Ed Wood (1994)

Tim Burton’s 1994 film “Ed Wood,” starring Johnny Depp as the notorious, titular filmmaker, was mostly shot around Hollywood, California.

After the premiere of Ed’s play “The Casual Company,” he and the cast read the scathing reviews at Boardner’s bar in Hollywood.

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LOCATION: 1652 N Cherokee Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Ed sees Bela Lugosi, played by Martin Landau, at a funeral parlor.  This was filmed at the doorway to the left of Boardner’s, which has no distinguishable separate address.

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Bela Lugosi’s house can be found in Gardena.

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LOCATION: 1933 W 147th St, Gardena, CA 90249

Ed’s first apartment can be found in Hollywood.

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LOCATION: 448 N Ogden Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Bela Lugosi delivers a speech to his fans here.

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LOCATION: 1714 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

This building served as Ed’s second apartment.

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LOCATION: 6383 Yucca St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Wood visits this church in Toluca Lake to get baptized, in order to obtain funding for his next film.

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LOCATION: 4301 Cahuenga Blvd, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

Ed Wood meets Orson Welles, played by Vincent D’Onofrio, at Musso Frank & Grill in Hollywood.  The restaurant has popped up in numerous films, including “Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood,” “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Swingers,” as well as the TV shows “Mad Men” and “Bosch.”

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LOCATION: 6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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The premiere of “Plan 9 from Outer Space” takes place at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.  The famous theater likewise appeared in “Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood,” as well as such films as “The Aviator,” “The Bodyguard,” “Species,” “Batman Forever” and many more.  Only the exterior of the Pantages was used.  The interiors were filmed at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles (842 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014).

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LOCATION: 6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

The neighborhood in Tim Burton’s 1990 film “Edward Scissorhands” was originally considered to film in Burbank, California, where Burton grew up.  However, the director felt the neighborhoods had changed too much from his childhood and began scouting other locations, ultimately settling on the Tampa Bay area of Florida.

Early in the film, the neighborhood is introduced as Peg, played by Dianne Wiest, goes door to door selling make-up products.  The neighborhood in question known as Carpenter’s Run in Lutz, Florida.  The production took the unusual step of painting all of the houses in faded pastel colors.  The homes were newly built at the time and the production painted them back to their original colors at the completion of filming.

One house Peg skips while making her house calls is that of Esmerelda, an eccentric religious woman.

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LOCATION: 1816 Tinsmith Cir, Lutz, FL 33559

After an unsuccessful loop through the neighborhood, Pam decides out of desperation to visit the castle of Edward, played by Johnny Depp.  This was a composite of two locations.  The castle is seen in a matte painting at the top of a rocky peak at the end of this cul-de-sac on Tinsmith Circle.  The castle exterior itself was a real set, however, built by the production over in an empty plot of land only accessible via a dirt road just outside of Dade City, Florida.  It was then composited into the shot on Tinsmith Circle, with castle set torn down at the completion of filming.

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LOCATION: End of Tinsmith Cir, Lutz, FL 33559 (nearest address is 1800 Tinsmith Cir, Lutz, FL 33559)

Here’s a reverse view from the cul-de-sac, also seen in the film.

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The Boggs family house where Kim, played by Winona Ryder, lives is in the same neighborhood, just across the street from Esmerelda’s house.

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LOCATION: 1774 Tinsmith Cir, Lutz, FL 33559

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The back yard of the house is seen in many scenes in the film, such as when the family throws a party and when Edward sculpts ice, making the shavings appear as snow.

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Edward is brought to a hair salon at the Southgate Shopping Center in Lakeland.

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LOCATION: 2515 Florida Ave S, Lakeland, FL 33803

He sees Kim and her boyfriend embracing here.

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Behind the main sign is where the hair salon could be found.

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The salon location itself remained vacant for many years until 2019.  Unfortunately, it has since been remodeled and incorporated into a larger shopping space, with a wall replacing the outside windows.  We managed to visit and photograph it before that happened, however.  This is what it looked like inside prior to the remodel, with the doorway matching up to the film.

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Kim’s boyfriend Jim, played by Anthony Michael Hall, lives in this house, also located in Tinsmith Circle, near the other houses from the film.

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LOCATION: 1844 Tinsmith Cir, Lutz, FL 33559

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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016)

For Tim Burton’s 2016 film “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” the filmmaker returned to his old stomping grounds of West Central Florida, where he famously shot “Edward Scissorhands” sixteen years prior.  Jake’s house can be found in the town of Largo, in a small neighborhood built on a peninsula.

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LOCATION: 101 Poinciana Ln, Largo, FL 33770

One of the more memorable locations in the film, besides of course the titular home of Miss Peregrine (located in Belgium), is the house of Abe, which sits before of a long row of ominous looking trees.  The house can be found in Sun City Center, Florida.

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LOCATION: 1007 Hacienda Dr, Sun City Center, FL 33573

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Big Fish (2003)

In Tim Burton’s 2003 film, “Big Fish,” an older Ed Bloom, played by Albert Finney, recounts tales of his life to his estranged son, Will, as he is sick and dying.  The Bloom house, from which most of the tales are told, can be found in the town of Wetumpka, Alabama.  The house sits perched in close proximity to a street full of local businesses and it’s almost easy to confuse it as another business space, but it is a private residence.

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LOCATION: 401 E Bridge St, Wetumpka, AL 36092

One of the most underappreciated film locations we’ve ever visited is the fictional town of “Spectre,” which is actually Jackson Lake Island in  Millbrook, Alabama.  We can only conclude the location isn’t more widely appreciated due to it’s lack of proximity to any destination cities.  It’s a real gem if you can make it there, however.

The island is privately owned, but the owners are quite accommodating to visitors, charging a very modest fee and offering anything from short term visits to overnight camping.  The island is fully accessible by car.  Upon arrival, you’ll reach a gate where you must pay the small entrance fee.  There are signs posted for a number to call after paying the fee.  After calling the number, you are given an access code to open the gate.  The island in general is beautiful and quiet.  It’s a great place to camp, even if you’re not a film lover.  More often than not, when locations such as these are used for a film, they usually get destroyed at the completion of production and the owners do their best to discourage visitation.  Jackson Lake Island is a refreshingly opposite case.  The property owners fully embrace the island’s connection to the film and preserved much of the look of Spectre.  It really does feel like you walked straight into the film when you arrive.

Here are the trees where a young Ed Bloom, played by Ewan McGregor, first arrives at Spectre.  As you can see, the trees were artificial props, but still remain standing.

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LOCATION: Jackson Lake Island, Millbrook, AL 36054

A sign stating “Welcome to Spectre,” just like the one seen in the film.

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One of our favorite touches is the fact that there is still a line strung, with shoes hanging from it, just like the little girl does to all visitors of Spectre, so that they might never leave.  Clearly the number of shoes has multiplied since filming ended.  If you’ve got an old pair you’re willing to part with, you too can add your shoes.

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Not all of the buildings seen in the film are still standing.  The town is shown a few different times in the film, first as a vibrant community, then in a nearly abandoned state of disrepair and finally as a restored town, thanks to Ed Bloom.  The buildings left now do not exactly look vibrant, but it’s still a great experience walking through the fictional town.  Here we’ll run through the remaining buildings, one by one.

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Last, but not least, is of course the town church.  Yes, those are goats standing in front of (and underneath) the church.  They are quite friendly.

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As far as filming locations go, we’d rank Jackson Lake Island among the best we’ve ever visited.  From the friendly owners, to the modest prices, to the beautiful scenery and of course the extraordinary preservation to how the town appeared in the film, there really isn’t much more you could ask from a filming location.  It may be out of the way from your usual tourist destinations, but it’s well worth making a detour.

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Batman Returns (1992)

One of the original Catwoman costumes, worn by Michelle Pfeiffer in Tim Burton’s 1992 sequel “Batman Returns” can be found at the Batman exhibit as part of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505

A prop of one of The Penguin’s armed penguin soldiers can be found on display at Planet Hollywood, Florida.

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LOCATION: 1506 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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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.

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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.”

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LOCATION: 50700 Seminole Dr., Cabazon, CA 92230

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Pee-Wee gets chased by some kids on bikes at this park in North Hollywood.  The same park was famously featured in the film “Say Anything…

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LOCATION: North Hollywood Park, 11430 Chandler Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

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

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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.

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Batman (1989)

While Tim Burton’s 1989 “Batman” film was originally considered to be shot at Warner Bros. Studios, the film instead primarily shot at Pinewood Studios, just outside of London, England.  However, the Batmobile from the original film can today be seen at the Warner Bros. lot, as part of their studio tour.

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505

In 2019, the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles held a limited exhibition called “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy,” which featured one of the original, screen-used costumes worn by Michael Keaton in the film.

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

A couple models of the Batmobile 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

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