Boogie Nights, 1997
- Mark Wahlberg
- Julianne Moore
- Burt Reynolds
- Don Cheadle
- Heather Graham
- John C Reilly
- Luis Guzmán
- William H Macy
- Philip Seymour Hoffman
- Philip Baker Hall
- Thomas Jane
- Alfred Molina
visit the film locations
Los Angeles: Flights: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Eat at: Du-par's Restaurant, 12036 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City (open 24 hours) (tel: 818.766.4437)
Boogie Nights filming location: the 'Hot Traxx' disco: Iglesia Cristiana Nuevo Empezar, 18419 Sherman Way, Reseda
Paul Thomas Anderson’s somewhat rose-tinted look at the fall of the porn film industry in the 70s, bursting with style, energy and great performances – not to mention the pounding soundtrack – was filmed largely in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles.
The ‘Hot Traxx’ disco, where film director Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) spots Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) working as a waiter, has cleaned up its act a little, and is in fact a church, Iglesia Cristiana Nuevo Empezar, 18419 Sherman Way at Canby Avenue, Reseda. Just west, on Sherman Way, you can see the, now-closed, Reseda Picture House used for the opening credits.
Boogie Nights filming location: the late night cafe: Du-par’s Restaurant, Ventura Boulevard, Studio City
Eddie, with Amber Waves (Julianne Moore) and Rollergirl (Heather Graham), is whisked off to a late-night restaurant, where Jack Horner expounds his messianic vision of adult cinema – “It is my dream to make a film that is true and right and dramatic”. And indeed, Du-par's Restaurant, 12036 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, just off Laurel Canyon Boulevard as you enter the Valley from Hollywood, is open 24 hours a day, serving up hearty breakfasts and pies since 1938.
Boogie Nights filming location: the late night cafe: Du-Par’s Restaurant, Ventura Boulevard, Studio City
Anderson plays fair with Eddie Adams house, which really is way down in Northwest Torrance, south of LAX. It’s 3503 West 187th Street, just where the road turns sharply south to become Cerise Avenue, south of the I-405.
Jack Horner’s luxurious house is way to the east in West Covina, though his porno warehouse is the real thing, Gourmet Video in Van Nuys.
Boogie Nights filming location: Dirk Diggler gets beaten up: St Catherine's of Siena Church, 18115 Sherman Way at Lindley Avenue, Reseda
Eddie, transformed into porn legend Dirk Diggler and down on his luck, is reduced to showing off his spectacular endowment for bucks in front of St Catherine’s of Siena Church, 18115 Sherman Way at Lindley Avenue, where he gets beaten up by a carload of surfer punks.
Boogie Nights filming location: the robbery: Miss Donuts, 18231 Sherman Way, near Etiwanda Avenue, Reseda
A little further west along Sherman Way, the life of Buck Swope (Don Cheadle) is turned around when witnesses the bloodily bungled robbery at Miss Donuts, 18231 Sherman Way, near Etiwanda Avenue.
Boogie Nights filming location:setting up the scam: El Royale Motel, 11117 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City
Boogie Nights filming location: home of drug dealer Rahad: Encino Hills Drive, Encino
Rahad’s stylish house is way to the west, at 16804 Encino Hills Drive, in the squiggle of roads south of Encino between Ventura Boulevard and Mulholland Drive.