From Schools to Homes

Locations Made Famous in Movies

Sarah Beackley

Staff Writer

June 24th, 2013

Have you ever wondered where your favorite movies or T.V. shows were filmed? Have you seen a house, restaurant, or school that looked familiar, but you don’t know why? Many filming locations are real homes and other buildings that are virtually unknown until they appear in a movie. It’s a pretty awesome experience to find out that millions of people recognize a place you like to go or a place you call home because it was featured on location in a popular movie. Listing your home or business on may give you a chance to do that. Here are just a few interesting movie locations that may not have known were in a favorite, or more than one, movie.

Remember the comedy classics Porky’s and American Pie? What about the newer funny film Superbad? Segundo High School in El Segundo, California was a prominent filming location in each of these movies. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the writers of Superbad, began drafting the script when they were just thirteen and completed the first version by the time they were fifteen, so perhaps that’s why the adolescent antics feel so relatable. Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse all star in this popular 2007 film.

Quality Café in Los Angeles has been chosen by location finders time and time again for both movies and television. In fact, the restaurant is so famous that while it no longer operates as a place to grab a bite to eat, it remains a filming hotspot and makes the majority of its revenue as a filming location. Just a few movies where you can spot a booth in Quality Café include Mad Men, Million Dollar Baby, Se7en, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

An iconic mansion in Los Angeles, built in 1907, became a famous fixture recently in American Horror Story. Called The Rosenheim Mansion, the actual home was only used in the first episode of the show, but an entire set replicating the ornate interior was created to film the rest of the series. The home has been listed for as high as $17 million.

Diane Lane goes to the actual North Carolina town in Nights in Rodanthe where a house on the beach serves as a bed and breakfast. After a hurricane in 2003, erosion and higher water levels left the house partially in the water. In 2009, a local man, after seeing this film bought the house and moved it to a dry location where he plans to renovate and rent out the iconic home.

Martins Point Plantation on Wadmalaw Island got its time in the spotlight in The Notebook. The area has a rich and longstanding history, dating back to the 1700s and the modern usage in 1989. Turning ordinary places into famous locations in the filming industry, which boosts the local economy as well as provides a monetary bonus for the owner of the property, can begin with listing the building on a company site such as Filming Locations.

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