Southern California April 11, 2016
10 Places You Recognize From Southern California That Showed Up In Famous Movies
Even though we all know that Southern California is home to Hollywood, the land of film and television, it’s still an unexpected treat to see our beautiful state show up on the big screen. Take a look at these pictures and see if you recognize the SoCal locations that appeared in these popular movies.
1. The Hotel Del appeared in the 1959 film "Some Like It Hot." Although the location of the hotel in the movie was Miami Beach, it was actually shot right here in Coronado in SoCal.
2. The distant planet in the 1980s movie "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" isn't that distant after all. It was actually shot about 3 hours from Los Angeles at the Trona Pinnacles in the Mojave Desert.
3. Echopark in Los Angeles makes an appearance in the classic film "Chinatown" during a well-known scene discussing the Los Angeles drought.
4. This scene in the movie "Grease" was shot in Venice at Venice High School. Apparently some of the lunch tables that appeared in this movie are still there today. How cool!
5. It may be a no-brainer that "Beverly Hills Cop" was shot in Beverly Hills. What you may not know is that the police station in the movie isn't the actual Beverly Hills police station -- it's the building for Beverly Hills City Hall.
6. This house in Pasadena located at 4 Westmoreland Place appeared in the movie "Back to the Future" in the 80s. Does it look familiar to you?
7. Do you recognize this Southern California high school that was filmed in the movie "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"? If you guessed Van Nuys High School you would be correct.
8. The John Hughes flick "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" takes place in Chicago, but the house that was used for the exterior shot of Bueller's home was shot right here in SoCal in Long Beach. Wanna drive by? You can find it at 4160 Country Club Drive.
9. Do you recognize this fountain from the movie "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" with Nick Nolte? This was filmed on Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills.
10. This house in Glendale, located at 727 W Kenneth Road, was used as the exterior shot for the home of Clark Griswold's boss in "Christmas Vacation." Do you recognize this from the movie? It sure looks a little different covered in Hollywood snow.
I just love the magic of movies! Whether you are a movie buff or not, it’s kind of cool to see these Southern California locations show up on the big screen. Did you recognize any of these spots? Any big surprises?