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Archive for December 2013




O’Hara’s Pub from “Bad Santa”

Dec 31st, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

I realize that Christmas has passed, but I have one more holiday locale to write about before bidding adieu to the Yuletide season.  Two Fridays ago, after reading my post on Footsies bar from Bad Santa, fellow stalker Owen, of the When Write Is Wrong blog, miraculously managed to track down the exterior of O’Hara’s Pub from the 2003 comedy.  Being that I had been trying to find that darn bar for what seemed like eons, I could NOT have been more excited to learn […]



Alvarado Street School from “Beverly Hills, 90210”

Dec 24th, 2013 | By | Category: 90210 & Beverly Hills, 90210 Filming Locations

For my final holiday post of 2013, I thought I would blog about a locale from my favorite television series of all time, Beverly Hills, 90210.  Last September, I dragged the Grim Cheaper out to Culver City to stalk Playa del Rey Elementary School, which masqueraded as Alvarado Street School, where Brenda Walsh (my girl Shannen Doherty), Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth), Dylan McKay (Luke Perry), and the rest of the West Beverly gang handed out gifts to needy children in the Season 3 Yuletide-themed episode […]



Downey Studios from “Christmas with the Kranks”

Dec 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Back in early 2011, while doing some research on filming locations from Christmas with the Kranks, I just about fell off my chair when I discovered – thanks to Google Street View – that the backlot residential street at Downey Studios, which served as the main neighborhood in the 2004 comedy, was visible from the road.  And while I ran right out to stalk it shortly thereafter, for whatever reason, when the holidays rolled around that year and the following year, I somehow forgot to […]



Footsies Bar from “Bad Santa”

Dec 20th, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

One location that has been a thorn in my side for as long as I can remember is the gorgeous wood-paneled bar featured in the opening scene of Bad Santa.  Despite having contacted several crew members and spending copious amounts of time searching for it online, I just cannot seem to find the place – and, let me tell you, it is driving me absolutely crazy!  A locale from the 2003 black comedy that I was able to track down last January, though, thanks to […]



The “Four Christmases” Bar

Dec 19th, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Last December, while doing research on the Venice residence that was used as the interior of the house belonging to Kate (Reese Witherspoon) and Brad (Vince Vaughn) in Four Christmases (which I blogged about here), I came across this Venice Paper article that stated that the 2008 comedy had also done some filming at a neighboring property located at 1319 Abbot Kinney Boulevard.  When I Googled the address, I learned that it was the location of a spiritual gift shop/bookstore named Mystic Journey (which has […]



The “Four Christmases” Church

Dec 18th, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Due to the fact that Christmas movies filmed in the L.A. area are few and far between, I typically only compile about five holiday-themed locales to blog about each year.  (If I could swing an entire month of Christmas posts, believe me, I would.)  This year was no different and because there are only five blogging days left until Christmas, you know what that means – my Yuletide posts start today!  Yay!  So here goes.  Last January, while on the hunt for locations from Four […]



The Guesthouse Hotel from “National Lampoon’s Vacation”

Dec 17th, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Once fellow stalker Owen, of the When Write Is Wrong blog, tracked down the Town House Motel from National Lampoon’s Vacation (which I blogged about here) a couple of weeks back, he set about trying to find the hexagon-shaped pool where Clark W. Griswold (Chevy Chase) went skinny dipping with The Girl in the Ferrari (Christie Brinkley) in the 1983 flick.  After, as he said, “putting in more Google search permutations and combinations than I can count,” he came across the locale right in the […]



Citizens Bank Building from “The Sting”

Dec 16th, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Upon landing my new gig writing for Los Angeles magazine’s CityThink blog, I comprised a list of iconic SoCal locales to spotlight in my weekly column, one of which was the Santa Monica Pier Carousel from 1973’s The Sting.  The only problem was that I had never actually seen The Sting.  Neither had the Grim Cheaper.  So I set out to remedy the situation and immediately ordered the DVD from Amazon.  We watched it shortly after it arrived and I was shocked at how good […]



Visiting L.A.

Dec 12th, 2013 | By | Category: Uncategorized

I have been in L.A. the past few days doing some stalking and visiting friends and therefore have not been able to write any new blog posts.  I will be back next week, though, so until that time, Happy Stalking!  



Melrose Avenue from “L.A. Story”

Dec 10th, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Another L.A. Story location that has been waiting patiently in my stalking backlog is the block of Melrose Avenue where Harris K. Telemacher (Steve Martin) and Sara McDowel (Victoria Tennant) walked and talked after attending a fundraiser for a private art museum in the 1991 flick.  Unfortunately though, because the movie was lensed over twenty years ago and that area of Melrose has changed quite a bit during the interim, I am unsure of the exact spot where filming took place.  But I sure did […]