Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Rockford Files - Episode: Backlash of the Hunter Parts 1 & 2 - Some Great L.A. Area Landmarks - Gazzarri's On The Strip - Peacock Bar - #9 Pacific Palisades bus with the Holiday Inn Hotel - The Lobster Restaurant - Continental Hyatt House - Red Roulette Room - Cyrano Dinner Lounge - Tail o' the Pup Hotdog Stand - Mayfair Theater - UPDATE: The Peacock Bar location (at least the exterior shots/scenes) has been identified by Eitan Alexander - The name of the restaurant / bar was named the MEDITERRANIA located at 55 / 51 North La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA - Today in 2015 it is The Stinking Rose - 55 N La Cienega Blvd but it was recently sold....

ABOVE PHOTO: GAZZARRI'S ON THE STRIP, HOLLYWOOD
9039 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood

It was one of Hollywood's biggest dance clubs
Gazzarri's on the Sunset Strip - 9039 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Founded by Bill Gazzarri (above photo) who died in 1991.
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LOCATION UPDATE: An alert blog viewer nails the location of the "Peacock Bar"
A GIANT THANK YOU TO Eitan Alexander


This one we need help with, the exterior shot of this restaurant shows "Peacock Bar" but the interior shots show the wait staff wearing shirts that say "Butterfield's"... Anybody know what the real name of this place is and where it is located or once located?

The Peacock Bar location (at least the exterior shots/scenes) has been identified by Eitan Alexander
In the two below scene photos from a 1971 episode of the TV series "Mod Squad" the exterior of the Peacock Bar can be seen. The name of the restaurant / bar was named the MEDITERRANIA located at 55 / 51 North La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA
Today in 2015 it is The Stinking Rose - 55 N La Cienega Blvd but it was recently sold....


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ABOVE PHOTO: The #9 Pacific Palisades bus with the Holiday Inn Hotel in the background

Above Photo: The Lobster Restaurant which was located by the SANTA MONICA BEACH-AT THE PIER (Pacific Palisades)

The Continental Hyatt House featuring the Red Roulette Lounge
8401 West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA

ABOVE PHOTO: Exterior shot of the pharmacy that was once located at 7500-7508 Sunset Blvd

Drug Store Interview: 7500-7508 Sunset Blvd
Actor Bill Mumy


ABOVE PHOTO: Originally I had this location at Cyrano Restaurant: 8840 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048 but I was corrected by a viewer. This episode was filmed before they moved Cyrano to Beverly Blvd. The correct address would have been 8711 Sunset Boulevard - Thanks to James for that info... his late mother used to work at the Cyrano Restaurant when it was on the Sunset Strip.


ABOVE PHOTO: 1970's bikini shop once located at 320 N. LaCienega Blvd. West Hollywood, CA



Above Photo: Sarah’s Bikini Shop: 320 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA

ABOVE PHOTO: Tail o' the Pup - 311 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, California. The iconic hot dog stand is no longer in use in Los Angeles. It has been saved and there has been talk about bringing it back to the street.


ABOVE TWO PHOTOS: The Mayfair Theater located at 216 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA. - Martyn Green & Gene Bell were the 1970's headliners at the Mayfair Theater

Sunday, August 18, 2019

ROCKFORD FILES - EPISODE: Kill The Messenger (1978) La Cita Bar - Savoy Hotel - Mayfair Market - Arturo's Flowers - Satyr Adult Motel

Update 08/18/2019: Brian's Rockford Files said...
The La Cita Bar in this episode was not on Hill street in downtown LA but at 401 S San Fernando Road in Burbank (There is a Hilton Garden Inn there now). The Savoy Hotel was at 344 South San Fernando Rd, and it too is long gone. I found these addresses in a old phone book from that era and Rockford's drive to the Savoy from La Cita clearly has the same Burbank hills in the background that you see today looking up Verdugo from San Fernando road.


ABOVE IMAGES: The LaCita Bar as seen in this episode of the Rockford Files.
336 South Hill, Los Angeles, California, USA


The old Savoy Hotel on 6th Street and Grand Ave in Los Angeles. This area has been turned into expensive high end condos as of recently.



ABOVE IMAGES: The Mayfair Market Grocery Store that was once located at 1234 LeBrea Street in West Hollywood, CA - In recent years it was a Jon's Grocery Shop but today it is closed down and the building remains unused. 

ABOVE IMAGE: Jim Rockford gets attacked by two thugs in the parking lot of this dry cleaners once located at 7063 Sunset Blvd. Today it is a StarBucks Coffee Shop and mini-mall.


Actor Ed Harris of the RIGHT STUFF & APOLLO 13 fame starred in this episode of the Rockford Files as a murdering bad LAPD cop. 


Arturo's Flowers use to be in the corner building in this row of commercial buildings located on the 1200 Block of North LaBrea Ave. 


ABOVE IMAGES: The address on the ashtray does not exist nor is there any information on the Internet about the "Satyr Adult Motel". Most likely the ashtray was just a prop for this episode of the Rockford Files. 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

What or where was the locations of Jim Rockford's house trailer & office on the Rockford Files TV Show - The parking lot of BOB MORRIS' PARADISE COVE BEACH CAFE & the parking lot of the long defunct Tonga Lei Lounge / Don the Beachcomer's Lounge both in Malibu California - 29 Cove Road - 2356 Pacific Coast Highway - 28128 Pacific Coast Highway - Paradise Cove Beach Cafe - 22878 Pacific Coast Hwy

This Blog's #1 Internet Search Question - What was the location(s) of Jim Rockford's beach front trailer and office?
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ABOVE PHOTO: In the first year of filming the ROCKFORD FILES the house trailer used by Jim Rockford was parked directly next to Malibu's Tonga Lei Restaurant & Lounge which was once located at 22878 Pacific Coast Hwy. Malibu, Calif. 90265 456-6444.  This location was actually right on Pacific Coast Highway unlike the later location which was well off Pacific Coast Highway.
Tonga Lei was a popular Malibu restaurant and motel right on PCH in scenic Malibu, and operated from the '60s probably into the '70s, when it became a Don the Beachcomber.

Later on Jim Rockford's house trailer was moved to the parking lot of what is now the Paradise Cove Beach Café located at 28128 Pacific Coast Highway. Although it has a Pacific Coast Highway address it is actually located down a ways from the highway and is situated right on the oceanfront. The road is called Paradise Cove Road, thus the address they used for this location in the TV series: 29 Cove Road Malibu, CA

 
ABOVE AND BELOW PHOTO CREDITS:   http://laobserved.com/malibu/   Los Angeles Observed
Veronique


The outdoor grill located on the beach where Jim Rockford had parked his trailer had several names during the run of the TV series. In this episode the grill was called CASA TACOS.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Rockford Files - Episode: Gearjammers Parts I & II - Allan Motors, Ross Reynolds, Borrmann Steel Co, LaPaz Liquors, Magnolia Auto Repairs, Nolie's Antiques, Taco Bell, Sterpa Realty


In the above two photos you can see "Allan Motors" which was once located at 401 South Victory Blvd in Burbank, CA and Ross Reynolds Fiat & Subaru Auto Dealer which was once located at 338 South Victory Blvd in Burbank, CA. The Ross Reynolds building is now part of  D & D Auto Repairs at 338 S. Victory Blvd which has multiple buildings attached to each other as one business.
The Borrmann Steels sign can be seen in this scene. It is still present at 110 Olive Ave in Burbank, CA. This scene took place under the Golden Gate Freeway.  

Vincent Thomas Bridge, San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, USA



Above Image: A gas station can be seen across the way from La Paz Liquors, it is no longer there.
La Paz Liquors located at 4101 West Magnolia Blvd.
In the interior store image you can see a sign for a six pack of Schlitz for $1.59
That is almost as good as gas being 56 cents a gallon as seen in many scenes of the Rockford Files. La Paz Liquors is still there.




In the four above images various businesses that were located next to Magnolia Auto Works (Now Victory Auto) located at 4220 West Magnolia Blvd can be seen.
Taco Bell (Old style Taco Bell Signs) 4301 West Magnolia Blvd
The Taco Bell is still located there.
The four following businesses are long gone:
Sterpa Realty 4300 West Magnolia Blvd
Grocery Store 4221 West Magnolia Blvd
Nolie's Antiques and Treasures 4209 West Magnolia Blvd
Photo Studio also located at 4209 West Magnolia Blvd
The photo studio may have been named Magnolia Photo Studio.


Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Rockford Files - Episode: Tall Woman in Red Wagon (1974) - Ashbrook and Elmira, California, Fred Harvey's Ranch House Inn, Wayne's Mill Place & North Tourney Road, Valencia, California - James Murtaugh played train conductor Steve McWilliams - Murtaugh guest starred in four Rockford Files episodes - George DiCenzo played IRS Agent Harry Stoner - George DiCenzo past away at age 70 in 2010 - Angus Duncan played Joe Barron Jr. - Duncan guest starred in three Rockford Files episodes and past away at age 70 in 2007 - Jack Stamberger played a train station manager - he past away at age 70 in 1980 - Ryan McDonald played a hotel manager, he will be 84 years old this year, John Crawford played Dr. Kenilworth, Susan Damante played Charlotte Duskey - A big thank you to Terry Guy for help in identifying the train depot used in this episode - Santa Clarita Bank in Santa Clarita, CA

Update 22 November 2018:  I was able to pinpoint the location of the café and the bank. The café where Rockford and Sandra Turkel (Sian Barbara Allen) met is currently located at: Hidden Havana Cuban Café 23548 Lyons Ave. Suite A Santa Clarita, CA 91321 It is within a shopping center at the corner of Lyons Ave. and Peachland Ave. in Santa Clarita. I don’t know what the name of the café was before it became Hidden Havana. The bank (which once had the distinctive sign) is currently Union Bank at 23620 Lyons Ave. in Santa Clarita. You can do Google satellite views set to 3D to zero in on this area. --Don H. 

Need help in the two below photos:

ABOVE TWO IMAGES: The bank sign over the shoulder of Jim Rockford is the key to identifying this filming location. I believe the bank sign is for the Santa Clarita Bank in Santa Clarita, CA.
Anybody remember where this sign once stood? Please let us know by leaving it in the comment section.


ABOVE TWO IMAGES: The train depot use for this episode located in the cities of Ashbrook and Elmira, California - In this episode the Rockford Files used the same train depot for the two aforementioned cities. Thanks to Terry Guy, a viewer of this blog and pro photographer, we have learned that the train depot used was the  Santa Fe Railway station in Pasadena, CA.

ABOVE IMAGE: Train Station / Depot at Pasadena, CA - Terry Guy Wrote the following:

That picture was taken within the last two weeks of Amtrak service to that location.  The line from downtown Los Angeles out to Pasadena had been purchased by the Los Angeles County Transportation Agency for conversion into an electrified light rail line, and the Amtrak trains would switch to a more southerly routing into L.A. after January 14, 1994.  

Trains on what is now known as the MTA Gold Line still stop here, but the station building has been converted into a restaurant and is hemmed in by multistory, mixed-use, retail/residential buildings.  Attached is a picture I took of it in 2010. 

ABOVE IMAGE: Fred Harvey's Ranch House Inn, Wayne's Mill Place & North Tourney Road, Valencia, California

ABOVE IMAGES: Some amazing Hollywood talent - LEFT TO RIGHT - Fellow Chicagoan James Murtaugh played train conductor Steve McWilliams - Murtaugh guest starred in four Rockford Files episodes - George DiCenzo played IRS Agent Harry Stoner - George DiCenzo past away at age 70 in 2010 - Angus Duncan played Joe Barron Jr. - Duncan guest starred in three Rockford Files episodes and past away at age 70 in 2007 - Jack Stamberger played a train station manager - he past away at age 70 in 1980 - Ryan McDonald played a hotel manager, he will be 84 years old this year.

 ABOVE IMAGE: Conductor (unaccredited)
  ABOVE IMAGE: Mob Thugs (unaccredited)
 ABOVE IMAGE: Waitress (unaccredited)

ABOVE IMAGE: John Crawford played Dr. Kenilworth


 ABOVE IMAGE: Susan Damante played Charlotte Duskey