Saturday, May 4, 2013

Chinatown (1974)

dir. Roman Polanski

The dry riverbed – Big Tujunga Wash, Foothill Boulevard just south of W. Conover Street, San Fernando Valley, California.

Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) following Hollis Mulwray (Darrell Zwerling) – Point Fermin Park, S. Gaffey Street at W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, California

While trailing Mulwray, Gittes discovers that water is dumped into the sea at night – Sunken City, San Pedro, California. In 1929, the 600 block of Paseo Del Mar began slipping to the sea and the movement, measured up to 11 inches a day, continued until the mid-1930s. The houses were moved but the eastern section of Point Fermin Park was lost and the terrain is very unstable. The area is closed but can still be observed from Point Fermin Park at W. Paseo Del Mar and Gaffey Street.

Jake’s car is parked near Walker’s Cafe, 700 West Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, California.

Gittes takes pictures of Mulwray and the girl – Echo Park Lake, Echo Park, Los Angeles, California.

Gittes spying on Mulwray and the girl at ‘El Macondo Apartments’– 1400-1414 Havenhurst Drive, Los Angeles, California.

Evelyn Mulwray’s (Faye Dunaway) mansion – 1315 S. El Molino Drive, South Pasadena, California

The reservoir where Hollis Mulwray’s body is found – Stone Canyon Reservoir, north of Bel Air and west of N. Beverly Glen Boulevard, Los Angeles, California. The reservoir is closed to the public, but can be viewed from Stone Canyon Overlook on Mulholland Drive.

Jake accuses Evelyn of not being open about her husband’s case - Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, California. It's the side lane between Olive Street and S. Grand Avenue.

Jake comes to meet with Noah Cross (John Huston) – Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California. The white building in the background is the Casino, the island’s most recognizable landmark. Despite its name, it’s not a gambling place, and it hosts a ballroom, a movie theater and a museum.

'Albacore Club' – Tuna Club, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California.

Jake having lunch with Cross – Portuguese Bend Riding Club, 40 Narcissa Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Many thanks to Tovangar2 for the correction.

‘Mar Vista Rest Home’ – Archer School for Girls, 11725 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

The girl’s house – 1972 Canyon Drive, Los Angeles, California

Ida Sessions’ (Diana Ladd) apartment – 848 1/2 E. Kensington Road, Los Angeles, California

Curly’s (Burt Young) house – 5030 Lemon Grove Avenue, Los Angeles, California

Gittes and Cross arrive in Chinatown – 675 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, California.

N. Spring Street looking toward Ord Street, Los Angeles, California.

N. Spring Street looking toward Cesar Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, California

See also...

L.A. Confidential

The Long Goodbye


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  2. Cross and Gittes do not lunch at El Rancho Escondido. They're at The Portuguese Bend Riding Club, 40 Narcissa Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. Check the photo at this page to confirm:

  3. Thank you for this site. Thoroughly enjoyed your work and information provided.

  4. Surpised no info on The Prince bar in Korea Town, it was used in Chinatown, thank you for smoking, new girl, and several others. They have great happy hour specials.

  5. Cool stuffz.
    Thanks for your efforts.
    Should you wish for just a bit more sleuthery, see if you can find the (lower?) middle class house at 1712 Alameda.
    That is where Jake, in custody in the cops' sedan, guiles them to chauffeur him. For some reason, once there, they also let him go to to the house on his own.
    He knocks.
    It's Curly's house.
    His wife has a black eye.
    The cops are still waiting outside, as Gittes gives them the slip, and rolls out, on the lam in Curly's truck.

    Actor Burt Young ('Curly') would later portray the recurring character 'Paulie' in the Rocky films.