At first glance,
knowing we're supposed to be in Beverly Hills, and having just come from
Rodeo Drive, you might mistake this for the Beverly
Wilshire Hotel (where "Pretty Woman" was filmed) at the north
end of Rodeo Drive. It does look a bit like it. But you'd
The hotel interiors were shot inside the same hotel, the Biltmore. Even Eddie's room interior was actually shot in a room upstairs at the hotel (although the producers redecorated it for the scene).
Later, when the
cops (Judge Reinhold
& John Ashton)
have staked out his hotel, Eddie has a meal delivered to their car, and
while they're busy eating it, he sneaks up and stuffs bananas up their
car's tailpipe. In this scene, the unmarked police
car is parked on the southeast side
of Olive Street
(across from the southeast side of the hotel, next to Pershing Square park).
The car is facing northeast.
Eddie also meets 'Serge' (played by Bronson Pinchot), the gallery's unique receptionist.
This wasn't really an art gallery. It was actually a shoe store.
the commentary on the DVD, by director Martin Brest the store was located on Wilshire Blvd, an eighth
of a mile east of Rodeo Drive. Now that should
have made by it easy, right? Well, not quite.
This particular location had me stumped for a long time, because, as it turns out, the location was actually west of Rodeo, not east.
Finally, in 2015, my friend Chas (of itsfilmedthere.com) sent me convincing evidence (in the form of screencaps and matching Google StreetViews) that the location was at or near 9680 Wilshire Blvd, in Beverly Hills, a building that now houses the clothing store Falconnable. I'm not 100% certain whether it was there, or next door at the small Orogold storefront at 9658 Wilshire. But there's no doubt that it was right about there, on the south side of Wilshire, just east of the corner or Bedford Drive & Wilshire Blvd. (Thanks, Chas!)
(Not long after, a fan, Simon, emailed me with the same discovery - so thanks, Simon.)
That office building is located at the NE corner of Wilshire Blvd & Serrano Avenue (just east of Western Ave), at 3699 Wilshire Blvd, in the Mid-Wilshire District of Los Angeles. (As of 2007, the name "Ceragem" was on the building's east side.)
That impressive building is actually the Beverly Hills City Hall, located on N. Crescent Drive, just south of N. Santa Monica Blvd. The formal address is 455 N. Rexford Drive, but the entrance you see (above) faces Crescent Drive. (In the photo above, the camera is pointed northeast.)
* Locations marked by an asterisk
(*) may be located in areas with high crime rates.
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