seen from Sunset Blvd)
Miles makes his way to this house, located in the L.A. neighborhood of Brentwood. The route depicted driving down Sunset Blvd to reach the home is geographically accurate.
LOCATION: 355 N Rockingham Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90049
As Jack and Miles begin their trip, Miles insists he stop and visit his mother, who supposedly lives in Oxnard. The property is actually located in Santa Maria.
LOCATION: 1619 Carmel Ln, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Miles and Jack arrive into Solvang driving down Alisal Rd.
LOCATION: 485 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA 93463
These scenes really were filmed in Solvang, as stated in the film.
LOCATION: 467 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA 93463
They stay at this hotel, located in Buellton.
LOCATION: 114 E Hwy 246, Buellton, CA 93427
The hotel is another location which has renamed itself in honor of the film.
After walking in on Jack having sex with Stephanie, played by Sandra Oh, Miles heads over to the hotel lounge, which has likewise been renamed the “Sideways Lounge.”
Here is the restaurant where Maya, played by Virginia Madsen, works.
LOCATION: 406 E Hwy 246, Buellton, CA 93427
The next morning, this building is seen as one of the establishing shots before cutting to Jack and Miles having breakfast.
LOCATION: 1576 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463
Miles goes bowling with Jack and Stephanie. The bowling alley was formerly located at 1420 E Ocean Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436, but has since been demolished.
Miles and Jack are briefly seen picking up Maya and Stephanie in front of this building in Los Olivos.
LOCATION: 2900 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Maya’s place can be found in Santa Barbara. The back entrance is seen in the film, which is easily visible from the sidewalk.
LOCATION: 916 E Carrillo Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 (back entrance facing Spring St)
Miles learns a publisher has passed on his novel at this winery in Los Olivos, where he becomes upset and proceeds to make a scene.
LOCATION: 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Miles sulks with Jack at the beach near Goleta Pier.
LOCATION: Near Goleta Pier, Sandspit Rd, Goleta, CA 93117
After Stephanie discovers Jack is getting married to another woman, she assaults him. Jack gets treatment at this hospital in Solvang, which has been remodeled a bit.
LOCATION: 2050 Viborg Rd, Solvang, CA 93463
Miles and Jack visit this restaurant, where Jack gets himself into more trouble after sleeping with the waitress.
LOCATION: 350 E Hwy 246, Buellton, CA 93427
In one of the more memorable scenes in the film, Miles sneaks into this house in Lompoc, to retrieve Jack’s wallet from the waitress and her husband. The completely nude husband, played by M.C. Gainey, chases Miles out onto the street. To achieve this scene, police blocked off the entire street and neighbors were paid to stay inside their homes during the filming.
LOCATION: 400 E Lemon Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436
Jack asks Miles to drive the car, not revealing his intentions. They proceed to this intersection in Buellton.
LOCATION: Jonata Park Rd / Central Ave, Buellton, CA 93427
Jack then swerves the car and drives into this tree, in an attempt to create a cover story to his fiancee for his injuries. In the film, the area is seen as barren and undeveloped. A storage facility has since been built on the land, but somewhat surprisingly, the developers left the tree in tact. It remains standing today.
LOCATION: 711 Jonata Park Rd, Buellton, CA 93427
Near the end of the film, Jack’s wedding takes place at this church, located back south in Montebello. After the ceremony, Miles runs into his ex-wife in the parking lot.