While set in San Francisco, Full House was filmed at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank from 1987 to 1995. When the series was rebooted as Fuller House in 2016, they used the same Stage 24 as the original series.
Broderick Street House
Even though both shows are filmed almost entirely in the studio, Full House has created one of the most iconic establishing shot locations ever. The house used as the Tanner home has become one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco. It is a bucket list for fans and a headache for neighbours.
The house is located at 1709 Broderick St, between Bush and Pine streets. This is a small residential street with very limited parking. If you are going to visit, it would be best to walk or take public transportation. If you still end up driving, you may need to park several blocks away.
There has been a lot of controversy regarding the amount of visitors on the street. Unfotunately some tourists have not been very respectful of the area, including double parking, littering, and being very loud. The city has even had to ban tour buses from the street, to cut down on traffic. If you are going to visit, make sure you show respect for the neighbours and their property. This will ensure the street stays open to the public to visit for years to come.
I have visited the street several times, and one suggestion I have is to visit later in the day. In the morning, the sun rises right behind the house, making it very hard to get good photos.
The Painted Ladies
A common mistake with tourists is that the Tanner house is one of the Painted Ladies, found at Alamo Square Park. This is because the opening credits show the Tanner family enjoying a picnic in the park with the Painted Ladies behind them. However, who takes a picnic across the street from their house???
The Painted Ladies are one of the most visited spots in the city, especially for photographers. It is a beautiful spot to see the park, the houses, and the San Francisco skyline in the background. It is well worth a visit, especially if you are a fan of Full House.
The Golden Gate Bridge
Another iconic shot from the opening credits features the family driving across the Golden Gate Bridge. Perhaps the most famous attraction in San Francisco, the Bridge is something that every visitor to the city should see.
The Warner Bros. House
Several years ago, when Netflix launched Fuller House, there was concern about getting access to the house in San Francisco. For establishing shots, they didn’t want to re-use the original shows footage as it wasn’t in HD. The solution was to build a replica of the house on the Warner Bros. lot, so they could film whenever needed. The replica house is quite similar, but any fan of the show would instantly notice the differences.
The entire purpose of building the replica house was nulified when the original house in San Francisco went up for sale. Jeff Franklin, creator of Full House and Fuller House, purchased the house, giving the crews access to film on site. This means the new establishing shots on Fuller House feature the original house. In fact, starting in season 3 of Fuller House, the opening credits even feature actresses Candice Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barber standing at the door of the house.
I am not 100% sure, but I don’t believe the replica house at the Warner Bros. lot has ever been used in the series. However it is a popular stop on the Warner Bros. tours. The house is located close to the midwestern square, and your guide may include the house on the tour.
While almost all of Full House was filmed in the studio, they did have a few episodes filmed on location. In season 3, the Tanner’s traveled to Hawaii.
The hotel featured in the episode is the Turtle Bay Resort, located on the North Shore of Oahu. This hotel is no stranger to filming, as numerous movies and TV shows have used the hotel and its grounds.
Towards the end of the episode, the Tanner family becomes stranded on a deserted island, thanks to Danny Tanner’s Clipboard of Fun. The family gets capture by a group of natives, but it turns out they are just performers in a luau show. Uncle Jesse ends up performing the Elvis hit Rock-a-Hula to end the episode.
These scenes were filmed at the Polynesian Cultural Center, in the town of Laie, only about 10 minutes from the Turtle Bay Resort. The stage used still exists, and is part of the PCC’s night-time show Ha: Breath of Life.
Walt Disney World
In season 6 of Full House, the Tanner family takes a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. During this 2-part episode, filming took place in multiple locations around WDW.
One of the locations used was the Grand Floridian Resort. How do the Tanners afford such lavish hotels all the time? Do they all sleep in 1 room?
The episode ends with the Tanners watching the fireworks over Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. This is where we see Danny propose to Vicki.
While I haven’t visited all of the locations used in the episodes, check out this great video from World of Micah, where he tracks down almost every shot from those episodes.
In the first season of Fuller House, the whole gang travels to Tokyo for Steve’s wedding to CJ.
The episode was filmed in a few locations around Tokyo, including the Sanrio Puroland Theme Park, which features all the scenes that take place at “Hello Kitty Land”.
The episode also features the family crossing the famous Shibuya Crossing, which is the busiest street crossing in the world.
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