Real Genius Movie Behind The Scenes

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Rewind the locations where they filmed the 1985 Comedy movie starring Val Kilmer, William Atherton, Deborah Foreman More Cast

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Wanna see the real life filming location used for "Pacific Tech" University Dorms in the movie?

These scenes were actually shot at Pomona College, located in Claremont, S. California. Google Map

Pomona College and Occidental College, both in California, serve as the campus of "Pacific Tech".

The Tanning Invitational was filmed at the Veterans Administration Hospital
in Sepulveda. The auditorium had it's orchestra pit transformed into a swimming pool. [Thanks to Ann Leysen]

The restaurant where Chris, Mitch and the others go to get a burger after their successful laser test is Barney's Beanery on Santa Monica Blvd. [Thanks to Lady Goodman]

Ann Leysen told us that Dr. Hathaway's house was a frame house in Sand Canyon, CA. Patrick Henry kindly wrote in to say that he had recently watched "Real Genius".. "and thought that the site of the professors home looked like it had been built in Canyon Country/Santa Clarita, CA, y'know back in the mid 80s before that area was really developed, so I hopped online to research it.. IMDB confirms filming location as 'Canyon Country, CA'. But I then I saw your source wrote in 'Sand Canyon, CA'.. I've never heard of Sand Canyon, Ca.. but there is a long street called Sand Canyon in Santa Clarita.. I think thats the real spot, Santa Clarita area (Canyon Country)"

UPDATE: Brian Kole kindly wrote in to say that Dr. Hathaway's house was at 15632 Saddleback Rd. Santa Clarita Ca. 91387. The location of this house is in Sand Canyon. Sand Canyon is in the town of Canyon Country, and Canyon Country is in the City of Santa Clarita. Google Earth or Zillow will take you there.

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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.

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