Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Rockford Files: Season 4 Episode 16 - "The Paper Palace" (1978) Starring Rita Moreno as Rita Capkovic - Canadian American Trading Company 500 East Olive Burbank CA - The CASTAWAY Restaurant & Banquets 1250 E Harvard Rd, Burbank, CA - Rita Capkovic's apartment building is located at 216 East Valencia Ave in Burbank, CA

We need some help identifying this filming location. This 1970's hotdog stand was used in this episode. Few clues could be found since the filming was a pretty tight shot of location. Does anybody recall where this restaurant was or currently still is?
UPDATE: Our viewers are great.... This hot dog stand was located at the corner of Alameda Ave and San Fernando Blvd - Burbank California
It is currently El Tapatio Restaurant  926 South San Fernando Blvd.

ABOVE IMAGES: As you can see in the above split screen images the window structures are the same as well as the white tiles and red cement step.  The left half of the above image is El Tapatio Restaurant in 2015 - The right half of the above image is a still image from the 1978 episode of the Rockford Files.

ABOVE IMAGES: The same building can be seen in the split screen image.


ABOVE TWO IMAGES: Canadian - American Trading Company building - The filming for this location is the below building which is located at 500 East Olive, Burbank CA
BELOW THREE IMAGES: The CASTAWAY Restaurant & Banquets 1250 E Harvard Rd, Burbank, CA 91501 - which is still in operation today.

ABOVE PHOTO: James Garner teams up with his real life brother Jack Garner for this scene. 
BELOW TWO IMAGES: Rita Capkovic's apartment building is located at 216 East Valencia Ave in Burbank, CA
 ABOVE: As seen in this episode - BELOW: As it is in 2015
ABOVE IMAGE: Luis Delgado played LAPD Police Officer Billings
(A regular role for him on the Rockford Files)
ABOVE PHOTO: Patricia Donahue who passed away in 2012 at 87 played Eleanor Loft - Bruce Kirby was born on April 24, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA as Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu Sr. played Sid Loft. Sid is alive and well as of this posting.

ABOVE IMAGE: Regular cast members end this episode on a happy note. Pat Finley played Peggy Becker, Joe Santos played Sgt. Dennis Becker, Noah Beery Jr. played Rocky, James Garner played Jim Rockford.


Bill Anderson said...

Castaways -- Not only does it still exist, you can host a wedding there. We got married there...Castaways restaurant was also used in one of the 2 hour 90's Rockford movies.

James Rockford said...

Thanks for sharing that Bill....

B.T.W. do you know which one of the Rockford Files TV movies also used Castaways as a filming location?


Anonymous said...

207 E Alameda AVE Burbank, CA looks like the food stop is in that area.

Bill Anderson said...

Unfortunately, I don't specifically remember which 2 hr TRF movie had The Castaway Restaurant. But it was there in one of 'em!

Anonymous said...

I was friends with the family that owned the hot dog stand pictured above. It was called "The Red Baron" located at 926 San Fernando Road in Burbank. In fact, you can see the Red Baron riding a hot dog in the painted mural on the wall with James Garner next to it. My friends owned it from 1975-1976, just a couple of years,then sold it. It was a true "sweat shop" and cramped inside. Good to see photos of it again.