Valley Girl Locations
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Valley Girl Filming Locations:
These scenes were actually shot at Del Amo Fashion Center, located in Torrance, S. California. Google Map
The exterior mall filming in this movie was done at the Sherman Oaks Galleria in Sherman Oaks, California. It was damaged in an earthquake and was later changed into a business complex and the Arclight Sherman Oaks Movie Theater Complex.. It was also the same mall where "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" was filmed.
The mall scene in the beginning is the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance. [Thanks to Stina]
Julie Richman's (the title character) home was 3907 Dixie Canyon Avenue in Sherman Oaks. [Thanks to "Mountain Mike" Johansen]
The club scenes were shot in a club called "Club Central", which is today known as the "Viper Room". This club is now infamous for being where River Pheonix sadly died of a drug overdose when he was just 23. [Thanks to Fran Christian and Fiona]
The driver training took place at William N. Neff High School - 14800 Alondra Blvd, La Mirada. The school had already closed and was then demolished about a year after the film was released. [Thanks to PaulH]
The Restaurant were the girls hang out and eat at (Dupar's) is in Studio City The Address is 12036 Ventura Blvd. (Not too far away from the Sherman Oaks Galleria) Casa Vega is also on Ventura Blvd. One of the locations they show when Julie and Randy or on their date. I went to Dupars and ate there. Although it is somewhat remodeled since 1983 the outside is still the same. People are friendly. Although it is now mostly frequented by older folks. The food was good and they have the best Apple pie Ever. [Thanks to Alma]
Only 2.1 miles west of The Dupar's Restaurant is 13567 Ventura Blvd which is the Erotic Cakes shop where Homer Simpson lands in the segement Homer in Treehouse Of Horror VI, the only live action ever shot in Simpsons' history. The actual business there is the Coffee Roaster (Web Site). Just one more mile (1.6Km) beyond that is Casa De Cadillac at 14401 Ventura Blvd, on the northwest corner of Ventura Blvd & Beverly Glen is where Cook helped himself to a free Cadillac in the 1985 movie, "Commando". [Thanks to "Mountain Mike" Johansen]
I've been looking for this for a couple of YEARS; the house where the party was at the beginning. The movie lists the fictional address for the party as 23727 Sierra Vista. In fact, I even messaged Heidi Holicker herself and she herself didn't remember. It was actually at 23727 posey ln in Canoga Park. [Editors note: Mike forgot to mention that this location was exclusively discovered first by Chas Demster over at itsfilmedthere.com. Go visit his truly excellent site.. right now!]
When the four of them leave the party at 00:28:49 (NTSC) there's a quick shot of the car at Mullholland Dr and Beverly Glen Blvd facing north on Beverly Glen which is the same intersection which was the chase scene where John Matrix (Arnold Schwazenegger) chased Sully from the Sherman Oaks Galleria in the 1985 movie Commando. [Thanks to "Mountain Mike" Johansen]
Julie's parents health food restaurant was at 14543 Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks. [Thanks to "Mountain Mike" Johansen]
The "Crush Bar", 1743 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood (just north of Hollywood Blvd on the east side of the street) was used for the club where Randy goes with someone in the bathroom, and I think outside he throws up at one point. When he's outside, you can see an animated neon sign for a restaurant called The Tick Tock, which was torn down sometime in the 90's. [Thanks to Anna Banana]
BUT, Mark S kindly wrote in with the result of his excellent sleuthing on the club:
The filming locations for the exterior scenes of the club where Randy takes Julie after the house party are frequently misidentified as the former Crush Bar at 1743 N. Cahuenga. While the address at 1743 has historically housed many actual nightclubs it doesn't matchup with the actual film sequences portraying the club's exterior which were actually filmed outside a standalone building situated just south at 1715 Cahuenga. The uncut scene in the film showing Randy, Julie, Fred and Stacey approaching the entrance to the club from the adjacent parking lot is somewhat ambiguous when it comes to the building's physical placement however if you review the scene and look beyond the parking lot there are some familiar buildings which still stand today. Later in the film an inebriated Randy returns to the club fresh from his breakup with Julie and staggers through the parking lot and the scene provides us with a good sense of the building's actual location. However, it is only after his tryst in the bathroom with Samantha that he exits the club in which the true location of the club is fully revealed. Fully visible in the shot directly across the street from Randy is the Tick Tock Restaurant, formerly at 1716 Cahuenga until it closed its doors in 1988. Luckily this building is still recognizable today. While images of the Tick Tock can be found online it has been challenging to find any available photos of the building which served for the club's exterior because the building was leveled some time ago. I was able to determine on review of the LA street address directory available online that two former businesses were located at 1715 (the Pro Arte Theatre in 1973 followed by Theatre Theater in 1987) but unfortunately I was unable to find any available photos of these businesses. The best photo of the actual building that I have found to date can be found here
While this aerial photo was taken 1976 and doesn't provide a front view of the building from the street it has the advantage of lining up perfectly with the Tick Tock across the street and matches perfectly with the film. It also confirms that there was an actual alley (to the right of the building) which may have been used in the scene when Fred rescues Randy from the street by pulling him into the side alley. Google provides a nice shot of this alley and it is interesting that the fire escape situated at the back of the alley in the film appears to still exist today. [Thanks to Mark S]
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