Surf Ninjas (1993)

The 1993 action comedy “Surf Ninjas” was filmed primarily in Southern California, with some additional filming in Hawaii and Thailand. The home of Johnny and Adam, played by Ernie Reyes Jr. and Nicolas Cowan, can be found in Hermosa Beach.

LOCATION: 2400 The Strand, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Early in the film, Iggy, played by Rob Schneider, is seen driving the boys around the city. They drive past the Santa Monica Pier.

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LOCATION: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

They also drive down Windward Ave in Venice Beach. The portion they are seen driving down is actually now closed to vehicular traffic and is a pedestrian only pathway.

LOCATION: Near Windward Ave / Speedway, Los Angeles, CA 90291

Zatch, played by Ernie Reyes Sr., takes the boys to the Imperial Palace restaurant, where they meet Ro-May, played by Kelly Hu. The exterior scenes were filmed at Hop Louie in Chinatown.  The restaurant has since closed, but the facade still remains.  The same restaurant was also seen in the films “I Love You, Man,” “Beverly Hills Ninja” and “Mystery Men.”

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LOCATION: 950 Mei Ling Way, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

The 1994 Jim Carrey comedy “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” was filmed around Miami, Florida, where the story also takes place.

Early in the film, Ace turns the corner of Española Way onto Washington Blvd, as he makes his way to his apartment.  He can be seen passing the Cameo night club here, but today some palm trees obscure the view a bit.

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LOCATION: Corner of Española Way / Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Here is an unobstructed view of the Cameo night club.

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LOCATION: 1445 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Ace lives at the former Campton Apartments, which have likewise become a bit obscured from view by palm trees since filming took place.  The Campton Apartments are now closed and the property has become a bit unkempt.

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LOCATION: 1455 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Here’s a closer look at the courtyard to the property facing Washington Ave.

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Later in the film, Ace and Melissa, played by Courteney Cox, attend a party at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.  The villa has been seen in many films, including “The Money Pit,” “Bad Boys II” and “Iron Man 3.”  This is the rear view of the property, facing the water.  The villa is open to public tours and regularly hosts special events.  Photography is permitted both inside and outside of the property.

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LOCATION: 3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129

Ace and Melissa make their way up these stairs as they arrive to the party, with the ship structure seen in the background.

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Ace searches for Snowflake the dolphin at the pool on the eastern side of the building.  He hops the rail and shimmies down it, only to hop right back over and open the door to the right.

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