Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Day of the Locust (1975)

dir. John Schlesinger

San Bernardino Arms where Tod Hackett (William Atherton) meets wannabe actress Faye Greener (Karen Black) – this was a studio set built on the Paramount backlot and was modeled on the Parva-Sed Apta Apartments at 1817 N. Ivar Avenue, where author Nathaniel West stayed in 1935 and where he began writing The Day of the Locust.

The movie studio – Paramount Studios, 5451 Marathon Street, Los Angeles, California. This is the Bronson Avenue gate. You can no longer get close to the famous gate (unless you have a business at the studio or book a tour), it can only be admired from a distance.

The used cars lot – Still searching for this location.

Tod and Faye taking pictures in front of a Hollywood mansion – Still searching for this location. The second shot is a view onto the street from the mansion's driveway.

The Hollywood sign – just two letters of the sign were recreated in a more accessible area of Hollywood Hills.

Tod and Faye driving after a party – Still searching for this location

Madame Audrey’s brothel – 1240 Cerro Crest Drive, Beverly Hills, California.

Tod gives Harry Greener (Burgess Meredith) a lift – Whitley Avenue looking south, Los Angeles, California.

Harry tries to sell his patented medicine to a lady – 6642 Whitley Terrace, Los Angeles, California.

Harry peddling his medicine in another house – 6735 Wedgewood Place, Los Angeles, California.

Homer Simpson’s (Donald Sutherland) house – 4911 College View Avenue, Los Angeles, California

The Big Sister’s temple interior – Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

Harry’s funeral – Mausoleum of the Golden West, Inglewood Park Cemetery, 720 Florence Avenue, Inglewood, California

Claude Estee’s (Richard Dysart) house – Ennis-Brown House, 2607 Glendower Avenue, Los Angeles, California.

The movie premiere - Grauman's Chinese Theater, 6925 Hollywood Bouilevard, Los Angeles, California. This section of the boulevard was recreated at the studio, with the addition of a non-existing street directly in front of the theater.

See also...

Sunset Boulevard

The Player


  1. This movie is a masterpiece and you have done a great job in your passionate search.Bravo!

  2. Is the 2nd-to-last photo (Cecil B DeMille's The Buccaneer) done using matte shots (paintings on glass)? It seems too big to be re-created entirely in reality on a backlot.

  3. The miniature golf course and ping pong place that Tod and Faye are at after the movie (where he steals the movie still) is a Gittelson Brothers miniature golf course, and the sign they're parked under says it's on Hobart Bl. However, I can't see what the cross street is, but I have to assume it's Hollywood Blvd. There's a strip mall there (the New Hollywood Mall) which looks to be in the same location where the miniature golf used to be.