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Book Soup from “Bewitched”

Feb 21st, 2018 | By | Category: Movie Locations

I am a total bookstore junkie – as I’ve mentioned numerous times on this site.  The rest of the world seems to be leaning in the opposite direction, though.  Still I was shocked – and saddened – to learn of the recent shuttering of the Barnes & Noble on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, a place I patronized often during its 20-plus years in business.  Reading about the closure got me to thinking about another L.A. bookseller I regularly frequent, one that is […]



South Pasadena Public Library from “Say Anything . . . “

Feb 12th, 2018 | By | Category: Movie Locations

 
I was incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of John Mahoney last week.  Not only did I love the actor in pretty much every role he played, but his Hollywood story is such an unusual and admirable one.  After graduating from college, Mahoney tried his hand at a few different occupations including teaching English at a university and editing a medical journal.  Then at the not-so-tender age of 37, he switched gears and decided to follow his passion – acting.  He found quick success […]



Kaldi Coffee and Tea from “Lady Bird”

Feb 5th, 2018 | By | Category: Movie Locations

The Grim Cheaper and I are almost all settled in to our new desert home, so I should be getting back to my regularly scheduled blog programing in the near future.  Thanks for bearing with me over the past few weeks.  For my first post-move locale, I thought I’d write about a spot I originally covered back in early 2010 – Kaldi Coffee and Tea in South Pasadena, which I was thrilled to see pop up numerous times while watching a for-your-consideration DVD of Lady […]



The “She’s Out of Control” House – Part 2

Jan 10th, 2018 | By | Category: Movie Locations

One of my favorite parts of writing my blog each day is uncovering the various productions a particular locale has appeared in.  Some spots are so prevalent on the big and small screen that I inevitably miss a role or two, though.  Such was the case with the South Pasadena pad that portrayed the home of the Simpson family in the 1989 coming-of-age comedy She’s Out of Control, one of my very favorite flicks of the era.  A couple of months after publishing my post […]



The “L.A. Confidential” Christmas Eve Pot Bust House

Dec 22nd, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Some might not consider the subject of today’s post a Christmas location.  It’s certainly not from a holiday flick, that’s for sure.  But the scene that was shot there took place on Christmas Eve, so I figured it was fair game.  For those who do not recognize the pad pictured above, it was at the two-story Craftsman that the infamous “movie premiere pot bust” – or as I always refer to it, the “Christmas Eve pot bust” – from L.A. Confidential was lensed.  If you’ve […]



Cindy’s Restaurant from “Surviving Christmas”

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

I have made no secret of the fact that I majorly ration Christmas locations from year to year.  The sad truth is that few holiday flicks are lensed in the L.A. area (the city’s constant sunshine and lack of snow doesn’t exactly scream “Noel!”), which translates to a very minimal amount of holiday locales.  So I tend to dole out my Yuletide-themed blog posts slowly for fear of exhausting the limited supply.  Today’s location is a major throwback, though, even for me – one I […]



The “Four Christmases” Dance Studio

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

I can hardly believe it, but the Christmas season is upon us again!  It seems like just yesterday I was hanging out in a pool celebrating my 40th birthday in June!  I hate how fast time seems to pass, but I do love the holidays and am thrilled to finally be covering a Yuletide-themed locale.  Today’s post comes courtesy of my good friend Mike, from MovieShotsLA, who a few years back worked for a production company with offices all over the L.A. area, including the […]



Thornton Gardens from “Funny Girl”

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

I have never been a big Barbra Streisand fan.  Sure, she’s an undeniably talented singer – and actress and director, for that matter – but I’m just not that into music.  And that whole Rosie-O’Donnell-having-to-rearrange-her-stage-to-showcase-Barbra’s-better-side thing really turned me off.  I won’t even get in to her absolutely cringe-worthy Inside the Actors Studio interview.  Nevertheless, when I came upon this 2016 Outlook Newspapers article which mentioned that the movie Funny Girl had done some filming at a house located at 1155 Oak Grove Avenue in […]



John Adams Middle School from “Heathers”

Oct 27th, 2017 | By | Category: Haunted Hollywood, Movie Locations

The Grim Cheaper is a celebrity magnet.  Literally everywhere he goes, he runs into someone famous.  It’s maddening because 90% of these encounters occur when I am not with him.  Like the time he stopped by a Starbucks while on his way to a business meeting and saw Keanu Reeves sitting outside.  Or the night he ate dinner at a table next to Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart and then watched as the two flew off on their private plane from the airport situated adjacent […]



Rebecca’s Apartment from “Lights Out”

Oct 24th, 2017 | By | Category: Haunted Hollywood, Movie Locations

I am always tickled when I spot a location I have already stalked pop up in additional productions.  Amazingly, that happened twice in the past month with today’s locale, the former Highland Park branch of the Security Trust & Savings Bank.  I originally learned of the site thanks to its many appearances as the Battle Creek Police Department/FBI field office on CBS’ short-lived 2015 series Battle Creek, which was one of my and the Grim Cheaper’s favorites.  I ran out to stalk the building the […]