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Cruise Through the Valley With These La Bamba Film Locations


Lou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesThe film begins with a grainy dream sequence of students on the outdoor courts of Pacoima Junior High SchoolLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures1957Lou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesspreading debris all over the playing fields of nearby Pacoima Junior High SchoolLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesspreading debris all over the playing fields of nearby Pacoima Junior High SchoolLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures” Davis says of filming at Pacoima Junior High School.Lou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesThe Valenzuelas arrive in the San Fernando Valley.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLooking north on Chambersburg Road toward Fillmore. The actual metal bridges of the areaLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictureshave been moved. “These are just bigLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures” Davis says. “One of the bridges is just sitting in storageLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures” Davis says. “One of the bridges is just sitting in storageLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesbut its original appearance wasn’t much better than the way it appeared on screen. The filmmakers also aged the appearance of some nearby houses.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesThe Valenzuela home also was shot in Fillmore. The houseLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictureshas been restored. The Valenzuelas actually lived at 13327 Gain St. in Pacoima; the house is no longer there. Davis tells us that they didn’t film at the Valenzuela house in the Valley because “there wasn’t enough of a [period-accurate] community. You could find a house here or a house thereLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictureshas been restored. The Valenzuelas actually lived at 13327 Gain St. in Pacoima; the house is no longer there. Davis tells us that they didn’t film at the Valenzuela house in the Valley because “there wasn’t enough of a [period-accurate] community. You could find a house here or a house thereLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictureshas been restored. The Valenzuelas actually lived at 13327 Gain St. in Pacoima; the house is no longer there. Davis tells us that they didn’t film at the Valenzuela house in the Valley because “there wasn’t enough of a [period-accurate] community. You could find a house here or a house thereLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures” Davis says. “The old wounds of the scab workers that came in — the Okies who came in to break the [farming] strike in the ’30s — they were still living [in Fillmore]. … The animosity still existed in Fillmore at that time [when we made the movie] between the families of the white people that had come in to break the strike and the Hispanics who had been put out of work by it. … They were right across the street from each other.”Lou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesThe bell rings at San Fernando High School.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesRitchie Valens attended San Fernando High SchoolLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesRitchie Valens attended San Fernando High SchoolLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesin blueLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesin blueLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesDavis saysLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesfilming inside a school poses inherent challenges when school is in session. “(A) The bells are a problem [for sound]; (b) the students have to go around — it takes them longer to get to classes; (c) there’s a classroom that you’re using that they’re not and there’s maybe four or five classes in that classroom during the day while you’re [shooting]. NowLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesthen we were all over that school for at least a day.”Lou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLate for gym classLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLate for gym classLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesbut the school’s 500 building still has the same yellow palette. “San Fernando was in session and they bent a bunch of rules to let us film there. We got a corridor and a classroom during the school day that was somebody else’s classroom. … You look at it and it’sLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesthree or four minutes of filmLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesthree or four minutes of filmLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesincluding Ritchie Valens.Lou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesRitchie and Donna outside of San Fernando High School; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesOn Chamberlain Street outside of the San Fernando High School GymLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesRitchie’s brotherLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesleftLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesthat [location] catches a period that is almost gone now. Look at the dirt and shacks; it’s just greatLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesthat [location] catches a period that is almost gone now. Look at the dirt and shacks; it’s just greatLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictureslocated behind Van Nuys Boulevard just east of San Fernando Road in PacoimaLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesRitchie walks Donna home.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesAlso known as Cameron WoodsLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures” Davis says. “That street is filmed from one end to the otherLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures” Davis says. “That street is filmed from one end to the otherLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures” Davis says. “That street is filmed from one end to the otherLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesbut Luis wanted her in something very traditional. He wanted “white-bread” all over her — nothing cleverLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures“All those dorm-room windows are phony. There’s no second stories on that street.”Lou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesRitchie leaves Donna’s house after inviting her to see the Silhouettes at a garage party.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesOrion Street in Van Nuys is “a time warpLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesOrion Street in Van Nuys is “a time warpLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesThe Silhouettes. The band played at neighborhood house parties before their first “real” gig at the American Legion HallLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures” Davis says.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesThe audition houseLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesThe audition houseLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesConnie (Rosanna DeSoto)Lou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesand Bob look on in disappointment when The Silhouettes’ bandleader doesn’t let Ritchie sing.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLooking south along the Pacoima WashLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesConnie arranges for Ritchie to play at a local bar to show off his singing and guitar talents.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesA view of the corner where the stage was located inside the Cowboy Palace Saloon at 21635 Devonshire St. in Chatsworth. “That wasn’t really where [Valens] performed. That was just a country-Western barLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesA view of the corner where the stage was located inside the Cowboy Palace Saloon at 21635 Devonshire St. in Chatsworth. “That wasn’t really where [Valens] performed. That was just a country-Western barLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesA view of the corner where the stage was located inside the Cowboy Palace Saloon at 21635 Devonshire St. in Chatsworth. “That wasn’t really where [Valens] performed. That was just a country-Western barLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictureswhich opened in 1971 as Giovanni’s Rodeo Room. Over the years the name has changed a number of timesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures” Davis says. “When [the producers] said they wanted a cowboy barLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures“OhLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures“OhLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures“OhLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictureswith Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito.Lou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesThe Silhouettes pull up to the American Legion Hall in San Fernando.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLa Bamba didn’t actually make use of the San Fernando post of the American Legion. InsteadLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictureslocated at 227 N. Avenue 55. The real American Legion Hall in San Fernando where Valens and The Silhouettes played is located at 602 Pico St. They also would play shows at the Pacoima American Legion Hall and Carpenter’s Hall in Van NuysLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictureslocated at 227 N. Avenue 55. The real American Legion Hall in San Fernando where Valens and The Silhouettes played is located at 602 Pico St. They also would play shows at the Pacoima American Legion Hall and Carpenter’s Hall in Van NuysLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesRitchie's mom would sometimes book these venues with money put aside for the family's mortgage payments.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesAmerican Legion HallLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesAmerican Legion HallLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesAmerican Legion HallLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesAmerican Legion HallLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesAmerican Legion HallLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesAmerican Legion HallLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesAmerican Legion HallLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictureswhich translated into a good period lookLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictureswhich translated into a good period lookLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesRosie (Elizabeth Peña)Lou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures*batteries not includedLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures*batteries not includedLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures*batteries not includedLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures*batteries not includedLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures” Davis says.Lou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesRitchie performs “Ooh! My Head.”; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesA view of the stage at the American Legion HallLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesBob Keane (Joe Pantoliano)Lou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictureswalks into Ritchie’s show.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesThe bar on the right in the American Legion Hall was built for Coyote Ugly and was left at the location after filming wrapped.Lou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesThe result of a brawl after Bob and his motorcycle gang crash Ritchie’s show; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesAmerican Legion Hall in Highland ParkLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesRitchie and Donna drive alongside Valley orange groves. “It was really interesting trying to do this because there were all kinds of cross-traffic and we only had a couple of cops. We sent cars out — with cars we blocked streetsLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesin order to get the shotsLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesin order to get the shotsLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesin order to get the shotsLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesworking as a garbagemanLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesworking as a garbagemanLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesbut we were not able to photograph that spot due to current production schedules on the lot. The production added the Columbia Pictures sign and the vintage movie posters to the side of the soundstage.Lou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesDonna and Ritchie at the drive-in; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesThe drive-in from La Bamba was the Studio Drive-InLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesthe Studio Drive-In closed in 1993 and was demolished in 1998 to make way for a housing development.Lou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesWhile on a date at Ott’s RestaurantLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesWhile on a date at Ott’s RestaurantLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures“Luis was the one that brought it up. He saw that [Ott’s] was still thereLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures“Luis was the one that brought it up. He saw that [Ott’s] was still thereLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures“Luis was the one that brought it up. He saw that [Ott’s] was still thereLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesKFWB was actually on Melrose Avenue.Lou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesRitchie delivers pizzas to the winner of the radio promotion.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesThe pizza party house is located across the street from Donna’s house on Orion Street in Van Nuys. “I hated that brick fence. I didn’t want them to use that houseLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictureslaughing. “It doesn’t look ’50s to me.”Lou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesRitchie drives Bob Keane’s convertible.; Credit: Columbia PicturesLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures“We wanted to dress it up to make it look like a highway instead of those city streetsLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictureswe used some antique Miller Beer billboard designs. We put them up the night beforeLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures” Davis recallsLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures” Davis recallsLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures” Davis recallsLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictureshe remembers sayingLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesand (B) it’sLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures8 o’clock at night — what am I going to do?” After offering to have the signs covered in the morningLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesDavis saysLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesand any sign of filming in Elysian Park and they find something to object to.” There was no time to remove the signsLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesthe billboards were never seen in the film.Lou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesSusan Krieg’s mural “The Fruit of Our DreamsLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Picturesincludes a tribute to Valens.Lou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia PicturesBobLou Diamond Phillips had his first starring role as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.; Credit: Columbia Pictures

Rock & roll pioneer Ritchie Valens and the San Fernando Valley will forever be synonymous. Take a ride through the northeast Valley and, whether it's a mural or a park, you’re sure to come across a tribute to the Latino rocker, who hailed from Pacoima and who tragically died on Feb. 3, 1959 at just 17. The plane crash that also claimed the lives of Valens’ contemporaries, Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, later became known as “the day the music died” in Don McLean’s epic 1971 musical portrait of America, “American Pie.”

Almost 30 years later and a staggering 14 years before Valens would be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, his story was immortalized on film. La Bamba, released on July 24, 1987, introduced movie audiences to Lou Diamonds Phillips, who, in his first starring film role, played Valens. The movie also produced a hit soundtrack featuring Los Lobos' recordings of such Valens hits as “Come On, Let’s Go,” “Donna,” and, of course, “La Bamba.” The album was at No. 1 on the Billboard charts for two weeks in 1987.

Though La Bamba tells the story of Valens’ fast rise to fame, Luis Valdez’s film is, at its essence, about the successes and struggles of a Latino family living in the San Fernando Valley, making the film as much about the character of place as the film’s living characters.

With the exception of a handful of scenes shot in the southern border town of Calexico, which doubled for Tijuana, and in Hollister, La Bamba was shot entirely in the L.A. area. The film’s veteran location manager, Richard Davis, tells us that Valdez wanted to incorporate into the film as many as possible of the Valley spots where the Valenzuela family lived, worked and went to school. “Luis made it clear that he wanted as much reality — as many of the places that actually were in the story — to be in the movie. He didn’t want to go to find a place that was more cinematic that was less historical,” Davis says. “He called them ‘reality beats,’ and we got them in wherever we could.”

Trying to include all of the real places wasn’t a total success, Davis admits. “We ended up going [other] places because what was there [in the ’80s] didn’t look like what had been there in the ’50s,” he says. The same can be said for some of La Bamba's filming locations three decades after the movie was made.

For La Bamba’s 30th anniversary, we spoke with Davis at length and, with his help, revisited many of the film’s L.A.-area locations. So come on, let’s go!

All photos by Jared Cowan except where noted. Please keep in mind that some of these locations are on private property. Do not trespass or disturb the owners. Follow Jared on Twitter at @JaredCowan1.

La Bamba will screen on Aug. 12 at Lake Balboa as part of My Valley Pass's Summer Drive-In Nights. Jared will host a Q&A with location manger Richard Davis before the show. Get tickets here.