Space Jam (1996)

The house where Michael Jordon lives in the 1996 film “Space Jam” can be found in South Pasadena, California.  Located on a popular street for filming, the home sits directly next door to the house from “Liar Liar” and on the same street where the girls are walking home from school and being followed in the original “Halloween.”

spacejam1

LOCATION: 1002 Highland St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Beethoven (1992)

The house from the 1992 comedy “Beethoven,” as well as the sequel, “Beethoven’s 2nd,” can be found in South Pasadena, California.  The house still largely resembles how it appeared in the films.

beethoven1

LOCATION: 1405 Milan Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Liar Liar (1997)

The house from the 1997 Jim Carrey film “Liar Liar” can be found in South Pasadena, California.  It’s actually located right next door to the house from “Space Jam.”  It’s also on the same street as a scene in the original “Halloween” film, where Laurie and Lynda are walking home from school and being followed by a strange figure in a car,

liarliar1

LOCATION: 1004 Highland St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Pretty In Pink (1986)

In the 1986, John Hughes penned “Pretty In Pink,” Andie, played by Molly Ringwald, lives on the wrong side of the tracks at this house.  While the film is set in a Chicago suburb, the house can actually be found in South Pasadena, California.  It really is located near train tracks as well.

prettyinpink1

LOCATION: 1010 Hope St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Steff, played by James Spader, throws a party at this Los Angeles house.  The same house can be seen in the TV series “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” serving as Dennis and Dee’s mom’s house.

alwayssunny3

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

Halloween (1978)

John Carpenter’s original 1978, classic horror film, “Halloween,” is one of those films that tends to inspire people to seek out it’s filming locations.  Nearly everything from the film can still be seen today, much of it within a small radius of one another.  These locations have been heavily documented over the years, but that won’t stop us from taking a look at some of the most iconic spots from the film.

Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, lives at this house, supposedly located in Haddonfield, Illinois, but actually filmed in South Pasadena, California.

halloween1978-7

LOCATION: 1115 Oxley St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Another view of the house, from the corner of Oxley St and Fairview Ave.  The owners of the house are quite welcoming to fans of the film, which is always refreshing to see, even leaving Halloween pumpkins on their front porch year round.

halloween1978-6

Laurie and Lynda are walking home from school at this street corner.

halloween1978-1

LOCATION: Corner of Highland St and Fairview Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

They cross the street, whenever they feel they are being followed by a car being driven by a strange figure.  The camera looks back toward Fairview Ave, where the car first turns down the street.

halloween1978-2

LOCATION: Facing the street approximately in front of 1014 Highland St, South Pasadena, CA 91030 (looking towards Fairview Ave)

Annie yells “Hey jerk, speed kills!” at the car, when it hits it’s breaks.  The camera in this shot is on the same street, now facing the opposite direction, towards Meredian Ave.  The houses from a couple very different kinds of films, “Liar Liar” and “Space Jam,” were shot on this same block.  John Carpenter would himself return to the same neighborhood for his 1983 Stephen King adaptation, “Christine.”

halloween1978-3

LOCATION: Facing the street approximately in front of 1014 Highland St, South Pasadena, CA 91030 (looking towards Meridian Ave.)

Laurie and Annie are walking toward these shrubs, when they appear to see Michael Meyers looking out at them.

halloween1978-4

They approach the shrubs and look behind them, only to see no one is there.

halloween1978-5

LOCATION: 1019 Montrose Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

The Michael Meyers house was originally located at 707 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030.  Since then, some apartments have been built in it’s place.  The original house, however, was spared from demolition at the last minute in 1987.  A South Pasadena resident, recognizing the historical importance of the home and realizing it was about the be demolished, purchased it for a mere $1, with the promise to relocate the house and keep it in tact.  It wasn’t moved very far away, just over on Mission Street, near some train tracks.  Later recognizing that the home had historical significance, the city of South Pasadena would go on to designate the home as a California landmark.  Many iconic movie locations have been demolished over the years, so it’s always nice to hear of stories where one was not only spared, but preserved and honored.  While fans of the film are encouraged to visit the house, it is currently occupied by a local business, who simply asks visitors to keep to the driveway area and refrain from attempting to go up on the porch or inside.

halloween1978-8

LOCATION: 1000 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030 (original 707 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030)

Overall, if you are a fan of the original “Halloween” film, you’ll likely have an enjoyable time strolling around South Pasadena visiting these spots and it won’t even consume too much of your time.

Christine (1983)

In the 1983 John Carpenter adaption of the Stephen King novel, “Christine,” the director returned to his old South Pasadena stomping grounds, where he famously shot “Halloween.”  Those locations can be found in the same proximity as the exterior of the house where Arnie lives in “Christine.”

christine2

LOCATION: 1037 Buena Vista St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

However, when people think of the film “Christine,” the first thing that comes to mind is of course the killer car.  The film follows a possessed Plymouth Fury as it wreaks havoc on it’s owner and those around him.  24 total Plymouth Fury vehicles were acquired for use in the film.  This was one of two stunt cars, which can be found at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.  At the end of the production, the vehicle was set to be destroyed.  However, a buyer stepped in and rescued the car, using parts from other screen-used “Christine” vehicles and restored it back to it’s original condition.

christine

LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Back To The Future (1985)

We’ll be the first to admit, with a film having as rabid of a fanbase the 1985 Robert Zemeckis classic “Back To The Future,” there are far more comprehensive websites than ours available to break down the filming sites.  Having said that, that doesn’t stop us from taking a look at some of our favorite spots.

Marty McFly’s house can be found in the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles, in the town of Pacoima, California.

backtothefuture1

LOCATION: 9303 Roslyndale Ave, Pacoima, CA 91331

Doc Brown’s house can be found over in Pasadena.  It’s the Gamble House, a National Historic Landmark and museum, which is open to public tours.  However, only the exterior was used for Doc’s house in the film.  The interior was shot at 1777 Hillcrest Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106, which is a private residence.

backtothefuture2

LOCATION: 4 Westmoreland Pl, Pasadena, CA 91103

The Burger King where Mary hitches a ride on his skateboard, grabbing onto the back of a truck, is still operational and going strong.  You can find it in Burbank, California.

backtothefuture11

LOCATION: 535 N Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

The Twin Pines Mall is actually the Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry.  The mall occasionally hosts events in celebration of the film.

backtothefuture3

LOCATION: Puente Hills Mall, 1600 S Azusa Ave, City of Industry, CA 91748

Inside the mall, you can even find this replica sign for the Twin Pines Mall.  Sometimes when there are special events surrounding the film, they will place this sign outside, as it appeared in the film.

backtothefuture4

Few movie cars are as famous than the Delorean, with many fans building their own replicas.  There were in fact seven vehicles built for use in the original trilogy, with only three still known to exist.  Below is the first of those three, which appeared throughout the original film and in both sequels.  After spending 25 years as part of Universal Studio’s Hollywood Tour, the car had begun showing signs of wearing and many key pieces had been removed, including the famed flux capacitor.  A team was hired to meticulously restore the car back to it’s original form and the vehicle is now on permanent display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.  The second Delorean is on display at Universal Studios Florida, while the third is privately owned.

backtothefuture5

LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

A look inside the restored vehicle.

backtothefuture6

Here is the restored flux capacitor.

backtothefuture7

One vehicle from the original film which can still be seen on the Universal Studios Hollywood Tour is Biff Tannen’s 1946 Ford Convertible.  Some vehicles from the sequels can also be seen there, but here we’ll strictly focus on the first film.

backtothefuture8

LOCATION: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

George McFly’s house can be found in South Pasadena.

backtothefuture9

LOCATION: 1711 Bushnell Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Marty’s mother Lorainne lives at this house, located on the same street, just a few doors down from George’s house.  This house was also used in another Michael J. Fox film, “Teen Wolf.”

backtothefuture12

LOCATION: 1727 Bushnell Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

The courthouse square and clock tower can be found on the Universal Studios Lot in Hollywood.  The building has been used in countless other films, including “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “Gremlins” and “Bruce Almighty.”  In 2008, a fire destroyed much of the building, but Universal restored and reopened it in 2009.  Today, it can be seen once again as part of the Universal Studios Tour, but be warned, this area frequently hosts productions and the site is routinely closed off from the tours.  If you’re adamant about seeing the tower, it’s perhaps best to call ahead and find out if it’s showing on a given day.

backtothefuture10

LOCATION: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Tim Burton’s 1985 film “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” introduced the world to Paul Rubens’ classic character, Pee-Wee Herman.  In the film, Pee-Wee lives at this South Pasadena home.

peeweesbigadventure1

LOCATION: 1848 Oxley St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Later in the film, Pee Wee is chased around the Cabazon Dinosaurs.  The dinosaurs are a roadside attraction in Cabazon, California and can be seen from the 10 freeway.  Originally built by a sculptor and theme park artist as a way to attract customers to his nearby restaurant, the dinosaurs now operate as a small museum and gift shop.  The dinosaurs were also seen in the 1984 film “Paris, Texas” and the 1989 film “The Wizard.”

thewizard1

LOCATION: 50700 Seminole Dr., Cabazon, CA 92230

thewizard2

thewizard3

The bike from the film can be seen at the Hollywood Museum in Hollywood, California.

peeweesbigadventure2

LOCATION: Hollywood Museum, 1660 Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028

They also have one of Pee Wee’s costumes, though it is said to be from the TV show, not the film.

peeweesbigadventure3