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The “Mask” House

Feb 4th, 2011 | By | Category: Movie Locations

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While I realize that I still have quite a few posts to publish from my recent stalking trip to the Palmdale/Lancaster area (including the Four Aces and Club Ed movie sets), as well as a few filming-related posts to write from my nuptials last August (most notably the venue), I decided to dedicate today’s blog to my good friend and fellow stalker Kerry who has been experiencing a very emotionally-trying couple of weeks as of late.  So, Kerry, this one’s for you!  I hope it brings a smile to your face!  Back in September, after finding out out that my parents had recently moved to Monrovia, Kerry asked me to track down the house where Roy L. ‘Rocky’ Dennis (aka Eric Stoltz) and Florence ‘Rusty’ Dennis (aka Cher) lived  in the 1985 Peter Bogdanovich-directed movie Mask.  She had heard that the residence was located somewhere in the Monrovia area and figured I would most likely be able to track it down.  Because I had never actually seen the flick, though, I enlisted the help of Mike, from MovieShotsLA, who is pretty much a virtual encyclopedia of 80’s movies filming location knowledge thanks to the fact that he grew up in the area.  And this case was no different – Mike knew the address of the Mask house right off the top of his head!  Thank you, Mike!  So, yesterday morning, after meeting my dad for coffee, I headed on over to the property to snap a few pics.

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The house, which is located on a sleepy Monrovia corner just a few blocks east of Old Town, is actually featured quite a bit throughout the movie.

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And, amazingly enough, it still looks VERY much the same today as it did back in 1985 when Mask was filmed.

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Even the wall unit air conditioner and mailbox which appeared in the movie are still there in real life, over two and a half decades later!  SO INCREDIBLY COOL!

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I am fairly certain from the way that the movie was shot that the home’s real life interior was also used in the flick.

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On a Mask side note – Wow, Cher was absolutely beautiful  back in the day!  I had NO idea!  That skin and those cheekbones are to die for!

Big THANK YOU to Mike, from MovieShotsLA, for finding this location!  Smile

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  Smile

Stalk It: The Mask house is located at 138 Grand Avenue, at the corner of Grand Avenue and Pearl Street, in Monrovia.

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  1. Steven says:

    I have always wanted to see tho house where Rocky Dennis really lived. I would love to speak to some people who knew him. I would love to know hos accurate the movie was in terms of Rocky’s personality. I did not have Rockys issue, but I only have one leg and I had some struggles growing up. I feel like I know Rocky even though he died when I was 10 years old. Seems like God takes the good ones first.

  2. Rachel says:

    I PASS BY 524 N AZUSA AVE. DAILY. WHEN I SEE THIS HOUSE I THINK OF ROCKY DENNIS. IS THIS WHERE HE ACTUALLY LIVED. IN THE MOVIE HE TAKES A BUS ON FOOTHILL BLVD. TWO BLOCKS FROM THIS HOUSE. WONDERING BECAUSE I THINK OF ROCKY DENNIS. RIP.

  3. Tanya says:

    I would love rough drawing of floor plan. I get confused one where rooms are.

  4. JON says:

    The graveyard scene at end, was that Brooklyn Ave??. (NOW CESAR CHAVEZ) in ELA..that street is on the southside of the cemetery driving down from east to west….had to be since Monrovia is east of LA
    THANX

  5. Joel says:

    I used to visit the home shortly after the movie. My friend (a dentist) and his wife bought the home and kept the holes in the wall where the push pins were.

    Great little home.

  6. Carol says:

    I used to live in the house right behind it in 1987. Knew the people who owned the house at the time. They also owned the house we lived in. They invited us over cause we wanted to see the house inside. We actually almost RENTED it. Can’t remember why we didn’t. It was a very nice home!

  7. Dan O says:

    Thank you for this information. I finally watched this several days ago (I had heard about it once in a blue moon over the years but never saw it) and had been wondering about the house and where exactly it was. And an encouragement, for anyone that has never seen this movie, you MUST see it, because it’s great! Keep Kleenex on hand though because it very sad especially at the very end.

  8. Gene says:

    Guess What! I owned and lived in this home in the 70’s with my family. Moved to Colorado 1980 and sold the house early 80’s. Great movie!

  9. Kerry says:

    Just seeing this now…….thank you! And yes, it made me smile.

  10. Tony says:

    I have visited this location a while ago and had a chat with one of the long time neighbors about the home. He told me that they did use the interior of the home as well. In fact, when the shooting was complete, the crew left the map, complete with push pins, on the wall of what was Rocky’s bedroom. I lost my photos of this home, my other Mask locations, and a few dozen other locations when my computer crashed.

  11. Owen says:

    Great post about a great movie. I visited this house on my only trip to L.A. I’m assuming Kerry is a fan of the film. I have a few other locations from the movie (the cemetery, the high school, Gar’s motorcycle shop). If Kerry wants ’em, she can have ’em.

  12. Lavonna says:

    This is a GREAT movie..excellent post!


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