Filming Locations for
The actual Southern California locations where Amazon's 2018
suspense / sci-fi series, "Homecoming" (with Julia Roberts) was filmed.
But once the lights come on, it turns out to be only a retirement community.
Two of the veterans being treated at the Homecoming facility, Walter Cruz ( Stephan James ) and his friend, Joe Shrier ( Jeremy Allen White ), sneak out of the facility, steal a van, and head out on the road.
Why? Because Joe is paranoid about the Homecoming program ( justifiably so, as it turns out ). He thinks they won't be allowed to leave, and he tells Walter that, for all they know, they might not even really be in Florida.
So, Walter takes Joe out of the facility, after dark, to prove him wrong, and to show him they really are in Florida.
After driving through the night for a long time, they finally arrive at an unknown location, where they stop to investigate, not knowing what they're going to find.
They find themselves in what looks like a completely deserted European village, complete with a cobblestone street. It's too dark to see much, and by now, their imaginations are so worked-up that they are half-convinced it is some sinister mock town designed for some kind of malevolent military training program.
Unfortunately, it turns out to be just an aging night watchman making his rounds, and the village turns out to be nothing more than a normal retirement community (called "Putnam Village") , where the senior residents have all simply gone to bed for the night.
It's currently used to film the heaven scenes on the hit NBC sitcom "The Good Place".
Here is an aerial view of Little Europe, via Google Maps.
However, you can't really see that much of the set in this "Homecoming" scene , because most of the time the village is draped in darkness, to increase the sense of mystery.
The good news is that you can go therein person, easily enough - just take the tram tour at Universal Studios Hollywood, and keep an eye out for Little Europe Street.
Once you know it, it's hard to miss those cobblestone streets and fanciful buildings.
( Not to mention the fact that since I've taken the Universal Studios tram tour quite a few times, I've driven right through Little Europe on multiple occasions. )
So all I did was double-check it, to make sure I could match the buildings properly, and sure enough…
Obviously, the building above labeled "Your Anticipation Needs" is the same as the building labeled "The Lapenne Theatre" below.
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