Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were Shot (on Location)
The wedding scene in the 1979 comedy "10,"
where Dudley Moore first sees
Bo Derek, was filmed outside the
All Saints Episcopal/Anglican Church,
504 N. Camden Drive, at the northeast corner of Santa Monica
Boulevard & Camden Drive in Beverly Hills(just around the corner from Rodeo Drive.)
In the scene, Dudley has been following bride-to-be
Bo in his car, and is watching her so intently that he runs right into
a police car. This accident scene was filmed on Camden, on the west side
of the church.
This was also the church where they held the funeral
for screen legend Humphrey Bogart,
back in 1957. Three thousand spectators attended, and stars there included
Lauren Bacall, Gregory Peck, Marlene Dietrich, Danny Kaye,
Dick Powell, David Niven, John Huston and Sam Goldwyn.
The impressive Fenye Mansion
(470 W. Walnut Street) in Pasadena served as the White House in "ELEANOR
& FRANKLIN: THE WHITE HOUSE YEARS," and was also featured
in the 1979 movie "BEING THERE,"
with Peter Sellers. One of the posh,
paneled dens inside the mansion played a key role in Disney's "NEWSIES"
(1992). The mansion is open to the public for tours.
"Rydell High" in 1978's blockbuster musical
(starring John Travolta &
was really a mix of three actual high schools in the L.A. area.
The "GREASE" drive-in
seen in the movie was real.
And the "GREASE"
car race was actually in a local riverbed.
Jamie Leigh Curtis
made her movie debut in the 1978 horror classic, "HALLOWEEN."
The movie was supposed to be set in the little Midwestern town of Haddonfield,
Illinois. But that tree lined residential street is really Orange GroveAvenue in suburban Hollywood, just north of Sunset Blvd.
Most of the action in the movie took place in the Dole residence, where
Jamie was baby-sitting. That house is located at 1530 Orange
Grove. Her best friend was murdered while baby-sitting in the
house across the street (the one with the jack-o-lantern on the porch),
at 1537 OrangeGrove.
to see a special page devoted
to photos of the various "Halloween" locations!
On the other hand, 20 years later, in 1998, most
of the scenes for the sequel "HALLOWEEN H20"
were filmed at 1923 Michaeltorena Street,
a private home in L.A.'s Silverlake district. In the film, it passed as
the fictitious 'Hillcrest School.'
The scenes in "HALLOWEEN H20"
where Jamie walks around the streets of downtown "Hillcrest"
were actually shot in the old downtown area of La Puente,
CA, around the 15800 block
that town's Main Street - about
20 miles east of the school's location.
blimp, stationed at the Goodyear airfield (at 19200 S. Main Street
- at 192nd St.) in Carson, has
been in countless commercials, and it played a feature role in the 1977
thriller "BLACK SUNDAY"
(starring Robert Shaw & Bruce
Dern), where terrorists hijacked the airship and used it as
a giant bomb to attack the Superbowl.
The classic 1976 thriller "MARATHON MAN"
took place in New York, so you probably wouldn't expect to find L.A. filming
locations for this Dustin Hoffman classic.
But here they are, several of them, all
over Los Angeles. Just click on the poster to the right to read about them.
Scenes from the 1976 Brian DePalma horror epic,
"CARRIE" (with Sissy Spacek
& John Travolta), were shot
on location at the gym of the old Pier Avenue
Junior High School (now Hermosa Beach Community Center) at
701 Pier Ave., in Hermosa Beach,
the opening scene of the 1976 war movie "MIDWAY,"
a messenger runs across a lush garden estate, and
delivers a message to Admiral Yamamoto that the Americans have just bombed
Tokyo (which leads to the battle of Midway.) This scene was actually shot
at the beautiful Japanese garden at the Huntington
Library, Art Gallery and Gardens (located just south of Pasadena,
at 1151 Oxford Road, in San Marino).
In the 1974 classic "CHINATOWN,"
there is a scene of private eye Jack Nicholson
in a rowboat on a lake, shooting photos of a man cheating on his wife.
The location was Echo Lake in Echo Park
(1632 Bellevue Avenue), just west of downtown L.A. As one of the oldest
parks in Los Angeles, it's often used in movies about our city's past,
including 1981's crime drama "TRUE CONFESSIONS"
(with Robert Di Niro
and Robert Duvall.)