Then & Now: filming locations of the most popular films and TV shows
Tony Hoffarth, Los Angeles-based photographer, worked in the filming industry through the 70s and 80s. A few years ago, he mashed his love of photography with love of the movies and their filming locations. Over the last few years, Tony managed to compile the largest collection of L.A.’s filming locations photos that you can find on anywhere the internet. Check out Tony Hoffarth’s compilation of filming locations of the most popular films and TV shows.
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The power plant in Redondo Beach off Harbor Blvd was the location for the 2007 movie Transformers.
2. The Flintstones
The Flintstones was shot at Vasquez Rocks Natural Are Park located about an hour north of downtown Los Angeles.
3. The War of the Worlds (1953)
The Westminster Presbyterian Church located in Pasadena took part in the 1953 Sci-Fi classic The War of the Worlds. It was used when Dr. Clayton Forrester was searching for Sylvia.
4. Saving Mr. Banks
Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia turned into an Australian train station in 2013 Bio-Pic Saving Mr. Banks.
5. CSI: Miami
The Belmont Brewing Co. located at the Belmont Pier in Long Beach took part in Season 4, Episode 12 “The Score”.
6. Catch Me If You Can
Miami International? No. This airport terminal is in Ontario, California, and is currently vacant. It has been used as a filming location for many movies including Catch Me If You Can with Leonardo DiCaprio where it stands in for a 1960s Miami International for many different scenes.
7. Back to the Future Part II
The Back to the Future series used many homes in the greater Pasadena area. This private residence in Monrovia, California served as the home for Jennifer, played by Elisabeth Shue.
8. Malcolm in the Middle
This private residence that served as Malcolm’s home is located in Studio City, Los Angeles.
9. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Vasquez Rocks is the location used in hundreds of films. In 1986 movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home it played the Vulcan planet.
10. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
This private residence located in Canoga Park, Ca., was used for Brad and Stacy’s house.
11. Beverly Hills 90210
West Beverly High was actually Torrance High School in the beautiful city of Torrance, CA. This school is also seen in the TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
12. Six Feet Under
The HBO series Six Feet Under used this private residence in Los Angeles as a location for the funeral home.
13. The Terminator
The 1984 Sci-Fi Thriller The Terminator starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, used the Griffith Observatory as the location where the Terminator lands after going back in time. The observatory went through a major renovation starting in 2002.
14. Modern Family
This private residence in Culver City is the location used for the Dunphy’s home.
15. Pretty Woman
This fountain in the Los Angeles Civic Center Plaza was used as a location for the filming of the 1990 movie Pretty Woman.
16. Dude, Where’s My Car?
The 2000 blockbuster Dude, Where’s My Car? was filmed entirely in and around the Los Angeles area. This corner where the boys pull up next to Fabio and try to “out cool” him is located in Glendale.
17. Alpha Dog
The Norwood Inn located in North Hollywood was the location used for this scene in the 2006 movie Alpha Dog when Johnny (Emile Hirsch) makes a call to Jake (Ben Foster).
18. The Fast and the Furious
This private L.A. residence was the home of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). This home made another appearance in the fourth Furious installment Fast and Furious.
19. Donnie Darko
This private residence in Long Beach was a location used for the 2001 movie Donnie Darko.
20. Phone Booth
The 2002 thriller Phone Booth was set in New York at 53rd and 8th. In reality, the phone booth stood on 5th Street between Broadway and Spring in Los Angeles.