White Men Can’t Jump (1992)

The 1992 film “White Men Can’t Jump” remains one of the more iconic Los Angeles based films. While it shot at various locations around the city, many of which were not destination-based spots for tourists, it is arguably best remembered for its basketball scenes on Venice Beach. During the opening credits, Billy Hoyle, played by Woody Harrelson, parks his car on Windward Ave in Venice Beach, as he searches for a basketball court.

LOCATION: 25 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Just on the opposite side of the street, there is this mural for the film.

LOCATION: 66 Windward Ave Venice, CA 90291

Here is where the men sing a song over the opening credits.

LOCATION: Dudley Ave / Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

Billy approaches the singing men and asks where to find the basketball court.

LOCATION: 401 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

The court where Billy hustles Sidney Deane, played by Wesley Snipes, was not a real court at all. It was and still is a parking lot for beach visitors at the end of Rose Ave, stretching down to Dudley Ave. The production liked the location and converted it into a basketball court for filming. There is a famous court next to the Muscle Beach gym area, often mistaken as being the court from this film and featured in such films as “American History X.” However, the real location is the Rose Ave parking lot, as the buildings and surrounding areas still align with what is seen in the background of the film.

LOCATION: 1 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Here is the court where Sidney and Billy run their first hustle together. Their target does not react kindly to the hustle and goes to his car to get a gun.

LOCATION: 601 E 23rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90011 (court is behind the church on the corner of Trinity St / E 22nd St)

Billy and Gloria, played by Rosie Perez, drop Sidney off at his apartment in Los Angeles.

LOCATION: 4808 August St, Los Angeles, CA 90008

The first motel where Billy stays was formerly located at 1733 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401. It has since been demolished and a new building stands in its place. After some men seeking to collect a debt from Billy track him down at that motel, Billy and Gloria flee to this motel for much of the film.

LOCATION: 5274 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Sidney gets a tour as a prospective buyer of this home, which may be beyond his price range.

LOCATION: 2352 W 30th St, Los Angeles, CA 90018

Gloria appears on the game show “Jeopardy!,” which was filmed at the show’s stage on the Sony Pictures studio lot.  The set can be visited as part of their studio tour.

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LOCATION: 10202 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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After Gloria does well on “Jeopardy!,” she and Billy celebrate by upgrading to this hotel in Santa Monica.

LOCATION: 1301 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

The Net (1995)

The 1995 Sandra Bullock film “The Net” was shot mostly around Los Angeles and San Francisco, California.  In the film, Angela Bennett, played by Bullock, lives in this house in Venice.

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LOCATION: 407 28th Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Unfortunately, the homeowners built a large fence around the property, obscuring much of the view.

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The U.S. Embassy seen in the film is actually the Pasadena City Hall.  It has been featured in numerous productions, such as “American Pie 2,” “Beverly Hills Cop II” and “S1m0ne,” as well as the TV series “Parks And Recreation.”

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LOCATION: 100 Garfield Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

Angela attempts to meet a fellow hacker named CyberBob at the carousel at the Santa Monica Pier.  The same carousel was featured in the opening credits of the TV series “Three’s Company.”

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LOCATION: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Fletch (1985)

In the 1985 comedy “Fletch,” the titular character, played by Chevy Chase, lives at this apartment building, located in Santa Monica, California.  The building is known as the El Cortez Apartments.

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LOCATION: 827 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Role Models (2008)

The 2008 comedy “Role Models,” starring Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott, was filmed around Southern California.  The Minotaur energy drink headquarters can be found in Santa Monica.

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LOCATION: 2800 Donald Douglas Loop N, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Danny and Wheeler, played by Rudd and Scott respectively, go to El Segundo High School in an attempt to sell Minotaur drinks.  The same high school has been featured in many films, including “WarGames,” “Superbad” and “The Babysitter.”

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LOCATION: 640 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245

Danny argues with a coffee shop barista at this Pasadena establishment.  The same building appears in the film “Lady Bird” and is located just across the street from the South Pasadena Public Library, which was seen in the Rob Zombie remake of “Halloween.”

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LOCATION: 1019 El Centro St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Danny and Wheeler also visit the Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood.  This same school was seen in the films “License to Drive” and “Accepted,” as well as the TV shows “Malcolm in the Middle” and “7th Heaven.”

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LOCATION: 4525 Irvine Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91602

Danny talks King Argotron into allowing Augie back into a role playing party at The Burger Hole.  This scene was filmed in South Pasadena.

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LOCATION: 601 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Ronnie locks Wheeler out of the vehicle at Ed’s Mini Mart.

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LOCATION: 825 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Augie’s house can be found in Venice.  A small fence has since been built around the property.

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LOCATION: 822 Valita St, Venice, CA 90291

The Sturdy Wings Center can also be found in Venice.

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LOCATION: 2232 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Danny’s house can be found in Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 1169 Hi Point St, Los Angeles, CA 90035

Forrest Gump (1994)

Visiting the filming locations of the classic 1994 film “Forrest Gump” is a staggering feat, as the story unfolds all across the United States and the production likewise followed that path.

The famous opening scene of the feather falling was filmed at Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia.  It descends past the steeple of The Independent Presbyterian Church Administration Building.

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LOCATION: The Independent Presbyterian Church Administration Building, Savannah, GA 31401

Here is a wider view of the full building.

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As the feather falls closer to the ground, we see the First Baptist Church in the distance.

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LOCATION: First Baptist Church, 223 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401

The feather finally reaches the ground and settles on the shoe of Forrest Gump, played by Tom Hanks.  Forrest sits at a bus stop and recounts the story of his life to strangers sitting on a bench waiting for their bus rides.  The location where Forrest sits is at the intersection of Hull Street and Bull Street in Chippewa Square.  In reality, there is no bus stop or bench there.  They were added for the film.  Instead, there are just some plants.

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Here is a wider view of the area.

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LOCATION: Chippewa Square, Savannah, GA 31401 (at the intersection of Hull St / Bull St)

The actual bench from the film can be found at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California.  It can be seen on their studio tours.

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LOCATION: 5555 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

The exterior of the lounge where Forrest finds Jenny, played by Robin Wright, performing nude, can also be found in Savannah.  The name of the restaurant is Love’s, just as depicted in the film, but it is a seafood and steak joint and you won’t find any nude performers there.  The interior of the scene was actually filmed at the former Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, which has long since been demolished.

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LOCATION: 6817 Chief Of Love Rd, Savannah, GA 31419

Forrest celebrates New Year’s Eve with Lieutenant Dan, played by Gary Sinise, in what is supposed to be New York City.  This was actually filmed on 6th St in Downtown Los Angeles.  This area is right next to the locations used for the Nite Owl Coffee Shop from “L.A. Confidential” and Wild Bill’s Leather from “Seven,” both of which were fictional businesses.

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LOCATION: Near the intersection of E 6th St / S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

On the same street, as Forrest exists a TV studio, Lieutenant Dan is waiting for him outside.  This was actually on a ramp built above this sandwich shop, which has since been removed. The same sandwich shop has appeared in the films “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Rumor Has It” and “A Lot Like Love.”

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LOCATION: 118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Lieutenant Dan then loses control of his wheelchair and slides down the ramp into this wall at the same location.

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Later in the film, Forrest begins running, from coast to coast.  He is seen reaching the famous Santa Monica Pier.

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LOCATION: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

He reaches the end of the pier and turns around to begin running back across the country.  There is a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant located on the pier itself as well, although of course it was not a filming location.

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As Forrest runs through Flagstaff, Arizona, he steps in a pile of manure and helps coin the phrase “Shit happens.”

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LOCATION: Near 106 N San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Also in Flagstaff, Forrest runs past the former Twin Arrows Trading Post.  The building featured two large, wooden arrows piercing the ground.  Some mud splashes on Forrest and he uses a t-shit to clean off his face, creating the famous smiley face t-shirt.  The building now unfortunately sits abandoned.

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LOCATION: Twin Arrows Trading Post Ruins – Historic Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Here’s a closer look at the arrows, which are slowly deteriorating.

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Forrest’s running attire from the film 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

Late in the film, Jenny is working as a waitress and sees Forrest on television.  This was filmed at Debi’s Restaurant in Savannah, located just a few blocks away from the opening scene of the film.

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LOCATION: 225 E Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401

The restaurant is quite proud of their connection to the film and the front is decorated with quotes from the film and a shot of the scene.

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We’ve only covered a portion of the vast filming locations here.  The production also shot scenes in South Carolina, Utah, Arizona, North Carolina, Vermont, Maine, Montana and Washington D.C.

Lords Of Dogtown (2005)

In the 2005 film “Lords of Dogtown,” the filmmakers chose to recreate the legendary Zephyr shop in San Pedro, California.  The original building where the real shop was located is in Venice Beach, but was not used in the film.

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LOCATION: 157 N Bandini St, San Pedro, CA 90731

The restaurant where Stacy officially joins the team and a fight breaks out with the manager is Rae’s Restaurant in Santa Monica.  A staple of film and television, Rae’s has been seen in such films as “True Romance,” “Bowfinger,” “Starsky & Hutch” and more.  The restaurant is only seen from interior views in this film.

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LOCATION: 2901 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Bewitched

The house from the classic TV series “Bewitched” can be found at the Warner Bros. Ranch in Burbank, California.  The ranch is a small lot located apart from the main studio lot and is unfortunately not open to public tours.  However, the design of this house is actually based on a real home, located at 267 18th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402, with the layout simply reversed for the ranch set.  While the Santa Monica home was never used on screen, it’s the closest version visible to the public.  The house set at the Warner Bros. Ranch was also used in the TV series “Gidget” and “The Geena Davis Show.”

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LOCATION: 411 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

The Monster Squad (1987)

The cult 1980s film “The Monster Squad” shot mostly on studio lots, but there are a couple real world locations.  The school the boys attend is the Richland Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 11562 Richland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064

One of those more memorable locations was the house of the “Scary German Guy.”  It could be found in Santa Monica, but as is often the case around Southern California, new owners came along, demolished the property and built a more modern house in it’s place.  Below is what it looked like before it was destroyed.

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LOCATION: 229 12th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402 (now demolished)

Sean’s house was a facade, located on the Warner Bros. Ranch in Burbank.  This studio lot is separate from the main Warner backlot and unfortunately not open to public tours.  The appearance has since changed a bit, but the house still bears some resemblance to how it appeared in the film.  The same house was used in the 1970s TV series “The Partridge Family.”

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LOCATION: 411 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

The climactic battle against the monsters was filmed on the main Warner backlot, which is of course open to tours.  The boys make their way to this church, which was also seen in another 1980s horror classic, “The Lost Boys.”

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

Here is a wider view of the town square, which was also famously used as the fictional town of “Stars Hollow” in the TV show “Gilmore Girls.”

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Dracula stands in front of this house, which is another facade on the Warner lot.  The same home was seen in “Gremlins” and the TV series “Growing Pains.”

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Seeing the locations of “The Monster Squad” is a tricky proposition, as it involves a mixture of studio and real world locations, not all of which we covered here.  Whether you’re a nostalgic fan from the film’s initial release, or a new fan just discovering it for the first time, “The Monster Squad” continues to have an undeniable cult following.

Twins (1988)

In the 1988 Ivan Reitman comedy “Twins,” Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger play two long-lost brothers who reconnect.

Vincent, played by Danny DeVito, lives at this Santa Monica house.  The house has since been remodeled from how it appeared in the film, but does still bear some resemblance.

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LOCATION: 323 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Julius, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, walks up this Pasadena driveway in search of their father.

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LOCATION: 1126 Hillcrest Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

Julius and Vincent first encounter each other in front of the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

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LOCATION: 6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

Three’s Company

The apartment exterior seen in the first three seasons of the 70s / 80s sitcom “Three’s Company” can be found in Santa Monica, California.  The building, which is actually a house, is tucked away behind tall shrubs and a fenced gate, but at the right angle, you can still manage a good view.  The property still mostly resembles how it appeared on the show.

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LOCATION: 2912 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

The opening credits for season 4 were filmed at the Santa Monica Pier.  John Ritter can be seen riding this carousel, which is still in operation.  This same location was featured in the film “The Net.”

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LOCATION: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

The cast is seen walking near the entrance of the pier.  The building on the right is where the carousel is located.  The same building was seen in the 1961 Dennis Hopper film “Night Tide.”

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