Film locations for Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Napoleon Dynamite, 2004

Director

Jared Hess

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Napoleon Dynamite location: North Road, Preston, Idaho

Napoleon Dynamite location: Napoleon’s house: North Road, Preston, Idaho

Photograph: Kevin Wellard

The geeks inherit the earth in Jared Hess’ wryly deadpan one-off, which put Preston, Idaho, on the map. Literally. The town, on Highway 91, at the Utah border, 100 miles north of Salt Lake City, has produced a Sweet Map to Napoleon’s Preston.

Napoleon Dynamite location: Preston High School, Preston, Idaho

Napoleon Dynamite location: Napoleon’s school: Preston High School, Preston, Idaho

Photograph: Kevin Wellard

Napoleon (Jon Heder) lives with brother Kip and his Grandma at 1447 East 800 North Road, a bit to the northeast of town.

Napoleon Dynamite location: Preston High School, Preston, Idaho

Napoleon Dynamite location: Napoleon’s lockers: Preston High School, Preston, Idaho

Photograph: Kevin Wellard

He attends Preston High School, 151 East 200 South; playing tether-ball in the playground at 525 South 400 East Street.

Napoleon Dynamite location: South 2nd East, Preston, Idaho

Napoleon Dynamite location: the bike jump in front of Pedro’s ’s house: South 2nd East, Preston, Idaho

Photograph: Kevin Wellard

It’s in front the home of of new boy Pedro Sanchez (Efren Ramirez), 59 South 2nd East, that Napoleon tries a sweet jump on Pedro’s Sledgehammer bike.

Napoleon Dynamite location: South Parkinson Road, Preston, Idaho

Napoleon Dynamite location: Pedro leaves a cake for Summer: South Parkinson Road, Preston, Idaho

Photograph: Kevin Wellard

Pedro – maybe optimistically – leaves a home-made cake outside the house of Summer Wheatley, his competition for class president, at 3384 South Parkinson Road.

Napoleon Dynamite location: South 2600 East, Preston, Idaho

Napoleon Dynamite location: Napoleon delivers the portrait to Trisha: South 2600 East, Preston, Idaho

Photograph: Kevin Wellard

Meanwhile Napoleon tempts Trisha to the prom by delivering a portrait (“I spent, like, three hours doing shading on the upper lip”) to her home at 253 South 2600 East.

Napoleon Dynamite location: Deseret Industries Thrift Shop, South State Street, Preston, Idaho

Napoleon Dynamite location: Napoleon buys an awesome suit: Deseret Industries Thrift Shop, South State Street, Preston, Idaho

Photograph: Kevin Wellard

He buys his awesome suit at Deseret Industries Thrift Shop, 36 South State Street. In fact, the store furnished most of the film’s wardrobe.

Napoleon Dynamite location: Ritewood Egg Co, South 4000 East, Preston, Idaho

Napoleon Dynamite location: the chicken farm: Ritewood Egg Co, South 4000 East, Preston, Idaho

Photograph: Kevin Wellard

The chicken farm, where Napoleon and friends earn six dollars (plus all the eggs they can eat – and drink) moving around chickens with large talons, is Ritewood Egg Co, 3643 South 4000 East, Franklin.

Kip and Napoleon learn self-respect studying the ‘Rex Kwon Do’ self-defence system at 12 1/2 North State Street. They’re left in the care of Uncle Rico after Grandma breaks her coccyx bike-riding at St Anthony Sand Dunes, 11,000 acres of white sand, about eight miles west of St Anthony, on Highway 20, north of Idaho Falls. It’s a wilderness study area, and consequently a great favourite for dune buggy enthusiasts.

Napoleon Dynamite location: Preston High School, Preston, Idaho

Napoleon Dynamite location: Napoleon plays tetherball: Preston High School, Preston, Idaho

Photograph: Kevin Wellard

Also out of town – and out of the state – Kip confides in Uncle Rico about his on-line girlfriend, LaFawnduh, at Big J’s Drive-in, 190 South 200 East, Richmond, Utah, opened in 1959 (as Jed’s) and was about to be demolished.

The bowling alley, in which Kip and Rico plan their sure-fire business venture, is back in Preston: Pop’n Pin Lanes, 411 South Hwy 91.

Finally, the wedding of Kip and LaFawnduh (shot months after completion of the film) is at Lamont Reservoir, a couple of miles east of Preston.


• Many thanks to Kevin Wellard for help with this section.

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