"ALMOST FAMOUS" told the story of a 15-year-old journalist's adventure traveling across the country with a rock band, based on the life story of director Cameron Crowe. Early on in the film, we see 'Penny Lane' (Kate Hudson) and young 'William Miller' (Patrick Fugit) run across Sunset Blvd to the Continental Hyatt Hotel - which they refer to as "The Riot House."
This is a very real hotel on the Sunset Strip, with a long history of wild rock & roll hijinks from heavy-duty partiers such as Led Zeppelin, Jim Morrison of the Doors and Little Richard (who lived in the hotel's penthouse.) But for the film, the front of the Hyatt was "digitally rebuilt" to match pictures of the Sunset Strip in the early '70s. And Cameron Crowe had the set decorators re-do the lobby of the Hyatt to look just like it did back then.
In this scene from the movie, Penny & William wander the hotel's hallways, where they encounter a young, eccentric Led Zeplin fan, and end up in the band's hotel room, where ''Penny Lane' delivers her "the smoking sign is out" speech and uses William as an excuse to meet up with 'Russell Hammond' (Billy Crudup) again.
The hotel's rooftop pool has also been in the movies. It was featured in the 1984 film "This is Spinal Tap." The party scenes from a Dwight Yoakam video, "These Arms," were also filmed up there, in 1998.
The Hyatt Hotel is located at 8401 W. Sunset Blvd., in West Hollywood, right across the street from the House of Blues.
in the same movie ("ALMOST FAMOUS"),
William, Penny and the band Stillwater arrive in what's supposed to be
Tempe, Arizona and enter what's supposed to be the "King of the Road Motor
Lodge." Only it's not Tempe. It's downtown Hollywood. And that lobby
might look familiar since it's actually the lobby of the Hollywood
Roosevelt Hotel, right across the street from the Chinese Theatre,
at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard. They
added a potted cactus and a few suits of armor, but anyone familiar with
the hotel will recognize those Moorish arches, not to mention the baby
grand piano 'Russell' plays while his friend warns him about not trusting
the kid (because "he's the enemy.") (Buy
Famous" locations in L.A. include the Million
Dollar Theatre in downtown Broadway
(at 307 S Broadway), the Olympic Auditorium
(at 1801 S Grand Ave.), the Hollywood
Palladium (at 6215 Sunset Blvd.), the old Ambassador Hotel
(at 3400 Wilshire Blvd) and the Western Dunes
Motor Hotel (at 4300 Wilshire Blvd).]
But in reality, Big Momma's house was really located in the O.C., at 192 N. Shaffer Street, in Old Town Orange, CA.
This is a private home. Do not trespass on their property,
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