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.

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

Demolition Man (1993)

The 1993 action film “Demolition Man,” starring Sylvester Stallone as John Spartan and Wesley Snipes as Simon Phoenix, is set in the futuristic “San Angeles,” where San Diego and Los Angeles have become one giant metropolis.  The production likewise filmed scenes in both cities.

The opening shot depicts a burning Hollywood sign from behind.  There is a public hiking trail that goes up to and behind the sign.  The sign itself is heavily monitored by security.

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LOCATION: Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (GPS coordinates: 34.134118, -118.321540)

The SAPD police headquarters can be found in Westlake Village, near Thousand Oaks.

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LOCATION: 1 Baxter Way, Westlake Village, CA 91362

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The Los Angeles Convention Center was composited into a futuristic view of Cocteau’s office.  This particular view is at the corner of S Figueroa St and Pico Blvd.

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LOCATION: 1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (seen from intersection of S Figueroa St and Pico Blvd)

As John Spartan and Lenina Huxley, played by Sandra Bullock, drive to an upscale Taco Bell restaurant, they drive past this building, which is actually the San Diego Convention Center.  The Convention Center famously hosts the annual San Diego Comic-Con.  In 2018, as part of the Comic-Con there was a pop-up Taco Bell celebrating the film by recreating the set, as well as featuring props from the film.

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LOCATION: 111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

After a brief encounter with Egdar Friendly, played by Dennis Leary, Spartan and Huxley drive down the The America Plaza Trolley Station, located at the intersection of Kettner Blvd and W Broadway in San Diego.  Spartan apologizes to Huxley as they drive.

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LOCATION: America Plaza Trolley Station, San Diego, CA 92101

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The Pacific Design Center served as the apartment of Huxley.  Many films have shot here, including “Bowfinger” and “Her.”  The interiors were also featured in the TV series “Westworld.”

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LOCATION: 8687 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Spartan, Huxley and Garcia, played by Benjamin Bratt, go looking for Phoenix in the underground by entering through a manhole at this business park.  Despite being a common business area with many pedestrians, located on one of the busiest roads in Los Angeles, security has very alarmist reactions to even casual photography.  There are no “private property” or “no trespassing” signs anywhere to be seen, but they are confrontational if you attempt to take a photo.

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LOCATION: 5750 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Simon Phoenix later emerges from the underground in the same area.

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John Spartan and Huxley emerge from the San Diego Innovation Center, driving past the pyramid in front.

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LOCATION: 7310 Miramar Rd, San Diego, CA 92126

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Spartan and Huxley pursue Phoenix in a car chase into the Second Street Tunnel in Downtown L.A.  This is a popular filming location, appearing in such films as “Kill Bill,” “The Terminator,” “Blade Runner,” “Con Air,” “Independence Day” and many more.

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LOCATION: 620 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (facing S Figueroa St)

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The car chase continues down Grand Lower in Downtown L.A.  This is another popular area for both filming and photography.  It has been featured in countless films, including “The Terminator,” “Cobra,” “Batman Forever,” “Repo Man” and many more.  It was also featured in the TV series “Westworld.”

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LOCATION: Grand Lower, Los Angeles, CA 90071

The Cryo-Penitentiary where the final confrontation takes place was filmed at a real jail in Downtown Los Angeles; the Metropolitan Detention Center.  This courtyard area seen in the film sits between several buildings on the block and is open to the public.

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LOCATION: 535 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Here is another angle seen in the film of the same building, this time facing Alameda St.

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The fully automated police cruiser driven by Spartan and Huxley in the film was featured on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, as part of an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020.  The vehicle was a 1992 General Motors Ultralite.

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