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The Dorchester from “Mannequin”

Dec 2nd, 2016 | By | Category: Movie Locations

I’ve made no secret of my love for Mannequin over the past few months.  As I’ve mentioned, my sole reason for heading to Philadelphia this past September was to stalk locales from the 1987 comedy, one of which was The Dorchester, the building where Jonathan Switcher’s (Andrew McCarthy) girlfriend Roxie (Carole Davis) lived.  (You can read my posts on Jonathan’s apartment here and the eatery where Jonathan and Roxie dined here.  And don’t worry, I will be writing an extensive article on Wanamaker’s department store […]

Annie’s House from “Sleepless in Seattle”

Nov 21st, 2016 | By | Category: Movie Locations

We all have those movies – the ones that affected us so much upon first viewing, they left a lasting imprint on our hearts.  Sleepless in Seattle is one such movie for me.  As I mentioned in this 2010 post about the houseboat from the 1993 romcom, I still remember exactly where I was the first time I saw it and have my ticket stub tucked away in a box.  The film had an immediate visceral effect on me – and still does to this […]

Reading Terminal Market from “National Treasure”

Nov 18th, 2016 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Philadelphians really know their filming locations!  During our visit to the City of Brotherly Love, the Grim Cheaper and I stalked Reading Terminal Market, an enclosed public emporium and city icon that was featured in a memorable scene in National Treasure.  While there, I was determined to figure out the exact area of the bustling 78,000-square-foot space that appeared in the 2004 adventure flick and asked a woman at the Pennsylvania General Store (the cookies there are amazing, FYI!) if she happened to know.  Now […]

The Franklin Institute from “National Treasure”

Nov 16th, 2016 | By | Category: Movie Locations

I am not a fan of museums.  Like at all.  My dislike stems mainly from the fact that, if given the choice, I’d much prefer to be outdoors than indoors.  There were quite a few on my list of must-see places in Philadelphia, though, including Eastern State Penitentiary (which I wouldn’t even really classify as a museum – you can read my post on it here), the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (which I will be blogging about soon), and The […]

Connor and Gigi’s Date Restaurant from “He’s Just Not That Into You”

Nov 14th, 2016 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Not every location from He’s Just Not That Into You was a challenge to track down.  [As I mentioned yesterday and the day before, both Janine (Jennifer Connelly) and Ben’s (Bradley Cooper) home and Conor’s (Kevin Connolly) row house listing proved to be real thorns in my side.]  Case in point, the exterior of the restaurant where Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Conor went on a date in the 2009 flick.  That site, which was actually the heavily dressed entrance to two neighboring Mount Vernon eateries […]

Conor’s Row House Listing from “He’s Just Not That Into You”

Nov 10th, 2016 | By | Category: Movie Locations

He’s Just Not That Into You was the thorn in my side prior to my recent trip back east.  As I mentioned yesterday, the 2009 romcom is one of my all-time favorites and before heading to Baltimore, where the film was set and partially shot, in September, I got a bit obsessed with tracking down its locales.  After a rather long and arduous pursuit to find Ben (Bradley Cooper) and Janine’s (Jennifer Connelly) stately home, I set my sights on the row house that real […]

Janine and Ben’s House(s) from “He’s Just Not That Into You”

Nov 9th, 2016 | By | Category: Movie Locations

You know those crime novels where a main character is trying to solve a case and there is some niggling clue that tugs at them throughout the story – an important piece of evidence that would solve the whole mystery, but which remains elusive until the final pages?  That was how I felt while trying to track down the Baltimore row house where Janine (Jennifer Connelly) and Ben (Bradley Cooper) lived in He’s Just Not that Into You.  Though the 2009 film was largely panned […]

“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” Basketball Court

Nov 8th, 2016 | By | Category: Movie Locations

I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you how my friend Owen found the basketball court from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  (That’s Owen, of the When Write Is Wrong blog, for those who don’t read my site regularly.)  Back in June 2011, he became bound and determined to track down the court, which was featured prominently each week in the popular NBC series’ opening credits.  At the time, it was one of Owen’s top three most-wanted yet-to-be found spots, […]

Chez Jacques from “Mannequin”

Nov 7th, 2016 | By | Category: Movie Locations

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – I hate incorrect filming location information!  Case in point – while researching Mannequin locales prior to my recent trip to Philadelphia, I came across a mention online that the movie’s restaurant scene was shot at the now defunct Dewey’s Famous on Locust and 15th.  A cursory Google search told me a few things – that the eatery closed at some point in the mid-80s, later became a bank and then an outpost of […]

Jonathan’s Apartment from “Mannequin”

Nov 4th, 2016 | By | Category: Movie Locations

I wanted to go to Philadelphia for one reason and one reason only – to stalk Mannequin locations.  The 1987 comedy is one of my all-time favorites.  I loved it as a kid and love it even more today.  It has pretty much everything I could ever want in a film.  A mannequin that magically comes to life?  Check.  A dance/music montage?  Check.  A fabulous female lead who goes through countless costume changes?  Check.  Throw in the fact that the story centers around a window […]