Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Karate Kid (1984)

The ultimate 80s underdog story.  Lanky Daniel La Russo's the new kid in Reseda and takes an interest in the ex-girlfriend of the local bully.  Pretty soon he's tormented by him and his karate-chopping friends.  Enter Mr. Miyagi to the rescue. Through extensive training Daniel turns into a martial arts master, taking down the evil Johnny Lawrence and bringing hope to the smaller kids on the playground.

The Karate Kid was filmed in Harrison, NJ, Sedona, AZ and Los Angeles, Reseda, Encino, North Hollywood, Canoga Park, Northridge, Malibu, Norwalk and Westlake Village CA

Location: The La Russo's Leave Newark
Address: Franklin Ave heading north to Hamilton St, Harrison, NJ

Location: The Apartment Complex
Address: 192233 Saticoy Street, Reseda, CA

Location: The Beach
Address: 35000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA    Leo Carrillo Beach

Location: The High School
Address: 5607 Capistrano Avenue, Woodlands Hills, CA  

formerly Charles Evans Junior High


Location: The Orient Express Restaurant
Address: 5410 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  

Location: Cobra Kai Dojo #1
Address: 5410 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Location: Cobra Kai Dojo #2
Address: 5223 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA

Location: Ali's House
Address: 4072 Alonzo Avenue, Encino, CA

Location: Golf N Stuff
Address: 10555 W Firestone Boulevard, Norwalk, CA

A mecca to any kid... or kid at heart.  I'd have my own parking spot if I lived near one.

Location: The Country Club
Address: 880 S Westlake Boulevard, Westlake Village, CA    Hyatt Westlake Plaza

That was the best shot I could get through the gap in the doors.

This was also used as the Palm Springs hotel on Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-2000)

Location: The Tournament
Address: 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA

The Matadome at Cal State Northridge

You're the best!  Around!  Nothing's ever gonna bring you down!

Locations Visited: November 2015, March 2016

Still Need to Visit:

Former Site of Mr. Miagi's House
Daniel Rolls Down the Hill
Daniel Learns to Balance


  1. I been to the apts they moved into in California. You can go into the apts once somebody opens the gate. The pool looks the same and you can go to their upper corner apt. The side alley. And the empty lot next door was still empty when I went.

    1. Hi Nevets. I visited the apartment building on my recent trip, but didn't get to go inside. I hope to have pictures up hopefully by tomorrow.

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    1. Mr. Miyagi's house was located at 20924 Gault Street in Canoga Park but was sadly demolished a few years after the movie was made.

  3. I have been going through your site like crazy today. This is one of my favorite films of all time (born 1970). I grew up in Agoura, right near Westlake Plaza (saw Hulk Hogan there checking in during a friend's wedding reception there). Thanks for doing all you do.