Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were Shot (on Location)
Drew", the 2007 movie version of
the classic girl sleuth's adventures, starring Emma
Roberts, is a virtual treasure trove of
Los Angeles filming locations.
That might seem odd, since
the original Nancy Drew stories took place in Nancy's Midwestern home town
of River Heights.
But in the movie, Nancy and
her Dad leave River Heights and move to Hollywood, where Nancy gets caught
up in an old mystery surrounding the death of a movie actress.
excuse the poor quality of the photos. They were taken from the movie trailer.
I'll add better quality images - and more locations - once the DVD comes
Among the L.A. locations in
the film are:
High School (at 1521 N. Highland
Ave., in Hollywood):
the school which Nancy attends, as well as the sports track behind
the school, where Nancy outraces her jealous classmates.
( However, they cheated a bit
with the school interiors,
most of which were filmed 30 miles away, at Long Beach
Polytechnic High, at 1600
Atlantic Ave, in Long
Beach, CA. )
- The Griffith Park tunnel
Avenue, just north of the Observatory):
in the scene where Nancy and her little friend Corky are almost run
over by a truck in a tunnel. This is the same tunnel used recently in "The
O.C." (in the episode where Marissa was killed), and it was also
seen as the entrance to Toontown in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?".
- The Griffith
it is the domed building seen in the background when Nancy and Corky climb
up a hillside to get away from whoever tried to run them over). The Griffith
Observatory has been seen in many movies, including "The Terminator",
"The Rocketeer" and "Rebel Without a Cause."
- L.A.'s Chinatown
(north of downtown): is where Nancy
has to dispose of a bomb, as well where she goes into a Chinatown store
selling special boxes (looking for a hidden will). The streets around Chinatown,
such as Alpine, are also seen, when Nancy and her friends are involved
in a car chase (while keeping below the speed limit). In the photo above,
Nancy is in Chinatown's Central Plaza,
and the camera is looking north up Sun Mung
Way, towards Gin Ling Way.
K.G. Louie box store we see her enter
is located at 432 Gin Ling Way,
in Chinatown's Central Plaza. That's it's real name. In reality, the store
sells imported giftware, artists supplies and Zodiac-related souvenirs.
(Central Plaza is bordered by N. Hill Street, College Street, Broadway
and Bernard Street.)
- Union Station (at
800 N. Alameda St., in downtown
L.A.): is the train station outside
of which Bruce Willis is shooting a film, when Nancy interrupts the
action to remind them that the reading of Miranda rights didn't start until
1963. Union Station has been seen in countless films over the years. We
also see part of Olvera Street
in that same scene. Olvera Street is the historic original Mexican plaza
where the city of Los Angeles was born. It is right across Alameda Street
from (west of) Union Station. *
- Los Angeles City Hall (at
First Street, between Main & Spring
Streets, in downtown L.A.): both
the inside and outside of City Hall are seen in a scene where Nancy and
the adopted daughter of the murdered woman (Dehlia Draycott) go looking
Los Angeles Theatre (at 615
S. Broadway, in downtown Los Angeles):
this is the theatre where Nancy wakes up (lying atop a pile of red
marquee letters), realizes she has been kidnapped, and manages to escape.
(The alley to the side of the classic theatre was also shown - after the
escape. This same alley was recently used in "Kiss
Kiss, Bang Bang".) The theatre itself is no longer open to the
public (it's mainly used for filming now), except once a year, during the
Remaining Seats" program. *
- Calvary Presbyterian Church
(at 1050 Fremont Avenue,
in South Pasadena):
is the River Heights church where Nancy stops two thieves from robbing
- 1102 Del Rey Ave,
is a residential home where
Nancy knocks on the door, when she's looking for the adopted daughter of
the mysterious actress (Dehlia Draycott).
- I'm on the trail of the Dehlia
Draycott mansion, where much of the movie
takes place. I can tell you that it's in the city of La
Canada Flintridge (northwest of Pasadena),
and that the producers then made the yard look overgrown - but I haven't
yet tracked down the exact address.
- 1930's - 1940's
- 1950's - 1960's
- 1970's - 1980's
- 1990 - 1991
- 1992 - 1993
1995 - 1996
- 1997 - 1998
- 1999 - 2000
- 2006 - 2007
* Locations marked by an asterisk
(*) may be located in areas with high crime rates.
Exercise reasonable caution.
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