Locations Manager(s): Paul Pav
Poltergeist Filming Locations:
These scenes were actually shot at a private residence, located in Simi Valley, S. California. Google Map
Unfortunately, the interior of the real Poltergeist house differs dramatically from the movie set confirming that the interior of the house was never used.
The opening neighborhood shots were not filmed in Simi Valley. These shots were filmed in Agoura Hills, a small town about 10 miles south of there. The opening shot where the camera pans through a long strip of houses and across the street is what looks like nothing but a long strip of grass. This street is Shadycreek Dr. Also, you may remember a shot in the opening where a large oak tree is right in the middle of the road, and the street goes around it on both sides. This is just one street behind Shadycreek on Rustling Oaks Dr. The area of golden-brown hills just behind the neighborhood (Where, in the film, I believe the headstones were going to be moved) Is now occupied by a community of newer, higher income homes. [Thanks to Andrew]
The University of CA, Irvine library was used for scenes where Steve Freeling goes to visit Martha Lesh & Co.
The clown puppet that was used in the film poltergiest is in display in the "PLANET HOLLYWOOD" in ceazars palace ..Las Vegas! [Thanks to Derek Moore]
Holiday Inn Express at 250 Silverlake Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. was thought to have been used in the final rainy night scene as the credits began rolling. The neon starburst sign (from the days when it was the Starlite Motor Hotel) is still there. The hotel is now called Hollywood Silver Lake hotel and their website is www.hotel250.com [Thanks to Denny]
However, the hotel that the Freelings go to at the end of the film is actually in Ontario, CA. One of the giveaways is that at the end of the film, there are cars parked out in front of first floor rooms. The parking situation at Hotel 250 has parking on the first floor and the rooms start directly above them. The room faces E. G St. and is Room #209 (please don't bother the guests though). The address is Ontario Airport Inn, 1801 E. G St. Ontario, Ca. 91764. [Thanks to Vince Villanueva]
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