Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were Shot (on Location)
the scene from 1997's "AS GOOD AS IT GETS,"
where Jack Nicholson takes Helen Hunt
to a Baltimore restaurant and messes up their budding romance?
That scene was actually shot in Long Beach,
California, at (what was then) an empty restaurant known formerly as "The Windrose".
It is now open again as Khoury's Restaurant (at
110 N. Marina Drive, in Long Beach). You might not recognize
it right away, though, because in that scene, Jack and Helen enter the
restaurant from its rear patio, which faces the sea.
In the same scene, Jack doesn't meet the restaurant's
dress code, so he dashes to a nearby store for a new set of clothes. That
was actually one of the shops right next door to Khoury's, in the Alamitos
Bay Landing center, in the Long Beach marina.
In another scene from "AS GOOD AS IT GETS,"
Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt
walk along a waterfront pier on the Chesapeake Bay. That scene was
actually shot at the Seal Beach Pier
(at the end of Main Street in Seal Beach). They decorated the pier with
thousands of lights for the shot. (It's the same pier where they shot the
TV soap opera "Sunset Beach.")
1997, director Quentin Tarantino shot
scenes from "JACKIE BROWN"
(with Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson,
Bridget Fonda and Michael Keaton)
the food court at the Del Amo Fashion
Center mall (Hawthorne Blvd. at Torrance Blvd, in Torrance),
with a local Japanese fast food stand, the Tokyo Grill, playing
a role under the assumed name of the "Teriyaki Donut."
(This is the same mall food court where they shot scenes from "Valley
Girl" a decade earlier.)
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Scenes for that same Terantino movie, ("JACKIE BROWN")
set at the fictional "Cherry Bail Bonds" run by bondsman
Robert Forster, were actually filmed
a few miles east of the mall, at Carson Bail Bonds
(at 724 E. Carson St., in Carson, across the street from Carson
City Hall.) (In 2009, they tore down the strip mall that housed
the bail bonds office.)
In 1997's "L.A. CONFIDENTIAL,"
remember the "Night Owl Coffee Shop," which was the scene of
the bloody murder at the heart of the film?
Well, the "Night Owl" was really J and J's
Sandwich Shop (at 119 E. Sixth Street), east of Pershing Square,
in downtown Los Angeles.
And while we're on the subject of "L.A. CONFIDENTIAL,"
we have to mention that a key scene involving a case of mistaken identity
with Lana Turner (where the detective mistakes the actress for a look-alike
hooker) was shot at the legendary Formosa
Cafe. (at 7156 Santa Monica Boulevard, in West Hollywood).