The Dance Rehearsal.
Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?
A. The interior
of the local country club, on the golf
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
A. They show
an establishing aerial shot of the real Pelican Hill Country Club, in Newport Beach.
Q. When did we see it on the show?
A. In Episode
4 (of season one), "The Debut", we see Ryan and Seth enter through
a lobby, then turn into a ballroom, where a woman is leading the students
in a rehearsal for the upcoming Cotillion dance. Ryan meets Milissa, and
is introduced to Anna for the first time. Ryan dances with Anna, and Summer
reluctantly dances with Seth.
A. A hotel lobby
& ballroom, but not in Newport.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. Although the exterior and entrance shots of the previous Cotillion scenes were shot at the country club location (Trump National Golf Club), these interior shots of the dance rehearsal scenes were actually filmed inside the Manhattan Beach Marriott Hotel at 1400 Parkview Avenue, in Manhattan Beach, CA
The hotel is located right next door to (west of) the studio where The O.C. is filmed.
Here is a map link to the exact location.
And here is a link to the hotel's official website.
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. I found this one via a tip from a fan, Fabian (of Switzerland), who emailed me and alerted me to it. He also directed me to the Marriott's official website, where it was easy to match up photos of the hotel with the episode's screenshots.
the unusual lamps in the Marriott hotel's lobby
were a perfect match (see the middle photo above), as was the yellow & white-striped
wallpaper in the hotel - and in another scene, you can see the hotel's
golf course out the window behind Ryan (see the photo to the right).
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