SCENEPAST, the app version of time-travel, allows you to search for movie locations on your phone and see what they look like now. The app’s library is constantly expanding, and now encompasses a lot of critically acclaimed films.
Here’s a modern look at some scenes from iconic movies that have won (or were nominated for) Oscars.
1. Back to the Future (1985 & Today)
Location: 9303 Roslyndale Ave, Arleta, CA
The iconic McFly house still stands! Back to the Future had 4 Academy Award nominations, and walked away with one win for best sound effect editing.
2. Broadway Danny Rose (1983 & Today)
Location: 854 7th Avenue, New York, NY – Carnegie Deli
Outside of new awnings, the famous deli looks about the same. Broadway Danny Rose had 2 Academy Award nominations including Best Director.
3. Bullitt (1968 & Today)
Location: Intersection of Cesar Chavez St, Precita Ave & York St, San Francisco, CA
This still is from the beginning of the famous car chase scene. Bullitt was nominated for two awards and won one for Best Film Editing.
4. Diamonds Are Forever (1971 & Today)
Location: Fremont St and 1st St, Las Vegas, NV
The Mint was sold in 1988 to became part of Binion’s Horseshoe, but somehow looks even more retro. Diamonds Are Forever won an Academy Award for Best Sound.
5. Fame (1980 & Today)
Location: 145 West 46th Street, New York, NY
The exterior of the high school was actually the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin. Fame was nominated for six Academy Awards, and took home two.
6. Naked City (1947 & Today)
Location: 230 West 20th Street, New York, NY
Naked City had 3 nominations and 2 wins.
7. Pretty Woman (1989 & Today)
Location: 1738 Las Palmas Ave, Hollywood, CA
The motel is still standing, even if the big leafy tree was replaced. Pretty Woman had one nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
8. Pulp Fiction (1994 & Today)
Location: Flower Street and Sonora Ave, Glendale, CA
Vincent Vega Mia Wallace go to Jack Rabbit Slims for milkshakes and dancing, but the realife location was actually a bowling alley. Despite having a whopping seven nominations, Pulp Fiction only won for Best Writing.
9. Serpico (1973 & Today)
Location: Hudson St and West 13th St, New York, NY
The large building in the background lost its flashy red paint. Serpico had two nominations, including Best Actor.
10. Sunset Boulevard (1950 & Today)
Location: 8000 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA
Schwab’s Pharmacy was a popular drug store that had a soda fountain with counter service. Unfortunately, the charming shop was demolished in 1983 and replaced with retail stores. Sunset Boulevard had eleven nominations and three wins, including one for Best Writing, Story & Screenplay.
11. Taxi Driver (1975 & Today)
Location: 7th Ave and 43rd, New York, NY
Times Square is a lot more flashy today. Taxi Driver received four nominations.
12. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946 & Today)
Location: 4587 Viro Road, La Canada Flintridge, CA
The streets of Bedford Falls were actually part of a large set that was sold and torn down in 1954. Luckily, the Martini house is still standing, almost completely unchanged. The movie had five nominations, but didn’t win any awards.
You can explore more places by downloading the app here.
By: Rebecca OConnell