Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were Shot on Location


Filming locations of TV Shows,
Made-for-TV Movies & Music Videos.

    Remember Ozzie & Harriet and Ricky Nelson? Well, in their old TV sitcom, the Nelsons lived at the fictitious address of the 822 Sycamore Road. But in reality, you can find that house from "THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE & HARRIET SHOW"

    at 1822 Camino Palmero Drive, in Hollywood. It was the Nelson's family's actual home. That short, hilly street is located above Hollywood Boulevard, half a mile east of Mann's Chinese Theatre.

  • Jed & Granny Clampett were supposed to live at the fictional address of 518 Crestview Drive in Beverly Hills. But in fact, the huge mansion that you saw each week on TV's original "THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES" is located at 750 Bel Air Road, in nearby Bel Air. Alas, the current owner has drastically remodeled the estate, so you won't recognize the old place. The mansion was originally built in 1935 by millionaire Lynn Atkinson, but his wife thought it was too ostentatious, and refused to live there!

  • If the scenery in some of those old TV Westerns such as "THE RIFLEMAN" and "HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL" looks alike to you, that may be because many of them were shot in the same place: a mock western town inside the Paramount Ranch (at 1813 Cornell Road, Agoura). It's now a part of the Malibu Creek State Park, and is open to the public. Recently, they filmed the TV series "DR. QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN" at the ranch.

  • Other western TV series, such as "THE LONE RANGER" and "HOPALONG CASSIDY," (as well as the 1995 movie "WILD BILL") were filmed at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio, at 24715 Oak Creek Avenue, in Newhall, CA (out near Magic Mountain.)

    You can visit the ranch each March during the annual Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival. [Thomas Bros Map: 4641-B1]

  • If you're old enough (or if you're just a fan of classic reruns), you may remember the TV series "77 SUNSET STRIP", and its neighbor, "Dino's Lodge". Well, Dino's Lodge is gone, but the real address of the old Lodge was 8524 Sunset Boulevard - right on the Strip. It is now home to the Tiffany Theatre.

      "She took her daddy's car,
      and she cruised to the hamburger stand, now.
      Seems she forgot all about the library,
      like she told her Old Man, now.
      And with the radio blasting,
      she goes cruising just as fast as she can, now.
      And she'll have fun, fun, fun,
      'till her daddy takes the T-Bird away!" *

      © Capitol Records, Inc.)

    Remember those lyrics to the Beach Boys' song, "FUN FUN FUN" ?  Well, the Beach Boys grew up in Hawthorne, CA., and the "hamburger stand" mentioned in that song was actually a Foster's Freeze (which they nicknamed "Frostie's"). It seems that Brian Wilson spotted a friend driving by in her daddy's T-Bird... This Foster's Freeze is located at 11969 Hawthorne Blvd. (just north of 120th Street), in Hawthorne. It's on the west side of that street, just across from the Hawthorne Plaza Mall. It's still open for business. [] *


* Locations marked by an asterisk (*) may be located in areas with high crime rates.
Exercise reasonable caution.

For information about how you can watch movies and TV shows being shot on location, see the separate page about getting a shoot-sheet from the Hollywood Permit Office.

For information about watching TV sitcoms being taped live in the studio, see the separate page about getting tickets to live TV tapings.

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