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Lillian’s Apartment from “Bridesmaids”

Nov 29th, 2012 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Lillian's Apartment Bridesmaids (3 of 10)

This past Monday, the Grim Cheaper and I both had some business to attend to on L.A.’s West Side, so we decided to drive out that way together.  Because his meetings were going to run a lot longer than mine, I figured I would do some stalking in the area while I waited.  And I really have to give myself a major pat on the back here as I managed to get quite a bit of stalking done using the GC’s car, which does not have a GPS.  I am seriously directionally-challenged and typically cannot find my way out of a paper bag, but the direction gods were definitely smiling down upon me on Monday because I managed to get to several locales with no problems whatsoever . . . in Venice, mind you – an area I am not particularly fond of due to the crowds, the sketchiness, and the lack of parking places and public restrooms.  So needless to say I am very proud of myself!  I feel like I can conquer the world now!  Winking smile  Anyway, one of the locations that I managed to successfully find my way to was the supposed Milwaukee-area apartment building where Lillian (Maya Rudolph) lived in the 2011 hit Bridesmaids.

I should mention here that I did not particularly enjoy Bridesmaids the first time I saw it – perhaps because I was home alone at the time and had no one to laugh with.  But when the GC and I randomly caught the last half of it on TV while vacationing in La Quinta last August, I was practically rolling on the floor in hysterics.  Then when my good friends, fellow stalkers Lavonna and Kim, came for a visit in November they quoted the movie constantly, so I re-watched it during their stay and became just a wee bit obsessed – the airplane scene (which you can watch by clicking below – caution, it is NSFW) is SO me, I cannot even tell you!  Anyway, I spent the past few weeks bugging Mike, from MovieShotsLA, to help me track down all of the locations from the flick, the final two of which he did yesterday, after which he sent me a text that said, “Can we move on from this now?”  LOL  (I have to say that I was seriously disappointed to learn that Joni’s Restaurant, where Lillian and Annie Walker (Kristen Wiig) had coffee at the beginning of the flick, was just a set built on the Paramount Studios backlot.  But I digress.)

Lillian’s apartment was kind of a random find, actually.  While the majority of the Bridesmaids establishing shots were taken in the Milwaukee area, all actual filming was done right here in Southern California.  At one point in the movie, Officer Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd) mentioned that Lillian’s building was located on the corner of Craner and Rose.  And while I was not aware of any L.A. street named Craner, I was, of course, aware of Venice Beach’s famous Rose Avenue and decided to begin my search there.  Sure enough, I found Lillian’s apartment just a bit east of Rose Avenue, on the corner of San Juan and Cabrillo.  Woot woot!

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Amazingly enough, despite the fact that the building is quite beautiful and looks to be somewhat historic, I could find absolutely no information whatsoever about it online, outside of the fact that it was originally built in 1922 (thank you, Property Shark!).  According to a Panoramio poster named “gregmaz”, the domicile was designed and constructed by Abbot Kinney, the father of Venice himself, but I could not find any other references which support that claim.  And being that Kinney passed away in 1920, two full years before Property Shark states that the place was built, I am fairly certain that he had nothing to do with its creation.

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Lillian's Apartment Bridesmaids (7 of 10)

The building shows up twice in Bridesmaids – first in a brief establishing shot before the scene in which Lillian tells Annie that she has just gotten engaged.


And next towards the very end of the movie, in the scene in which Annie and Helen (Rose Byrne) track Lillian to her apartment on the morning of her wedding.



The interior of Lillian’s apartment was just a set, though.  You can check out the real life interior of two of the building’s actual units here and here.



The very same building was also featured very briefly (blink and you’ll miss it, in fact) in the 1990 movie A Girl to Kill For, in the scene in which Chuck (Sasha Jenson) and Sue (Karen Medak) are being chased by the police.  (Please pardon the craptastic screen captures below.)



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Until next time, Happy Stalking!  Smile

Stalk It: Lillian’s apartment building from Bridesmaids is located at 300 San Juan Avenue in Venice.



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  1. Manager says:

    We manage this lovely building. You can find it’s current vacancies on our website 🙂

  2. Nicholas says:

    Sorry, but you got the wrong building here. I know they look similar, especially at the top, but look closely at the windows of the building you found and of the one in the film.. Examine both their placement and the design around them and compare them closely. You will see noticeable differences.
    The dead give-away is when tou look at the lower levels and see that the bay windows continue to jut out on the first floor of the building in the film but do not in the building you found.
    Also, while it could easily be edited in, there is a street lamp missing from the building you found.

    Sorry, but I’m afraid you don’t have the correct building. Keep looking. It is very possible this was a building from Milwaukee– there are TONS of old brick flats and brownstones like that in Milwaukee but not so many in California.

    • Lindsay says:

      I do have the correct building. You are comparing different angles. If you look at the first three images in the post, you will see that they match perfectly to the establishing shots.

  3. Kim says:

    With the best of friends…
    Ah, good times!

  4. Katie says:

    omg, cracking up again, that movie was just so funny.

  5. I love this apt. Sounds crazy, but I think about it all the time. LOL.

  6. Ashley says:

    The airplane scene is my FAVORITE! I had tears streaming down my face both times I saw the movie! 😀

    Neat building, doesn’t look very Venice Beach at all! The location scouts did a good job with that one. Looking forward to more Bridesmaids locations!

  7. Jeff says:

    Imdb shows “Orange Ca” as one of the film locations. Can’t seem to track that down from the movie. Did you find anything relating to Orange?

  8. Michelle says:

    I love that movie! I can’t wait to see what else you and mike can find for this movie 🙂

  9. Penny says:

    Love it! The building definitely doesn’t look like something you’d see in Venice.

  10. lavonna says:

    There’s a colonial woman on the wing…she’s churning butter…CRACKING UP!

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