Shooting locations of the American Pie saga
Great Falls High School – American Pie
Millikan High School serves as the exterior façade of Great Falls High School, while Long Beach Polytechnic High School, 1600 Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach, is used for the interior. American Pie has shaken up the codes but also some of the language. Prior to the release of the film, the term MILF was used to refer to a terrorist organization in the southern Philippines, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. It wasn’t until after the release that MILF took on the meaning of “Mother I Like to F*ck”.
Address: Millikan High School, 2800 Snowden Avenue, Long Beach, California, USA
Jim (Jason Biggs)’s house is probably the most emblematic filming location of the saga. This is where he experiences his first emotions, where his father gives him lots of advice on sex and where he tries an adventure with apple pie. Jim and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) didn’t live that far away. Indeed the house of the latter is actually located at 3925 Cedar Avenue.
Address: 4153 Cedar Avenue, Long Beach, California, USA
Dog Years Coffee Shop
Teenagers like to get together here for a drink, especially after the crazy prom night is over, ending the pact they had made several weeks before. At first, nobody wanted to direct this movie. No less than 70 directors were approached before Paul and Chris Weitz agreed.
Address: 402 South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia, California, USA
House under construction – American Pie 2
On vacation after a year of faculty, Jim (Jason Biggs), Oz (Chris Klein), Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and Stifler (Seann William Scott) are back together again. They take a little summer job to pay for their vacation and repaint a house. It is inhabited by two young women who are the lust of the five teenagers. In the first and second opus, Casey Affleck, Ben Affleck’s brother, plays a small role, that of Kevin’s brother.
Address: 820 Milan Avenue, South Pasadena, California, USA
Jim goes to this university. Actually, it’s the Mary Andrew Clark Memorial House. Built in 1912 at the request of William A. Clark to honour the memory of his mother, the former senator and copper magnate, was keen to build this house to accommodate young women working to live “in joy and comfort at a price every woman can afford”. Operated by the YWCA to house young women workers from 1913 to 1987, the building suffered extensive damage following the Whittier Narrows earthquake in the year of closure. It wasn’t until 1995 that the house again housed tenants, mainly low-income workers.
Address: Mary Andrews Clark Memorial Home – 306 S. Loma Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA
Summer Camp Concert
Jim wants to meet Michelle at her summer camp. He does not hesitate to go on stage, dressed very short, to sing a song when he is confused with a real singer. In addition to her role as Michelle, Alyson Hannigan is best known for playing Willow in Buffy and Lily in How I Met Your Mother. And we all remember his cult line in that show, “This one time, at Band Camp”.
Address: Farnsworth Park – 568 East Mount Curve Avenue, Altadena, California, USA
Wedding venue – American Wedding
Jim and Michelle are getting married! For the ceremony, they chose the splendid Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Half Moon Bay. Perched on top of a cliff, the five-star hotel is perfect for such a ceremony. The director of the feature film, Jesse Dylan, is none other than Bob Dylan’s son. In addition to this film, he was in charge of the clip for Barack Obama’s American presidential campaign, with Scarlett Johansson and Sarah Wright as cast members.
Address: The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, 1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, California, USA
Club of Chicago
Stifler takes the gang to a club in Chicago that turns out to be a gay bar. Cole’s opened in 1908 in the Pacific Electric building. According to GQ Magazine, it is one of the 25 best bars in America. The establishment boasts to be at the origin of the “French Dip Sandwich” and has opened a second sign at the Los Angeles airport. In addition to American Pie, the Mad Men cameras, A Lot Like Love and People like us have landed here.
Address: Cole’s, 118 East 6th Street, Los Angeles, California, USA
Gymnasium – American Reunion
The small alumni reunion party is held in the gym at Newton High School. Far away from California, the filming of American Reunion went into exile in Georgia. Established in 1949, the high school has about 2,000 students. For the dance scene performed by Oz, the sequence required two months of training for a few seconds of appearance.
Address: Newton High School, 1 Ram Way, Covington, Georgia, USA
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The café of Amélie, the mansion of Untouchables, the jazz club of the finale of La La Land, the Hôtel du Nord of the mythical replica of Arletty “Atmosphere”, the cinema of A bout de souffle, the restaurant of Ratatouille, the quays of the Seine of Midnight in Paris, the secret places of the Da Vinci Code, the grocery store of January in La Traversée de Paris , the Bridge of Inception and Peur sur la ville, the addresses of the spectacular scenes of Mission Impossible 6, but also series Call my agent, Gears, Le Bureau des légendes, Sense8, Sex and The City, Gossip Girl…
Etienne Daho’s Café de Flore, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s hotel in Nas in Paris, Serge Gainsbourg’s Poinçonneur des Lilas metro station, Serge Reggiani and Marc Lavoine’s Mirabeau Bridge, Mc Solaar’s Lyon station…
The places evoked in the comics Adèle Blanc-Sec, Largo Winch, Blake and Mortimer, Michel Vaillant…
But also in the novels of Ernest Hemingway, Victor Hugo, Leo Malet, Daniel Pennac, Marc Levy, Guillaume Musso… you’ll find all the must-see places of Parisian Pop Culture in this new guide.
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By Damien Duarte
Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !