Friday, June 3, 2016

American Beauty (1999)

American Beauty lands in my top ten thanks to the superb writing, acting and cinematography of Sam Mendes' poignant picture of suburban life beyond the white picket fence.  When you look closer, things don't always come up roses.  The same could be said today about Facebook status updates.   

American Beauty was filmed in Canoga Park, Torrance, Brentwood, Burbank, Woodland Hills and Los Angeles, CA

Location: The High School
Address: 4801 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, CA  South High School

I swear, I didn't bring that plastic bag with me, it was actually there.  Eerie.

Some scenes were also shot at Long Beach Polytechnic High School.

Location: Carolyn's Open House
Address: 22421 Collins Street, Woodland Hills, CA

I will sell this house today.

The house Buddy "The King of Real Estate" Kane shows is across the street at 22430 Collins Street.

Location: Fitts House Interiors
Address: 330 S Windsor Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Location: Lester Driving
Address: Alameda Avenue & Kenwood Street, Burbank, CA

This location was easily recognizable since you can see the reflection of the old Disney Channel building in the windshield.

Location: Mr. Smiley's Drive Thru
Address: 20105 Saticoy Road, Canoga Park, CA   Carl's Jr.


Location: The Top Hat Motel
Address: 8525 Sepulveda Boulevard, North Hills, CA  Travel Inn

Thanks to Paul H for finding this location.

Locations Visited: March 2016, October 2016

Still Need To Visit:

Burnham House Exterior
Burnham House Interior
Fitts House Exterior
Target Shooting

Still Need To Find:

The Funeral Procession Street


  1. Mr H from OHMB here.

    The Top Hat Motel is the Travel Inn at 8525 Sepulveda Blvd, North Hills, CA

    1. Wow, thanks Mr. H! Glad to know your amazing google map skills extend outside the horror genre!

  2. I've heard some parts of this were filmed in Sacramento, but I can't recognize them.

    1. The aerial shot of the neighborhood at the beginning was filmed in Sacramento.

  3. I actually stayed in that room because of this website and this film and totally had my wife yell out that she loves getting nailed by the King while we did it in the same position.


    Yes I am a weird nerd.