Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were Shot (on Location)


  • In 1992's "CHAPLIN," there is a scene in which a young Charlie Chaplin (as played by Robert Downey Jr.) makes a grand entrance to his new movie studio in Hollywood.

    Those scenes, and others in the film, were shot at the old Charlie Chaplin Studio at 1416 N. La Brea Avenue, in Hollywood (the complex now houses Jim Henson Productions).

  • Also in "CHAPLIN," Robert Downey Jr. (as Charlie Chaplin) returns to the U.S. aboard the Queen Mary, only to learn that he has been barred from the country. That scene was shot aboard the actual Queen Mary ocean liner, which is now now permanently docked in Long Beach.

  • Several key scenes in 1992's "THE PLAYER" were set on the patio of a beautiful cliff-top restaurant in Malibu, overlooking the Pacific (including one featuring Burt Reynolds). That restaurant is "Geoffrey's" (at 27400 Pacific Coast Highway, four miles west of Pepperdine.)

  • Also in "THE PLAYER," Tim Robbin's lead character meets a suspected blackmailer at the Rialto Theater; later Robbins accidentally kills him outside that same theatre. The Rialto Theater really exists, and can be found at 1023 S. Fair Oaks Ave., in South Pasadena.

  • And remember the scene in that same movie ("THE PLAYER") where a nervous Tim Robbins kept a secret appointment at a hotel's poolside patio? Well, that scene was shot at the historic St. James Club at 8358 Sunset Blvd., in West Hollywood. (The St. James has since been renamed The Sunset Tower Hotel.)

  • Northridge Fashion Center mall (9301 Tampa Ave.) was used for the exterior mall shots in 1992's "TERMINATOR II: JUDGMENT DAY," with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ironically, this was the mall which suffered severe damage in 1994's big Northridge earthquake - but has been reconstructed since.

    (That movie's interior shots were filmed at the Santa Monica Place mall.)

Nearby in Malibu (right next to the Malibu Pier) is Surfrider Beach, which was the scene of those old "GIDGET" movies,
as well as Frankie & Annette's 1987 beach party spoof, "BACK TO THE BEACH," and other surfing films suchas 1978's "BIG WEDNESDAY" (starring Gary Busey, Jan-Michael Vincent & William Katt).

When filmmakers need a train station, they usually look no further than the classic Union Station, (800 N. Alameda St.), a sleek mission-style/Art Deco landmark across from the popular Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. It's also great for recreating vintage scenes from the past.

So, as you might expect, the station has appeared in lots of movies, including

"BUGSY" (1992), "BLADE RUNNER" (1982), "TRUE CONFESSIONS" (1981), "THE WAY WE WERE" (1973), "THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS" (1989), "THE HUSTLER" (1961), "GABLE & LOMBARD" (1975), and of course "UNION STATION" (1950, starring William Holden).

They shot the holodeck scene from "STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT" at Union Station, the arrival scene from "THE ISLAND", the departure scene from "PEARL HARBOR", Demi Moore's lair from "CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE", and heist scenes from "THE ITALIAN JOB".

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