Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were Shot on Location

The 1980's

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


    The "GOLDEN GIRLS" house was supposed to be located at 6151 Richmond St., in Miami, Florida.

    In real life, the original home was located at 245 N. Saltair Ave, in West Los Angeles.

    Later, the Disney company built a copy of the house at their Disney Studios in Orlando's Disney World, and it became part of the studio tour there, until it (the replica) was torn down in 2003.

    But the original home still stands in the hills of Brentwood (although a wall &  high foliage makes it difficult to see much of the home when you drive by).

Remember: this is a private home.  Do not trespass on their property,
knock on their door, or do anything else that might disturb the residents.

    In the 1982 music video "THRILLER," Michael Jackson is chased by ghouls through a neighborhood of old Victorian homes.

    That neighborhood is Carroll Avenue (east of downtown L.A., the same street where you'll find the "Charmed" house), and the main house in that video can be found at 1345 Carroll Avenue. 

    Michael Jackson
    made the news in 1984 when he managed to set his hair on fire while filming a PEPSI COMMERCIAL.
      This happened while he was on stage at the Shrine Auditorium (665 W. Jefferson Blvd.) near Exposition Park.


    That famous 1985 music video, "WE ARE THE WORLD," with its host of superstars (Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, etc.), was taped at A&M Records - which used to be Charlie Chaplin's studios and is now the Jim Henson studios - located at 1416 N. La Brea Avenue, in Hollywood.  [Buy the video]

    In the 1984 Randy Newman music video "I LOVE L.A.," we see a giant donut emblazoned with the name "Randy's" on the side. This is a real donut shop called "Randy's Donuts"; it's located in Inglewood, at 805 W. Manchester Boulevard, just west of the San Diego (405) Freeway. (See the video)

    This mammoth donut has also been seen in a number of movies, including 2010's "IRON MAN 2", 1985's "INTO THE NIGHT," with Michelle Pfeiffer, 1989's "EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY" (with Geena Davis), 1991's "BREATHLESS" (with Richard Gere) and 1983's "LOVE LETTERS" (with Jamie Lee Curtis) *

  • The outdoor scenes at the Carrington mansion from the 80's TV series "DYNASTY" were shot at a Pasadena home, located at 1145 Arden Road.

  • The Colby mansion from "THE COLBYS" is at 1060 Brooklawn Drive, in Bel-Air.

The 1987 music video of the song "Where The Streets Have No Name," by supergroup "U2," was performed on the roof of a row of stores located at the corner of 7th Street & Main Street, near the Skid Row section of downtown Los Angeles (before the cops broke it up). *

    Those twin skyscrapers with the tall fountains out front, which you saw each week in the '80s TV detective-romance series "REMINGTON STEELE" were in fact the twin Century Plaza Towers, at the ABC Entertainment Center (2040 Avenue of the Stars) in Century City, as seen from Avenue of the Stars. [Buy the videos]

    The same towers were used in "MOONLIGHTING" with Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis. [Buy CD]

If you've seen the TV series "CHiPs" or any other number of Hollywood productions about the weird side of L.A. beach life, then you've glimpsed the infamous Venice Boardwalk (Ocean Front Walk), just south of Santa Monica. It's here that producers love to capture mimes, jugglers, fire-breathers and bikinied blondes roller skating while wearing headphones... 


* 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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