In the summer of 2010, freelance video editor Matthew Freund put together a mash-up of the many different film and TV scenes shot at downtown L.A.’s Quality Cafe. The piece got some nice pick-up at Gawker, Huffington Post and elsewhere, educating a legion of readers about just how ubiquitous this shooting location had become.
A cracked.com contributor decided it was time for a refresher this past Friday and judging by the millions of page views registered for “6 Places You’ll Recognize from the Background of Every Movie,” it was a good call. The West 7th Street establishment once doubled as both a diner and shooting location, but in recent years it has been used exclusively for filming. It ranks sixth on the Cracked countdown of all-purpose filming locales, followed by Vasquez Rocks and more.
Among the most iconic film scenes shot at Quality Cafe are the Gwyneth Paltrow–Morgan Freeman tête-a-tête in Se7en and the Catch Me If You Can sequence where a waiter helps Tom Hanks realize just how young his prey really is. Check out Cracked’s full rundown here.