7 Movies and TV Shows Filmed in Torrance

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In addition to holidaymakers, honeymooners and California road trippers, Torrance has also attracted swarms of movie stars over the past decades due to the city’s appeal to location scouts. With sunshine, iconic buildings and a picturesque beach – it’s no wonder! 

Popular locations include Torrance High School and luxurious shopping mall, the Del Emo Fashion Center. Stream some of these 7 movies and shows before you check into your room at the Miyako Hybrid Hotel, Torrance

1. Beverly Hills 90201 (1990 – 2000)

The long-running teen drama series Beverly Hills 90201 followed the ups and downs of teenagers growing up in the star-studded Beverly Hills. The facade of Torrance High School served as the fictitious West Beverly High School and became as iconic as the characters themselves. The school was later revisited for the spin-off, 90210, which aired 2008 – 2013. 

2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2003)

The 7-series hit drama about vampire-slashing teen Buffy Summers featured several Torrance locations. Torrance High School was used for the exteriors of Sunnydale High School. Swing by after dinner at your local Japanese restaurant in California to find out if it’s as spooky as the show implied! Additionally, the house used for Buffy’s home on Revello Drive can also be found in Torrance – 1313 Cota Avenue.

3. Bad Santa (2003)

The Del Emo Fashion Center was used in the festive black comedy, Bad Santa. The abandoned Montgomery Ward wing was used as the backdrop for the fictitious Saguaro Square Mall. Fill up at one of the nutritious breakfast places in Torrance and then hit the mall for some retail therapy. 

4. Scarface (1983)

The remake of the cult classic about Cuban refugee Tony Montana was partially filmed in Torrance. The building used for the house of Montana’s mother was a building in north Torrance. Although the area has since changed, sources report that the house could be found in the corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and West 190th Street.

5. Jackie Brown (1997)

Quentin Tarantino made a visit to Torrance to film scenes for his crime flick about a flight attendant who is caught smuggling gun money. The Del Amo Fashion Center is featured in a total of 30 minutes of the picture. Jackie’s court case was filmed at the Torrance Courthouse. An apartment complex constructed in 1957 just off the 405 Freeway on Yukon Avenue provided the setting for Jackie’s apartment. You may well pass it on the way to your California accommodation from the airport!

6. The Longest Yard (2005)

Parts of the remake of the original 1974 prison movie featuring Adam Sandler as a football player were filmed in Torrance, which has an abundance of sports-grounds. The Murdock Stadium at El Camino College was used as the main stadium.

7. Horrible Bosses (2011)

Remember that scene in the first movie when Nick (Jason Bateman) chucks his horrible boss (Kevin Spacey) out of the window? The exteriors of the Comnidyne Building were filmed in east Torrance, at 20101 Hamilton Avenue!

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