Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were Shot on Location



PART 2

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


Remember that some of these locations are private homes.
Do not trespass on their property, knock on their doors,
or in any way distrub the residents.

   

  • If this house looks familiar, it's because it was the inspiration for the Stephens' house in the classic sitcom "BEWITCHED", where Samantha and Darrin shared their unusual marriage.

    Located at 267 18th Street, on the northeast side of Santa Monica, CA. (near San Vicente Blvd), the house was copied by the "Bewitched" producers, who built a replica of this actual house on the lot of the Warner Bros ranch (in Burbank), which was used for the show's filming. When they built the replica, they opted to build it as a mirror image, the right side on the left side and vice versa.

    Click on the house photo above to see a larger version, as well as an old B&W screenshot of the Stephens house taken from the TV series.







  • Remember the Cunningham house from the 1970's TV sitcom series "HAPPY DAYS," where Richie, Joanie, Mr. C, Marion, and Fonzie lived?

    Well, you can find it at 565 N. Cahuenga Avenue, Hollywood, just north of the Wilshire Country Club.






  • "Here's the story, of a lovely lady..."


    You remember TV's "THE BRADY BUNCH," of course, but you probably didn't know that you can find the real Brady House at 11222 Dilling Street (on the south side of the street), in Studio City - not far from Universal Studios.

    It may not look exactly the same - the trees have grown and its owner of 20 years put in a fence to keep tourists from peeking in her windows. Also, the "Brady" producers temporarily installed a fake window on the roof to make the split level home appear to be a full two stories. (By the way, the Brady's fictitious address on the show was 4222 Clinton Way, and their phone number for the Brady house was 555-6161.)





  • When you see the "Minnow" sail off to "GILLIGAN'S ISLAND" on that infamous "three-hour tour" (during the opening credits for that sit-com) the boat's supposed to be sailing out of an Hawaiian port. Actually, that harbor scene in the opening credits was shot in east Long Beach, CA, at the Alamitos Bay marina. They added a few palm trees to make it look more like Hawaii.





   

  • Fans of the popular 1970's series "CANNON" (starring William Conad) will remember the high?rise apartment house where the detective lived.
  • That building is now called the Sunset Tower, and you can find it at 8358 Sunset Blvd, in West Hollywood (on the Sunset Strip, just east of Kings Road).  







  • The "Wayne Manor" mansion seen in the "BATMAN" TV series was located in Pasadena.

    "Batman" was shot at 380 S. San Rafael, on the west side of Pasadena. (However, the home is behind gates and is not visible from the street.)


    Some false reports have put it at 160 S. San Rafael Avenue, the same impressive home where scenes from "Being There" and "Rocky V" were shot.
    (That house burned down in a 2005 fire.)






  • The "Bat Cave" in the "BATMAN" TV series (and the first two "Batman" movies) is located in Griffith Park. Known as the Bronson Caves, it has been used in numerous sci-fi/horror movies and Westerns, including 1993's "Army of Darkness," 1933's "The Three Musketeers" (with John Wayne), some "Star Trek" scenes, Gene Autry's old serial "THE PHANTOM EMPIRE" and the original "INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS." It's about a quarter mile walk from the north end of Bronson Avenue (Canyon Drive) on the southwest side of Griffith Park.
  • (The trail leading to the Bronson Caves can be a bit tricky to find, so to make it easier to find, I've added a series of photos contributed by a fan of Seeing-Stars, as well as a trail map. To see the photos, just click here.)





    The Los Angeles City Hall (at 200 N. Spring Street) in downtown L.A. looks familiar to just about everyone. In the "SUPERMAN" TV series (starring George Reeves), it was the "Daily Planet" building (the newsroom was supposed to be on the 18th floor).

    And TV viewers may also remember that same city hall's image embossed on Joe Friday's police badge (#714) in "DRAGNET," starring Jack Webb



Speaking of Jack Webb, one of his more popular TV series was "EMERGENCY!," a 70's show about the men of Los Angeles County Fire Dept. "Station 51" and its paramedics, 'John Gage' & 'Roy Desoto', who responded to emergencies, guided by the staff of "Rampart hospital."

Well, the actual fire station used in that series was Station 127, located at 2049 E. 223rd Street (just east of Wilmington Avenue), in the city of Carson, California. In fact, the station has been named "The Robert A. Cinader Memorial" station in honor of the television producer who created the TV show, and a large plaque on the outside wall is dedicated in his name.

"Rampart General Hospital" isn't far away. It was actually Harbor General Hospital, now known as the Harbor UCLA Medical Center, which is located on the outskirts of Carson (about four miles west of Station 127), at 1000 West Carson Street, in Torrance, CA.





  • From 1978-1981, TV's "THE WHITE SHADOW" (Ken Howard) coached basketball at "Carver High School," supposedly a tough, inner-city school. But in reality the location shots for the show were shot at two schools in the Valley:

  • North Hollywood High, at 5321 Colfax Ave. (at the southeast corner of Colfax & Magnolia Blvd.), in North Hollywood (for most of the establishing exterior shots) , and

  • Notre Dame High School, located at 13645 Riverside Drive (on the northeast corner of Riverside & Woodman Avenue), in Sherman Oaks.
  • (Most of the show was shot inside CBS Studio Center, also in the Valley - in Studio City.)






  • The squalid hotel depicted on the cover of "The Doors" album "Morrison Hotel" is located in a bad part of town, at 1246 S. Hope Street, in downtown L.A., just two blocks east of the Los Angeles Convention Center. *





             

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


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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