What's Eating Gilbert Grape

What's Eating Gilbert Grape was released into theaters on December 19th, 1993. Filming locations include Cele, Lockhart, Manor and Pflugerville, Tx. It was directed by Lasse Hallstrom. It stars a young Leonardo Dicaprio as Arnie Grape, who was just two years removed from being in Critters 3. Dicaprio was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his part in the film. Johnny Depp, who was already a bonafide star by this point, played the lead of Gilbert Grape. The score was done by Bjorn Isfalt and Alan Parker. The films first DVD release was on November 17th, 2001.

Opening - Melber Ln. Cele, Tx. 78653

The scene took place just north of the Cele Rd. and Melber Ln. intersection. Construction on the subdivision across the street began in 2019. I'd like to thank Mark for sharing this location.


Airstreams roll through - near* 20111 Melber Ln. Manor, Tx. 78653

The convoy of Airstream trailers are traveling north along Melber Lane.


Downtown Endora, Ia. - E. Parsons St. and S. Lexington St. Manor, Tx. 78653

A number of the structures shown in the film are in this general area. 

All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.

Ramp Cafe - 118 E. Parsons St. Manor, Tx. 78653

End of the Line Drugs - 116 E. Parsons St. Manor, Tx. 78653

Lamson's Grocery - 102 E. Parsons St. Manor, Tx. 78653

Dairy Dreme - Northeast corner of* E. Parsons St. and Lexington St. Manor, Tx. 78653

The structure is no longer there.

Water tower - W. Parsons St. (between S. Bastrop St. & S. Lexington St.)

Carver's Insurance - 101 S. Lexington St. Manor, Tx. 78653

Grape house - Across the street from* 20304 Hodde Ln. Pflugerville, Tx. 78660

The house is no longer there. It had been there since at least the early 1950's. Two of the sheds were standing until 2017. At the time of my visit, no more structures remained at the location. However, the trees on the property are still recognizable, as is the fence at the entrance.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.

Carver house - 600 S. Railroad Ave. Pflugerville, Tx. 78660

The 2,241 square foot house was built in 1962. The water tower seen in the distance looks almost identical to the one Arnie is seen climbing, but in reality, that water tower is over ten miles away, in Manor.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.

Courthouse - 110 S. Main St. Lockhart, Tx. 78644
(Caldwell County Courthouse)

The courthouse was designed by architect Alfred Giles and constructed in 1894. The clock tower houses a four-faced Seth Thomas Clock Company clock and a 900-pound bell. It was registered as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1976. On January 3rd, 1978 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The roadblock scene from The Faculty, was also filmed in the Lockhart town square.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.


  1. Love your work. I had a look around and I'm pretty sure I've found the spot from the opening shot of the film. The tree Gilbert is sitting under is the tree directly behind the white 45 sign.

  2. I just realized I live about 2 miles from the home in the movie, I recognized the aerial images from the map, the main road from my neighborhood dead ends about 200' N of where the house was. Definitely gonna drive by on my way home tonight!