Southland Tales (2006)

The 2006 Richard Kelly film “Southland Tales” tells the story of an alternate timeline in the near future where the United States is descending into chaos and ultimately the end of the world. The film features an ensemble cast with interconnecting stories set against the backdrop of Southern California. The film is largely set along the beach fronts of Santa Monica, Venice, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. However, the film also shot brief scenes in Abilene, Texas and Primm, Nevada. This article contains some spoilers for the film.

In the opening scene of the movie, a nuclear attack is shown in the town of Abilene, Texas, through the perspective of home video footage at a children’s party. These scenes really were filmed in Abilene, with the house located at 2143 S 10th St, Abilene, TX 79605.

Throughout the film, Private Pilot Abilene, played by Justin Timeberlake, sits perched at the end of the Santa Monica Pier on the rooftop of Maria Sol restaurant, armed with a military grade gun, which is aimed inland at citizens.

LOCATION: 401 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Here’s closer view of the building, from the pier itself.

Boxer Santaros, played by Dwayne Johnson, awakens on the beach, unable to remember the events prior to the start of the film (those events are told in a graphic novel). He is seen walking up these stairs, which connect Palisades Park to the Santa Monica Beach parking area, as he is monitored by USIDent, which is something of an mock up and extreme version of the Department of Homeland Security.

LOCATION: 34°00’47.5″N 118°29’51.6″W

In Downtown Los Angeles, protesters demonstrate outside of the USIDent headquarters, which was filmed at the Caltrans building.

LOCATION: 100 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Boxer Santaros and Krysta Now, a porn star with psychic abilities played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, hide out with Fortunio Balducci, played by Will Sasso, at this home in Manhattan Beach. It is also under surveillance from USIDent.

LOCATION: 132 3rd St, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Later in the film, Officer Ronald Taverner, played by Seann William Scott, stands in front of the home and looks out toward the beach.

The Sidewalk Cafe in Venice is featured multiple times throughout the film, as several characters meet and discuss various matters. It is connected to Small World Books, which is another location seen later in the film.

LOCATION: 1401 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

The entrance is seen briefly in the film.

USIDent surveillance shows that Boxer was first found at the California / Nevada state line, with images showing Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino in Primm, Nevada (31700 S Las Vegas Blvd, Primm, NV 89019).

Neo-Marxist Cyndi Pinziki, played by Nora Dunn, lives at this apartment above a storefront in Venice Beach, which has been slightly remodeled since filming.

LOCATION: 1307 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

The Neo-Marxist compound, where Roland Taverner, also played by Seann William Scott, awakens can also be found on Venice Beach.

LOCATION: 909 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

Later in the film, Roland escapes the Neo-Marxist compound by jumping off the rooftop of the same building. The dumpster jump was a visual effect, but the location is otherwise geographically accurate. In fact, most of the film is geographically accurate in the ways the characters move from one location to the next. This side of the building faces Speedway / Breeze Ave.

Ronald and Boxer go on a drive together as Ronald makes a racist remark, which is captured on camera by Boxer, who is recording for research for an upcoming movie role. The two drive along Culver Blvd, past Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve in Playa Del Rey.

A political ad plays on the USIDent screens, with a little girl standing in front of a church. This was filmed back in Abilene, Texas (518 N 6th St, Abilene, TX 79601).

Boxer follows the mysterious Serpentine, played by Bai Ling, into a book store. This was filmed at the aforementioned Small World Books, which is connected to the beach front restaurant featured multiple times throughout the film. Both the interior and exterior of the store were featured in the film.

LOCATION: 1407 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

Dr. Soberin Exx, played by Curtis Armstrong, picks up Boxer Santaros in front of this restaurant in Marina Del Rey.

LOCATION: 311 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Bing Zinneman, played by Todd Berger, gets hit by car at this intersection in Venice.

LOCATION: Market St / Speedway, Los Angeles, CA 90291

The actual close-up stunt of the impact, however, was filmed in an alley near Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles, around 337 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

On the same street where Bing Zinneman is hit, Ronald Taverner is injected with Fluid Karma, a drug with a variety of effects, depending on which color is taken. Ronald passes out in the street in this area.

LOCATION: 74 Market St, Venice, CA 90291

After Roland awakens from the dumpster he jumped into, he arrives at this area, where he finds Walter Mung, played by Christopher Lambert, parked in an ice cream truck.

LOCATION: 1313 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

Dozens of caskets draped in American flags are unloaded onto the Santa Monica Pier.

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

One of the bodies is transported on a tram to Treer Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles. The tram was a CGI creation, but the surrounding buildings are once again geographically accurate, placing the location at W 7th St / Francisco St. As you can see in the photo, however, new buildings are going up as the skyline continues to change.

LOCATION: W 7th St / Francisco St, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (partial CGI used for the location)

One of the most memorable scenes in the film is Pilot Abilene’s Fluid Karma hallucination, where an impromptu musical sequence ensues to “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers. This was filmed at the Playland Arcade on the Santa Monica Pier, which was renamed the “Fire Arcade” in the film, as a nod to the band Arcade Fire. Both the interior and exterior of the arcade are seen and it still looks largely similar to how it appeared in the film

LOCATION: 350 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Late into the film, the MegaZeppelin prepares to launch in Downtown Los Angeles. This was another CGI creation. However, it is depicted as being located beside the Staples Center, placing it where L.A. Live stands now.

LOCATION: 777 Chick Hearn Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (partial CGI used for the location)

Zora Charmichaels, played by Cheri Oteri and Bart Bookman, played by Jon Lovitz, track down Krysta Now in Hermosa Beach. They exit the Municipal Parking Structure, where armed military are present. This same building appears later in the film, as gunfire erupts.

LOCATION: Municipal Parking Structure, 13th St, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Krysta Now enters the former Poop Deck, which was a real bar and restaurant in Hermosa Beach. It is now known simply as The Deck. Both the exterior and interiors of the restaurant were featured in the film. However, the bathroom scene where Krysta delivers a tape was filmed on a set.

LOCATION: 1272 The Strand, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Back at the Municipal Parking Structure, which is just around the corner, a military gunman opens fire on Zora and Bart from the top deck.

Krysta Now escapes the scene.

The interior of the MegaZeppelin was a composite of two different locations. It starts inside a restaurant at the Pacific Design Center (8687 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069), before seamlessly transitioning (via a hidden edit in an unbroken shot) into the ballroom, which was filmed at Skirball Cultural Center (2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049).

A Los Angeles freeway is seen, with more CGI elements added. This was filmed at W 7th St, overlooking the CA-110 freeway, facing Southbound. Again, the surrounding buildings are geographically accurate.

LOCATION: 34°03’01.0″N 118°15’45.3″W (partial CGI used for the location)

Walter Mung drives his ice cream truck, with Roland inside, towards the erupting riots in the city. A car is burning next to the “Uptown Rocker” public art piece in Downtown Los Angeles.

LOCATION: W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (GPS coordinates: 34°03’06.3″N 118°15’10.2″W)

The ice cream truck crashes at S Hill St / W 4th St, where there are riots in the streets.

LOCATION: S Hill St / W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

As Roland and Ronald Taverner meet one another, the ice cream truck ascends into the sky in front of the US Bank Tower in Downtown Los Angeles.

LOCATION: 633 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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Monkey Trouble (1994)

The 1994 comedy “Monkey Trouble,” starring Thora Birch, was filmed in Southern California. In the early scenes of the film, Azro, played by Harvey Keitel, can be seen at Venice Beach performing for the crowd with Dodger the Monkey. This same area was seen in the film “White Men Can’t Jump.”

LOCATION: Dudley Ave / Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

Eva, played by Birch, lives at this apartment building with her family.

LOCATION: 109 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Dodger can be seen running up this ramp into the building.

Here is the location of the pet store Eva visits in the film.

LOCATION: 12112 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Eva’s father lives at this house in Venice.

LOCATION: 925 Harding Ave, Venice, CA 90291

L.A. Story (1991)

The 1991 Steve Martin comedy “L.A. Story” features multiple locations all over the titular city. At the beginning of the film, four cars yield for one another, before all proceeding simultaneously into a four way collision. The intersection can be found at Kingsland St and Butler Ave in Mar Vista.

LOCATION: Kingsland St / Butler Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Trudi, played by Marilu Henner, lives in this apartment in West Hollywood. Harris, played by Steve Martin, continues a dead-end relationship with Trudi, while looking for a way out.

LOCATION: 884 Palm Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

The famous freeway sign from the film is not actually located on a freeway. Instead it was filmed on Burbank Blvd in Encino. The sign was of course a prop built by the production. The area where the sign could be found is just past Hayvenhurst Ave. We’ve listed the GPS coordinates below, however, we do not recommend visiting this location. Burbank Blvd has moderate to heavy traffic and there is no sidewalk or parking on the shoulder. It becomes narrow in some places and puts you dangerously close to traffic at times. At best, simply driving past it is likely a safer option to anyone interested in seeking it out.

LOCATION: Just past the intersection of Hayvenhurst Ave / Burbank Blvd, Encino, CA 91436 (GPS coordinates: 34.167274, -118.489291)

Matte paintings were used to depict a city skyline in the distance.

The restaurant where Harris meets Sara, played by Victoria Tennant, was a composite of two locations. The exterior was actually not a restaurant at all, rather an entrance to an apartment complex, which still exists today. The dining patio, however, was part of the Ambassador Hotel, which was demolished in 2006. It formerly stood at 3400 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010.

LOCATION: 426 S Norton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020

After Harris and Trudi finish eating, Harris initially forgets Trudi on the street curb and starts to drive away. This is the same general spot as the restaurant entrance.

Harris’ house can be found in West Hollywood.

LOCATION: 1206 N Orange Grove Ave ,West Hollywood, CA 90046

Sara lives at this apartment in, also located in West Hollywood. The same building has been featured in the films “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” “The Limey,” “Rush Hour” and more.

LOCATION: 1400 N Hayworth Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Harris’ friend Ariel, played by Susan Forristal, lives just a few doors up from Harris. The location of the apartment complex has since been completely remodeled, unfortunately and no longer bears any resemblance to how it appeared in the film.

LOCATION: 1220 N Orange Grove Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Harris goes skating inside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The portion of the museum seen in the exterior establishing shot has since been torn down for remodeling. The same area was seen in the 1988 film “Miracle Mile.”

LOCATION: 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Now! clothing store where SanDeE, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, works is currently a pharmacy.

LOCATION: 8491 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

SanDeE’s apartment can be found in Venice Beach.

LOCATION: 25 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291

A false doorway was added on the side of the building, making it appear SanDeE lives within the mural.

The Colonic Institute can also be found in Venice Beach. The same building can be seen in the film “Point Of No Return.”

LOCATION: 523 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

Harris and Sara attend an art museum fundraiser at this house in Rancho Palos Verdes. Only a small portion of the home can be seen from the street.

LOCATION: 3456 Vía Campesina, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

The El Pollo del Mar resort where Harris and Sara unexpectedly run into one another can be found in Long Beach. The front entrance to the property is gated off, but the back side of it, also seen in the film, is visible from the beach.

LOCATION: 20 S 37th Pl, Long Beach, CA 90803

The Seventh Sign (1988)

In the 1988 film “The Seventh Sign,” a married couple played by Demi Moore and Michael Biehn live in this house, located in Venice, California.

LOCATION: 902 Palms Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

The couple rents out an apartment space above their garage to David Bannon, played by Jürgen Prochnow. The garage is located just behind the house, as depicted in the film. For the most part, the entire property remains similar to how it appeared in the film.

Point Of No Return (1993)

The 1993 action film “Point Of No Return,” a remake of “La Femme Nikita,” was filmed in a variety of locations, including New Orleans, Washington D.C. and Southern California.

Maggie, played by Bridget Fonda, relocates to this “apartment” in Venice Beach. The actual building is not a residential property. The same location appeared as the Colonic Institute in the 1991 Steve Martin comedy, “L.A. Story.”

LOCATION: 523 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

Maggie is instructed to blow up a hotel room. These scenes were filmed at a hotel in Century City, located next to the “Nakatomi Plaza” from “Die Hard.”

LOCATION: 2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067

White Men Can’t Jump (1992)

The 1992 film “White Men Can’t Jump” remains one of the more iconic Los Angeles based films. While it shot at various locations around the city, many of which were not destination-based spots for tourists, it is arguably best remembered for its basketball scenes on Venice Beach. During the opening credits, Billy Hoyle, played by Woody Harrelson, parks his car on Windward Ave in Venice Beach, as he searches for a basketball court.

LOCATION: 25 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Just on the opposite side of the street, there is this mural for the film.

LOCATION: 66 Windward Ave Venice, CA 90291

Here is where the men sing a song over the opening credits. This same area was featured in the film “Monkey Trouble.”

LOCATION: Dudley Ave / Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

Billy approaches the singing men and asks where to find the basketball court.

LOCATION: 401 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

The court where Billy hustles Sidney Deane, played by Wesley Snipes, was not a real court at all. It was and still is a parking lot for beach visitors at the end of Rose Ave, stretching down to Dudley Ave. The production liked the location and converted it into a basketball court for filming. There is a famous court next to the Muscle Beach gym area, often mistaken as being the court from this film and featured in such films as “American History X.” However, the real location is the Rose Ave parking lot, as the buildings and surrounding areas still align with what is seen in the background of the film.

LOCATION: 1 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Here is the court where Sidney and Billy run their first hustle together. Their target does not react kindly to the hustle and goes to his car to get a gun.

LOCATION: 601 E 23rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90011 (court is behind the church on the corner of Trinity St / E 22nd St)

Billy and Gloria, played by Rosie Perez, drop Sidney off at his apartment in Los Angeles.

LOCATION: 4808 August St, Los Angeles, CA 90008

The first motel where Billy stays was formerly located at 1733 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401. It has since been demolished and a new building stands in its place. After some men seeking to collect a debt from Billy track him down at that motel, Billy and Gloria flee to this motel for much of the film.

LOCATION: 5274 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Sidney gets a tour as a prospective buyer of this home, which may be beyond his price range.

LOCATION: 2352 W 30th St, Los Angeles, CA 90018

Gloria appears on the game show “Jeopardy!,” which was filmed at the show’s stage on the Sony Pictures studio lot.  The set can be visited as part of their studio tour.

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LOCATION: 10202 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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After Gloria does well on “Jeopardy!,” she and Billy celebrate by upgrading to this hotel in Santa Monica.

LOCATION: 1301 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

The Net (1995)

The 1995 Sandra Bullock film “The Net” was shot mostly around Los Angeles and San Francisco, California.  In the film, Angela Bennett, played by Bullock, lives in this house in Venice.

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LOCATION: 407 28th Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Unfortunately, the homeowners built a large fence around the property, obscuring much of the view.

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The U.S. Embassy seen in the film is actually the Pasadena City Hall.  It has been featured in numerous productions, such as “American Pie 2,” “Beverly Hills Cop II” and “S1m0ne,” as well as the TV series “Parks And Recreation.”

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LOCATION: 100 Garfield Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

Angela attempts to meet a fellow hacker named CyberBob at the carousel at the Santa Monica Pier.  The same carousel was featured in the opening credits of the TV series “Three’s Company.”

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

Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)

The police station from the 1976 John Carpenter film “Assault On Precinct 13” can be found in Venice, California.  The building, once an actual police station, now serves as an art center.  It has been featured in numerous films, such as “L.A. Confidential,” “Annie Hall” and “The Net,” as well as such television shows as “Beverly Hills, 90210.”

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LOCATION: 685 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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This home was used as the residence of Ethan Bishop, played by Austin Stoker.

LOCATION: 1957 N Alexandria Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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I Love You, Man (2009)

The 2009 comedy “I Love You, Man” was filmed in and around Los Angeles, California.  In the film, Peter, played by Paul Rudd, resides at this house.

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LOCATION: 3959 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Peter’s friend Sydney, played by Jason Segel, lives at this house in Venice.  While the home was completely visible in the film, the owners have since planted large shrubs in front yard, making the property increasingly difficult to see.

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LOCATION: 26 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Peter and Zooey, played by Rashida Jones, have an engagement celebration at Hop Louie in Chinatown.  The restaurant has since closed, but the facade still remains.  The same restaurant was also seen in 1990s comedies “Beverly Hills Ninja” and “Mystery Men.”

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

Peter and Sydney meet up for food and drinks at this restaurant in Venice.

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LOCATION: 60 N Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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Peter’s parents’ house can be found in Toluca Lake.

LOCATION: 4727 Arcola Ave, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

Zooey’s workplace stood at 1626 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, but it has since been demolished.

Role Models (2008)

The 2008 comedy “Role Models,” starring Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott, was filmed around Southern California.  The Minotaur energy drink headquarters can be found in Santa Monica.

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LOCATION: 2800 Donald Douglas Loop N, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Danny and Wheeler, played by Rudd and Scott respectively, go to El Segundo High School in an attempt to sell Minotaur drinks.  The same high school has been featured in many films, including “WarGames,” “Superbad” and “The Babysitter.”

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LOCATION: 640 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245

Danny argues with a coffee shop barista at this Pasadena establishment.  The same building appears in the film “Lady Bird” and is located just across the street from the South Pasadena Public Library, which was seen in the Rob Zombie remake of “Halloween.”

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LOCATION: 1019 El Centro St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Danny and Wheeler also visit the Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood.  This same school was seen in the films “License To Drive” and “Accepted,” as well as the TV shows “Malcolm in the Middle” and “7th Heaven.”

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LOCATION: 4525 Irvine Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91602

Wheeler’s house is located at the Venice Canals near Venice Beach.

LOCATION: 2420 Strongs Dr, Venice, CA 90291

Danny talks King Argotron into allowing Augie back into a role playing party at The Burger Hole.  This scene was filmed in South Pasadena. The same restautant also appears in the film “Old School,” as well as such TV shows as “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Scandal” and “The X-Files.”

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LOCATION: 601 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Ronnie locks Wheeler out of the vehicle at Ed’s Mini Mart.

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LOCATION: 825 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Ronnie’s house can be found in Marina Del Rey. Unfortunately, most of the home is now obscured by large hedges.

LOCATION: 3111 Stanford Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Augie’s house can be found in Venice.  A small fence has since been built around the property.

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LOCATION: 822 Valita St, Venice, CA 90291

The Sturdy Wings Center can also be found in Venice.

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LOCATION: 2232 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Danny’s house can be found in Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 1169 Hi Point St, Los Angeles, CA 90035