The 2007 Steven King
takes place, for the most part, in a New York City hotel room.
It stars John Cusack
as a writer trapped in the nightmarish room, and Samuel
as the hotel manager who tries to persuade
him not to stay there.
early scenes, before he goes to NYC, were actually shot in the South Bay
region of L.A.
of the pier above
(from the film) shows the Hermosa Beach
Pier, which is located
at the west end of Pier Avenue,
in Hermosa Beach, CA.
(The camera is looking northwest.)
The photo of the
shows the Manhattan Beach
Pier, which is located at the west
end of Manhattan Beach Blvd,
in Manhattan Beach,
camera is looking southwest.)
piers are only about a mile and a half apart, with the Manhattan Beach
being north of
the Hermosa Beach Pier.
Early on, we see John Cusak drive down
a curving road to the beach, and park
in a beach parking lot.
That curving road can be found
at the west end of 45th Street (just
west of Vista Del Mar),
on the border between Manhattan Beach
and Dockweiler Beach, in Manhattan
The area is known as "El Porto",
and it's the most popular surfing spot in the South Bay.
lot is at the bottom of that road, and the apartment
houses (seen behind the parking lot,
in the photo below) face The Strand,
west of Ocean Drive, between
44th & 45th Streets.
As you can see from the large fuel oil tank
on the left side of the the photo below,
the beach is bordered on the north by industry, including the El Segundo
lifeguard tower and the rocky barrier
you see on the beach (in the photo above),
are also at El Porto,
just south of 45th Street,
in Manhattan Beach.
In this surfing shot, you can
see the familiar smokestacks of the
El Segundo Power Plant
in the background, which is just north of El
Porto beach. The same smokestacks can be
seen behind John Cusack's head (below,
as he lies on the beach, after almost drowning).
where Cusack goes to the Post Office
and gets his mail
(including his first hint of room 1408), was shot at the Hermosa Beach
at 565 Pier Avenue,
in Hermosa Beach
(which is just south of Manhattan Beach).
While John Cusak's character
surfs in Manhattan Beach, he appears to live in Hermosa Beach.
The shot above
of his apartment house is
actually the rear of the building which houses "Dragon",
a restaurant/club on the ground floor (with apartments above it). It's
at 22 Pier Avenue, in
Hermosa Beach, on the Hermosa Pier
Plaza, just a few steps from the Hermosa Pier.
"The Lighthouse", which is
next to Dragon, is a good dive bar with live bands, at 30 Pier Avenue.
(They are both just a few steps from the restaurant
where Cusak reads his mail.)
The photo below
is looking south down The Strand,
a popular beachside walkway in Hermosa Beach.
The camera position is near the Sea Sprite motel,
just south of the Hermosa Pier.
That blue mural you see on the left
is at on the side of a building at the west end
of 10th Street (at The Strand). That
hill in the distance is Palos
In the photo above,
we see him in a coffee shop, opening
his mail. It's here that he
first reads the post card warning him not to go to room 1408 at the Dolphin
That restaurant is "Scotty's
on the Strand" located at 1100 The Strand,
in Hermosa Beach.
More specifically, he's in Scotty's south dining room. (That's just to
the south of the Hermosa pier.)
In the photo below,
you can see the blue Sea Sprite Motel out
That motel is located at 1016 The Strand,
just south of Scotty's.
So, what about the "Dolphin Hotel"
itself and room 1408 ?
The Dolphin doesn't really exist.
But the hotel exteriors you see in
the film are indeed in New York. It is actually the
Roosevelt Hotel, at 45 E.
45th Street (at Madison Ave), New York,
interiors were shot overseas, in the sound stages of England's