The 1996 sci-fi action film “Independence Day” was a large scale production, filming in California, New York, Utah, Washington D.C., New Mexico and more. Capt. Steven Hiller, played by Will Smith, lives at this Los Angeles home, where he first spots the giant spaceship in the sky.
LOCATION: 6033 W 74th St, Los Angeles, CA 90045
The First Lady, played by Mary McDonnell, receives a phone call at the famed Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown L.A. The hotel is a staple of film, having appeared in such movies as “Ghostbusters,” “Beverly Hills Ninja,” “Fight Club,” “Species” and many more.
LOCATION: 506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071
The famous sequence with the fires engulfing the tunnel full of cars was filmed 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” and many more.
LOCATION: 620 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Hiller drags a defeated alien across the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The salt flats have been seen in many films, such as “Pirates Of The Carribean: At World’s End,” “The Tree Of Life” and this film’s 2016 sequel, “Independence Day: Resurgence.” The I-80 freeway traverses straight through the Bonneville Salt Flats, with viewing points on the side of the road. There’s also an exit to drive in for a closer look.
LOCATION: Bonneville Salt Flats, UT 84083
Wendover Airfield, located near the border of Nevada and Utah, served as the airfield where President Thomas J. Whitmore, played by Bill Pullman, gives his speech to rally the troops before taking their final stand against the aliens. This scene was filmed in front of Hangar 2. This area is private property, but they do allow tours. Wendover Airfield has appeared in many films, such as “Con Air,” 1982’s “The Philadelphia Experiment” “Mullholland Falls,” The Core” and Ang Lee’s 2003 version of “The Hulk”
LOCATION: 345 Airport Way, Wendover, UT 84083
Hiller’s military uniform can be found on display at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is Las Vegas.
LOCATION: 3667 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
While not an actual filming location, in the town of Herriman, Utah, you’ll find a replica of Carl and Ellie’s house from the 2009 animated film “Up.” Inspired by the film, the house was built as a dream home by private residents. While the homeowners are accommodating to visitors taking quick photos, they ask you make reservations (via their website) if you plan to photograph for more than a couple minutes in front of the property.
LOCATION: 13218 S Herriman Rose Blvd, Herriman, UT 84096
At Wendover Airfield, located near the border of Nevada and Utah you’ll find one of the planes used in the Nicolas Cage action film “Con Air.” The plane isn’t the only attraction to be seen, however, as the area was also used as one of the major locations of the film.
First, we’ll cover the plane. There were actually several planes used during filming. The plane used during flight scenes has a rather tragic history. After being sold to a variety of owners, both military and private, in 2010 the plane crashed into Mt Healy, Alaska, killing three flight crew on board. However, the Jailbird plane used for filming taxi scenes fared much better and now sits on display at Wendover Airfield and it’s completely free to see. It can be found near the parking lot and while it is surrounded by fencing, during daytime business hours at the nearby museums, the plane is accessible for free to the public. Here are several different views of the plane.
LOCATION: 345 Airport Way, Wendover, UT 84083
Here is a view inside the plane. The interiors seen in the film were actually a set built at Sunset Las Palmas Studios (1040 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038). Nevertheless, we’ve included a few shots inside the plane at Wendover.
Here is a view of the cockpit, facing out towards the airfield.
Wendover Airfield is still an operational airport, which has a long history dating back to World War II. Bomber groups trained here during the war, which included three Medal of Honor recipients. There’s a museum documenting the history of the airfield, which attracts a lot of tourism. However, our focus is of course on the filming history.
Wendover Airfield has often been used in films, dating back to 1982’s “The Philadelphia Experiment.” “Independence Day,” “Mullholland Falls,” The Core” and Ang Lee’s 2003 version of “The Hulk” all filmed at the airfield as well. The scenic vistas have also been filmed as plates and stock footage in untold numbers of productions. However, arguably the film most widely associated with the airfield is “Con Air.”
The bad news is that all of the filming locations are located away from the main roads, out on the airfield. The good news is, for a fee, you can arrange a personal escort out to the filming locations. Simply look up the Historic Wendover Airfield and reach out to management to arrange a tour. Do not book one of the regular museum tours, as that is a separate attraction and they typically do not venture out to the filming locations. Instead, contact management and tell them exactly what you’re wanting to see and when. They are very friendly and accommodating.
Now we’ll take a look at which scenes filmed at the airfield. Midway through the film, the plane makes a stop at the fictional “Lerner Airfield” for a rendezvous, where the criminals are supposed to change planes and escape the country. When they arrive however, the other plane does not appear to be there, leaving them waiting at the airfield for an extended portion of the film.
The filming area is surrounded by this barbed-wire fencing. In the movie, Steve Buscemi plays a Hannibal Lector like killer named Garland Greene. Garland roams off from the others out past the fencing. Due to the fact the fence runs the entire perimeter, it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact spot of the shot, but here is a general view of the fencing.
Garland spots a little girl at a nearby trailer park having tea time in this empty pool. He comes over and joins her.
This is the airstrip where the plane takes off again, dragging a car in tow.
This tower was featured prominently in the film, including when Johnny-23, played by Danny Trejo, warns the others they’ve got company. It’s also where the car crashes into the tower and detaches from the plane. There is a similar looking tower visible from the road near the entrance of Wendover Airfield. That is not the one seen in the film. The filmmakers saw the real tower and had a replica built specifically for the film, which is seen below. It is not visible from the main road.
Vince Larkin, played by John Cusack, stands beside the inept Duncan Malloy near these buildings, as they watch Malloy’s car crash back down to the ground.
Near the end of the film, an action sequence takes place at in a tunnel supposedly located in Las Vegas, as Poe pursues Cyrus The Virus, played by John Malkovich, on a fire truck. This was actually filmed in the Second Street Tunnel in Downtown Los Angeles. The tunnel is a popular filming location, appearing in such films as “Kill Bill,” “Blade Runner,” “Independence Day” and many more.
LOCATION: 620 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
If you’re a filming location fan, we highly encourage a visit to Wendover Airfield. Just be sure to plan a bit in advance with management to confirm you can get an escort out to the locations. It’s well worth the time and expense if you can make the trip.
The beloved 1993 baseball comedy “The Sandlot” was filmed mostly around Salt Lake City, Utah. The open and close of the film, however, was shot at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.
LOCATION: 1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
The houses of Smalls, Benny and Ham are all located next to each other in a cul-de-sac in Salt Lake City. The Smalls house can be seen here.
LOCATION: 1556 S 2000 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Benny’s house is just across the street.
LOCATION: 1571 S 2000 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Ham’s house is just a couple doors down from Smalls.
LOCATION: 2005 Bryan Ave S, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
The boys can be seen walking in front of the houses here.
Over in the town of Midvale, you’ll find Vincent Drug, where the boys purchased their baseballs. Vincent Drug has long since closed, but the signage and decor largely remain in tact. The trees out front have grown considerably since filming took place, so it’s a bit difficult to see from across the street. The same location was also featured in “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers,” “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers” and the Stephen King mini-series “The Stand.”
LOCATION: 7696 Main St W, Midvale, UT 84047
Here’s a better view of the front of the store, where Squints and Yeah-Yeah walk out and see Wendy Peffercorn walking down the sidewalk.
Here is the sidewalk where Wendy approaches.
An additional scene was also shot at the back of the store. The boys sit in front of the wall to the right, talking about Babe Ruth.
The Sandlot itself is unfortunately inaccessible to the public. It sits in a quiet neighborhood, tucked away behind a block of houses. The owner of the land lives in one of the houses and according to comments online, he is not welcoming to guests. There are one or two spots where there are gaps between the houses, where just a small section of the land can be seen, such as this.
LOCATION: The land behind 1388 Glenrose Dr S, Salt Lake City, UT 84104
About 45 minutes north of Salt Lake City, in the town of Ogden, you’ll find the swimming pool from the movie. The Lorin Farr Community Pool is where Squints fakes drowning in order to steal a kiss from Wendy Peffercorn when she attempts to administer mouth to mouth. While you’re in Ogden, be sure to check out the Dante’s Inferno restaurant location from “Dumb And Dumber.”
LOCATION: 1691 Gramercy Ave, Ogden, UT 84404
As the boys are thrown out, they get escorted through this exit on the opposite side of the pool. There’s a river running right next to the path. It’s a beautiful area if you have extra time to walk around.
Squints stands in front of this fence and catches one last look at Wendy.
Some kids challenge the boys to a baseball game, which was filmed at Riverside Park in Salt Lake City.
The classic 1994 comedy “Dumb and Dumber” is primarily set in the cities of Providence, Rhode Island and Aspen, Colorado. However, aside from some brief road clips and establishing shots, the production took place in neither city. The majority of the production took place around Salt Lake City, Utah and Northeast Colorado.
In the opening scene, Lloyd, played by Jim Carrey, pulls up in a limousine and attempts to talk up an Austrian lady standing on this corner. The street sign says Hope St, but the real location is at the intersection of 700 S and 200 W in Salt Lake City.
LOCATION: Intersection of 200 W / W 700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
The building the woman stands in front of has since been completely remodeled. Some tracks have also been added to the street for trolleys. However, the building on the opposite side of the street, seen in the background of several shots, still bears some resemblance to how it appeared in the film.
Also worth noting, this same intersection is used in another scene in the film, when Lloyd is driving Mary to the airport and turns around to talk, with his back to the road as he blows through a red light. He is driving down W 700 S and the same building can be seen on the left side of the frame.
Lloyd meets Mary Swanson, played by Lauren Holly, as he picks her up at her house, supposedly located in Providence. Mary’s house can be found on the grounds of La Caille, where several other scenes in the film were also shot, which we’ll cover later in this article. La Caille is a scenic area that is used for a variety of purposes. In addition to a restaurant, the property regularly hosts wedding photography and also has many guest houses around the grounds. Of all the filming locations on La Caille, Mary’s house is the most difficult to access. It is one of the guest houses on the grounds, often occupied by visitors who pay to stay in the home. The driveway leading down to the house is gated and marked as private. However, it is still possible to see a bit of the house from the gate, including the front door where the scene takes place.
LOCATION: 9563 Wasatch Blvd, Sandy, UT 84092
Harry, played by Jeff Daniels, is introduced driving “Shaggin’ Wagon,” a van decorated like a dog to promote his grooming business, “Mutt Cutts”. After stopping off for hot dogs to feed his van full of dogs, he races down Technology Way in the city of Orem, Utah, where he jumps the truck in the air. The trees have grown significantly in the years since the film was shot, obscuring most of the background. However, just enough of the house in the distance remains visible enough to match it up with the film.
LOCATION: Technology Way, Orem, UT 84097 (near the intersection of E 1600 N St)
Here is a wider view of the street. It’s not as steep as it appears in the film. Low angles and the use of a ramp make it look like much bigger dip in the road. Technology Way is a very short road, with the jump filmed on the side nearest to E 1600 N St.
Harry finally arrives with the dogs for Mrs. Neugeboren at Palmer Court housing development in Salt Lake City.
LOCATION: 999 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Harry opens the back of the van to reveal the dogs, covered in ketchup and mustard from his reckless driving.
Lloyd drops of Mary at the airport, supposedly located in Providence. It’s actually the Salt Lake City International Airport.
LOCATION: 776 N Terminal Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84122
Here is the general vicinity in which he crashes his limo.
Harry and Lloyd’s apartment exterior can also be found in Salt Lake City. Known as the Smith Apartments, the building has changed very little since filming took place and is immediately recognizable. The interior of the apartment was a set at Osmond Studios in Orem, Utah, which has since closed.
LOCATION: 228 S 300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Here is a wider view of the building.
Harry and Lloyd escape from around this corner, mistakenly believing they are avoiding the gas man for late payments. As they turn the corner, a man can be seen in the background urinating against the brick wall of the neighboring building.
Here is where the blind boy, “Billy in 4C,” sits stroking the dead bird Petey that Lloyd sold him.
The scene where Lloyd gets robbed by an old lady was filmed just a few buildings down from Harry and Lloyd’s apartment. The building has unfortunately since been remodeled and the scene mostly just showed a sidewalk and wall anyways, so it may not look too recognizable. This stretch of sidewalk is where the scene took place, however.
LOCATION: 279 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Mary’s parents’ house in “Aspen” is actually located in Park City, Utah, the same town where the Sundance Film Festival famously takes place each year. You have to travel up a mountain to see it. There are many beautiful houses and majestic mountain views in the area.
LOCATION: 6 Perserverance Ct, Park City, UT 84060
Lloyd has a fantasy as he drives about striking up a romance with Mary. He arrives at this “house,” which is actually the La Caille restaurant in Sandy, Utah. It’s on the same grounds as Mary’s “Providence” house where she first meets Lloyd.
LOCATION: 9565 Wasatch Blvd, Sandy, UT 84092
Lloyd embraces with Mary at this door, where he spins her and pulls up her dress.
As Lloyd’s fantasy continues, he hosts a party in the same location. The room and fireplace in the scene are located on the second floor of the La Caille restaurant. There was one other scene shot on the grounds of La Caille, which was set at the pond. It was ultimately deleted from the film, however.
Harry and Lloyd stay at the honeymoon suite of The Second Time Is Best Motel. The exterior is actually the M-Star Hotel in Heber City, Utah. The interior was a set at the former Osmond Studios in Orem, Utah.
LOCATION: 425 S Main St, Heber City, UT 84032
Harry and Lloyd have burgers with Mental at Dante’s Inferno. The building is now the American Legion Post in Ogden, Utah. While in Ogden, be sure to check out the swimming pool from “The Sandlot.”
LOCATION: 845 W 24th St, Ogden, UT 84401
The scene where Harry fills his van with gas, spilling fuel from under the dog’s leg was filmed at a former gas station in West Valley City (6381 W 2100 S, West Valley City, UT 84128). The gas station has since been completely removed and a trucking company has taken it’s place.
Lloyd stops off at a convenience store, where he sees some guys drinking big gulps. The building, now a lending company, is also located in Ogden.
LOCATION: 3087 Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT 84401
This building seen across the street still matches up perfectly with the film.
The exterior of the snow owl benefit, supposedly located in Aspen, is the Devereaux Mansion in Salt Lake City.
LOCATION: 340 S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
The interior of the snow owl benefit scene was shot just across the street from the Devereaux Mansion, inside the Grand Hall of the former Union Pacific Depot, which is now a property called The Getaway. The Grand Hall is actually open to the public, but it has limited daily hours, so if you plan a visit, just be sure you go when it’s open. The far wall underneath the train mural, just left of the doorway is where the bar was set up in the film. The hall is quite large, so it was blocked from limited angles in order to be scaled down for the film.
LOCATION: Union Pacific Depot, The Gateway, 400 W S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Nicholas, the man behind the kidnapping of Mary’s husband, stays at this house in Kamas, Utah. Although the residence is in Kamas, it’s actually just a few blocks away from Mary’s parents’ house in Park City.