Larry Clark’s controversial 2002 film “Ken Park,” written by Harmony Korine, was filmed primarily in the town of Visalia, California. The opening credits show a montage of the titular character, Ken Park, riding his skateboard around Visalia.
Ken passes this mural at the corner of S Court St and E Acequia Ave, which surprisingly remains unchanged nearly twenty years later.
LOCATION: 116 S Court St, Visalia, CA 93291
He jumps his skateboard off these stairs at Redwood High School.
LOCATION: 1001 W Main St, Visalia, CA 93921
He then passes the Visalia Community Covenant Church.
LOCATION: 315 N Conyer St, Visalia, CA 93291
He then makes his way to Provident Skatepark, where the montage ends in violence. The skatepark is still open and actively used by skaters. While it is listed as being on W Murray Ave, it is easiest to access by driving along N Jacob St. A building blocks the view, but if you turn next to the railroad tracks and drive down what looks like a parking lot, you’ll reach the park.
LOCATION: 1035 W Murray Ave, Visalia, CA 93291
One scene not filmed in Visalia is when Claude’s abusive father, along with his buddy, go out trying to pick up prostitutes at Circus Liquor, located in North Hollywood. The liquor store and large clown sign was also seen in “Clueless,” “The Living End,” the 2005 remake of “The Bad News Bears” and Snoop Dogg’s music video for “Murder Was the Case.”
LOCATION: 5600 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601
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