The location: The Movie Theatre.

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A movie theatre.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. In Newport Beach.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 24 (of season one), "The Proposal", in the scene where the kids try to cheer up Marissa by taking her to a sad movie. She has recently learned that her ex-boyfriend (Luke) is sleeping with her mother (Julie).

    They walk through the theatre lobby, then out onto the street. When they cross the street to get a Jamba Juice, they run right into Luke & Julie.


Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. It's a real movie theatre.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. It's the The Warner Grand, located at 478 W. 6th Street, in San Pedro, CA. Built back in 1931, this classic old theatre was saved from destruction and is now open again to the public, often showing vintage films on weekends, and occasional live shows. (See the schedule on their official website.)

    The small shopping center right across the street (where the kids they went for Jamba Juice) was still open for business on my last visit to the area (although there is no Jamba Juice sold there).

    (I shot the photo below of the Warner Grand in 2006.)

    The Warner Grand is the obvious choice if a producer wants to shoot at a big movie theatre. It's one of the few old, single-screen theatres left, and the fact that its screenings are mostly on the weekend gives filmmakers plenty of weekday time to shoot in the theatre. As a result, the Warner Grand has been seen in several movies, including "Pearl Harbor".

    While Redondo and Hermosa are upscale beach communities, San Pedro is a somewhat rough harbor town, far removed from the genteel life of Newport Beach. The city is making an admirable effort to improve their harbor area, but right now I wouldn't really suggest that part of town at night for tourists, although a daytime visit to The Grand is usually safe. In fact, the Warner Grand offers historic walking tours of San Pedro (including the theatre) on selected Saturdays (reservations are required for the tours).

    Just a short walk from the Warner Grand is the intersection where Luke had his bad traffic accident in the same Episode 24 (of season one), "The Proposal".

    (Other O.C. scenes shot in San Pedro include Ryan's fishing boat, Jimmy's boat dock, Luke's accident and a golf scene up at Angels Gate Park.)

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A. I found The Warner Grand when I was researching a page on "Pearl Harbor" for my Seeing-Stars website, so I recognized it as soon as I saw it on the show.

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