It Chapter Two (2019)

Much like the first “It” film in 2017, for the sequel, the studio set up a pop-up to promote the film, located at the corner of Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood, California.  While the first pop-up highlighted the Neibolt house, for the sequel, the experience was based around The Derry Canal Days Festival and Funhouse.

The pop-up featured games, merchandise and a haunted funhouse.  It was on display during August and September of 2019, but has since closed.  The actual film was shot primarily in Ontario, Canada.

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Saved By The Bell

The original “Saved By the Bell”  show taped at Sunset-Gower Studios in Hollywood, California.  Those sets are long since gone, but that didn’t stop the next best thing from happening; a full blown, pop-up restaurant, inspired by the show.  Recreating many of the classic sets, Saved By the Max was created with participation and support from NBC and first opened in Chicago, Illinois (1941 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622), where it ran for a year, before relocating to Los Angeles, California, where it is also currently slated to run for one year.

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LOCATION: 7100 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

The restaurant is well designed, capturing many of the little details of The Max.  It is a full service restaurant, serving burgers, shakes and many other foods.  Occasionally cast members from the show even make appearances.

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Not an actual, functioning door.  In fact, even the window is not real.

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The classic jukebox from the show.

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And of course the arcade machines.

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A DJ station for KKTY Bayside.

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Some oversized heads of the cast for visitors to use for photo ops.

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A look at the kitchen.

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The merch area, where you can buy hoodies, t-shirts, slap bracelets and more.

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Visitors can also choose to dine in Mr. Belding’s office.

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Sections of the restaurant even tried to recreate portions of Bayside High.

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Here we see the lockers of all of the cast.  Zack, Slater, Kelly, Screech, Jessie, Lisa and even Tori.

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There’s even a “Belding stinks” sticker on the bathroom door, a nice touch.

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Some props and merchandise from the original show, including menus for The Max, dolls, the Saved By the Bell board game, a copy of the Bayside Breeze newspaper and much more.

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There are a few locations in the real world that were used for the show, but these were limited to the TV movies, which came after the original show and could no longer utilize the former sets.  In “Saved By the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas,” this Pacific Palisades home is shown the be the house of Zack Morris.  Throughout the main run of the show, Zack’s house was always a set.  This same house was also seen in the horror film “Ghost In The Machine.”

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LOCATION: 510 Frontera Dr, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

There is also a shot in the movie showing Palisades High School as the famous Bayside High School.  This is the only time, aside from a couple establishing shots during Season 1, an exterior high school shot was ever used.  Again, in the original show, it was always a set.  The same school was used in the original 1976 “Carrie,” the 2003 remake of “Freaky Friday” and many more films.

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LOCATION: 15777 Bowdoin St, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

For those wondering, the Malibu Sands Resort was filmed at the Annenberg Community Beach House at 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402.  It has since been heavily remodeled and looks nothing like it did on the show.

 

Ready Player One (2018)

To promote the release of the Steven Speilberg film “Ready Player One,” Warner Bros. set up a pop-up, interactive maze called the “Ready Player One Challenge,” located on the corner of Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood, California.  It’s the same spot they created “The IT Experience: Neibolt House Hollywood” in 2017.

Visitors were invited to explore the OASIS in an interactive maze, which included A/V installations, interactive displays, nostalgic gaming stations, a store, props and a full-scale recreation of the sets from the film.  Here we’ll take a look primarily at the sets and the props.  The exhibition runs from March 18 – April 1, 2018.

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While the film was set in Columbus, Ohio, it was shot in England.  This exhibition allowed visitors to get a real life glimpse at how those sets appeared, in full scale.

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Wade, played by Tye Sheridan, wears this suit as he enters the OASIS.

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The exhibit also included a time-traveling Delorean, most well-known of course from the “Back To The Future” films.

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Some props from the film.

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Coming To America (1988)

The fictional McDowell’s fast food restaurant, an obvious riff on McDonald’s, from the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy “Coming To America,” came to life for a short stint as a pop-up exhibition in Los Angeles in 2017.  It’s not the first time this has been done.  Previously another McDowell’s pop up surfaced in Chicago in 2015.  The “Home of the Big Mick” could be found at Fat Sal’s Hollywood, which converted their establishment for just 48 hours.  The pop-up has long since closed, but you can find pictures below of the event.  For those wondering, Samuel L. Jackson did not make any surprise appearance to stage a robbery, as depicted in the film.

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It (2017)

To promote the release of the film “It,” Warner Bros. built a a haunted house on the corner of Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood, California, in which visitors could go inside the Neibolt house, where actors and haunted house theatrics would do their best to scare you.

The real house seen in the film was also a creation of the production.  It was built in the town of Oshowa, Ontario, Canada, on the corner of Eulalie Ave and James St.

“The IT Experience: Neibolt House Hollywood” pop-up exhibition was on display for one month, during August and September, 2017.  It has since closed.  In 2019, the studio built a pop-up for “It Chapter Two” at the same location.

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Breaking Bad

In the wake of the popular television series “Breaking Bad,” it’s difficult to even mention the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico without thinking of the show.  Albuquerque plays a central role in the series and there’s a vast array of filming locations scattered all across the city.  Here, we’ll take a look at those, as well as a some props and even a pop-up set.

First, we begin with one of the more notorious film locations; the Walter White house.  Beyond the notoriety of the house within the show itself, the real home has it’s own reputation, due to the sometimes adversarial owner.  While most of the time it’s fine to visit properties once seen in films or TV shows, on occasion, property owners of these locations are not receptive to visitors.  While that’s not exactly the case with the Walter White house, the owner could be considered particular to the acceptable ways in which visitors approach her home.  This is not without reason, however, as some past guests have abused their visiting privileges, by doing things like trespassing into their back yard, while others have even gone as far as throwing pizza on her roof, in a distasteful attempt to parody a famous scene from the show.  The pizzas in particular escalated to the point where series creator Vince Gilligan himself had to publicly denounce these acts and tell fans to stop doing it.  That’s not to mention the sheer volume of guests that visit the house, which was said to be dozens per day at the height of the show’s popularity.  So while there’s seemingly no harm in looking at a house, it is nevertheless understandable if the property owner has developed a low tolerance for intrusive visitors.  Since the show ended, the owners have made a habit of opening their garage up each day and sitting in front of the house, from dawn to dusk.  It isn’t often you’ll visit the property in the daytime where the owners won’t be perched out front.  They also installed cameras around the house, posted a “no trespassing” sign and erected a steel gate at the front door, in an effort to curb the repeated trespassing issues.  While the owner of the house can be friendly, she has also had some verbal altercations with visitors, if she feels they are being intrusive.  All of this, however, is not to say visitation is discouraged.  The owner has stated she does not mind fans of the show stopping by and taking photos, as long as they remain on the opposite side of the street and do not disturb them.  While one can make a valid argument that it’s perfectly legal to walk right up to the curb in front of the house and take a photo, doing so will likely provoke the ire of the homeowners, so please respect their wishes if you intend on visiting the property and you’re unlikely to encounter any issues.

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LOCATION: 3828 Piermont Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111

Jesse Pinkman’s house requires a bit less discretion when visiting, as we are unaware of any animosity between the owners and fans of the show.

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LOCATION: 322 16th St. SW, Albuquerque, NM, 87104

Agent Hank Schrader’s house is located in this cul de sac.

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LOCATION: 4901 Cumbre Del Sur Ct. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111

Next we take a look at the infamous “Los Pollos Hermanos,” the restaurant owned by criminal mastermind Gus Fring.  Here we have photos from both the real location (a restaurant named “Twisters”), as well as a pop-up replica of the restaurant, which was used to promote the spin-off series “Better Call Saul.”  First, lets look at the actual location in Albuquerque, called “Twisters.”  There are a few of these restaurants in the area, so be sure if you plan to visit, you go to the one on Isleta Blvd, in order to see the location used in the show.

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LOCATION: 4257 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105

The counter inside at the real location, which features a small “Los Pollos Hermanos” sign.  You can also sit and eat at the table Walter White sat in, if it isn’t already occupied by another customer.

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This is a “Los Pollos Hermanos” logo painted inside the real Twisters location, on the wall beside the entrance door.  This was added by the “Breaking Bad” production and the restaurant allowed it to remain up.  They are very welcoming to fans of the show.

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Now we move on to what is a pop-up replica of “Los Pollos Hermanos,” which was built on an open parking lot space in Los Angeles for just a few short days, in promotion of “Better Call Saul.”  These are not photos of the real restaurant and the pop-up has long since been dismantled.

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A “Los Pollos Hermanos” restaurant sign built for the pop-up.

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Visitors to the pop-up were given a complimentary order of french fries and a cup of water, both bearing the “Los Pollos Hermanos” name.

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A mock application form was also given out to visitors of the pop-up.

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Back in Albuquerque and to the real show locations, here is a look at the office of Saul Goodman.

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LOCATION: 9800 Montgomery Blvd., Albuquerque, NM 87111

A few businesses have come and gone from the location since the show aired, but the current restaurant actually has their front door made up to look like Saul’s office.

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The Whites’ car wash.

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LOCATION: 9516 Snow Heights Cir. NE, Albuquerque NM, 87112

Tuco’s headquarters, which is left in bad shape after a visit from Walter.  The real building is actually a coffee shop.

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LOCATION: 906 Park Ave. SW, Albuquerque, NM, 87102

This is Walt and Jesse’s RV from the show, which can be seen as part of the Sony Pictures Studio Tour in Culver City, California.  The show had 2 identical RVs for filming, one of which actually was destroyed on the show.  This is the only remaining RV from the production.

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Walter White’s vehicle from the show is also on display at the Sony Pictures Studio Tour.

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Next up are some props from the show, also seen on the Sony Pictures Studio Tour.  Included are Gail’s lab notes, Walt’s missing person flier, the stuffed animal that falls into Walt’s pool and much more.

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Last, but not least, we leave you with a couple of Bryan Cranston’s costumes from the show.  First up, this Heisenberg outfit can be found on display on the Sony Pictures Studio Tour.

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Another of Walter’s outfits can be found on display at Planet Hollywood in Florida.

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LOCATION: 1506 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Seinfeld

Despite being famously set in New York, the exterior shot of Jerry’s apartment is actually located in Los Angeles, which is where the majority of the series was taped as well.

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LOCATION:  757 S New Hampshire Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005

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What can be seen in New York is the famous “Monk’s Cafe,” where Jerry and the gang were regulars throughout the series.  The restaurant is actually known as Tom’s Restaurant and can be found in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.  The show only used the restaurant for exterior shots.  The interior of Tom’s bears no resemblance to the Monk’s restaurant set from the show, although it does feature some Seinfeld photos along the walls.

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LOCATION: 2880 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

To celebrate the show’s arrival onto streaming services, Hulu did a pop-up exhibition in New York and Los Angeles in late 2015, recreating the interior of Jerry’s apartment.

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Jerry’s apartment, 5A.

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The inside door, where Kramer so frequently popped in.

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The kitchen.  Everything was recreated, from the Superman magnet to the cereal collection.

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The living room.

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The computer area.

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The kitchen table.

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The book shelf.

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The bathroom.

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The hallway.

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A recreation of Kramer’s photo studio, where he takes erotic photos of George.

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The stand-up comedy stage.

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The remainder of the photos are props from the show, starting with the famous restaurant booth.

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Puddy’s New Jersey Devils jersey.

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George’s sable hat, which Elaine buys on Peterman’s company account when she goes overboard with expensing personal items.

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The Bachman Pretzels container, from when Kramer gets cast in the Woody Allen film.  “These pretzels are making me thirsty.”

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The Superman figure.

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The script to the final episode, signed by the cast.

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The Frogger arcade machine.

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The pez dispenser.

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The Festivus pole.

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George’s pyramid, from when he visits the holistic healer.

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The Maestro’s wand.

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Bosco.

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The egg Kramer drops in Jerry’s kitchen, then blocks off with caution tape, rather than cleaning it up.

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The Tropic of Cancer book, which Jerry learns he is over 20 years overdue on returning to the library.

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The Junior Mints, as well as the photo of George’s boss, which gets botched when he attempts to erase himself out of the shot.

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The last supper painting.

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Twin Peaks

With the revival of David Lynch’s classic television drama, there is a lot of renewed interest in the filming locations of Twin Peaks.  Here, we’ll take a look at the show’s iconic, opening shot, with the sign to the entrance of the fictitious town of Twin Peaks.  You’ll have to head to Snoqualmie, WA to find it, taking a drive down Reinig Road.  There you’ll find Mount Si, which doubles as the titular twin peaks.

You’ll need to drive with the Snoqualmie River facing your right-hand side, looking toward Mount Si to get the exact spot.  It’s not too difficult to locate, as the sign was posted at a point in the road where there is a small shoulder on the right, which comes very close to the river.  The shoulder makes it pretty identifiable and it should be recognizable once you see it.  If you do make it to Snoqualmie, we highly recommend taking time to walk around the river and surrounding area, which is quite beautiful.  Everything remains relatively untouched from how it appeared in the original run of the show.

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LOCATION: SE Reinig Rd., Snoqualmie, WA 98065

In 2017, to celebrate the revival of the series, Showtime hosted a pop-up exhibition of the Double R Diner in Los Angeles.  The pop-up lasted for one week and has long since closed.  Inside, visitors could find merchandise from the show, memorabilia and even David Lynch’s coffee brand.  The same spot was later used as a pop-up for the “Peach Pit” from “Beverly Hills, 90210.”

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