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

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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


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.