Saturday, June 13, 2015

Another Filming Location Mystery Solved! - The Rockford Files - Episode: Feeding Frenzy (Ice Skating Rink) YEAR: 1976 - SANTA MONICA, Ice Capades Chalet 5th & Broadway in Santa Monica, CA - Jim Garner is seen acting with his brother Jack Garner in this ice skating rink scene - The ice skating rink closed in 1983 and now is: Fred Segal "A beautiful way of providing a venue for entrepreneurial fashion" - Interior Filming: Iceland Ice Skating Center - 14318 Calvert St, Van Nuys

UPDATE 06/13/2015
Viewer Walter Simard was kind enough to let us know that the INTERIOR FILMING was actually done at:
Iceland Ice Skating Center - 14318 Calvert St, Van Nuys, Los Angeles
 
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EXTERIOR FILMING was the  Ice Capades Chalet
The ice skating rink closed in 1983 and currently is:
Fred Segal Clothing
"A beautiful way of providing a venue for entrepreneurial fashion"
500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 394-7535
 
A big thank you to Joe Nix & Sylvia Stoddard
 
 
 
ABOVE TWO IMAGES: Top Image is the Ice Capades Chalet building as seen today - Above Bottom Image - as seen in the Rockford Files in 1976
 
  • SANTA MONICA, Ice Capades Chalet opened in 1966 and closed prematurely in 1983. The building is still there at 500 Broadway at 5th. The surface was 85 by 201.5 feet with a very low ceiling featuring a mirrored disco-ball in the middle, Pete Lemoine, manager. Art Guiney's equipment business started there as the skate shop. It was the 'home rink' for my oldest son in 1969-70 (and we always lived in Anaheim). Tai Babalonia & Randy Gardner, and Ken Shelley & Jojo Starbuck practiced there. Sylvester Stallone took Talia Shire out for a spin on the ice in the first 'Rocky' movie (although the script pretends its in Philadelphia). From Charli from Philly, "after some research this rink is the famous one used in the Film Rocky, the date scene with Adrienne and Rocky."

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    Far left: Jack Garner - Middle: Eddie Firestone - Far Right: James Garner

     

    5 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    pickwick ice skating rink?

    Brian said...

    It reminds me of Ice Land in Paramount. Did they ever shoot an episode in Paramount?

    James Rockford said...

    Thanks Brian

    The location has been positively identified as the Ice Capades Chalet in Santa Monica CA.

    GT said...

    The beach house was also used in season 6 episode 5 of The Waltons, 'The Seashore.'

    Kasandra said...

    These guys are absolutely amazing, and you'd be crazy to party anywhere else in the city. I would highly recommend this place to anyone. It's elegant, affordable, and delicious. You really get bang for your buck at New York venues here! And the service is top-notch.