LOCATION, LOCATION, Location? #4 – Revealed ~ Wayne’s World

Did ‘ya Guess It?

Our fourth Location, Location, Location? got a lot of informed and correct guesses – NOT!!

The answer to this week’s Location, Location, Location? location is Wayne Campbell’s house from the 1992 comedy film, Wayne’s World.


Let’s take a look at the NOW and THEN picture and a bit of information about the location …


Wayne’s World became one of the most successful comedies of all time derived from a “Saturday Night Live” original sketch created by Mike Myers.  It went on to spawn a sequel and forever changed the American vernacular with regard to expressions of partying and sarcastic response – “Excellent!”

One key aspect of the world of Wayne is that he and his best friend Garth live in Aurora, Illinois,  “which is a suburb of Chicago,”  home to their Public Access TV Show, “Wayne’s World”.  So, did producers actually film the movie in Aurora, Illinois?  Well, sort of.

Principal photography for Wayne’s World primarily took place in and around several Los Angeles suburbs, also utilizing the Paramount Pictures studio lot.  Second Unit photography did occur in Aurora and Chicago, but due to clever movie magic, Wayne and Garth (Mike Myers and Dana Carvey) never actually filmed in the Midwest.  “Wow! What a totally amazing, excellent discovery!”

So what about Wayne’s house?  Where is it actually?  … Van Nuys, California.  “Ex-squeeze me? Baking powder?”   Yep, Wayne Cambell’s house is actually located nowhere near Aurora, Illinois, but in the Los Angeles suburb of Van Nuys.  Garth’s house is ideally situated right across the street and not too far away, the location used for the Public Access television station can be found.  We think that we’re in Aurora. Only that’s not Aurora. Isn’t that weird?  <– That’s a haiku!

Garth's house located across the street from Wayne's has had very little changes made over the years.

Sorry if you were fished in by all the movie trickery, but that’s usually what happens when a film is made on such a small budget and tight schedule.  Can you believe that Wayne’s World was shot in less than one month?  Luckily, the film went on to make $121,697,350 in the US Box Office and still holds up to this day as a great comedy.

Well, that’s all the time I have for this article.  I hope you found it entertaining, whimsical and yet relevant, with an underlying revisionist conceit that bullied the article’s emotional attachments to the subject matter … actually, I just hope you didn’t think it sucked!

Keep tuning in to Beyond the Marquee for the next Location, Location Location? Challenge!


There are three things that matter in filmmaking and television:

Location, Location, Location.

As part of a fun series here on Beyond the Marquee, I will be choosing random filming locations from some famous (and not so famous) film and television productions throughout the years.  They will be posted here for our viewers to take a guess as to what movie or TV show the location was used.

The location as it looks NOW will be posted on Monday and on Wednesday, I will post the answer and THEN picture identifying the location as it was seen on the large or small screen. Some entries may be very easy to guess, others may be difficult and sometimes I may give a clue that will help point you in the right direction.

Previous LOCATION, LOCATION, Location?  Entries can be found here:


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2 Responses to “LOCATION, LOCATION, Location? #4 – Revealed ~ Wayne’s World”

  1. […] If you’re interested in reading about Wayne and Garth’s house, check out the 4th LOCATION, LOCATION, Location? entry here: http://beyondthemarquee.com/9230/  […]

  2. RockaBetty45 says:

    This was fun. No idea it wasn’t shot in Illinois. Thank you 4 this.

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