4 Classic Movies Filmed in Highland Park

I hope you’re all staying safe and staying at home as we come to terms with this virus.  To help you get through these days of social distancing and self-isolation, I’ve curated a shortlist of my favorite movies that feature Highland Park. They’re all available to stream on Amazon Prime.

1) Reservoir Dogs

The first one up is the cult classic (and brutal) Reservoir Dogs (R).  The aftermath of the robbery was all filmed in Highland Park.

Mr. Brown (Quentin Tarantino) gets shot in the alley near Marmion Way between Avenue 55 and 56.

 Mr. Orange (Tim Roth) gets his gunshot wound right around the corner at Marmion Way Avenue 55.

 Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) shoots his way out and heads down Figueroa.  If you look closely at the reflection in the shop windows, you might see the camera crew.  Pretty cool. He then gets hit by a car at the corner of York and Avenue 50, alongside what used to be a real estate office and is now one of my favorite local coffee shops, Café de Leche.

 Oh, and the Dog’s warehouse?  That used to be at Avenue 59 & Figueroa (sadly, it’s now a parking lot).  The building used to be a mortuary, which I think is fitting considering how many people meet their maker in this movie.

 2) Ford v Ferrari 

Next up is the Academy Award-winning, Ford v Ferrari (PG-13).  Who doesn’t love a fast car?  I mean, a REALLY fast car.  This film has it all – a lot of heart, a great cast, and it’s based on a true story, all with a backdrop of Highland Park.

The residential scenes were all shot on the 6300 block of Meridian St. Rows of vintage cars filled the parking lot at the Hi-Ho Market.  Universal Complete Auto Repair was turned into the 1960’s-era repair shop called Ken Miles Limited, where many of the scenes were shot. And Matt Damon and Christian Bale stage a fight at the corner of Garvanza Park in front of the Hi-Ho Market.

Speaking of, I love the Garvanza District and all its historic homes.  This area was once the heart of the Arts and Crafts movement in Los Angeles.  The architecture here encompasses nearly every style popular from the 1880s through the 1920s – Queen Anne, Craftsman, Mission Revival, and Tudor Revival.  The Arts and Crafts movement was hugely popular throughout all of Highland Park, as evidenced by our rich inventory of Craftsman homes (is a personal favorite of mine.)

And in case you didn’t know this, “Garvanza” is named for the garbanzo bean that used to grow wild all over our hillsides.

3) The Lincoln Lawyer

Now I’m ready for a great crime/thriller and lawyer-turned-writer John Grisham pens the best of them.  In The Lincoln Lawyer  (R), you can see William H. Macy, Marisa Tomei and Matthew McConaughey shooting the breeze while drinking at The York, the gastropub and anchor for many of the galleries, restaurants, and boutiques that soon followed on York.  My family from Ohio loves this place we go there whenever they come to visit.  Coincidentally, my sister’s favorite snack there are the fried garbanzo beans with lemon and chili.

Word is, the director Brad Furman got a jaywalking ticket while crossing the street during filming.  No jaywalking, Brad!

 4) Caddyshack

Last but not least is the 1980 comedy classic Caddyshack   The house of Danny Noonan (Michael O’Keefe) is 232 N Avenue 54 at Monte Vista. The home has been painted red in the years since filming took place. The tree in front has grown big, almost blocking the view, but it’s still recognizable from its silver screen appearance.

…which takes me back where I started as this is right in the area where Reservoir Dogs was filmed.  Full circle!

All of these movies are available on Amazon Prime.

Stay safe, stay calm and let’s all take care of each other.  And maybe we’ll find the silver lining in all of this by the gift of staying home and connecting with our loved ones.


Here are some Highland Park homes for sale to help keep you busy:

49 Properties
Page 1 of 5
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
1,684
Sq.Ft.
3
Days on Site
20581792
MLS
New construction in red-hot Highland Park from one of Southern California's most renown builders, Shea Homes. 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms are well-appointed with wood flooring, oversized windows and...
3
Beds
1
Baths
1,168
Sq.Ft.
1922
Year Built
5
Days on Site
CV20089114
MLS
Welcome to the definition of a character home in the Hermon Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Uniquely situated immediately next to a South Pasadena neighbor. Enjoy the South Pasadena flavor with a...
4
Beds
3
Baths
1,586
Sq.Ft.
1912
Year Built
5
Days on Site
WS20096670
MLS
Located a few blocks from the Highland Park Station off the Gold Line, this home is perfectly situated in the middle of the community and is surrounded by plenty of schools, grocery stores, parks,...
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,666
Sq.Ft.
1965
Year Built
6
Days on Site
20579306
MLS
Located on a cul-de-sac, this cosmetic fixer is a spacious home which features three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a bonus den. The home is a blank slate waiting to be converted into your dream home!...
$1,388,888
Subdivision: Not Applicable-632 (Na632)
4
Beds
3
Baths
1,882
Sq.Ft.
1978
Year Built
6
Days on Site
320001632
MLS
Live like a celebrity in this hilltop A-frame gem on over 16,000 sqft of land and a million-dollar, 180-degree view of LA. Breathtaking views, a dazzling outdoor tiered landscape, and open flowing...
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,846
Sq.Ft.
1923
Year Built
7
Days on Site
20579958
MLS
Hidden behind gates and wisps of olive branches, this completely transformed Highland Park Bungalow is an airy & modern oasis. Large windows, open floor plan, & indoor/outdoor flow make this home...
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,322
Sq.Ft.
1922
Year Built
10
Days on Site
DW20086303
MLS
Located in the city of Hermon just minutes away from South Pasadena and Highland Park. This 3 bedroom, and 2 bath home has incredible views of the city & San Gabriel mountains. Nestled right behind...
4
Beds
1F13/4
Baths
2,414
Sq.Ft.
1911
Year Built
10
Days on Site
PF20063728
MLS
Perched atop a Highland Park street appropriately named "Mount Pleasant," this two-story craftsman is a must see!

Built in 1911 by the Henninger family who were locally known for building...
1
Beds
1
Baths
483
Sq.Ft.
1965
Year Built
11
Days on Site
20576120
MLS
Charming 1BR house/ California bungalow situated in exciting Highland Park! Minutes from York Blvd. and the Figueroa Corridor, and less than 1/2 a mile from the Highland Park Station along the Metro...
4
Beds
3
Baths
1,750
Sq.Ft.
1926
Year Built
13
Days on Site
IV20090232
MLS
Who doesn't love a fully-renovated, romantic Spanish with ample personal and private bonus spaces, great for live/work, visitors, or multi-generational living? This 3 bed, 2 bath, single-story main...
5
Beds
2
Baths
2,081
Sq.Ft.
1911
Year Built
14
Days on Site
DW20089525
MLS
This craftsman style house sits on a large corner lot with lots of room for expansion or entertainment. Located in Highland Park, "Los Angeles", area, the property has a large back yard with covered...
2
Beds
1
Baths
1,176
Sq.Ft.
1913
Year Built
14
Days on Site
CV20090053
MLS
Beautiful craftsman style Home with an open concept. As you walk in you walk into an airy living room that is open to the kitchen and directly leads to the back yard. This home has 2 bedrooms, 2...

Post a Comment