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This crash scene was staged at the
corner of Hollywood Blvd. & Orange Drive,
in front of the Hollywood
Roosevelt Hotel (the building with the red double-decker bus parked
in front of it in the movie) and a few steps away from Grauman's.
In the top-right photo above, you are looking southwest, towards the Roosevelt Hotel.
In the photo to the left, you are looking
northwest. (Note the red bus, still parked on Hollywood Blvd in front of
Actor Robert Wagner is then seen about to get his hand and footprints immortalized in wet cement. This was shot in the actual courtyard of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, located at 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
At this point, the helicopter reporter
makes a mistake, saying "...at Grauman's Chinese
Theatre, where apparently someone was getting their star..."
People don't receive stars at Grauman's. (That's the nearby Hollywood
Walk of Fame.) At Grauman's they get footprints & handprints...
A gunfight then breaks out on at that same corner (of Hollywood Blvd and Orange Drive), located between Grauman's and the Roosevelt.
They then turn north and run up the long steps leading up to the main Babylon Court of the new Hollywood & Highland center, located at the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd & Highland Ave.
(The Hollywood & Highland
center is the location of the Kodak Theatre,
the new permanent home of the annual Academy Awards
show. You'll see the stars walk the red carpet here each year to pick up
The foot chase continues through the
center's Babylon Court (which
was built to resemble the major set from the classic D.W. Griffith
1916 film, "Intolerance".). Josh chases the crook out the center's
west entrance, back on Orange Drive,
where the crook hijacks a car and takes off.
(The next two actual stops for this train are Vine Street, if the train is heading east, or Universal Studios, if the train is heading north. In this case, Sartain is escaping to the east...)
(This same subway station is
also featured in the 2003 caper film "The
Italian Job", where the thieves drive their mini-cars right down
the steps into the subway.)
After failing to commandeer a car, he gets so desperate that he steals a bicycle from a small girl (flowered basket and all), and goes speeding down the south side of Hollywood Boulevard, heading east, towards Vine Street (the next subway stop).
During this scene, you can see the
Hollywood Walk of Fame
stars on the sidewalk where he's riding, and he rolls right past
the Guinness World of Records
Museum , located at 6764 Hollywood
Blvd. (The same museum is also featured in the 2003 movie, "Charlie's
Angels: Full Throttle").
(This station has a whimsical looking parking lot above it, complete with a small model of the old hat-shaped Brown Derby restaurant. Down below in the station, you'll see faux palm trees, actual movie projectors (donated by Paramount Studios) and a wall covered with projector reels.)As Sartain emerges from the escalator up back onto Hollywood Boulevard, he runs past the Pantages Theatre, located at 6233 Hollywood Blvd, just a few steps east of the northeast corner of Hollywood & Vine.
Ages ago, the Pantages
used to host the Academy Awards show from time to time. Now
it is a legitimate Broadway-style (live) theatre. At the time this movie
was shot, the theatre was playing host to either Disney's "The Lion King"
or Mel Brooks' "The Producers". But the theatre's
real marquee was covered up with a red banner advertising the Moscow Philharmonic.
Built in 1927, it was the first major department store in Hollywood, located at 1645 North Vine Street, at the southwest corner of Hollywood & Vine.
After the action has ended, and Sartain has plummeted off the top of the Broadway Building into a trash dumpster, we see Harrison and Josh in an alley looking at the dumpster. At the end of the alley, you can see the Bernard Luggage shop across the street from the alley. Bernard's is located at 1642 Vine Street.
The photos on this page are
stills from the DVD of "Hollywood Homicide"
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Gary J. Wayne - 2016 / Seeing-Stars.com