No Strings Attached - Filming Locations
Part 1

 The Southern California locations where
"No Strings Attached" was filmed.

1:00: The movie starts 15 years ago, at a summer camp ("Camp Weehawken"),
where 'Emma' (Natalie Portman) & 'Adam' (Ashton Kutcher) meet as kids.

Frat House party 

This is one of the few locations in the movie that isn't "real".  As I suspected, this was shot at a
movie ranch, Disney's Golden Oak Ranch, at 19802 Placerita Canyon Road, in Newhall, CA.

That particular building is called Golden Oak Hall, and is located next to the lake.
I recognized it from other films. You can see it on the ranch's official website.

And there's a very good photo of it online, here (courtesy of Joseph Heck).


3:00: 10 years later, Emma & Adam meet again (by accident) at a frat house, during a wild party.

Frat House party

That "frat house" is actually just a residential home, in L.A.'s West Adams District.
The house is located at 2218 S. Harvard Blvd, in Los Angeles.
(It's on the east side of the street, the 2nd house south of 22nd St.)

[Warning: This is a private home.  Do not trespass on their property,
knock on their door, or do anything that might disturb the residents.]

(Here is a Google StreetView of the house.)


6:00: Emma convinces Adam to accompany her to a family event, which turns out to be a funeral.

The funeral scene was shot at Mountain View Cemetery
, at 2400 Fair Oaks Ave, in Altadena, CA.
Altadena is just south of Pasadena.  The cemetery has seen a lot of filming over the years,
including the remake of "Halloween", "Flubber", and many TV shows, including "Seinfeld".

(Here is a Google StreetView panorama of the cemetery.)


6:35: After the funeral, the wake is held at Emma's family home, a colonial mansion.

Her home

This beautiful house is located at 445 Prospect Blvd, in Pasadena, CA.

(It's on the east side of Prospect, the third house northwest of N. Orange Grove,
and is only about two miles southwest of the cemetery.)

[Warning: This is a private home.  Do not trespass on their property,
knock on their door, or do anything that might disturb the resident

(Here is a Google StreetView panorama of the home.)


: Four years later, Emma and Adam cross paths again by accident, at an outdoor farmers market.

Disney Hall

The scene opens with an establishing shot of downtown L.A. (seen above)
That unique silver building, center-left, is Disney Concert Hall
135 N. Grand Ave.
The building to the far left is the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, at the Los Angeles Music Center.
The camera is looking southeast, from:

7:50: The camera pans down to a farmers market, where a strollling mariachi band is
playing an instrumental version of the Pussycat Doll's hit Don't Cha.

Adam & Emma meet again, only this time Adam's on a date with a girlfriend.
But he still manages to get Emma's phone number (on his smart phone).

Farmers market

This scene was shot next to the reflecting pools at the Department of Water & Power building,
across from (west 0f) the Music Center, at
111 N. Hope Street, in downtown L.A.

It's the same place they filmed the sunken houses in "Inception".

(Here's a matching Google StreetView for the screenshot above.)


(Here's a Google StreetView for the Water & Power building.)

: Next, we see Adam on his job at a
movie studio, where they are shooting a high school musical number.
(The same location pops up several times during the film.)


They filmed these scenes at Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave, in Hollywood.

The scene above, of them walking from the soundstage to a trailer, was shot outside Stage 18.


(Here is a Google StreetView of the studio.)

: We then see Adam visit his Dad's house, a Mediterranean mansion in the hills.

Dad's house

The dad ('Alvin') is played by Kevin Kline, as an actor still basking in the glory of
a former
starring role, and fond of quoting that show's tagline: "Great Scott!"

In this scene, we see him meet Adam outdoors, exercising in a small bathing suit.

         This house is actually located up at 1146 Tower Road, in Beverly Hills.

( It's an appropriate address for a star.  Over the years, Tower Road has been the real home
to, among others: Jay Leno, Jack Lemmon, Spencer Tracy and David O. Selznick.
In fact, James Coburn used to live in this very same house. )

[Warning: This is a private home.  Do not trespass on their property,
knock on their door, or do anything that might disturb the resident


[Thanks to Mike of MovieShotsLA for some help finding this one.]

(Here's a matching Google StreetView - of the entrance/driveway seen above.)

Dad's back yard

: Next, we first encounter a location that is shown many times in the movie:
It's a bar/cafe owned by Adam's friend
Wallace (Ludacris).

Friend's bar/cafe

In this first scene, Adam and his friend (with the two gay fathers) are talking about Adam's dad
sleeping with Adam's ex-girlfriend.

Later, we Adam walking outside the cafe at night, talking to friend about the balloon incident,
and we see its patio (in the shot below) when he drunkenly phones old girlfriends.

These scenes were shot at Akasha, a restaurant located at 9543 Culver Blvd, in Culver City.

It's just just few blocks east of Sony (MGM) Studios, and close to the Culver Hotel.

(It's the same place made famous as "Flynn's Arcade" in the movie "Tron".)

(Here's a Google StreetView of the restaurant.)
(And here's a Google StreetView of the patio seen below.)


More "No Strings Attached" locations!


The photos on this page are stills from "No Strings Attached"
(which you can buy by clicking here) and are copyright Paramount Pictures.

The rest of the page is Copyright  2020-Gary Wayne /