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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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1. Transformers

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.

The Flintstones

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.

The War of the Worlds (1953)

4. Saving Mr. Banks

Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia turned into an Australian train station in 2013 Bio-Pic Saving Mr. Banks.

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”.

CSI Miami

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.

Catch Me If You Can

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.

Back to the Future Part II

8. Malcolm in the Middle

This private residence that served as Malcolm’s home is located in Studio City, Los Angeles.

Malcolm in the Middle

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.

Star Trek IV The Voyage Home

10. Fast Times at Ridgemont High

This private residence located in Canoga Park, Ca., was used for Brad and Stacy’s house.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

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.

Beverly Hills 90210

12. Six Feet Under

The HBO series Six Feet Under used this private residence in Los Angeles as a location for the funeral home.

Six Feet Under

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.

The Terminator

14. Modern Family

This private residence in Culver City is the location used for the Dunphy’s home.

Modern Family

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.

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.

Dude Wheres My Car

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).

Alpha Dog

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.

The Fast and the Furious

19. Donnie Darko

This private residence in Long Beach was a location used for the 2001 movie Donnie Darko.

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.

Phone Booth

Did you like Tony Hoffarth’s work? Share your thoughts below and check out Behind The Scenes: 50 Funny Photos Snapped On The Movie And TV Sets.

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