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Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult | 1991

Naked Gun 33 1/3 film location: Cedar Street, Santa Monica, Los Angeles
Naked Gun 33 1/3 location: the home of Frank Drebin: 1201 Cedar Street, Santa Monica, Los Angeles

Lt Drebin’s (Leslie Nielsen) nightmare, a parody of The Untouchables’ railway station shootout, returns to the location of the villain’s hideout from the first Naked Gun movie. It's not a station but the cavernous lobby of the Park Plaza Hotel, 607 South Park View Street, with the hotel’s reception desk turned into a bookstore.

The Naked Gun filming location: Park Plaza Hotel, 607 South Park View Street, downtown Los Angeles
The Naked Gun location: Drebin's 'railway station' nightmare: Park Plaza Hotel, South Park View Street, downtown Los Angeles

One of the most-used locations in Los Angeles, you can see the hotel again in Joel and Ethan Coen's Barton Fink, Martin Scorsese's New York, New York, The Big Picture, Richard Attenborough's biopic Chaplin, with Robert Downey Jr, Mystery Men, Hocus Pocus, Steven Spielberg's Hook, Mister Saturday Night, Mobsters, Primal Fear, Stargate, What's Love Got to Do With It? and Not Another Teen Movie among many others, as well as in countless TV series and music videos. You might recognise this spectacular lobby from David Lynch's Wild At Heart.

As the area around the hotel, particularly MacArthur Park, became associated with drug related violence, it became increasingly deserted and finally closed its doors in 1998. It's now exclusively used for movie shoots and private functions.

We finally get to see the home of Frank Drebin, which is 1201 Cedar Street, between Euclid and 11th Streets, in Santa Monica. And, in real life, it doesn't disappoint, nestled in a small forest of cacti.

The courtroom is LA County Municipal Courts Building, 110 North Grand Avenue.

Naked Gun 33 1/3 film location: Shrine Auditorium, West Jefferson Boulevard, Los Angeles
Naked Gun 33 1/3 location: the Academy Awards ceremony: Shrine Auditorium, West Jefferson Boulevard, Los Angeles

The Academy Awards are presented at the Los AngelesShrine Auditorium, 649 West Jefferson Boulevard, south of downtown in the Exposition Park district.

The Shrine, a massive 6,700-seat Moorish fantasy built in 1926, occasionally hosted the Oscars before the purpose-built Kodak Theatre was built. It was here that James Cameron became King of the World in 1998.

Most famously, it was where the great ape was exhibited in King Kong in 1933 (it was supposed to be New York) and features in George Cukor's 1954 A Star Is Born, with Judy Garland and James Mason.