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Courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives, item No. 177840

The Seattle filming locations of ‘Say Anything...’

The boombox scene was filmed in LA, but there’s plenty to see here

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Courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives, item No. 177840

First of all: we regret to inform you that the iconic scene of Say Anything... with John Cusack holding the boombox over his head was actually filmed in Los Angeles. In fact, most of the scenes involving the actors were shot in L.A., while Seattle was used mainly for establishing shots and a few key moments.

Still, there are plenty of Seattle sights (and one Tacoma attraction) that make their way into the film and the memories of those who love it. Just like the cassette tapes and big hair, a lot of the Seattle locations are relics of another time, but it's nice to know we can always go back with a little help from Cameron Crowe—who also directed the much more Seattle-centric Singles.

Despite a changing Seattle, many of the buildings from Say Anything... are still standing—even though as of 2019, the film is a whole 30 years old. (Not the Alaskan Way Viaduct, though. RIP.)

Don’t worry, there are other Seattle-set films that weren’t totally filmed in Los Angeles or Vancouver, BC. We’ve also mapped out Sleepless in Seattle and 10 Things I Hate About You for all your local film tourism needs.

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1. Corey's House

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6507 Parker Court Northwest
Seattle, WA 98117

Corey, played by Lili Taylor, calls this Ballard house home in the film. It's still there, though there's now a pretty large neighbor next door. Still has a great view of Shilshole Bay, though.

Address is approximate.

Two Craftsman-style houses along a wide street with a cloudy sky in the background. Sarah Anne Lloyd

2. Waiting for the Interurban

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Fremont Avenue North & North 34th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

The first lyrics in the song that plays over the credits are, "This may come as a shocking surprise." That's pretty apt now since one of the next images is a shot of Fremont's iconic Waiting For The Interurban with a now-impossible backdrop that includes a clear look out on Lake Union. Today, there's a few big buildings and a Blue Moon Burgers blocking that view.

3. Wallingford Custom Framing and Assistance League Thrift Shop

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1417 North 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

On his way to graduation, Lloyd drives by Wallingford Custom Framing and the Assistance League thrift shop in one of the converted homes along 45th Street. Today Assistance League is still there—it even took over the old Custom Framing house—and right next door is Tilth.

Two Craftsman-style houses along an arterial street. The one to the left is partially obscured by a tree. Sarah Anne Lloyd

4. Lakeview Boulevard Overpass

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Lakeview Boulevard East & Belmont Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98102

The cassette in Lloyd's tape deck breaks down as he drives over this bridge into Seattle. Continuity is not Cameron Crowe's friend here as the very next shot shows the car driving past houses. If you're wondering what happened to that “Welcome to Seattle” sign, it's not real—this bridge is kind of in the middle of the city, and in real life, there’s just a sign warning you to not throw stuff off it.

The entrance to a freeway overpass on a sunny day. A sign to the right warns of a fine for throwing stuff off the bridge. There are cranes and skyscrapers in the background. Sarah Anne Lloyd

5. Auditorium Cleaners

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3501 Fremont Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103

Diane and her father drive down North 35th Street past the former Auditorium Cleaners on their way to graduation. The Hand That Rocks The Cradle also filmed a scene right here. The cleaning place—along with its iconic sign—is long gone, and now it’s home to local-goods boutique Show Pony.

6. Westlake Center

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1601 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 467-1600
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It's called “Bell Square Mall” in the film, but the site of Lloyd and Diane's first date is actually Westlake Center. Lloyd drives past the entrance on Pine Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenue. Look for Cameron Crowe as a pedestrian in front of the mall as Lloyd drives by.

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7. Alaskan Way Viaduct

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Washington 99
Seattle, WA 98101

As Lloyd and Diane drive Mike home after the party date, they drive on the Alaskan Way Viaduct toward Downtown Seattle. The skyline appears as we transition from late night to early evening.

This location has only recently disappeared—in fact, we’re still in the end stages of losing it as crews chomp the thing down.

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8. Dick's Drive-In

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111 NE 45th St
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 632-5125
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In a cut scene available on the DVD, we see Lloyd's car pass by the Wallingford Dick's Drive In as they search for Mike's house.

9. Guild 45th Theatre

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2115 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-3453
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While driving around town in a post-breakup haze (and speaking into a tape recorder), Lloyd drives past the Guild 45th Theatre in Wallingford. While the theater closed in 2017, although it’s still a recognizable fixture of the Wallingford drag.

Seattleites will appreciate that almost immediately after passing it, he drives by Westlake Center in downtown.

10. Bob's Java Jive

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2102 South Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA 98409

Lloyd past a weird teapot-shaped building while sorting himself out after his break-up with Diane. This is Bob's Java Jive at 2102 South Tacoma Way in Tacoma. The historic landmark was also used as a location in the film I Love You To Death.

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1. Corey's House

6507 Parker Court Northwest, Seattle, WA 98117
Two Craftsman-style houses along a wide street with a cloudy sky in the background. Sarah Anne Lloyd

Corey, played by Lili Taylor, calls this Ballard house home in the film. It's still there, though there's now a pretty large neighbor next door. Still has a great view of Shilshole Bay, though.

Address is approximate.

6507 Parker Court Northwest
Seattle, WA 98117

2. Waiting for the Interurban

Fremont Avenue North & North 34th Street, Seattle, WA 98103

The first lyrics in the song that plays over the credits are, "This may come as a shocking surprise." That's pretty apt now since one of the next images is a shot of Fremont's iconic Waiting For The Interurban with a now-impossible backdrop that includes a clear look out on Lake Union. Today, there's a few big buildings and a Blue Moon Burgers blocking that view.

Fremont Avenue North & North 34th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

3. Wallingford Custom Framing and Assistance League Thrift Shop

1417 North 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98103
Two Craftsman-style houses along an arterial street. The one to the left is partially obscured by a tree. Sarah Anne Lloyd

On his way to graduation, Lloyd drives by Wallingford Custom Framing and the Assistance League thrift shop in one of the converted homes along 45th Street. Today Assistance League is still there—it even took over the old Custom Framing house—and right next door is Tilth.

1417 North 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

4. Lakeview Boulevard Overpass

Lakeview Boulevard East & Belmont Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102
The entrance to a freeway overpass on a sunny day. A sign to the right warns of a fine for throwing stuff off the bridge. There are cranes and skyscrapers in the background. Sarah Anne Lloyd

The cassette in Lloyd's tape deck breaks down as he drives over this bridge into Seattle. Continuity is not Cameron Crowe's friend here as the very next shot shows the car driving past houses. If you're wondering what happened to that “Welcome to Seattle” sign, it's not real—this bridge is kind of in the middle of the city, and in real life, there’s just a sign warning you to not throw stuff off it.

Lakeview Boulevard East & Belmont Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98102

5. Auditorium Cleaners

3501 Fremont Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103

Diane and her father drive down North 35th Street past the former Auditorium Cleaners on their way to graduation. The Hand That Rocks The Cradle also filmed a scene right here. The cleaning place—along with its iconic sign—is long gone, and now it’s home to local-goods boutique Show Pony.

3501 Fremont Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103

6. Westlake Center

1601 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

It's called “Bell Square Mall” in the film, but the site of Lloyd and Diane's first date is actually Westlake Center. Lloyd drives past the entrance on Pine Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenue. Look for Cameron Crowe as a pedestrian in front of the mall as Lloyd drives by.

1601 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

7. Alaskan Way Viaduct

Washington 99, Seattle, WA 98101
Alex Garland for Curbed Seattle

As Lloyd and Diane drive Mike home after the party date, they drive on the Alaskan Way Viaduct toward Downtown Seattle. The skyline appears as we transition from late night to early evening.

This location has only recently disappeared—in fact, we’re still in the end stages of losing it as crews chomp the thing down.

Washington 99
Seattle, WA 98101

8. Dick's Drive-In

111 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105

In a cut scene available on the DVD, we see Lloyd's car pass by the Wallingford Dick's Drive In as they search for Mike's house.

111 NE 45th St
Seattle, WA 98105

9. Guild 45th Theatre

2115 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

While driving around town in a post-breakup haze (and speaking into a tape recorder), Lloyd drives past the Guild 45th Theatre in Wallingford. While the theater closed in 2017, although it’s still a recognizable fixture of the Wallingford drag.

Seattleites will appreciate that almost immediately after passing it, he drives by Westlake Center in downtown.

2115 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103

10. Bob's Java Jive

2102 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409

Lloyd past a weird teapot-shaped building while sorting himself out after his break-up with Diane. This is Bob's Java Jive at 2102 South Tacoma Way in Tacoma. The historic landmark was also used as a location in the film I Love You To Death.

2102 South Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA 98409