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The “Never Been Kissed” Prom

Aug 12th, 2009 | By | Category: Movie Locations

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A couple of weeks ago, thanks to fellow stalker Chas, I was able to stalk the location of South Glen South High School’s prom from the 1999 movie Never Been Kissed.   Chas and I both knew that the prom interiors had been filmed at the Ebell of Los Angeles - a women’s educational and philanthropic club which has a long and storied film history and which I promise to blog about in the near future – but the exterior scenes had actually been filmed at another location entirely.  It was that exterior location that I asked Chas to find during my Never Been Kissed stalking kick a few weeks back.  Ironically, he told me that it was the one location from the movie that he didn’t think he would be able to track down.  Well, I guess he just doesn’t realize how good he really is because a few hours later he emailed me back with an address and, sure enough, it was the spot!!   YAY!

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Ironically enough, the exterior Never Been Kissed  prom location can actually be found just a block and a half away from the Ebell.    Why the two different locations you ask?  Well, my best guess is that producers wanted to shoot Drew and the gang’s entrance to the dance at a building with a large drop-off area, which the Ebell unfortunately doesn’t have.  So, when they found a suitable building located just two short blocks away, they decided to film the entrance scene there instead.  Just another example of the magic of Hollywood at work!  :)

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For some odd reason I could not find much information about the Never Been Kissed  prom location online, even though it looks like it could be some sort of historic structure.   I’m actually very surprised that it is not on the National Register of Historic Places, as it is a truly beautiful place.  The only information I was able to discover is that the Mediterranean style building, which used to be a private residence, was converted to commercial office space in 1981.  While it is currently vacant, in the past the building housed the Metropolitan Talent Agency and, most recently, a wedding coordination company named the Ahn Gallery.   You can see interior photographs of the building on its leasing website here

Big THANK YOU to Chas for finding this location!  :)

Until next time, Happy Stalking!   :)

Stalk It: The Never Been Kissed  prom site is located at 4526 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.  Note – if you search this location using Google Maps, the building will not show up.  You have to move about a block to the West to see it.  :)   The Ebell of Los Angeles, where the interior prom scenes were filmed, is located just  down the street at 743 South Lucerne Boulevard.  Unfortunately, both properties are currently closed to the public.

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  1. Raul Moreno says:

    The reason for the gates is simple…high crime rate for some areas.The locations on Wilshire are in the LAPD Koreatown div. and break ins are very common,desite the nice looking buildings and such.Major streets like this will have gates,like on Highland,Rossmore,etc.It’s part of living in LA that a lot of us get used to dealing with.The Ebell is used for filming atlest 4 times a week.There is also a concert hall there.Such an amazing place.Was lucky to get a full tour one day with a fire department inspector.Now they get to see the inside of any place!

    Raul

  2. Ashley says:

    Another great Drew spot! Thanks for sharing Lindsay :)

  3. Jon says:

    Great find, Lindsay and Chas. I find it very interesting that a lot of the filming locations you discover have “ugly” gates in front of them in real life like 1)this house, 2)the Griswald house from the original film, Kelly’s house from 90210, Steve’s house from 90210, etc. Any thoughts on why this is so? Maybe the owners are trying to avoid the publicity?

    • Lindsay says:

      Hi Jon,
      For some reason, a lot of houses in L.A. in general have gates around them, not just the filming locations. I’m not sure why, but it’s definitely an L.A. thing. Really annoys me though as it seriously gets in the way of taking pictures while stalking. LOL
      Happy Stalking :) ,
      Lindsay


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