dir. Gus Van Sant
The Idaho road - Route 216 near Maupin, Oregon
Hustling in Seattle – Gatewood Hotel (now closed), 107 Pine Street, Seattle, Washington. It has been converted into an apartment house.
St. Regis Hotel (now closed), 116 Stewart Street, Seattle, Washington. It has been converted into an apartment house.
Mike (River Phoenix) wakes up in the street and meets Hans (Udo Kier) – W. 8th Avenue at W. Galer Street, Seattle, Washington
Waking up in Portland – Elk Fountain, SW Main Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues, Portland, Oregon. The actual sculpture has no rider - Van Sant painted one of his production assistants green, and placed him on top. The engraving at the base was changed to "The Coming of the White Man," as a reference to a Washington Park monument known, in the 1970s and early 1980s, as a marketplace for those seeking late-night male company.
The restaurant where Mike and his friend Scott (Keanu Reeves) hang out – 213 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon. It was a Chinese restaurant at the time but it's Bailey's Tap Room now.
The hotel where the guys squat – Governor Hotel, 614 SW 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon
The robbery under the bridge – St. John's Bridge, Cathedral Park, Portland, Oregon
Scott and Mike’s motorbike ride – SW Broadway at SW Stark Street, Portland, Oregon
Mike is looking for his mother at the hotel where she used to work – Thunderbird on the River Hotel, 1401 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland, Oregon. Closed in 2005, the hotel was destroyed by a fire on September 2, 2012. Many thanks to John Denny for pointing out this location.
Leaving for Italy – Boise Airport, Boise, Idaho
Waking up in Rome – Piazza del Popolo, Rome, Italy
Hustling in Rome – Via Celio Vibenna at Piazza del Colosseo, Rome, Italy
Back in Portland – Henry’s Tavern, 10 NW 12th Avenue, Portland, Oregon
Bob (William Richert) sees Scott and his wife entering a restaurant – Jake’s Famous Crawfish, 401 SW 12th Avenue, Portland, Oregon
The restaurant’s interior is Hubers, 411 SW 3rd Avenue, Portland, Oregon. It’s the city's oldest restaurant.
For two decades, I've had a passion for film locations and film-related travel. Now I'd like to share this passion and its fruits through this blog. I've amassed vast image archives that still need to be converted into posts, and there are many new findings that are still waiting to be photographed, so please be patient.
While some of these locations have been covered elsewhere, many others represent my own research and appear here for the first time. I hope you'll enjoy the site.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Labels: Idaho, Italy, Oregon, Portland OR, Rome, Seattle, Washington State
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Great website! Cheers!ReplyDelete
- Mark in Canada
Fun--thanks for doing the research!ReplyDelete
this is in seattle but im not sure where exactly. does anyone know?ReplyDelete
I don't think this scene is in the movie.Delete
Its not but it is in My own private RiverDelete
The photos in question are taken on the corner of 1st and Virginia in Seattle. I used to work in the Terminal Sales Building right across the street.Delete
I'm pretty sure that unknown hotel exterior is a red lion hotel in either Vancouver wa or near sea tac airport...ReplyDelete
Thank you very much!ReplyDelete
The mystery hotel is the Thunderbird Portland Oregon.ReplyDelete
Thank you very much for the info.Delete
Just as an FYI.... The scene right after your "St. Regis Hotel" picture, where the guy walks into the adult book store: That "Video Follies" business was housed at 915 SW 3rd Ave in Portland. The building no longer exists, but if you watch the beginning of the crane shot you can see the building to the right with the doorway and a small window (window has since been covered) which matches. Additional info here:ReplyDelete
Thanks for the info, Chris.ReplyDelete
Great stuff! Any idea on how I might track down the rural home in Italy?ReplyDelete
No idea. There are no clues there.Delete
We'd have to ask Gus himself!Delete
Chris Bungo, your video was great! Good job! But, the 1401 N. Hayden Island Dr. was not the spot for the "Family Tree Motel- Snake River". The location STILL exists, but it is in a different place. I've got a map of every filming location for MOPI, thanks in part to those that were there during filming.ReplyDelete
Can you provide me with the location?Delete
Have seen your video previously. A wonderful look at the famous "road!" Where was/is the house that is seen at 2:00 in the video?ReplyDelete
Thanks a lot <3 Is there any way I could subscribe to your blog or something? Like I find it very interesting :3 Thanks for your commitment tot his :)ReplyDelete
There's "Follow by Email" button on the left side below "Members". If you subscribe, you'll be getting notified when a new post is published. If you are viewing my blog on Mobile, you might not see that button.
I love this page! I'm visiting Rome next summer so I can't wait to relive all those moments there. Hoping to visit the states one day and tick off all of the places in Oregon too. Thanks for this, great post.ReplyDelete
I was wondering if anyone can identify the location of the lighted overhang that the boys are hustling under in Portland. I can see a US Bank in the background and a service station across the street. It looks vaguely familiar, but I can't place itReplyDelete
Awesome Job..My Favorite River Movie..ThanksReplyDelete
I worked at that hotel as a night auditor! The one labeled "thunderbird" hotel where Mike was asking about his mom. It used to be called Double Tree Hotel.ReplyDelete
The bookstore with the Gay Magazines is torn down now and a park with gates in front, but the truth is, it was the only bookstore around 'camp" (the block the gay hustlers hung out on) that did NOT have gay books. It was totally heterosexual porn and even had bestiality (heterosexual bestiality presumably) on the film loops in their back room.ReplyDelete