The Block, the 400 block of E. Baltimore Street. Baltimore's naughtiest commercial district was the setting for native son Steve Yeager's 1990 "On the Block."

Broadway Pier, 1701 Thames St., Baltimore. From 1993-2000, this long-shuttered recreational pier on the Fells Point waterfront served as the police station in NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street." There's a plaque on the building's west side commemorating its role in the series.

Empty lot alongside 892 Tyson St., Baltimore. Here, in 1972, one of the most memorable scenes in film history was shot – Divine eating doggie doo-doo at the end of John Waters' "Pink Flamingos." Perfect place for a pilgrimage.

Hollywood Diner, 400 E. Saratoga St., Baltimore. This classic greasy spoon, transported here from New Jersey, was the setting for local boy Barry Levinson's 1982 directorial debut, "Diner." For the shoot, it sat on a lot in Canton.

Milford Mill Swim Club, 3900 Milford Mill Rd., Randallstown. This former quarry, a favored warm-weather hangout for more than 60 years, can be seen in both John Waters' 1990 "Cry Baby" and Barry Levinson's 1999 "Liberty Heights." It was sold at auction last year; the new owner has announced plans to build a mosque on the site.

Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, Baltimore. Baltimore's art-deco showplace was witness to an unfortunate streetcar accident in Barry Levinson's 1990 "Avalon." It was also where the film's young characters watched a Saturday-morning matinee of "King of the Rocket Men." (For a near-exhaustive look at films made in Baltimore and the surrounding area, check out the commemorative sidewalk blocks alongside York Road in front of the theater.)

Spotlighters' Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore. This tiny theater got to play the night club where Kevin Bacon's character does his act in 2009's "My One and Only," which starred Renee Zellweger as a single mom with Hollywood dreams. The film was almost entirely shot in the Baltimore area, at locations that also included the Belvedere hotel, the city's Oliver neighborhood and Upperco in northern Baltimore County.

Video Americain, 400 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore. When Kathleen Turner, the star of John Waters' 1994 "Serial Mom," proposes capital punishment as the penalty for not re-winding a VHS rental, it's within the confines of Baltimore's best video rental store (and now sole remaining, although its closure is imminent).

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