The Terminator (1984)

James Cameron’s original 1984 film “The Terminator” shot all around the Greater Los Angeles area.  Early in the film, Arnold Schwarzenegger travels back in time, arriving at the iconic Griffith Observatory.  The location is a staple of film, appearing in such movies as “Rebel Without A Cause,” “La La Land” and dozens more.

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LOCATION: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Kyle Reese, played by Michael Biehn, arrives back in time in this alley in Downtown Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: Alley beside 214 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Sarah Conner, played by Linda Hamilton, works at this restaurant in South Pasadena.  The building has since been remodeled a bit, but the roof still appears the same as it did in the film.

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LOCATION: 815 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

The Terminator visits a gun shop, located in Van Nuys.  The building is now part of a used car lot.

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LOCATION: 14329 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

The Terminator looks for Sarah Conner at her apartment.

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LOCATION: 420 S Lafayette Park Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Kyle follows Sarah as she approaches the Tech Noir club.  The Tech Noir building is in the process of being remodeled, but the market next to it, now a jewelry shop, can still be seen.

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LOCATION: 720 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

A big action sequence takes place at Grand Lower in Downtown L.A.  This is a popular area for both filming and photography.  It has been featured in countless films, including “Demolition Man,” “Cobra,” “Batman Forever,” “Repo Man” and many more.  It was also featured in the TV series “Westworld.”

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LOCATION: Grand Lower, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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The Tiki Motel where Kyle and Sarah stay can be found in Huntington Park.

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LOCATION: 7301 Santa Fe Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255

Another action sequence takes place at the Second Street Tunnel in Downtown L.A.  This is another popular filming location, appearing in such films as “Kill Bill,” “Demolition Man,” “Blade Runner,” “Con Air,” “Independence Day” and many more.  The scene starts at the side of the tunnel facing S Figueroa St.

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LOCATION: 620 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (facing S Figueroa St)

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The Terminator crashes his bike and steals a truck on upper S Grand Ave.  This is directly above Grand Lower, where the earlier action scene in the film takes place.

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LOCATION: S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (near 340 S Grand Ave)

The big truck explosion near the end of the movie was filmed in front of this building owned by the Los Angeles Police Department.  It is located next just past the Denny’s from “Drive” and very close to Union Station, which has been seen in countless films.

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LOCATION: 555 Ramirez St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The gas station where Sarah’s photograph is taken at the end of the film can be found in the desert town of Littlerock.  The same gas station, which has since been remodeled, was also seen in the Britney Spears movie “Crossroads,” as well as the Z.Z. Top music video for “Gimme All Your Lovin’.”

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LOCATION: 37202 90th St E, Littlerock, CA 93543

Related articles: Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991), Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines (2003)

The Girl Next Door (2004)

The houses from the 2004 comedy “The Girl Next Door” can be found in South Pasadena, California.  They are located side by side, as depicted in the film.  The house on the right is where Matthew, played by Emile Hirsch lived, while the one on the left belonged to Danielle, played by Elisha Cuthbert.  Both homes can be found on the same street as the “Beethoven” house.

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LOCATION: 1500 Milan Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030 (Danielle’s house) and 1504 Milan Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030 (Matthew’s house).

Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)

The Peyton house from the 2005 remake “Herbie: Fully Loaded,” starring Lindsday Lohan, can be found in South Pasadena, California.

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LOCATION: 1120 Buena Vista St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

The iconic Herbie, the Love Bug was also revived for the film.  One of several 1963 Volkswagen Beetles built for the production, this particular model was seen being driven by Lindsay Lohan during the racing sequences.  The car can be found at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.

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

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,

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LOCATION: 1004 Highland St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Fletcher Reede, played by Jim Carrey, has a court case as the Los Angeles City Hall.  The iconic building has been featured in endless films, such as “L.A. Confidential” and “Gangster Squad.”

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LOCATION: 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Teen Wolf (1985)

In the 1985 film “Teen Wolf,” Scott, played by Michael J. Fox, lives at this South Pasadena home.  Ironically, the same house was seen in another 1980s Michael J. Fox film, “Back To The Future,” where it served as the house of Marty’s mother, Lorainne.

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LOCATION: 1727 Bushnell Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

The party house, seen briefly in the film, is located in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles.  The same house can be seen in “A Star Is Born” and the TV series “This Is Us.”  Directly next door is also the house of Chloë Grace Moretz’s character in “(500) Days Of Summer.”

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LOCATION: 5223 Shearin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Scott’s high school is the John Burroughs Middle School.  The same school was used in many films, such as “Pleasantville,” “Pretty In Pink,” “Never Been Kissed” and “Waiting For Guffman.”

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LOCATION: 600 S Mc Cadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90005

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.

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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.

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

The Trax record store where Andie works can be found in Santa Monica.  It’s part of the 3rd Street Promenade, an pedestrian shopping mall best accessed on foot.

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LOCATION: 1460 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401

The “Meadowbrook High School” seen in the film is a composite of two schools.  The exteriors were filmed at John Marshall High School.  A regular location in film and television, it has also appeared in such movies as “Rebel Without A Cause,” “A Nightmare On Elm Street,” “Can’t Hardly Wait,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Bachelor Party,” “Grosse Pointe Blank,” “Grease” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” as well as such TV shows as “Boy Meets World,” “Boston Public” and many more.  It was even used in the Van Halen music video for “Hot For Teacher.”

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LOCATION: 3939 Tracy St, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The interiors were filmed over at John Burroughs Middle School.  This is another film staple, having appeared in such movies as “Teen Wolf,” “Teaching Mrs. Tingle,” “What Dreams May Come” and many more.

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LOCATION: 600 S Mc Cadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90005

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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

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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.

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

Right across the street from the Myers house, you’ll find the hardware store Michael robs.

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LOCATION: 966 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Just a couple blocks away from Hollywood Blvd, you’ll find the Wallace house.

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LOCATION: 1537 N Orange Grove Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Just across the street is Doyle’s house. The same house has appeared in the Rodney Dangerfield comedy “Back To School,” as well as the TV series “American Horror Story.”

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LOCATION: 1530 N Orange Grove Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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

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