Coming to America Movie Behind The Scenes

Coming to America Locations


Locations Notes

Rewind the locations where they filmed the 1988 Comedy movie starring Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, John Amos More Cast

Locations Manager(s): Charles Miller

Coming to America Filming Locations:

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Wanna see the real life filming location used for McDowells Restaurant in the movie?

These scenes were actually shot at Wendy's Restaurant, located in Elmhurst, New York. Google Map

The Wendy's is at 85-07 Queens Blvd - they announce it in once scene, and if you look up "Wendy's, Elmhurst, NY" lo and behold the address is the same! [Thanks to Nate]

The apartment building is on Hooper St. and S5th. St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn and is also where the barber shop was located. [Thanks to Scotty]. You can see the sign in the scene when they first arrive and are looking at the garbage in the street. (DVD - freeze frame it!)

The McDowell's house was in Jamaica, Queens. In Jamaica Estates. I believe the address of McDowells house is 58 Edgerton Blvd; Jamaica NY, 11432 [Thanks to Devin & Josh] BUT Tommy wrote in to say that he can't find it there.. Sabur kindly wrote in to say that the address is 8515 Edgerton Blvd, but it doesn't look like the right place on Google to me unless it's been extensively modified. Anyone?

The subway station used in the movie is the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets station in Brooklyn. [Thanks to Josh]

Other places like the Madison Square Garden and the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (301 Park Avenue) were also used. [Thanks to Benjamin Moutte]

Was the Plaza Hotel the location for the Wedding or is this where Eddie Murphy's real life wedding took place? According to some minimal research I am finding that a major wedding event took place at the Plaza and it looks just like the scene from Coming to America (type in "Eddie Murphy's Wedding" in the search engine). I understand that the Waldorf Astoria is where Murphy's father's character stayed when he arrived in NYC from Africa. [Thanks to Tasha]

Can you help? Particularly with the McDowells house, the Queens apartment building that Akeem and Semi stayed in? Please Update Us

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LX Preview

LX is our radical new locations feature that we've been beavering away on.. For years!

Each location will have it's own page with then/now pictures, maps, StreetView, discovery story and the most detailed explanations on how the location was used. Most importantly, the locations will have a status that shows whether they are verified correct and by whom. We are working with the actual locations managers or other crew where possible. The whole thing will be very interactive and you will, of course, be able to update everything.

We are pleased to be able to bring you a sneak peek at what LX locations will be available for Coming to America upon release:

McDowells Restaurant
the McDowells house
the Queens apartment building that Akeem and Semi stayed in

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Please Note: The status of some entries in this preview may be wrong because they are in-progress or need updating before release.

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