La Bamba

  • (0:01)  Ritchie Valens Dreaming About The Plane Collision Over His Junior High School Property / Pacoima Junior High School; 9919 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Pacoima

  • (0:03)  Ritchie's Brother Bob Valenzuela Coming Into Town And Passing South Side School / 5471 Southside Drive, Hollister (Note: This School Has Become A House And They Kept The Design Above The Front Porch. There Is A New Southside School Down The Road At 4991 Southside Drive)

  • (0:06)  Ritchie And Bob Messing Around At The Top Of A Huge Hill Overlooking The Work Camp / Roughly 5501 Southside Drive, Hollister (Note: The View Toward The Valley And Camp Is Looking West)

  • (0:12)  The Valenzuela's First House In Southern California / 738 Blaine Avenue, Fillmore

  • (0:14)  The High School / San Fernando High School; 11133 O'Melveny Avenue, San Fernando

  • (0:16)  Ritchie Meeting Up With A Band At Somebody's Garage / 14935 Rayen Street, Panorama City

  • (0:23)  Donna's House / 6238 Orion Avenue, Sherman Oaks

  • (0:30)  Back Entrance To The Cowboy Palace / 21635 Devonshire Street, Chatsworth (Note: Things Have Changed Since The Movie Was Made)

  • (0:34)  The American Legion Venue / American Legion Post 206; 227 N. Avenue 55, Highland Park

  • (0:43)  Bob In His Garbage Truck Getting The Trash At Columbia Pictures Studio / The Culver Studios; Ince Blvd At Carson Street, Culver City

  • (0:46)  Ritchie And Donna On A Date At The Drive-Inn Theater / Studio Drive-In; 5250 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City (Note: This Closed Down Years Ago And Has Since Been Torn Down)

  • (0:56)  KFWB Radio Station Headquarters / 1755 Argyle Avenue, Hollywood (Note: This Building Has Since Been Torn Down)

  • (0:57)  Ritchie And Donna Having A Meal / Ott's; Roughly 11303 San Fernando Road, San Fernando (Note: This Place Has Since Closed Down)

  • (0:58)  Ritchie Delivering 10 Pizza's To Some Lucky Fans / 6233 Orion Avenue, Sherman Oaks

  • (1:01)  Bob Spotting Ritchie Playing Music In A Phone Booth To Donna At A Gas Station / 401 Santa Clara Street, Fillmore (Note: It Is No Longer A Gas Station As It Is Now A Sushi Restaurant)

  • (1:02)  Arriving In Tijuana Mexico / Calexico

  • (1:04)  The Inside Of The Brothel Where Ritchie Hears A Band Play La Bamba / Still Searching For This Location

  • (0:10:07)  Ritchie Waking Up In A Small Village In The Middle Of Nowhere / Curandero House; Pico Canyon, Santa Clarita

  • (1:21)  Ritchie Gets His Mother A New House / 727 Fine Street, Fillmore

  • (1:23)  Exterior Of The Paramount Theater In Brooklyn New York / The Wiltern Theater; 3790 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

  • (1:23)  The Interior For The Paramount Theater / Wilshire Ebell Theatre; 4401 W. 8th Street, Los Angeles

  • (1:26)  The Exterior For The Concert In Clear Lake Iowa / 685 La Brea Avenue, Inglewood (Note: The Interior Was At A Different Location)

  • (1:40)  The Airport In Iowa / Whiteman Field; 12653 Osborne Street, Pacoima (Note: The Exact Hanger Is Just Off Of Airpark Way Real Close To Orbital Way)

  • (1:44)  The Funeral Precession / Entrance To Brand Park Memory Garden; 15177 S. Brand Blvd, Mission Hills

  • (1:44)  The Cemetery For Ritchie Valens Funeral / San Fernando Mission Catholic Cemetery; 11160 Stranwood Avenue, Mission Hills


  1. I am not a fan of music biography movies. They are probably my least favorite genre. Sure the music is different but the story is always the same. They all included the scene where the artist does it "his own way". Yawn. "La Bamba", however, is one that I like.

  2. I can't agree with the previous commenter, I'm a big fan of musical biographies and musicals. I really can't be dragged away from watching, and when it comes to discussions, I'm a better speaker. I can talk to strangers about musicals for hours on end without realizing how the time is passing, I get a buzz out of it, so the list from here is good for me, although I have seen some of the films.

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  4. I love this movie everytime I see it, it makes me feel like a kid again. I'm a cable installer and got lucky enough to do a job at Daniel Valdez's house and I seen the "flying guitar" posters and I was star struck and they were surprised i knew who they were and I was like,I grew up watching la Bamba and still watch it every chance I get. they were really awesome people.

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  6. Thank you so much for this blog, The Southside school always looked so familiar to me, I attended there for one year very long ago.

  7. A Calexico resident claims that the Tijuana brothel was filmed in the Hotel De Anza in Calexico. For some reason, I keep getting the impression that this is false. You can always stop by the place and ask whenever you're in Calexico. Unfortunately, I just left the Imperial Valley today after being there for 2 months and never got the chance to investigate the hotel. Good luck!

  8. Watched it with Bob's grandchildren, for the most part it was pretty accurate according to Rosie.

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