Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were Shot (on Location)
1992's "CHAPLIN," there is
a scene in which a young Charlie Chaplin (as played by Robert
Downey Jr.) makes a grand entrance to his new movie studio in
Those scenes, and others in the film, were shot at the old Charlie
Chaplin Studio at 1416 N. La Brea Avenue, in Hollywood (the complex
now houses Jim Henson Productions).
Also in "CHAPLIN,"
Robert Downey Jr. (as Charlie Chaplin)
returns to the U.S. aboard the Queen Mary, only to learn that he has been
barred from the country. That scene was shot aboard the actual Queen Mary
ocean liner, which is now now permanently docked in Long Beach.
Several key scenes in 1992's "THE PLAYER"
were set on the patio of a beautiful cliff-top restaurant in Malibu, overlooking
the Pacific (including one featuring Burt Reynolds).
That restaurant is "Geoffrey's"
(at 27400 Pacific Coast Highway, four miles west of Pepperdine.)
Also in "THE PLAYER,"
Tim Robbin's lead character meets a
suspected blackmailer at the Rialto Theater;
later Robbins accidentally kills him outside that same theatre. The Rialto
Theater really exists, and can be found at 1023 S. Fair Oaks Ave.,
in South Pasadena.
And remember the scene in that same movie ("THE PLAYER")
where a nervous Tim Robbins kept
a secret appointment at a hotel's poolside patio? Well, that scene was
shot at the historic St. James Club
at 8358 Sunset Blvd., in West Hollywood. (The St. James has since been
renamed The Sunset Tower Hotel.)
Northridge Fashion Center
mall (9301 Tampa Ave.) was used for the exterior mall shots in 1992's
"TERMINATOR II: JUDGMENT DAY,"
Ironically, this was the mall which suffered severe damage in 1994's big
Northridge earthquake - but has been reconstructed since.
Nearby in Malibu
(right next to the Malibu Pier) is Surfrider
Beach, which was the scene of those old "GIDGET"
as well as Frankie &
Annette's 1987 beach party spoof, "BACK TO
THE BEACH," and other surfing films suchas 1978's "BIG WEDNESDAY"
(starring Gary Busey, Jan-Michael Vincent
& William Katt).
When film-makers need a train station, they usually
look no further than the classic Union Station,
(800 N. Alameda St.), a sleek mission-style/Art Deco landmark across from
the popular Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. It's also great for
recreating vintage scenes from the past.
So, as you might expect, the station has appeared in lots of movies, including
(1992), "BLADE RUNNER"
(1982), "TRUE CONFESSIONS"
(1981), "THE WAY WE WERE"
(1973), "THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS"
(1989), "THE HUSTLER"
(1961), "GABLE &LOMBARD"
(1975), and of course "UNION STATION"
(1950, starring WilliamHolden).
They shot the holodeck scene from "STAR TREK:
FIRST CONTACT" at Union Station, the arrival scene
from "THE ISLAND", the
departure scene from "PEARL HARBOR",
Demi Moore's lair from "CHARLIE'S ANGELS:
FULL THROTTLE", and heist scenes from "THE ITALIAN JOB".