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Can't Buy Me Love Filming Locations

Can't Buy Me Love Picture
The airplane junkyard. One of my favourite scenes from this wonderful film.

Featured Movie Location: The Airplane Graveyard
Wanna see the real life filming location used for The Airplane Graveyard in the movie? These scenes were actually shot at Pima Air Museum, located in Tucson, Arizona. [Google Map]

Locations Manager(s): Anne McCaffrey

On Location

In usual Hollywood fashion, at least 3 seperate locations were used to portray the airplane "graveyard" in Can't Buy Me Love.

We are proud to be able to exclusively reveal that Ronnie and Cindy peer over a wall to view the Air Force Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARC). The Pima Air Museum (next door) actually provides a tour of the facility. Located on the East side of Kolb in in the Arizona desert near Tucson on Kolb Rd, the next main intersection when traveling east of the Pima Air Museum. AMARC is the Air Force's storage yard for decommissioned aircraft. Nearly 4,400 airplanes and helicopters await recommissioning, recycling, resale, or refurbishment for museums.

The date itself in the cockpit of the helicopter was filmed at the Pima Air Museum. See the trivia section for more details on this actual chopper!

As for the wall itself... The wall that Patrick Dempsy and Amanda Peterson peer over to see the airplane boneyard is either A wall located just north of Ft. Lowell road between Dodge and Country Club on Edith Blvd. (in Tucson,Az.) concealing a storage area for a local construction company. [Thanks to Dave] -or- A genuine wall located near to the AMARC site on Kolb Rd. According to Chris, the wall that Ronald and Cindi look over to see the planes is now painted biege and the box that they are standing on is no longer there. Can anyone help confirm which location is correct?

Dave Hall adds: In reference to confirming the wall that Dempsy and Peterson look over in the airplane graveyard scene: It is the wall on Edith Blvd. off Ft. Lowell between Country Club and Dodge Blvd. If you look behind the two actors, you see telephone wires and a tree that line the opposite side of Edith. It's true that the wall is now beige. It was painted in the late 90's to cover up graffiti. The wall is just a few miles from many of the other locations. Hill Farm (Cindy's House) is just East of the wall on Ft. Lowell. Tucson High is a stones throw to the south. I'm not positive, but the house that the jocks attack on Halloween I believe is in Winterhaven subdivision about a half mile West of the wall. [Thanks to Dave Hall]

Cindy's house was filmed at a housing community called Hill Farm in North Central Tucson. It's on Ft. Lowell between Swan and Craycroft. The house they used was the main 'club house' called Hill Farm House. It is found at the intersection of Willow Creek and Hill Place Dr. [Thanks to Jessica E.]

I believe the exact location for Cindy's house is at the corner of Hill Farm Dr & N Hill Farm Dr. There is a wagon & fountain in the yard. [Thanks to Kirk Bowman]

The scene where the cheerleaders are practicing was shot on a field that is no longer in existence. Since the movie was shot, Tucson High had a new building erected in that location, on the southwest corner of Sixth Street and Euclid.

The pizza place (Scoop's) was at 2910 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson. That location was a KFC for years and is now occupied by Los Betos Mexican Restaurant. [Thanks to Robert Charles]

The scene where the football players and Donald are driving in the van is also on Speedway Blvd. -Named "ugliest main street in America" by Life magazine in 1972. As they are driving you can see a movie theater in the background called The Twin Theaters, it is now known as The Loft (an indy theater).

The scene in the mall (Tucson Mall) where Donald's brother walks up to Cindy and she tries to scare him away by putting make-up on him use to be a make-up store, but is now a Cinnabons. [Thanks to Marie Ward]

The rest of the movie was filmed in and around Tucson, Arizona including The (at the time brand new) Tucson Mall and Tucson High School, whose students provided most of the extras in several scenes, including the dance scene.

Can you help? Do you know any of the Arizona (or any other) filming locations used for Can't Buy Me Love, particularly Ronald's House? [Please send them in]

Locations Links

Following is a recommended link:

Pima Air Museum

Can't Buy Me Love