Sunday, July 8, 2012

All the President's Men (1976)

dir. Alan J. Pakula

The Watergate lookout - the former Howard Johnson Motor Lodge, now the George Washington University residence hall, 2601 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

The Watergate break-in - The Watergate Hotel, 2650 Virginia Avenue NW, Washington DC. The Democratic party offices were located on the sixth floor.

The Washington Post didn't allow filming in its newsroom, so it was meticulously recreated at Burbank Studios in California. However, years later, the Post did allow cameras in its offices for the romantic fantasy Chances Are. The screenwriters for that film were childhood friends of Ben Bradlee's daughter.

Bernstein interviews a girl who worked for Colson at the terrace of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC.

Woodward and Bernstein go to check the library records for clues in their investigation - Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC. The filmmakers reportedly paid a lump sum for the permission to film inside the Reading Room.

Woodward calls Deep Throat from a phone booth outside of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 17th Street and New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Woodward signals Deep Throat with a red flag on his apartment balcony - 1718 P Street, NW, Washington, DC. The real Bob Woodward lived in this house in Apartment 617 while the corresponding scenes from the movie were filmed in Apartment 519.

Woodward takes precautions on the way to meet Deep Throat - he changes cabs in front of the Opera House, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC.

The exterior of the parking garage where Woodward meets Deep Throat - Commonwealth Tower, N Fort Myer Drive at 17th Street North, Arlington, Virginia. The garage has since been remodeled. The only recognizable part is the 17th Street bridge next to it. Many thanks to M. Manterola for the help.

Bernstein talks to his source at the Justice Department - Lafayette Park, Pennsylvania Avenue and Jackson Pl, NW, Washington, DC

Woodward and Bernstein drive to the Watergate Complex, 2600 Virginia Avenue NW, Washington DC

Wisconsin Avenue at M Street, NW, Washington, DC

Woodward and Bernstein go to Sloan's house - Alicent Place, McLean, Virginia. Many thanks to M. Manterola for the help.

Bernstein talks to an FBI man - 15th Street at Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Bernstein interviews Segretti - It's Marina Del Rey, California, but it's hard to determine the exact location

Woodward crosses a parking lot. The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center now stands in its place - 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC.

The Washington Post building - 1150 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC. The Post relocated its offices to One Franklin Square, 1301 K Street NW, and the building was torn down in 2016.

Woodward and Bernstein exit the Justice Department building, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

See also...

The Pelican Brief

State of Play


  1. The actual garage is located in Rosslyn, VA. There is a small plaque / historical marker. The movie garage is in a parking structure in Burbank, CA

  2. Sloan house is in Alicent Pl. McLean VA. Garage exterior is in Rosslyn: Fort Myer and 17th St. Commonwealth Tower. It looks totally different now. It was remodeled in the 90s. The bridge structure is still the same, and can be recognized.
    M. Manterola

    1. Thank you very much. Do you know the exact address at Alicent Pl.?

    2. I'd need to check the movie. I don't remember which house they entered, but the one in your picture with the kid and the bike outside is 7026. Wrt the parking garage you can see that all the proportion are still the same, they changed the exterior material and got rid of the stairs.

    3. Thanks again. I don't have the movie at hand, but I'll check it later.

  3. The shot labeled "Bernstein talks to an FBI man in front of the White House" isn't actually in front of the WH. Anyone know where it is?

    1. On the WH grounds- south plaza of the Treasury Department is behind them, statue of Albert Gallatin visible, facing down Pennsylvania Ave.

    2. 15th Street at Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

  4. I believe Woodward makes the phone call on 17th Street and New York Avenue, with the camera pointing north. You can see the red New Executive Office Building in the far distance when he's crossing the street.

    1. Yes, I think you're right. Thank you for pointing that out.