With the coronavirus outbreak forcing throngs of people worldwide to stay at home and practice “social distancing” to help control the spread of the disease, it seems a lot of folks are turning to the tube. With that in mind, we thought it would be fun to see what notable movies and TV shows have been filmed in Redondo Beach. Be sure and check them out!
Pirates of The Caribbean: At World’s End
If you happened to see The Black Pearl pull into the Redondo Beach King Harbor and think it resembled a scene from Pirates of The Caribbean, you’d be correct. The pirates took over Redondo Beach for the first movie and again for the sequel.
Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, and the rest of the cast and crew took over the AES Power Plant to film their yellow Camaro turn into the “Bumblebee” Autobot for the first time.
This Burt Reynolds car-racing comedy filmed its final scenes at King Harbor, which was fitting as that was the endpoint of the real Cannonball Run races on which the film was based.
Almost all of the scenes set on the Pier were filmed at the Redondo Beach Pier, at the west end of Torrance Boulevard. It was the site of the Pier Diner, the Bait Shop, Sandy’s beach office, the Family Planning Clinic, the food court, and where the kids strolled, bicycled, skateboarded, ate and just hung out.
She’s All That
The residence where Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook) lived in the 1999 flick can be found in Redondo Beach, just outside of Palos Verdes. Originally built in 1962, the Boggs house boasts three bedrooms, two baths, 3,058 square feet of living space and a 0.6-acre plot of land overlooking the ocean. A full exterior shot of the Boggs’ home was shown only once in the scene in which Zack Siler (Freddie Prinze Jr.) shows up to escort Laney to a party.
Parts of this movie starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze were filmed in Redondo Beach. The gas station fire/explosion scene took place at the intersection of Beryl and Catalina, and the foot chase went past the famous Dive N’ Surf shop.
Max and Annie leave Vincent behind at the end of the line Marine-Redondo Station at 2406 Marine Ave.
Gone in 60 Seconds
The film was shot in L.A., largely around the South Bay area, with the movie’s climax with Eleanor launched some 30 feet in the air over the tangle of wrecked cars filmed on 190th Street in Redondo Beach.
The Hot Chick
Touchstone Pictures took over the Redondo Union High School campus while students were taking a spring break from their studies to film parts of this movie starring Saturday Night Live alumnus Rob Schneider. The Sea Hawk Bowl and the gym were transformed from red and white to red and gold for the Bridgetown High School depicted in the movie, and colored sand was added to the football field track so it would show up on film.
The Redondo Beach Pier was used as a filming location for the popular TV series from 1984–1986. Not to mention as a filming location in Big Momma’s House 2.