Mr. Deeds (2002)

The 2002 Adam Sandler comedy “Mr. Deeds” was largely filmed in New York City, with a few scenes filmed in California.  Longfellow Deeds, played by Adam Sandler, takes Babe Bennett, played by Winona Ryder, to Bethesda Terrace and Fountain in Central Park.  This area has been seen in countless films, such as “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York,” “The Avengers,” “John Wick,” “Elf” and dozens more.

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LOCATION: 72 Terrace Dr, New York, NY 10021 (inside Central Park)

Babe tells Longfellow she grew up in this home, which can be found in Pasadena, California.

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LOCATION: 989 S Madison Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

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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Stranger Things

The popular TV series “Stranger Things” is set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana.  The real locations of Hawkins are actually a composite of a number of small towns scattered around the Greater Atlanta Area of Georgia.  Many of the locations are fairly distanced from one another, so it takes some dedication to see them all.  Here we’ll take a look at many of these locations.

The Hawkins National Laboratory, where all of the supernatural mysteries seem to originate, can be found in Atlanta.  The building is actually a former clinic, which is part of Emory University.

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LOCATION: 1256 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Mike’s house, which is seen frequently on the show, can be found in the town of East Point.  Most of the kids’ houses from the show are all not only in East Point, but all in the same neighborhood.

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LOCATION: 2530 Piney Wood Ln, East Point, GA 30344

Hawkins High School can be found in the town of Stockbridge.  The real school is Patrick Henry High School.

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LOCATION: 109 S Lee St, Stockbridge, GA 30281

Hawkins Middle School is actually the same location as the high school, just different buildings on the same property.  Quite a number of scenes take place around these school buildings.

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LOCATION: 109 S Lee St, Stockbridge, GA 30281

The kids can be seen parking their bikes here.  This and many scenes were filmed towards the back of the school property, away from the road.  So if you don’t immediately spot recognizable areas, look for the tall field lights and head toward the back of the school.

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This building can be seen pretty close to the road, in which the giant creature from the alternate universe known as the “Upside Down” can be seen towering over it.  The building is still painted with the fictitious school name from the show.

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This entrance is seen prominently is Season 2 of the show, with the kids dressed as Ghostbusters.  This same area of the school was also featured in Season 2 Episode 10 of the TV show “Atlanta.”

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Max, played by Sadie Sink, is seen walking up these stairs as the other kids spy on her.

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The kids look for Dart in another Season 2 episode at this spot.

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Another wide view of the school, as seen from the field at the back of the property.

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Most of the town square of Hawkins is comprised of buildings from the town of Jackson, Georgia.  Melvad’s General Store is one such example.

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LOCATION: 4 2nd St, Jackson, GA 30233

The interior was dressed for filming when we visited, so here’s a couple glimpses inside.

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Eleven uses her mind control powers to kill a man inside of this restaurant in Litha Springs, known as Tiffany’s Kitchen.

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LOCATION: 7413 Lee Rd, Lithia Springs, GA 30122

Back over in Jackson, the Hawkins Library is actually the Butts County Probate Court building.

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LOCATION: 25 3rd St, Jackson, GA 30233

Switching back to East Point, this house, where Lucas lives, is located right beside Mike’s house.

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LOCATION: 2550 Piney Wood Ln, East Point, GA 30344

Jonathan and Steve get into a fight in this alley as Nancy is caught in the middle.  It can also be found in Jackson, not far from Milvad’s General Store and the Hawkins Library.

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LOCATION: Alley between N Oak St / Pittman St, Jackson, GA 30233 (the building seen across the street is 124 W 2nd St, Jackson, GA 30233)

While the kids are being pursued, Eleven uses her powers to flip a van over in front of these houses, found in Tucker, Georgia.

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LOCATION: Between 3782 and 3788 Sarahs Ln, Tucker, GA 30084

The police station, where Sheriff Hopper works, can be found in the town Douglasville, not far from the arcade seen in Season 2.  Finding the building can be slightly confusing.  Many online resources state the address as “48 Pray Street” in Douglasville.  The number above the doorway of the building is indeed 48.  However, the street name is actually Courthouse Square West.  Google lists the address as 8485 Courthouse Square West.  If you find yourself confused, just locate the intersection of Church St and Courthouse Square West and you’ll have no trouble spotting the building.

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LOCATION: 8485 Courthouse Square West, Douglasville, GA 30134

Dustin’s house, nested in trees, can also be found near the houses of Mike and Lucas in East Point.

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LOCATION: 2886 Piney Wood Dr, East Point, GA 30344

Barb’s house is likewise located on the same road.

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LOCATION: 2980 Piney Wood Dr, East Point, GA 30344

Jonathan pays a visit to Lonnie’s house, which can be found in Atlanta.

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LOCATION: 930 Garibaldi St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

Season 2 kicks off with police in pursuit of a van carrying another girl with supernatural powers, much like Eleven.  As they approach this overpass, the girl seizes control of the cop’s mind to make him envision the structure collapsing.

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LOCATION: Glenn St SW, Atlanta, GA 30312 (nearest address is 562 Glenn St SW, Atlanta, GA 30312)

The cop slams his breaks, with many cop cars crashing into him, only for his partner to inform him his vision wasn’t real.  The tunnel appears much longer and deeper on the show than it is in real life.  It’s actually just a short overpass.  The same overpass was seen in the 2018 film “Game Night,” when Kyle Chandler’s character throws himself from a moving car.

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It isn’t the safest or cleanest of areas, we wouldn’t recommend coming out here alone at night.

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The arcade, seen in Season 2, still has the paint job from the show, although the sign is no longer there.  The building currently sits vacant in Douglasville, the same town as the Hawkins Police Department.

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LOCATION: 6501 Church St, Douglasville, GA 30134

A couple glimpses inside the empty arcade building…

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Max lives at this small house, which can be found in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

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LOCATION: 5280 Moore St, Stone Mountain, GA 30083

While you’ll spend a lot of time driving across Georgia to see all of these places, one upside is that most of these locations still bear a strong resemblance to how they appeared on the show, with some still continuing to be used for production.