Sunday, June 21, 2015

Another Filming Location Identified! - The Rockford Files - Episode: Where's Houston (1975) - Safeway Grocery Store with rooftop parking

This Safeway Food Store had rooftop parking. I would guess the store and the building are long gone... I believe this store was located either in or around Burbank, California. Anybody know what locations this was? Thanks!

Thanks to an anonymous blog viewer we now have 100% confirmation of this filming location. 864 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA 90272... It is now a CVS Drugs with the same rooftop parking area. You can match up the house on the street to both the 1970's photos (ABOVE) and to the 2012 photos (BELOW). Thank you to the person who sent this information in to us!

Split image screen shot shows the intersection of
East Olive Ave and First Street, Burbank, CA

The Sunset Marquis Hotel
1200 Alta Loma Rd,  West Hollywood, CA 90069
LEFT IMAGE: Screen shot from this episode - RIGHT IMAGE: 2015
As Jim Rockford looks out the window of Room 105 of the Sunset Marquis Hotel, he sees police pulling up next door at the Park Wellington Condos located at 1131 Alta Loma Rd, West Hollywood, CA 
ABOVE IMAGE: Attempting to identify these two actors.

Thanks to "Kosmo" the actor with the mustache is Del Monroe (1936-2009) - he played "Charlie"

ABOVE IMAGE: Unaccredited actress played the clerk
ABOVE PHOTO: Lane Bradbury played Houston


leemell said...

I think this is on Glenoaks Bl. near the Burbank/Glendale line, maybe Western Ave.

Anonymous said...

I live right around the corner from this CVS. I'll walk by and check but I think this is it. That little spanish-style building across the street from the parking lot exit looks familiar. I'll try to check back and confirm.

Anonymous said...

These photos are definitely of the present day home of CVS Pharmacy on Swarthmore Ave. in Pacific Palisades.

The small spanish style building across the street from the pharmacy which is visible in the first photo is a resale shop for women's clothing.

I patronize both these stores.

Unknown said...

Yep, the Safeway sure looks familiar, from Pacific Palisades. My mom used to shop there all the time. If there was no parking in the regular lot, she'd drive up to the roof. The elevator was extra large to accommodate shoppers with their shopping carts. They had the best selection of "gumball" type machines (candy, prizes, etc) at this Safeway! My friends and I often stopped by on our bikes to get stuff out. The Spanish style building has housed many things, but I principally remember it as Florence Simpson Realty office. Behind it was Paul Horst Painting. And just up from the Spanish style building was building with a courtyard, and for years it held The Book Shelf. Also a great bakery, as I remember. And right across Swarthmore as my school, Palisades Elementary!

mackyton said...

Have you any Idea, if rooftop parking is really great, I am sure you will be able to suggest me some other similar Hollywood venues like this for my upcoming party. Please reply as soon as possible. Thanks.

Don said...

Regarding the two actors in the car wearing suits, the actor with the mustache is Del Monroe, more well-known as Kowalski in the series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.

The other actor is Raymond O'Keefe. He has a listing on the aveleyman dot com site. He looks a little different in later years, but scroll down to his Columbo episode and that is how he appears in the Rockford episode "Where's Houston?"