A look at a neighborhood in Long Beach, California, where you'll find the real homes
used in the filming of "American Pie," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Red Dragon,"
"Donnie Darko" and "Not A Teen Movie".

[ WarningThese are private homes. Do not trespass on their property,
knock on their doors, or otherwise disturb the residents' privacy.
]

The "American Pie" House
4153 Cedar Drive, Long Beach, California
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The main house in “American Pie” (1999), home to ‘Jim’ and his family, the character played by Jason Biggs. It’s where he sets up the camera to peep on ‘Nadia’ (Shannon Elizabeth) while she is undressing. The same house also appears several times in the sequel (“American Pie 2”, 2001). Map It!






Michelle's House ("American Pie")
3925 Cedar Avenue, Long Beach, California
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Just a block south of the main (Biggs) house, this house with a white picket fence belonged to ‘Michelle’, the perky flute player - played by Alyson Hannigan, who also played ‘Willow’ on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. In “American Pie 2”, she coaches Jim in the ways of love in this house. Map It!






The painters house ("American Pie 2")
4165 Country Club Drive, Long Beach, California
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This is the old house the guys were painting yellow (while they were vacationing at the lake), in “American Pie 2”. You can see this house best in the scene where 'Finch' is sitting meditating on the lawn and tells Stiffler how Tantric can improve his sex life. It can be seen again in the scene where 'Jim' says he needs to get some practice because 'Michelle' told him he's a lousy lover.

The house looks different today. It is now painted another color - gray with pink shutters, and the plants and flowers under the windows are no longer there. Also, the shutters were removed during the painting scene - you can see them propped up behind the guys in that Tantric scene... Map It!



 

( Don't confuse the painter's house with the brown/tan house where the guys later try to talk two girls - who they believe are lesbians - into making out so they can watch. That "lesbian house" isn't even in Long Beach. It's actually at 820 Milan Ave, in South Pasadena - about a mile southwest of The Huntington Library. Map It! )




So, you ask, what about Kevin's home? The brick house that Jim runs to when he's getting lucky with Nadia? That's about 30 miles northeast of Long Beach.  You'll find it on the Pasadena/Arcadia border, about a mile west of Santa Anita race track and the L.A. Arboretum.

(That's a long way for Jim to run! )


Stiffler's Party House is just three blocks south of Kevin's house. You'll find Stiffler's place at 3644 Lombardy Road, on the Pasadena/Arcadia border. Map It!

( The interior scenes of that Stiffler party house appear to have been shot inside a home located at 1090 Rubio Street, in Altadena - a house that has been used in a number of productions in the past, including the pilot for the TV series "7th Heaven" ).


[ RememberThese are private homes. Do not trespass on their property,
knock on their doors, or otherwise disturb the residents' privacy.
]






When the boys go on vacation to the lake in Grand Harbor, in "American Pie 2", we see them drive over a small bridge (with 'Stiffler' acting like an ass in the back seat) and then they cruise up the town's main street, ogling girls.

That is supposed to be in Michigan. It isn't.

Actually, that bridge is Davies Bridge over the Alamitos Bay, on E. Second Street in Long Beach, just south of Pacific Coast Highway - it links Naples Island with the rest of Long Beach. (The photo above shows the view from the bridge.) Map It!

The small town (supposedly Grand Harbor) is just about a mile southeast of that bridge. It's actually Seal Beach, California, a quaint seaside town with a nice pier. The street the boys are cruising down is Main Street in Seal Beach, and if you look closely during that scene, you can spot such local Seal Beach landmarks as Walt's Wharf restaurant, O'Malley's Irish Pub, and the Seal Beach Pier. Map It!

But it turns out that there actually IS one shot of the real Michigan in "American Pie 2". Right after the guys turn left off Main Street, past the Seal Beach Pier, they dropped in an 8-second aerial shot of the guys' Bronco rounding the bend on S. Harbor Drive, in the Grand Haven, Michigan.  (Thanks, Scott.)


What about?...

  • So what about the high school in “American Pie”: 'East Great Falls High'? As you might have guessed, that was Long Beach too. The outdoor/exterior scenes and the prom scenes were shot at Millikan High School, located at 2800 Snowden Ave in Long Beach. The interior classroom scenes, hallway scenes, as well as the bathroom scene, were all shot a few miles to the west at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, located at 1600 Atlantic Ave in Long Beach. (The college scenes in "American Pie" 1 & 2 were shot on the campus of Cal-State Long Beach, at 1250 N Bellflower Blvd, notably, the outside scenes at the lacrosse game.)



  • Oz leaves in the middle of the big lacrosse game in order to make it in time to the state competition of Heather's jazz choir. In the photo above, we see him arrive at the MSU Music Hall for the music compeition. That music hall building is actually the south side of the Pacific Palms Conference Resort (see the photo below) at One Industry Hills Parkway, in La Puente / Industry Hills. Map It.


(Thanks go to Owen Lockwood for tracking down this location!)

  • But according to John Geiger, who was on stage crew at the time in Millikan High School (and was hired as part of a a "skeleton crew" for the movie), only the exterior of the MSU Music Hall was shot at Pacific Palms - the interior scenes of that Michigan Choral Festival were shot inside the Millikan High School Auditorium in Long Beach.



  • One would think that the "Dog Years" diner (the boys' meeting place, where they disuss the party and plot how they are going to lose their virginity) would also be in Long Beach, but it's not. In real life, it's a restaurant called Cafe Opera & Bistro, and you'll find it at 402 S. Myrtle Ave, in Monrovia.


  • The other party house (owned by Stiffler's mom), which is seen at the end of the first movie - where the guys lose their virginity after the prom - is nowhere near Long Beach. It's way out at Lake Sherwood, at 410 Lake Sherwood Drive, in Westlake Village. (The same house later appeared in an episode of The O.C.)



  • The Band Camp scene (where Jim plays the trombone as the crowd roots him) was one of the few "Pie" locations not shot in the Long Beach area. It was shot in an amphitheatre on the north side of Farnsworth Park, at 568 EMount Curve Ave., in Altadena, CA.


  • Alas, the grand lake house the boys stay in while vacationing at Grand Harbor (in “American Pie 2”) doesn’t even really exist - at least not anymore. It was never a real house. The producers found an empty lot near the beach at Paradise Cove in Malibu and simply built a prop house on the spot, which they used for exterior shots - then they used a warehouse in the Valley for interior shots.



The "Ferris Bueller" House
4160 Country Club Drive, Long Beach, California:

In the hit 1987 comedy “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, this is the main home of ‘Ferris Bueller’ (Matthew Broderick) and his family. It’s seen extensively through the film, from the opening shot to the very end. It’s where he plays sick to get a day off school, it’s where the principal comes to try to bust him and ends up in a confrontation with Ferris’ sister, and it’s where Ferris races back in the end. Although the entire movie is set in Chicago, and almost all of the movie was shot on location in that Windy City, the very first scene and the Bueller house was actually in this same Long Beach neighborhood, just a couple of blocks away from the main “American Pie” house. Map It!

  • This same ‘Ferris Bueller’ house (4160 Country Club Drive) is seen in the 2002 Hannibal Lecter thriller “Red Dragon” (sequel to “Silence of the Lambs”). It’s where the police find a family slaughtered by the serial killer, with blood everywhere. (The still photos of the same family, seen relaxing at the park while they were alive, were taken at the nearby Los Cerritos Park, which was also a location for an episode of TV's "Joan of Arcadia".)

  • And the very same home was used for yet another movie, “Not Another Teen Movie,” a 2001 spoof of “American Pie” and other teen comedies. In “Teen Movie” is was the home of 'Preston', the kid who throws the big party when his parents are away. (The producers deliberately chose the same Country Club neighborhood as “Pie” so the look would resemble those earlier films.)




The "Donnie Darko" House
4225 Country Club Drive, Long Beach, California

Among other films shot in this Country Club neighborhood of Long Beach was “Donnie Darko”, the rather bizarre 2001 film about a young, mentally disturbed man (Jake Gyllenhaal) who has visions of a sinister rabbit-like creature predicting the end of the world, which prompts him to investigate the possibility of time travel... This white colonial house was the home of ‘Donnie’ and the Darko family. In the movie, a huge jet plane engine crashes from the sky through the roof this home. Map It!

(They also filmed a party scene here for an episode of the TV show, "Joan of Arcadia")




The "Jim Cunningham / Jock" House
4252 Country Club Drive, Long Beach, California

This gorgeous Tudor mansion (just a few houses down from the "Darko" home) appeared in two different movies:

  • In the 2001 movie "Donnie Darko" it was the home of ‘Jim Cunningham’, a self-help guru (played by Patrick Swayze). 'Donnie Darko' sets fire to the home, and while they are putting out the fire, police find evidence that Cunningham was involved with child pornography.

  • The very same Tudor mansion was also seen in the a 2001 spoof “Not Another Teen Movie”. It was the home of the leading man 'Jake' (“the Jock”).

  • The DVD commentary on "...Teen Movie" said that this same house was also used in the 1985 teen comedy “Weird Science”. But after carefully comparing the two movies, I can definitely say that (despite a slight resemblance between this house and 'Wyatt's' house in "Weird Science") the two houses are not the same. Map It!

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Long Beach, California

MAP KEY

1. Jim's House ("American Pie")

2. Michelle's House ("American Pie")

3. Painters' House ("American Pie 2")

4. Ferris Bueller's House ("Ferris Bueller's Day Off",
    "Red Dragon", "Not Another Teen Movie")

5. Donnie Darko House ("Donnie Darko")

6. Cunningham / Jock Tudor ("Donnie Darko",
    "Weird Science", "Not Another Teen Movie")




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Photos & text copyright Gary Wayne & Seeing-Stars.com - 2007
( photos of "Dog Years" & "Band Camp" courtesy of Chas Demster)