Frailty (2001)

Bill Paxton’s criminally overlooked 2001 film “Frailty,” starring Matthew McConaughey, is set in the town of Thurman, Texas.  However, the movie primarily filmed around Southern California, with many scenes shot in Orange County.

The FBI Headquarters was filmed at Los Angeles Center Studios.  This is a large facility consisting of numerous buildings.  The studio has been used, both for interior and exterior sets, in countless films and shows, such as “The Game,” “Fight Club” and dozens more.  It’s difficult to photograph the property, because many of the surrounding roads are gated off.  This view is from one of the gates at S Boylston St.

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LOCATION: 450 S Bixel St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Adam Meiks, played by Matthew McConaughey, lives in this house in Covina.

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LOCATION: 470 W Center St, Covina, CA 91723

Thurman Drugs was filmed at the famous Orange Circle.  Another staple of film, Orange Circle has been featured in such movies as “Small Soldiers,” “Big Momma’s House,” “That Thing You Do!” and many more.  The drug store location is now a pizza shop.

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LOCATION: 101 S Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

The boys are seen walking by this church, also found in Orange.

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LOCATION: 305 W Almond Ave, Orange, CA 92866

Flashback scenes to the family home were filmed in Sun Valley.

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LOCATION: 10643 Tuxford St, Sun Valley, CA 91352

The school the boys attend was Katherine Edwards Middle School in Whittier.

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LOCATION: 6812 Norwalk Blvd, Whittier, CA 90606

The sheriff station seen in flashbacks can be found very close to Orange Circle.

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LOCATION: 312 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

The home of Cynthia Harbridge can also be found in Orange.

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LOCATION: 435 E Palmyra Ave, Orange, CA 92866

The home of Brad White can likewise be found in Orange.

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LOCATION: 225 E Maple Ave, Orange, CA 92866

The present day sheriff station is located in Norwalk.

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LOCATION: 12139 Front St, Norwalk, CA 90650

If you’ve never seen the film, we highly recommend you seek it out.

Too Old To Die Young

“Too Old to Die Young” from director Nicolas Winding Refn is, depending on how you look at it, either a TV series or a long film.  Refn himself prefers to view it as the latter.  Most of the production took place around the San Fernando Valley in Southern California, with some additional filming in New Mexico.  Here we’ll cover the locations episode by episode.  Some locations of course appear over multiple episodes.  This article contains many spoilers for the show, so please do not proceed unless you’ve seen it in it’s entirety.

Volume 1 – “The Devil”

The first episode opens with Martin Jones, played by Miles Teller and his partner Larry, played by Lance Gross, standing in front of this mural along the side of a taco restaurant in Studio City.

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LOCATION: 11401 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91602

Here is a wider view of the side of the building.

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Also seen in the opening scene is this sports bar, located directly next to the taco restaurant.

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LOCATION: 11411 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91602

Unbeknownst to Martin and Larry, they are being watched from across the street by Jesus, played by Augusto Aguilera.

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Martin and Larry pull over a young woman in the parking lot of a largely abandoned shopping plaza in North Hollywood sometimes referred to as the Valley Plaza.  The area is becoming a popular filming location, having also recently appeared in “Captain Marvel.”  The Blockbuster Video store where Carol Danvers first arrives is one of the store fronts in the background.

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LOCATION: Near the intersection of Sylvian St / Vantage Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91606 (directly across from 12200 Sylvan St, North Hollywood, CA 91606)

The police car is parked in the area to the left near the tree.

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After taking money from the girl they’ve pulled over, they let her go and Larry walks over towards a restaurant called “The Lone Drifter.”  This is not a real establishment, rather a vacant building dressed up by the production.  It too was seen in “Captain Marvel,” dressed as a music venue called “The Slow Club,” where Carol makes a call at a payphone.

Jesus is parked just beside the building, where he approaches and shoots Larry.  The fire hydrant to the right is where Larry’s cell phone is recovered.

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LOCATION: 2124 Sylvan St, North Hollywood, CA 91606

Martin returns fire on Jesus with the Regency Valley Plaza theater seen in the background.

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After the shooting, Jesus escapes driving down Sylvian St and turning right onto Laurel Canyon Blvd.  Martin calls in the shooting and surprisingly states the actual location of the scene to dispatch, rather than a fictionalized address, which is a somewhat rare occurrence in film and television.

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The police station where Martin works, seen frequently throughout the show, is the Sunkist Headquarters building in Sherman Oaks.  It is seen mostly from interior views in the show.

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LOCATION: 14130 Riverside Dr, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

The building faces the 101 freeway and Westfield shopping mall, both of which are seen through the windows in various scenes.

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Not far from the police station, Martin parks here and walks to a payphone to call Damian, played by Babs Olusanmokun.  This area is the rear parking lot behind a shoe repair and dry cleaners, looking out over a gas station and bank building.  There is no actual payphone there.

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LOCATION: 13644 Riverside Dr, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 (rear parking lot)

Damian runs his operation out of an ice skating rink in Van Nuys.  The location appears many times in the show, from a variety of angles both from the interior and exterior.  Here is the front entrance.

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LOCATION: 14318 Calvert St, Van Nuys, CA 91401

In one scene, Martin is seen approaching past this sign.

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The parking lot is featuring in several scenes.  First, Martin meets Damian to say he only wants to kill those who have committed horrible acts.  In later episodes, Damian slices fruit with a sword and a would-be assassin named Gameboy watches as Damian and his crew perform a peculiar dance to “Ten Commandments” by Prince Buster.

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Here is the corner where Devante, Jaime and Gameboy all stake out Damian’s ice rink.

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LOCATION: Calvert St / Tyrone Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91401

Gameboy mistakenly takes out the wrong man, killing Celestino.  He attempts to speed off, but Damian returns fire and kills him in the street.

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Martin’s apartment can be found in Sherman Oaks.

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LOCATION: 14426 Addison St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Later, when Martin returns home with Janey, played by Nell Tiger Free, Damian and his crew are waiting on this street corner, where they violently persuade Martin to become a hitman for them.

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LOCATION: Addison St / Tilden Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Martin pays a visit to Amanda’s apartment in North Hollywood to pay her money.

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LOCATION: 6837 Fulton Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91605

As Martin goes to perform the hit ordered by Damian, he parks at this liquor store.

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LOCATION: 12500 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91604

His target is a man inside this auto shop.

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LOCATION: 4350 Whitsett Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

Once inside, he finds the man nude on a couch and the two engage in a physical battle before Martin gets the upper hand.

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Volume 2 – “The Lovers”

Don Ricardo’s estate, where much of episode 2 takes places, is the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley.  The property regularly hosts weddings and special events.  It is otherwise a private estate, however, only allowing guests by appointment.  The only road leading to the ranch is typically gated shut with no trespassing signs, making it unfortunately closed to the public.  The property has also appeared in Oliver Stone’s “Savages,” “Jobs” starring Ashton Kutcher and in the second season of “True Detective.”

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LOCATION: 2940 Kuehner Dr, Simi Valley, CA 93063

Volume 3 – “The Hermit”

In episode 3, the character of Viggo, played by John Hawkes, is introduced.  As he is transporting a dead body in his trunk, he suddenly runs out of gas.  He pulls over to this alley in Van Nuys.

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LOCATION: 14524 Hamlin St, Van Nuys, CA 91411

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Not thinking clearly, Viggo locks himself out of his car.  In the neighboring parking lot, gunshots suddenly ring out as an unrelated crime takes place.  Viggo decides to escape on foot, leaving the key with his fingerprint inside the car.  The next morning Martin arrives and discovers the key, putting him on the trail of Viggo.

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LOCATION: 6417 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401 (rear parking lot)

Diana, played by Jena Malone, orchestrates Viggo’s targets and regularly meets with him at the Hansen Dam Aquatic Center.  The pool has a picturesque mountain range spanning the backdrop.  It is depicted as quiet and isolated in the show, but in reality, it’s a popular spot for families to visit.

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LOCATION: 11798 Foothill Blvd, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

The slide at the pool is also seen in a later episode when the two once again meet up and talk.

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Martin visits the family of an abused boy to gather more information on Viggo.

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LOCATION: 6616 Langdon Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406

Janey forces a bartender to serve her a drink despite knowing she is underage.  Most of the scene is out of focus, but when she exits the building, it is revealed to be a bar inside Highland Park Bowl.

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LOCATION: 5621 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Here is a view of the full exterior, although it is never seen from this angle in the show.

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Janey then walks over to meet her father at an art gallery.  This is geographically accurate, as the location really is just a few doors down from the bar.  It is seen only from interior views in the scene.

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LOCATION: 5601 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Martin finally tracks down Viggo and follows him to his mother’s house in Sylmar.

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LOCATION: 11370 Clybourn Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342

Martin then follows Viggo to the Northridge Fashion Center, which leads him to Diana.  Viggo is seen driving up this ramp.  To access the exact area seen in the film, you need to go to Nordhoff St and turn into the lot near Sears.  The ramp is on the left and will take you to the upper lot where the scene was shot.

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LOCATION: 9301 Tampa Ave, Northridge, CA 91324

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Viggo parks along the wall on the right, while Diana parks beside the lamppost in the foreground.  Martin photographs them from afar, looking at this angle.

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Martin is told to meet Damian at a strip mall near the house.  Damian gives him a key to enter the house of his next target.  The plaza can be found in Studio City.

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LOCATION: 11308 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Martin meets with Viggo at the Olympic Coffee Shop in Sylmar.  The two discuss what it feels like to kill.  The same coffee shop has appeared in the films “Over The Top” and “Every Which Way But Loose,” as well as such TV series as “Bosch” and “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

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LOCATION: 12192 San Fernando Rd, Sylmar, CA 91342

Volume 4 – “The Tower”

Martin’s next target is a Korean man that he tracks down at this burger restaurant in Burbank.

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LOCATION: 2320 W Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

Martin follows the man and he pulls over here to eat a burger.  As Martin pulls the gun, he finds himself conflicted about whether the man really deserves death and decides to find an alternate solution.  Once again, the route they drive is geographically accurate and just a short distance from the burger restaurant.

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LOCATION: 2301 W Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

Volume 5 – “The Fool”

Episode 5 was filmed on location in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  We do not yet have specific location information at this time.

Volume 6 – “The High Priestess”

Back in the Valley, Alfonso attempts to get in the good graces of Jesus by ordering a hit on Damian.  He visits Devante at this auto shop in Van Nuys and hires him to perform the hit for $6,000.

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LOCATION: 14101 Oxnard St, Van Nuys, CA 91401

Devante then outsources the job to Jaime for $2,000, who in turn outsources the hit to a junkie named Gameboy for $200 and some crystal meth.  Gameboy stops by this apartment and does some drugs, tearing the photo of his target in two in the process and mixing up Damian with Celestino.  The address is on Bakman Ave in North Hollywood, but the view seen in the show is actually the back side of the building, on an unnamed road next to the electrical towers.

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LOCATION: 6607 Bakman Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91606 (rear side of the building on an unnamed road)

Gameboy is then seen passing the electrical towers and turning down Kittridge St to go kill Damian.  Things do not go as planned.

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Volume 7 – “The Magician”

Janey’s father Theo, played by William Baldwin, takes Martin to a screening room, where he plays a scene of a show within a show.  The scene is very meta, mimicking the scene from episode 1 where Martin and Larry pull over a woman.  This was filmed at an auto shop very close to the location of the final scene in the show.

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LOCATION: 5547 Satsuma Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601

After Viggo helps Martin dispose of a body, Martin asks him to pull over as he vomits.

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LOCATION: 8981 Bradley Ave, Sun Valley, CA 91352

Volume 8 – “The Hanged Man”

Martin and Viggo’s next target takes them to an abandoned shopping mall.  This is the former Hawthorne Plaza Shopping Center.  The plaza has been abandoned for years, with on-again, off-again plans for demolition.  In the meantime, it has become a popular spot for filming and photography.  It has been seen in such films at “Gone Girl,” “Minority Report” and “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” as well as the TV series “Westworld.”  The building is closed to the public and regularly patrolled by security, so unless you have permission from the city or someone filming, it is trespassing to enter the grounds.  It is a popular spot for abandon building enthusiasts, however, and quite a few people have managed to get inside over the years.

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LOCATION: 12124 Hawthorne Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250 (closed to the public)

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The High Priestess of Death executes everyone in sight at the Sierra Pelona Motel in Santa Clarita.  The motel was also used in the 2002 Britney Spears film “Crossroads” and the TV series “Westworld.”   The morel is also located very close to the restaurant from “Duel.”  The phone booth was not a prop and really exists at the motel.

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LOCATION: 12117 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91390

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Most of the killings take place in front of rooms 3 and 4.

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Volume 9 – “The Empress”

In the penultimate episode, Diana has a vision which changes her eyes.  She visits a mysterious woman to explain her vision and fix her eyes.  All of the decor seen in the front of the shop is real and was not a flourish of the production.  This location is right across the street from the scene in episode 1 where Martin and Larry pull over the young woman.

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LOCATION: 6316 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606

Diana makes her way out to the back of the building to speak to the woman.

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Volume 10 – “The World”

In the final episode, Yuritza makes her presence known as the High Priestess of Death.  She sits at the corner of Satsuma Ave and Cumpston St.  This is on the same street as the show within a show that Theo plays for Martin in his screening room.

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LOCATION: Satsuma Ave / Cumpston St, North Hollywood, CA 91601

The final scenes were filmed at the Limelight West, an event space in North Hollywood.

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LOCATION: 5453 Satsuma Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601

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GLOW

The TV series “GLOW” tells the real life story of a 1980s women’s wrestling promotion called the “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.”  The show, starring Alison Brie, was primarily set around the San Fernando Valley in Southern California for the first two seasons, before shifting to Las Vegas for the third season.

The exterior of the gym where the ladies train can be found at the San Fernando Masonic Lodge.  The angle shown is from the back of the building.  There is a gate on the front side preventing vehicle access to this area.  There is also fencing along the back.  However, there is an alley running behind the property, allowing for views of the location.  The interior of the gym was a set built on a sound stage.

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LOCATION: 1112 N Maclay Ave, San Fernando, CA 91340

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The diner the girls frequent is Cadillac Jack’s in Sun Valley.  It is no longer an active restaurant establishment, instead it is used solely as a filming location or event space.  The building is actually part of the same property as the hotel used in the show and located directly beside it.  The restaurant has been used in countless productions, including “Grease 2,” “The Whole Ten Yards,” the TV shows “Vanderpump Rules,” “MacGuyver” and dozens more.  It has also been featured in many music videos, such as CeeLo Green’s “Forget You” and Mandy Moore’s “Candy.”

It should be noted that this location, including the hotel, has gained reputation in recent years for disliking unsolicited visitation.  Cones block off most of the entrances.  Due to the filming history, as well as the unique look of the property, it often attracts interest from the general public.  We had no issues when we visited, but there are numerous comments online from others with more unpleasant experiences.   If you do visit, keep in mind that they have apparently become sensitive about the issue and be careful not to trespass.

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LOCATION: 9457 San Fernando Rd, Sun Valley, CA 91352

The girls attend a party at the house of the producer Bash.  This was filmed at the Circles on the Point mansion in Malibu.  The 1994 film Bruce Willis film “Color Of Night” also filmed here, as well as the TV series “Jean-Claude Van Johnson.”

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LOCATION: 29377 Cliffside Dr, Malibu, CA 90265

The Dusty Spur motel where the girls reside is actually the Pink Motel in Sun Valley.  It’s part of the same property as the diner on the show and sits directly beside it.  It is not an operational motel, rather a set used for filming or special events.  As mentioned earlier, according to many online comments, the property is not receptive to public visitation these days, preferring only professional clients.  The motel property has been featured in countless productions, including “The House Bunny” and “Drive” (interiors only), as well as the TV shows “Westworld,” “Dexter” and “The O.C.”

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LOCATION: 9457 San Fernando Rd, Sun Valley, CA 91352

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The gang tries to secure sponsorship from Patio Town.  This was filmed at the back entrance of an actual patio store in Studio City.

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LOCATION: 11055 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

The girls celebrate securing sponsorship by grabbing some burgers at Foster’s Freeze.  The same location was used in “Pulp Fiction,” whenever Butch crosses paths with Marsellus and gets into a car collision.

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LOCATION: 2760 Fletcher Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Carmen’s house, where they wrestle in the back yard, can be found in the Pico Union neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 1234 Fedora St, Los Angeles, CA 90006

Seeking additional funding, the girls attend a fundraiser at Bash’s mother’s house.  The home, found in Pasadena, was also famously used in the sitcom “Benson.”

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LOCATION: 1365 S Oakland Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

Drive (2011)

Set upon the streets of Los Angeles, Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” utilized locations both in the city and spread out across the Valley.

The opening robbery was filmed at Maestro DJ and Electronics warehouse in L.A.

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LOCATION: 1710 Naomi Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021

The Driver, played by Ryan Gosling, meets Carey Mulligan’s character at the Big “6” Market.

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LOCATION: 550 S Rampart Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057

The Driver makes a deal with the criminals pressuring Oscar Isaac’s character Standard at MacArthur Park in front of the water.  The same park was seen in the 1993 film “Falling Down.”  For those unfamiliar with Los Angeles and planning a visit, MacArthur Park used to be considered a popular drug hangout. While there has been an effort to improve safety conditions at the park, it is still frequented by some addicts and homeless people.  Visitors are advised to use some caution.

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LOCATION: 2230 W 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90057

Nino’s Pizzeria is a real pizza place, however the name of the restaurant is actually Vincenzo’s Pizza, located in Granada Hills.  The sign was swapped out by the production, which also added the checkerboard paneling over the front windows.

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LOCATION: 11045 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills, CA 91344

The pawn shop’s robbery gone wrong was filmed at the Santa Clarita Elk’s Lodge, which is a bit of a distance from the other locations.

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LOCATION: 17766 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91351

The motel where a violent gunfight ensues is the Pink Motel in Sun Valley.  It is not an operational motel, rather a set used for filming or special events.  While we encountered no issues when visiting, according to many online comments, the property is not receptive to public visitation these days, preferring only professional clients.  So be sure not to trespass.  The motel property has been featured in countless productions, such as “The House Bunny,” as well as the TV shows “GLOW” and “Dexter”  Due to the frequent use in productions, the director deliberately chose to film only the interiors of the motel, as to avoid immediate recognition.

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LOCATION: 9457 San Fernando Rd, Sun Valley, CA 91352

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