But the early scenes, before he goes to NYC, were actually shot in the South Bay region of L.A.
of the pier above
(from the film) shows the Hermosa Beach
Pier, which is located
piers are only about a mile and a half apart, with the Manhattan Beach
That curving road can be found
at the west end of 45th Street (just
west of Vista Del Mar),
The area is known as "El Porto", and it's the most popular surfing spot in the South Bay.
lot is at the bottom of that road, and the apartment
houses (seen behind the parking lot,
In this surfing shot, you can
see the familiar smokestacks of the
El Segundo Power Plant
where Cusack goes to the Post Office
and gets his mail
While John Cusak's character surfs in Manhattan Beach, he appears to live in Hermosa Beach.
The shot above
of his apartment house is
actually the rear of the building which houses "Dragon",
The photo below
is looking south down The Strand,
a popular beachside walkway in Hermosa Beach.
In the photo above,
we see him in a coffee shop, opening
his mail. It's here that he
In the photo below,
you can see the blue Sea Sprite Motel out
So, what about the "Dolphin Hotel"
itself and room 1408 ?
The Dolphin doesn't really exist.
The room interiors were shot overseas, in the sound stages of England's Pinewood Studios.
The photos on this page are
stills from the DVD of "1408"
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