Category Archives: Filming Locations

FILMING LOCATION SPOTLIGHT – “Happy Days” (1974-1984)

On the second and fourth Friday of every month in 2020, Limelight Magazine spotlights the filming location site(s) we visited for some of our favorite (and not so favorite) films and TV shows. Today we spotlight one of the filming locations for Happy Days, which aired on ABC from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984. The top photo is a screen shot taken from the TV show while the photo underneath is what the location looks like when we visited the location.

This filming location used for the Cunningham house is located at 565 North Cahuenga Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA.

FILMING LOCATION SPOTLIGHT – “MAMA’S FAMILY”

On the second and fourth Friday of every month in 2020, Limelight Magazine spotlights the filming location site(s) we visited for some of our favorite (and not so favorite) films and TV shows. Today we spotlight the filming location for the TV show Mama’s Family,  which originally aired on NBC from January 22, 1983, to April 7, 1984. Two years later, it was relaunched in first-run syndication and aired until 1990. The top photo is a screen shot taken from the TV show while the photo underneath is what the location looks like when we visited the location. Pictured below is Thelma’s Harper’s residence during the first-run syndication of Mama’s Family. It is located at 1027 Montrose Avenue, South Pasadena, CA.

Note – The “Mama’s Family” house was also the home of Lynda’s character in John Carpenter’s Halloween. It was only featured briefly in the film where Lynda walks toward the front door.

Note – The Mama’s Family house was also the home of Lynda’s character in John Carpenter’s Halloween. It was only featured briefly in the film where Lynda walks toward the front door.

FILMING LOCATION SPOTLIGHT – “DAWN OF THE DEAD” (1978)

On the second and fourth Friday of every month in 2020, Limelight Magazine spotlights the filming location site(s) we visited for some of our favorite (and not so favorite) films. Today we spotlight some of the filming locations for Dawn of the Dead. The film, which was directed by the late George A. Romero, was released in 1978. The top photo is a screen shot taken from the movie while the photo underneath is what the location looks like when we visited in June 2018.

The filming locations for those featured below were taken at the Monroeville Mall in Monroeville, PA.

FILMING LOCATION SPOTLIGHT – “THE GOLDEN GIRLS” (1985-1992)

On the second and fourth Friday of every month in 2020, Limelight Magazine spotlights the filming location site(s) we visited for some of our favorite (and not so favorite) films and TV shows. Today we spotlight the filming location for The Golden Girls, which aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. The top photo is a screen shot taken from the TV show while the photo underneath is what the location looks like when we visited the location.

Although the house the “Golden Girls” lived was mentioned in the show as being located at 6151 Richmond Street in Miami, FL, the façade was based on a real house located at 245 N. Saltair Avenue in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.

[As of this posting, the home is currently on the market for $2,999,000 with Douglas Ellimen Real Estate].

Filming Location Spotlight – “Shadow of a Doubt” (1943)

On the second and fourth Friday of every month in 2020, Limelight Magazine spotlights the filming location site(s) we visited for some of our favorite (and not so favorite) films. Today we spotlight one of the filming locations for Shadow of a Doubt. The film, which was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, was released in 1943. The top photo is a screen shot taken from the movie while the photo underneath is what the location looks like when we visited in September 2014.

This filming location used for the Newton home is located at 904 McDonald Avenue in Santa Rosa, CA.

Filming Location Spotlight – ‘The Brady Bunch” (1969-1974)

On the second and fourth Friday of every month in 2020, Limelight Magazine spotlights the filming location site(s) we visited for some of our favorite (and not so favorite) films and TV shows. Today we spotlight the filming location for The Brady Bunch, which aired on ABC from September 26, 1969, to March 8, 1974. The show also  spawned several television reunion and spin-off series. The top photo is a screen shot taken from the TV show while the photo underneath is what the location looks like when we visited the location.

This filming location used for the Brady House is located at 11222 Dilling Street in Studio City, CA.

FILMING LOCATION SPOTLIGHT – “DARK SHADOWS” (1966-1971)

On the second and fourth Friday of every month in 2020, Limelight Magazine spotlights the filming location site(s) we visited for some of our favorite (and not so favorite) films. Today we spotlight one of the filming locations for the Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows which aired on ABC from from June 27, 1966, to April 2, 1971. The top photo is a screen shot taken from the series while the photo underneath is what the location looks like today.

This filming location used for the Collinswood Mansion, the home of vampire Barnabas Collins, is the Carey Mansion, located in Newport, R.I.

 

FILMING LOCATION SPOTLIGHT – “The Fast and the Furious” (2001) and “Nightcrawler” (2014)

On the second and fourth Friday of every month in 2020, Limelight Magazine spotlights the filming location site(s) we visited for some of our favorite (and not so favorite) films. Today we spotlight two of the filming locations for The Fast and the Furious (2001). The top photo is a screen shot taken from the movie while the photo underneath is what the location looks like today.

This filming location used for the Toretto home is located at 722 N. East Kensington Road, Echo Park, CA, while “Toretto’s Market and Cafe” (Bob’s Market) is located at 1230 Bellevue Ave, Los Angeles, CA.  

Bob’s Market was also featured in the movie Nightcrawler (2014).

FILMING LOCATION SPOTLIGHT – “Falcon Crest” (1981-1990)

Although our “Filming Location Spotlight” series typically runs on the second and fourth Friday of every month, we decided to post these today since it is the 30th anniversary of when the final episode of Falcon Crest aired on CBS. If some of these photos look familiar, that is because we posted them in 2015.  However, we never posted the photos from our visit to Spring Mountain Winery the following year. Spring Mountain Winery served as the exterior of the estate of Angela Channing (portrayed by the late Jane Wyman) and interior during parts of the first season.

Falcon Crest is an American television show that aired on CBS for nine seasons from December 4, 1981, to May 17, 1990. It aired after Dallas at 10 p.m. on Friday nights for most of its run and a total of 227 episodes were produced. It was a top 30 show for its first six seasons, reaching a peak of #7 during its third season (1983-1984).

On a trip to Napa Valley, I couldn’t resist taking screen shots from the DVDs of the first three seasons and finding the actual filming locations to see what they looked like today. The top photo is a screen shot taken from the movie while the photo underneath is what the location looks like when I visited.

 “A toast to you, Falcon Crest, and long may you live,” – Angela Channing (May 17, 1990)

FILMING LOCATION SPOTLIGHT – “DEATH WISH 2” (1982)

On the second and fourth Friday of every month in 2020, Limelight Magazine will spotlight the filming location site(s) we visited for some of our favorite (and not so favorite) films. Today we spotlight the filming location for Death Wish 2. The film, which once again starred Charles Bronson as vigilante Paul Kersey, was released in 1982. The top photo is a screen shot taken from the movie while the photo underneath is what the location looks like today.

This filming location used for Paul Kersey’s home is located at 1203 South Crescent Heights Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA.