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The “Say Anything . . . ” Amphitheatre

Feb 3rd, 2016 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Sorry to have been MIA the past couple of days.  The Grim Cheaper surprised me on Sunday morning with a two-night trip to Big Bear to play in the snow.  We had an absolute blast scurrying around in the frost and even managed to get some stalking in!  I will be blogging about those locations soon, but in the meantime, on with today’s post!  My recent Say Anything . . . kick is showing no signs of waning.  As of late, I have been working […]



Mary Miles Minter’s Former Mansions

Oct 13th, 2015 | By | Category: This and That

The death of William Desmond Taylor remains one of Hollywood’s most notorious unsolved mysteries, over 90 years after its occurrence.  On the evening of February 1st, 1922, the 50-year-old director was shot and killed in his Westlake apartment complex.  Though there were suspects aplenty, no one was ever indicted in the murder and the case was officially closed without resolution (for the second time) on February 23rd, 1938, never to be re-opened.  Common belief, though, has long since held that the guilty party was Charlotte […]



New “L.A.” Mag Post – About the “Three’s Company” Building

Apr 23rd, 2015 | By | Category: Los Angeles Magazine Blog Posts

Be sure to check out today’s Los Angeles magazine post – about the apartment building from Three’s Company.  My articles typically get published in the late morning/early afternoon hours.



18th Street Coffee House from “Modern Family”

Apr 10th, 2015 | By | Category: TV Locations

As I have said countless times before on this blog, there’s pretty much nothing I love more than a filming location that serves coffee.  So I thought stalking the 18th Street Coffee House in Santa Monica, which was featured in the Season 6 episode of Modern Family titled “Rash Decisions,” would be a pleasant experience.  I was wrong.  But more on that in a bit.

In “Rash Decisions,” Alex Dunphy (Ariel Winter) attends a college interview for Princeton at a local café.  While there, she realizes […]



South Fork Inn from “Revenge”

Jan 26th, 2015 | By | Category: TV Locations

Finding today’s location had me feeling like a complete moron.  Though my obsession with Revenge has waned in recent months (I have only watched three episodes from the current season), I remained hell-bent on tracking down the Colonial-style structure used in establishing shots of the South Fork Inn on the series.  I figured the location was most likely a private home and scoured the internet for months looking for it, all to no avail.  Then a couple of weeks ago, I decided to once again […]



Whitey Bulger’s Former Apartment

Oct 1st, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

It is finally that time of year again – October 1st, the start of my Haunted Hollywood postings.  And I could not be more excited, so let’s get to it!  The October 2013 issue of Los Angeles magazine featured an absolutely enthralling article about the arrest of the infamous Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger.  I read the column, titled “The Old Man Next Door,” in one short sitting and was elated that author Steven Mikulan had included the address of Bulger’s former Santa Monica apartment […]



Callahan’s Diner from “Zodiac”

Sep 29th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

In the early years of our relationship the Grim Cheaper lived in Santa Monica, just a few blocks from a local staple named Callahan’s Diner.  Even though I knew the eatery was a filming location and supposedly served up some fabulous grub, for whatever reason we never ventured in for a meal.  I am kicking myself now, too, because the restaurant, which has been in operation since 1948, is set to close at the end of the year.  So when I found myself in the […]



The Victorian from “Mr. Mom”

Sep 10th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Some movie scenes just seem to stay with you, seared into your memory for years, despite the fact that you can remember little else about the storyline.  That’s how it was for me and Mr. Mom.  I had not seen the comedy since 1983 when it first premiered in theatres and recalled few details from it, but the scene in which Jack (Michael Keaton) dried his baby’s bottom in a public restroom using a hand blower had stuck with me.  Recently, on a whim, the […]



The Water Garden from “A to Z”

Aug 27th, 2014 | By | Category: TV Locations

During my recent viewing of A to Z’s digital preview (which you can watch here – I’ve now seen it twice!), I recognized a location featured in it – The Water Garden in Santa Monica.  The Grim Cheaper used to live close to the office complex and I had driven by it countless times over the years.  I had never ventured onto the property for a closer look, though, so I decided to amend that while in the area last week.  And I was shocked […]



Chez Jay from “A Single Man”

Jun 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

The April issue of Los Angeles magazine (for which I wrote my very first print article ever – you can read it here) featured a Time Frame image of one of Santa Monica’s most historic restaurants, Chez Jay, reminding me that while I had stalked the watering hole ages ago, I had yet to blog about it.  So here goes!

Chez Jay was originally founded by a Connecticut-born struggling actor named Jay Fiondella.  During the 1950s, Jay was working as a bartender at Sinbad’s on the […]