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.

Related articles: Clerks (1994), Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), Dogma (1999), Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), Clerks II (2006), Zack And Miri Make A Porno (2008), Red State (2011)

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. The landmark concert hall has appeared in countless productions, such as “The Godfather,” “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Annie,” “Radio Days” and many more.

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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 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

Rock trains for his fight against Clubber Lang, played by Mr. T, inside the Crystal Ballroom at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. The hotel has appeared in dozens of productions, with this particular ballroom appearing in such films as “True Lies,” “Pretty In Pink,” “The Bodyguard,” “Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion,” “The Fabulous Baker Boys” and more. It has also appeared in such TV shows as “True Blood,” “Bridgerton” and more.

LOCATION: 506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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)

Related articles: Rocky (1976), Rocky IV (1985)

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

For fans of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” it’s not much of a secret that the exterior location for the famed Paddy’s Pub is actually in Los Angeles, not Philadelphia.  The building is in a warehouse area of L.A., which is heavily used by film and television productions, as the area can easily stand in for a variety of different cities.  While the address of the building is on Mateo street, you’ll actually want to turn the corner onto Palmetto Street, in order to see the side of the building that is used as Paddy’s Pub.  Just look for the unmistakable high curb.

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LOCATION: 544 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

The back exit of Paddy’s Pub, which is frequently seen on the show, is at an entirely separate building, located a couple miles away in downtown Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: Alley on 11th St, just east of S Broadway  (approximately 115 W 11th St., Los Angeles, CA 90015)

The gang visits Dennis and Dee’s mom’s house in numerous episodes, which is also located in Los Angeles.  The same house can be seen in “Pretty In Pink,” where James Spader’s character throws a party.

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LOCATION: 366 S June St, Los Angeles, CA 90020