Thursday, June 23, 2011

Scouting "Almost Famous" locations

This weekend we'll be heading down San Diego way to visit Rebecca's sister. Suddenly we had it in mind that while there we should check out a particular filming location from one of our favorite movies, "Almost Famous". Most notably the San Diego Sports Arena where budding writer William Miller (Patrick Fugit) meets the band Stillwater for the first time (as seen in the photo) right before they open for Black Sabbath at the venue.

It's essentially the long driveway that leads to the loading dock on one side of the arena. I really want to go there at dusk to capture the moment as it happened in the movie. Rebecca also located William Miller's house which is located in Santa Monica. We'll probably be heading there next week. Continuing our love of scouting filming locations from some of our favorite movies, "Almost Famous" was actually shot quite extensively in LA and I'm hoping we'll cross paths with a few more scene specific spots in the near future.

BTW, there's another location that would be perfectly timed to visit, what with this month being the 25th Anniversary of "Ferris Bueller". One place we never got to after our world wind trip to all the John Hughes teen movie locations in the Chicago area was the house used as the Bueller residence which is located in the Long Beach area, just a short drive from Los Angeles. Hopefully we can make that happen this weekend as well.


At June 24, 2011 at 11:24 AM, Anonymous Allen said...

I love your little jaunts, so cool.

Did you see the "Up" location link I left on Facebook for you?
And did I ever send a link for Neville Sinclair's house from The Rocketeer?

At June 24, 2011 at 1:53 PM, Blogger LA Filmcutter said...

Oh crap, how did I miss that? Can you send it to me again? Sorry for missing that.

I don't remember you sending me the link to Sinclair's house. I wanna say it was the same house used for Deckard's apartment in "Blade Runner".

At December 11, 2011 at 1:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there,

Are you able to share the address of William Miller's house in Santa Monica?

I think the movie's most memorable scenes take place at that location.

At December 12, 2011 at 10:37 AM, Blogger LA Filmcutter said...

William Miller's house is located at 1047 Maple Street at the corner of Maple and 11th St in Santa Monica. We still haven't made it there yet, but hoping to soon.

The San Diego Sports Arena (which is now called Valley View Casino Center) is located at 3500 Sports Arena Boulevard, San Diego. We actually did arrive there in July. Watch for photos, I'm about to post them here!

At September 20, 2012 at 10:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've often been curious as to the location of the record studio where Lester and Alice Wisdom were when William was staring at them through the window.

Also, the street where Lester and William walked afterwards, before they got to the corner, with a view down the hill towards Downtown San Diego.


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