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Lacy Park from “Say Anything . . . “

Sep 20th, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Despite having lived in the San Gabriel Valley for 15 years, I somehow never visited Lacy Park in San Marino.  I had heard of it, sure (the kids I used to babysit would watch fireworks there every Fourth of July), and knew it was a popular recreation spot, but was never exactly certain of its location.  Lacy Park is often called one of San Marino’s “hidden gems” and now that I have been there, I can see why.  Those unaware of its presence could easily […]



Ambassador College from “That Thing You Do!”

Sep 15th, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

All historic structures in the Los Angeles area with the word “ambassador” in their name seem to be doomed.  The famed Ambassador Hotel, which once stood at 3400 Wilshire Boulevard in Koreatown, was razed in 2005.  And the former Ambassador College, at 131 South St. John Avenue in Pasadena, was largely demolished beginning in 2013.  Coincidentally, both sites were featured in the 1996 film That Thing You Do!  I never got to see the Ambassador Hotel in person while it was still intact, sadly, but […]



Community Church at Holliston from “That Thing You Do!”

Sep 13th, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Many moons ago, around the time I first moved to Los Angeles in early 2000, the Pasadena Historical Society hosted a special exhibition about filming in the area.  I, of course, attended and, along with learning that Dylan McKay’s (Luke Perry) house from Beverly Hills, 90210 was located just down the street from Casa Walsh, I also gleaned that fave movie That Thing You Do! had been lensed at two Crown City locales – the now largely defunct Ambassador College (at 131 South St. John […]



Grand Central Terminal’s Whispering Gallery

Sep 8th, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

New York is a magical place.  I always describe it as such.  It is not just the abject filming locations, gorgeous architecture, and surplus of history that make the city so majestic, but the little, notable things that seem to be tucked around every corner.  Take for instance the Whispering Gallery at Grand Central Terminal.  On the lower level of the landmark train station is a small alcove framed by four pillared archways.  Commuters and tourists rush through it everyday, hurriedly passing underneath the tiled […]



Jewel’s Catch One from “Pretty Woman”

Aug 28th, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

They say that Lady Luck makes for a fickle mistress, but she was certainly smiling on me earlier this month.  Not only did I track down the Campbell residence from Soap and the original Mama’s Family house during the first week of August, but fellow stalker Chas, from It’s Filmed There, sent me a text saying that he had finally, finally located the interior of The Blue Banana from the 1990 romcom Pretty Woman, a place I had been looking for for ages.  I was […]



Mawby’s Bar from “Flashdance”

Aug 16th, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

While I am definitely a child of the ‘80s, there are some classic films from that era that I have never been a fan of.  Pretty in Pink, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Flashdance come to mind.  Being that there’s pretty much nothing I love more than movies with musical and dance montages, the latter should be right up my alley, but, for whatever reason, it never struck a chord.  There is one spot from it that I have been asked about regularly over […]



Chasen’s Restaurant from “Enemy of the State”

Jul 28th, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

I grew up about as far removed from Hollywood and the world of show business as you can get.  But somehow I was familiar with Chasen’s, the West Hollywood restaurant that played stomping ground to the Tinseltown elite for close to six decades.  I’m not sure where my knowledge of the famed eatery came from, but it is likely due to the countless celebrity biographies and magazines I read as a child and/or the fact that my mom has long been something of a chili […]



Hollywood Diner from “Sleepless in Seattle”

Jul 24th, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Another day, another diner from a Meg Ryan movie!  Unlike the Port Café, the Wilmington, California eatery that portrayed East Coast establishments in both When Harry Met Sally . . . and A Few Good Men, today’s locale can actually be found close to the Atlantic – though its name would have you believe otherwise.  I’m talking about the Hollywood Diner in downtown Baltimore, which played the Capital Diner in the 1993 romcom Sleepless in Seattle.  To discuss the restaurant’s history, though, we have to […]



The Site of the “A Few Good Men” Crab Restaurant

Jul 21st, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

To paraphrase Dorothy (Judy Garland) in The Wizard of Oz, our heart’s desires can often be found right in our own backyard.  Even though I’ve seen the 1939 film about a gazillion times, I failed to heed Dorothy’s advice while searching for the crab restaurant Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore) took Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) to in fave movie A Few Good Men.  The eatery had long been at the top of my Must-Find List, but because I always assumed it was located […]



Retro Dairy Mart from “Say Anything . . . “

Jul 10th, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

“That’s L.A. – they worship everything and they value nothing.”  So says Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) while lamenting the closure of a historic jazz club and its subsequent transition into a samba/tapas place in La La Land.  Though I did not like the movie (as mentioned previously), I have to agree with Seb on this one.  Los Angeles does often show a blatant disregard for its history, regularly razing notable buildings and sites with a nonchalant swoop of its proverbial hand.  One yesteryear locale that somehow […]