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Coming to America Filming Locations

AKA:
Coming to America Picture
1988


Featured Movie Location: McDowells Restaurant
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]


Locations Manager(s): Charles Miller

On Location

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]

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? Do you know any of the New York (or any other) filming locations used for Coming to America, particularly the McDowells house, the Queens apartment building that Akeem and Semi stayed in? [Please send them in]


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