Batman Returns (1992)

One of the original Catwoman costumes, worn by Michelle Pfeiffer in Tim Burton’s 1992 sequel “Batman Returns” can be found at the Batman exhibit as part of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505

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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Near the end of Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can,” Frank Abagnale, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is arrested in front of this house where is mother lives.  The house can be found in Pasadena, California.

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LOCATION: 3077 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

Stanley Kubrick LACMA Exhibit

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, better known as LACMA, ran a Stanley Kubrick retrospective exhibit from November 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.  While the exhibit is long since closed, here we’ll take a look through some of the items that were on display.

LOCATION: 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Numerous posters from Kubrick’s filmography.

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One of his old director’s chairs.

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Some “2001: A Space Odyssey” items, starting with a film slate.

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Some concepts for the ape costumes for the “Dawn of Man” sequence.

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Some props from the film, including silverware and a watch.

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A model of the running wheel from the film.

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The monolith.

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A model of the room from the end of the film.

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The star child.

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One of the ultra wide angle lenses used on the film.

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Some items from “The Shining.”

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The typewriter from the film.  “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

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The twins’ dresses.

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Danny’s sweater.

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A knife from the film.

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A model of the hedge maze.

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The final shot.

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Some items from “A Clockwork Orange.”

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A Japanese press brochure.

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Some press clippings of the ensuing controversy the film stirred up.

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Some “Full Metal Jacket” items.

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The “Born to Kill” helmet.

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A slate for Kubrick’s final film, “Eyes Wide Shut.”

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Some masks from the orgy scene.

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Some “Barry Lyndon” items.

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Some costumes from the film.

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Some “Dr. Strangelove” items, starting with some posters for the film.

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A model of the war room.

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A costume from “Sparticus.”

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Some concept art from Stanley Kubrick’s version of “A.I.”  The film would famously go on to be made by Steven Spielberg after Kubrick’s passing.

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Some items from Kubrick’s “Napoleon” film, which was never made.  Here is a script page.

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A bookshelf full of research materials.

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Some notes for the film.

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An assortment of lenses used by Kubrick were also on display.

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Last, but not least, Kubrick’s chess board.  The director was famously fond of the game.

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While the exhibit is no longer on display, LACMA is an excellent museum and regularly has interesting things to see.  We highly recommend a visit if you find yourself in the Los Angeles area.

American Horror Story

The murder house from season 1 of the TV series “American Horror Story” can be found in Los Angeles, California.  The house attracts such a high volume of fans from the show that when it was sold in 2015, the new owners, who claimed they were unaware of the home’s connection to the show, sued the previous owners and their realtor for allegedly failing to divulge the house’s pop culture notoriety and the influx of visitors it would attract.

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LOCATION: 1120 Westchester Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90019

Gravity (2013)

On the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, you can find these props and costumes from the film “Gravity.”  First is one of the original capsules used in the film.

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Here is one of the light boxes from the film, which was used to perfectly simulate light, shadow and reflection in a way unobtainable via traditional green screen.

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505

Saved By The Bell

The original “Saved By the Bell”  show taped at Sunset-Gower Studios in Hollywood, California.  Those sets are long since gone, but that didn’t stop the next best thing from happening; a full blown, pop-up restaurant, inspired by the show.  Recreating many of the classic sets, Saved By the Max was created with participation and support from NBC and first opened in Chicago, Illinois (1941 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622), where it ran for a year, before relocating to Los Angeles, California, where it is also currently slated to run for one year.

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LOCATION: 7100 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

The restaurant is well designed, capturing many of the little details of The Max.  It is a full service restaurant, serving burgers, shakes and many other foods.  Occasionally cast members from the show even make appearances.

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Not an actual, functioning door.  In fact, even the window is not real.

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The classic jukebox from the show.

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And of course the arcade machines.

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A DJ station for KKTY Bayside.

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Some oversized heads of the cast for visitors to use for photo ops.

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A look at the kitchen.

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The merch area, where you can buy hoodies, t-shirts, slap bracelets and more.

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Visitors can also choose to dine in Mr. Belding’s office.

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Sections of the restaurant even tried to recreate portions of Bayside High.

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Here we see the lockers of all of the cast.  Zack, Slater, Kelly, Screech, Jessie, Lisa and even Tori.

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There’s even a “Belding stinks” sticker on the bathroom door, a nice touch.

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Some props and merchandise from the original show, including menus for The Max, dolls, the Saved By the Bell board game, a copy of the Bayside Breeze newspaper and much more.

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There are a few locations in the real world that were used for the show, but these were limited to the TV movies, which came after the original show and could no longer utilize the former sets.  In “Saved By the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas,” this Pacific Palisades home is shown the be the house of Zack Morris.  Throughout the main run of the show, Zack’s house was always a set.

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LOCATION: 510 Frontera Dr, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

There is also a shot in the movie showing Palisades High School as the famous Bayside High School.  This is the only time, aside from a couple establishing shots during Season 1, an exterior high school shot was ever used.  Again, in the original show, it was always a set.

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LOCATION: 15777 Bowdoin St, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

For those wondering, the Malibu Sands Resort was filmed at the Annenberg Community Beach House at 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402.  It has since been heavily remodeled and looks nothing like it did on the show.