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Filming Locations: Lethal Weapon 1 (1987), 2 (1989), 3 (1992), & 4 (1998)

These locations in the SFV as well as the rest of the LA area (this was a classic "L.A." film) were already found at and Filming Locations of Chicago and Los Angeles (1, 2, 3, and 4). Please visit these awesome sites as a token of appreciation for taking the time to find the locations. 

You can view more SFV Filming Locations here

Lethal Weapon is a 1987 American buddy cop action comedy directed by Richard Donner, starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a mismatched pair of L.A.P.D. detectives and stars Mitchell Ryan and Gary Busey as their primary adversaries. (Wikipedia). 

The Murtaugh Residence was filmed at Warner Brother Ranch located at 411 Hollywood Way Burbank CA 91505. This same residence is used in all 4 films. 

Riggs makes a drug bust at a used car dealership is now Autonet Bank Repo Cars located at 12460 Victory Blvd North Hollywood. In the background, you will see a Kinney Shoes store. 

You can see Kinney Shoes in the background. 

You can see Kinney Shoes in the background. 
Murtaugh talking on the phone on Universal Studios Blvd over the 101 Freeway. You can also see the Hanna Barbera building in the background. 

You can see Hanna-Barbera sign in the background. 

And the trailer:

Lethal Weapon 2 is a 1989 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson,Danny Glover, Patsy Kensit, Joe Pesci, Derrick O'Connor and Joss Ackland. It is a sequel to the 1987 film Lethal Weapon and second installment in the Lethal Weapon series.
Gibson and Glover respectively reprise their roles as L.A.P.D. officers, Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, who protect an irritating federal witness (Pesci), while taking on a gang of South African drug dealers hiding behind diplomatic immunity. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing (Robert G. Henderson). The film received mostly positive reviews and earned more than $227 million worldwide.

The House on Stilts is actually located in LA but on the border of Studio City. This house is known as The Garcia Residence a.k.a. The Rainbow House designed by world renowned architect John Lautner in 1962 located at 7436 Mulholland Drive Los Angeles. A replica house was entirely removed by Riggs in a pickup truck which brought it down in a spectacular crash. Its such an awesome scene that I had to include it here.  

Eating at the Subway which still exists today at 4954 Van Nuys Blvd Sherman Oaks. 

 And the trailer:

Lethal Weapon 3 is a 1992 American buddy cop action film directed and produced by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo and Stuart Wilson. It is the third film in the Lethal Weapon series.
In the film, which is set three years after Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Martin Riggs (Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Glover) pursue Jack Travis (Stuart Wilson), a former L.A.P.D. lieutenant turned ruthless arms dealer, during the six days prior to Murtaugh's retirement. Riggs and Murtaugh are joined by Leo Getz (Pesci), as well as Internal Affairs Sergeant Lorna Cole (Russo).
Unlike the first two films which received generally positive reviews, Lethal Weapon 3 was met with mixed reviews, but has been a box office success, grossing over $320 million worldwide. It was the fifth highest-grossing film of 1992 and the highest grossing film in the Lethal Weapon series. A fourth film, Lethal Weapon 4, was released on July 10, 1998 (Wikipedia). 

Riggs saves Murtaugh's daugther from being kidnapped but its actually a film set was shot at La Cana restaurant which is currently being restored. The truck is parked at 4832 Lankershim Blvd and La Cana is located across the way at 4842 Vineland Avenue in North Hollywood. 

Riggs and Murtaugh stop at Fast Eddie's Burgers located at 11304 Chandler Blvd North Hollywood. This location is in front of the historic Southern Pacific Lankershim/North Hollywood train station which is currently being restored. I dont believe this burger joint existed and was built for the movie but I could be wrong. 

Riggs and Cole (Rene Russo) are on an industrial street located at 9644 Lurline Avenue Chatsworth.

And the trailer:

Lethal Weapon 4 is a 1998 American buddy cop action film directed and produced by Richard Donner, and starring Mel GibsonDanny GloverJoe PesciRene RussoChris Rock and Jet Li (in his American film debut). It is the final installment in the Lethal Weapon series (Wikipedia). 

Surprisingly (and sadly) there were no SFV locations used in the 4th film aside from Murtaugh's home in the Warner Brothers Ranch as mentioned above in the 1st film. The fourth film had a memorable scene where Murtaugh's home was set and fire. 

And the trailer:

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1 comment to ''Filming Locations: Lethal Weapon 1 (1987), 2 (1989), 3 (1992), & 4 (1998)"

  1. The burger stand by the station building was an actual enterprise, operated for many years as Bud's Red Hots, operated by Tommy Geas, who appeared in the scene in LW3. The l.A. Times did a couple of stories about the stand's closing; see You can partially see the stand in a photo I took sometime in the '90s, posted on my Flickr site at


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