Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were
Shot (on Location)
The two-story home
featured in the original 1984 horror classic, "A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET,"
where 'Freddy Krueger' terrorized 'Nancy Thompson' (Heather
Langenkamp) in her dreams, is actually located on a tree-lined,
residential street inHollywood, at 1428 N. Genesee Avenue
(on the east side of the street).
That's just south of Sunset Blvd (and north of De Longpre
Ave). And it's just two streets east of Orange Grove Avenue -
the street featured in the original "Halloween"
this is a private home. Do not trespass
on their property, knock on their door, or do anything else that might
disturn the residents!
The police station
/ jail in "Nightmare
on Elm Street" (where Nancy goes to visit Rod in jail,
and sees him killed by Freddy) is actually the Cahuenga Library,
at 4591 Santa Monica Blvd,
in East Hollywood. *
A bum played by Nick Nolte
moved into this Beverly Hills in the 1986 comedy "DOWN
& OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS," and changed the lives of Richard
Dreyfuss & Bette Midler.
You'll find this home at 802 N. Bedford Drive
(at Lomitas Avenue, two blocks west of Rodeo
Drive), in - where else? -Beverly
The Biltmore Hotel
in downtown Los Angeles (506 S. Grand Avenue, at 6th Street) has been the
site of numerous films Hitchcock's "VERTIGO"
(1958), "THE STING"
(1973), "CHINATOWN" (1974),
"A STAR IS BORN" (1976),
"NEW YORK, NEW YORK"
(1977) "THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY"
(1978), "AIRPORT 1979,"
"GHOSTBUSTERS" (1984), "SPLASH"
(1984), "PRETTY IN PINK"
(1986), "BUGSY" (1991)
and many others.
dramatic Vincent Thomas Bridge
(which spans the Los Angeles Harbor channel, at the south end of the Harbor
Freeway, between San Pedro and Terminal Island) has been captured
in numerous films, including the memorable bungee-jumping scene in 1985's
"TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A."
(starring William Dafoe). [Buy
to see two full pages of filming locations from the 1985 classic "To
Live And Die In L.A."
In 1985's "INTO THE
NIGHT," Michelle Pfeiffer
& Jeff Goldblum flag down
a taxi in the middle of a street, while they are being chased by bad guys.
street was actually Avenue of the Stars,
the main street of posh Century City,
and those fountains in the middle of the street are located between Pico
and Santa Monica Blvds. The bad guys then chase the cab down into an underground
parking garage; this is actually the parking garage
beneath the nearby Shubert Theatre.
here for three entire pages of filming locations from 1984's "Beverly Hills Cop"
You may recall the scene where Dennis
Quaid was chased through a race track stable area, in the 1984
sci-fi thriller "DREAMSCAPE."
That scene was filmed at Los Alamitos race
track, just a few miles west of Disneyland (at 4961 Katella
Avenue, in Cypress). The more recent "GENUINE RISK"
(1990) was also shot at that same race Orange County track.
In Brian De Palma's 1984 thriller "BODY
DOUBLE" (with Melanie Griffith),
the famous "Tail
o' the Pup" hot dog stand (329 San Vicente Blvd., West
Hollywood) is seen during the opening credits, with the Beverly
Center Mall visible behind it.
Both the mall and the "Tail o' the Pup" are also seen
in Steve Martin's 1991 comedy
"L.A. STORY" (in the
scene where Roland tries to win back his ex-wife Sarah outside the hot
dog stand, while roller skaters perform nearby.)
also features a number of other familiar Hollywood landmarks: both
the interior & exterior of Farmer's Market
are seen (in two different scenes); Third & Fairfax, Hollywood.
The Rodeo Collection, the posh
mini-mall at 421 Rodeo Drive
is the setting for the lengthy scene where the hero follows the victim-to-be
through the outdoor mall's white marble hallways.
And that oddball, octagonal house-on-stilts
where most of the movie takes place isn't just a studio prop - it's real
a real home, and it's located at 7776 Torreyson
Drive, south of Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills.
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