Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Rockford Files - Episode: Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs (1979) Gene's Auto Sales, Western Costume Rentals, Florist Artist, Juliana Flowers, Baja Cantina Restaurant - Vintage Venice & Marina Del Rey California

ABOVE TWO PHOTOS: I believe this is the only Rockford Files episode that has a woman older that James Garner playing a love interest of his. The beautiful Lauren Bacall was born in 1924 where as James Garner was born in 1928.
The above images are from the filming location directly outside Western Costume Rentals located at: Next to the Paramount Motion Pictures Group, Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
 ABOVE & BELOW PHOTOS: The 1700 Block of Ocean Park Blvd
Above is the image from the Rockford Files (1979) in which you can see Marty's Liquor located at 1736 Ocean park Blvd.
BELOW: Today - Marty's Liquor has changed its name to Marty's Gourmet Wines.
 ABOVE TWO IMAGES: Jim Rockford and Kendall Warren (Lauren Bacall) leave a florist shop.
The florist shop in 1979 was Juliana Flowers located at 2318 Lincoln Blvd in Venice, CA.
As of recently it was Florist Artist Flower Shop.
The Standard gas station across the street is still located there expect for much more modern Chevron signs.
ABOVE THREE PHOTOS: The Baja Cantina Restaurant & Bar located at
311 Washington Boulevard, Marina Del Rey, CA
The top two images were from 1979 Rockford Files episode and the photo directly above is of recently (2011).
 ABOVE PHOTO: Not the first time Gene's Auto Sales was in a Rockford Files Episode...
It was also in the two part episode titled GEARJAMMERS.
Gene's Auto Sales was located at 220 S Victory Blvd Burbank, CA.
Ross Reynolds Fiat Auto Sales was located across the street.

The Rockford Files - Episode: Gearjammers Parts I & II - All In 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 "All In 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.