Jersey Girl (2004)

The 2004 Kevin Smith film “Jersey Girl,” starring Ben Affleck, was primarily filmed in Paulsboro, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New York City, New York. The majority of the film’s exteriors were filmed in Paulsboro, while many of the interiors were shot across the Delaware River in Philadelphia.

Ben Affleck plays Ollie Trinké, a successful publicist in New York City. Ollie brings his new love Gertrude, played by Jennifer Lopez, to meet his father Bart, played by George Carlin. Later Ollie moves into the home with their daughter Gertie, played by Raquel Castro. Arguably the central location of the film, Bart’s home is located in Paulsboro. The house beside it has since been demolished, but thankfully the Trinké house remains mostly unchanged. Most of the house interiors were sets built in Philadelphia.

LOCATION: 262 Thomson Ave, Paulsboro, NJ 08066

Bart frequents the Clamdigger Bar and drinks with his buddies. Ollie and Gertrude dance together inside the bar in one scene.

LOCATION: 30 E Monroe St, Paulsboro, NJ 08066

Ollie’s New York City apartment seen early in the film overlooks Central Park in New York City. Later Ollie brings his daughter to the city and points out the apartment to her.

LOCATION: 785 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022

Smith did shoot a bit of material around his frequent stomping grounds. The scene where Bart tells Ollie he can’t watch the baby because he’s busy driving a street sweeper was filmed at the corner of Highland Ave / S Bay Ave, Highlands, NJ 07732. This is just a couple blocks away from Smith’s real childhood home, which also served as a filming location for Randall’s house in “Clerks II.”

The Hard Rock Cafe, where Ollie loses his temper at a room full of press, was a composite of two locations. The exterior was the former Hard Rock on W 57th St in New York, which has long since closed and been completely remodeled. The interiors were filmed at the Hard Rock in Philadelphia (1113 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107).

LOCATION: 221 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019 (heavily remodeled)

The exterior of Gertie’s school is Loudenslager Elementary School in Paulsboro.

LOCATION: 100 Baird Ave, Paulsboro, NJ 08066

Many of the school interiors, including Gertie’s “Sweeney Todd” performance, were filmed at Paulsboro High School.

LOCATION: 670 N Delaware St, Paulsboro, NJ 08066

Mub & Renee’s Video Blast is the video store where Maya, played by Liv Tyler, works. This was built in a shopping plaza on W Broad St in Paulsboro, which was empty at the time of filming.

LOCATION: 545 W Broad St, Paulsboro, NJ 08066

Here’s a closer look at where the video store would have been. It has obviously changed a bit since filming, as the space was incorporated into the store next to it.

Ollie takes Gertie into New York City to see a Broadway performance of Sweeney Todd. Afterwards, the two talk at Gapstow Bridge in Central Park, where Gertie asks questions about her mom. Gapstow Bridge was also featured in “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York.”

LOCATION: Gapstow Bridge, Central Park, New York, NY 10019

Ollie has lunch with Maya at the Berlin Diner in Berlin, New Jersey. This location is about a 30 minute drive from Paulsboro, so it’s a bit out of the way if you’re visiting the filming locations, but still looks nearly identical to how it appeared in the film.

LOCATION: 117 S White Horse Pike, Berlin, NJ 08009

After their lunch, Maya talks to Ollie on the ramp out front. She takes pity and offers to have sex with him.

We leave you with a couple locations that didn’t make it into the final cut of the film. We’ve included them in case the long-promised extended version of the film ever sees the light of day.

Ollie and Gertrude’s wedding was shot at this church.

LOCATION: 647 Beacon Ave, Paulsboro, NJ 08066

Another scene filmed when Gertrude visits Ollie’s hometown was the two characters having a romantic moment beneath the Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse.

LOCATION: Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse, Paulsboro, NJ 08066

If you find yourself in the Philadelphia area and enjoy this film, don’t forget most of the locations are just a short distance away over the New Jersey border in Paulsboro. As we’ve outlined in this article, a few of the other locations are a bit more spread out. If it’s been awhile since you’ve seen the film, we recommend giving it a revisit.

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Flashdance (1983)

The 1983 Adrian Lyne drama “Flashdance” tells the story of an aspiring dancer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The film itself split production between Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, California. Alex Owens, played by Jennifer Beals, works at Mawby’s Bar. The location has since been remodeled, but can be found in Downtown Los Angeles near Skid Row. The 1985 sequel “Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment” also filmed at the same location.

LOCATION: 229 Boyd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Alex backs out of a dance audition at the famed Carnegie Museum & Library in Pittsburgh. The same building appears in the films “The Silence Of The Lambs” and “Pretty Woman,” with the latter using actual footage from this film.

LOCATION: 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Hanna Long, played by Lilia Skala, lives at this home, also located in Pittsburgh.

LOCATION: 2100 Sidney St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

The exterior of the Zanzibar strip club location can be found in Downtown Los Angeles. It is actually part of the property of the infamous Cecil Hotel. The interior was located at 365 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

LOCATION: 640 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Nick Hurley, played by Michael Nouri, lives in this home, located in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

LOCATION: 440 S June St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Alex exits Nick’s car at the Second Street Tunnel in Downtown L.A.  This is a popular filming location, appearing in such films as “The Terminator,” “Kill Bill,” “Demolition Man,” “Blade Runner,” “Con Air,” “Independence Day” and many more.

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LOCATION: 620 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The famous final audition sequence was shot inside the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in Downtown L.A. The building has been featured in numerous films, including “Inspector Gadget,” “Back To School,” “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Stand And Deliver” and more.

LOCATION: 1816 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Night Of The Living Dead (1968)

The 1968 zombie classic “Night of the Living Dead” was shot, like much of director George A. Romero’s films, around Western Pennsylvania. In the film, Johnny and Barbara visit the Evans City Cemetery, located about 45 minutes north of Pittsburgh. They are seen driving up this entrance.

LOCATION: 8600 Franklin Rd, Evans City, PA 16033

They park in front of this chapel, which is located near the entrance of the cemetery. Most of the shots took place in this vicinity, making them fairly easy to locate once you enter.

The shots can of course be matched up by identifying the gravestones. Johnny and Barbara visit here and leave a cross.

A zombie approaches and attacks Johnny, as Barbara watches in horror from this gravestone.

Johnny battles to the ground with the zombie in front of this gravestone.

The farmhouse from the film has since been demolished. A different cabin now stands at the location. Here is the area where it once stood.

LOCATION: Near Ash Stop Rd, Evans City, PA 16033 (GPS coordinates: 40.784384, -80.027484)

Sheriff McClelland is interviewed about the zombies next to this bridge. The steel beams are no longer there. This is located just up the road from the farmhouse location.

LOCATION: Kohler Ln / Ash Stop Rd, Evans City, PA 16033 (near 252 Ash Stop Rd, Evans City, PA 16033)

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Zack And Miri Make A Porno (2008)

The 2008 Kevin Smith comedy “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” was filmed primarily around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the surrounding area. It is not the director’s first time using the city as his backdrop, having previously filmed portions of “Dogma” there as well.

In the opening credits, Miri, played by Elizabeth Banks, is awakened to the sounds of a car crashing in front of the church on the right.

LOCATION: 161 Hazelwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15207

Miri lives with her roommate Zack, played by Seth Rogan, at this home, which is located just across the street from the church.

LOCATION: 200 Hazelwood Ave, Hazelwood, PA 15207

The exterior of the high school reunion Zack and Miri attend is also located just across the street from their house at 327 Hazelwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15207.

Miri works at the Monroeville Mall in Monroeville, which horror fans will know well as the shopping mall from George Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead.” Early in the film, Miri is dropped off at this entrance, which is to the left of the movie theater. The area beside the entrance is now a loading dock, so that portion has changed a bit. The parking numbers still match up however, as well as the mall entrance itself, so just look for row 50 on the signs if you’re uncertain. We’ve also provided GPS coordinates below.

LOCATION: 200 Mall Cir Dr, Monroeville, PA 15146 (GPS coordinates: 40.428730, -79.797013)

The fictional Bean-N-Gone Coffee Shop where Zack works can also be found in Monroeville, located less than a mile from the mall.

LOCATION: 2525 Monroeville Blvd, Monroeville, PA 15146

The exterior of the building where Zack and Miri hold auditions for a porn film can be found at this theater in McKeesport.

LOCATION: 1614 Coursin St, McKeesport, PA 15132

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Mindhunter

The television series “Mindhunter,” executive produced by David Fincher, who also directed seven episodes, tells the story of two FBI agents and a psychologist who develop the Behavioral Science Unit to understand the psychology of serial killers. Agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench, played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany, travel the country interviewing convicted serial killers. The series was primarily filmed in the Pittsburgh area, with the city often standing in for other cities, most notably as Atlanta in Season Two.

In the opening scene of the series, Holden Ford contends with a hostage situation, said to be in Braddock, Pennsylvania. Braddock is indeed where the scene was shot.

LOCATION: 218 7th St, Braddock, PA 15104

Here is a closer look at the area where the man holds a woman hostage.

Here is the area where Holden stands and attempts to negotiate.

Bill Tench’s house is seen frequently throughout the series. The home can be found in Pittsburgh.

LOCATION: 1174 Lakemont Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15243

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Rocky III (1982)

The 1983 film “Rocky III,” starring Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan and Mr. T, was filmed in Philadelphia, New York City, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Early in the film, a montage is shown of Rocky defending his title against challengers. The exterior of Radio City Music Hall in New York City is seen as one of the locations where he fights.

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LOCATION: 1260 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

The house where Rocky lives can be found in Los Angeles, California. It is located at Fremont Place in Hancock Park. Despite being a popular neighborhood for filming, Fremont Place is unfortunately one of the few gated communities in Los Angeles, making it inaccessible to the general public. Other films showcasing locations inside Fremont Place include “Rocky IV,” “Taken,” “The War Of The Roses,” “Zodiac,” “Gone Girl” and more. It is also a popular location for TV shows, such as “Monk,” “Prison Break, “The Mentalist,” “CSI: Miami,” “Rizzoli & Isles” and many more. Rocky’s house in this film is actually located directly across the street from the house used as his home in the next installment, “Rocky IV.”

LOCATION: 55 Fremont Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90005

The most iconic movie location from all of the “Rocky” films appears once again when a Rocky statue is unveiled at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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LOCATION: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130 (the actual steps face Spring Garden St)

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Kingpin (1996)

The 1996 Farrelly Brothers comedy “Kingpin” was shot mostly around Pennsylvania, but like many Farrelly Bothers films, it becomes something of a road trip movie, reaching Reno, Nevada by the film’s climax. In the opening scene of the film, a young Roy Munson practices bowling with his father at the Munson Service Center. The scene is supposedly set in Ocelot, Iowa. It was actually filmed in Mars, Pennsylvania.

LOCATION: 255 Mars Valencia Rd, Mars, PA 16046

Roy bowls with his father at the side of the building, using a homemade lane and bowling pins.

After winning a bowling tournament, Roy Munson, played by Woody Harrelson, takes his car to a mechanic, who tells him someone put sugar in his gas tank. This scene was filmed just a few buildings down from the Munson Service Center and is easily within walking distance.

LOCATION: 229 Mars Valencia Rd, Mars, PA 16046

Only a small part of the building is seen in the film. However, this house across the street is also seen in the background of the scene, confirming the location.

“Big Ern” McCracken (played by Bill Murray) and Roy Munson hustle some local bowlers.  As they exit the bowling alley, they are confronted by the guys they duped.  Big Ern lets Roy take the fall, as he speeds off and abandons him at the Beaver Valley Bowl in Rochester, Pennsylvania, with Roy losing his hand in the process.  This same location was used in the Michael Douglas film “Wonder Boys” and the TV series “I Am Not Okay With This.”

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LOCATION: 25 New York Ave, Rochester, PA 15074

The home of Roy Munson is supposedly located in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The real building is actually located in the town of Trafford. Roy’s neighbors sit outside and complain about life, while his landlady lives next door as well. The building has been slightly updated, but is still very recognizable from how it appeared in the film.

LOCATION: 533 5th Street Ext, Trafford, PA 15085

Later in the film, Roy stages a purse snatching on his landlady, in which he rescues her in hopes she’ll cut him a break on his late rent.

Right around the corner from Roy’s apartment was another scene from the film. Roy helps a mother get her stroller up on the sidewalk and then steals the baby’s milk for his coffee.

LOCATION: 5th St / 5th Street Ext, Trafford, PA 15085

Roy first meets Amish bowler Ishmael, played by Randy Quaid, at the Lancaster Bowl. This scene was actually filmed at Mars Lanes, located right across the street from the Munson Service Center.

LOCATION: 262 Mars Valencia Rd, Mars, PA 16046

For the film’s climax, Roy and Big Ern square off at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.  The lanes are not open to public use, but there is a bowling museum inside that is open to the public, for those interested.

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LOCATION: 300 N Center St, Reno, NV 89501

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Pretty Woman (1990)

In the 1990 romantic comedy “Pretty Woman,” Vivian, played by Julia Roberts, lives at this Hollywood hotel.  The real hotel is located right off of Hollywood Blvd, exactly as depicted in the film.  At the end of the movie, Edward, played by Richard Gere, climbs the fire escape with roses and the two passionately kiss.

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LOCATION: 1738 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Vivan stays at a luxurious hotel in Beverly Hills.

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LOCATION: 9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Vivian and Edward walk past the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain at Grand Park in Downtown L.A.  The same fountain was seen in “(500) Days Of Summer.”

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LOCATION: Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Edward’s office can be found in Downtown Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 333 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

The opera house was a composite of three locations. The exterior, supposedly located in San Fransisco, is actually the Carnegie Museum & Library in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The same building appears in the films “The Silence Of The Lambs” and “Flashdance.” In fact, this film used the actual footage from “Flashdance” as their establishing shot after their planned location fell through. The interior lobby was filmed at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (900 W Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007), while the theatre was filmed at Walt Disney Studios (500 S Buena Vista St, Burbank, CA 91521).

LOCATION: 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213