L.A. Story, 1991
- Steve Martin
- Victoria Tennant
- Sarah Jessica Parker
- Richard E Grant
- Patrick Stewart
- Larry Miller
- Sam McMurray
visit the film locations
Los Angeles: Flights: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 South Grand Avenue (tel: 213.626.6222; admission charge)
L.A. Story location: Telemacher rollerskates through the art gallery: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Wilshire Boulevard
Amiable romantic satire, set in a determinedly cosy, whitebread Los Angeles.
TV station ‘KYOY’, where Harris Telemacher (Steve Martin) works as a wacky weatherman, is KCET, 4401 Sunset Boulevard. Although now devoted to television, it used to be Allied Artists film studio, and before that, Monogram Pictures. You can see the building in Don Siegel’s original Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
‘L’Idiot’ restaurant, with fearsome maitre d’ Patrick Stewart, is the old Ambassador Hotel, 3400 Wilshire Boulevard, a frequent movie location, now – shamefully – demolished.
L.A. Story location: Trudi’s apartment: 884 Palm Avenue, north of Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood
The quirkily arty apartment block of Trudi is 884 Palm Avenue, north of Santa Monica Boulevard, in West Hollywood
Downtown is the bank, which is the old Bank of America building at 650 South Spring Street, another veteran location, seen in another Steve Martin vehicle, All of Me, as well as John Schlesinger’s Marathon Man, Jim Carrey comedy The Mask, Spider-Man 2 and, best of all, David Fincher’s Se7en.
The art gallery through which Telemacher rollerskates is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, midtown Los Angeles (site of the cameo-studded charity bash in Robert Altman’s rather less benign satire The Player), while the gallery where he critiques abstract art is the Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 South Grand Avenue.
L.A. Story location: Richard E Grant grabs a bite to eat: Tail o'the Pup at its original location on San Vicente Boulevard, Los Angeles
Roland Mackey (Richard E Grant) grabs a bite to eat at the Tail’o’the Pup, when it stood at 329 San Vicente Boulevard at Beverly Boulevard, midtown – the fast-food stand in the shape of a giant hot-dog, featured in Brian de Palma’s Body Double. As with the Ambassador, this famed landmark has also (early 2006) disappeared. There are plans for it to reopen at a new location.
L.A. Story location: ‘Full service’: the Gilmore Service Station, Highland Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles
The ‘full service’ garage is the Gilmore Service Station, Auto Repair & Snack Shop, 859 Highland Avenue at Willoughby in Hollywood.