Memento, 2000

Director

Christopher Nolan

Cast

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Los Angeles: Flights: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Burbank is in the San Fernando Valley, north of Hollywood, on I-5, the Golden State Freeway. Sunland and Tujunga are north of Burbank, off Highway 210, the Foothill Freeway

Travel Inn, 7254 Foothill Boulevard, Tujunga (tel: 818..352.5951) at Hillhaven Avenue

The Blue Room, 916 South San Fernando Road at Alameda Avenue, Burbank (tel: 323.849.2779)


Trivia

For Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, the ‘Emery Animal Hospital’, and the adjoining branch of ‘United Rentals’, were sets built on the 7500 block of Foothill Boulevard, Sunland, a few blocks from the Travel Inn

Steven Spielberg chose Tujunga for the location of Elliot’s house in E.T., ito take advantage of the dramatic backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains

Memento location: Travel Inn, Foothill Boulevard, Tujunga, San Fernando Valley

Memento location: Leonard's ‘Discount Inn’ motel: Travel Inn, Foothill Boulevard, Tujunga, San Fernando Valley

Like Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects, Christopher Nolan’s ingeniously-plotted, reverse-timescale mystery, requires multiple viewings.

The film was shot almost entirely in Los AngelesSan Fernando Valley, where most of the major film studios can be found – and hence a popular area for location filming.

There's no ‘Discount Inn’. The motel in which amnesiac Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) holes up, is the Travel Inn, 7254 Foothill Boulevard, Tujunga at Hillhaven Avenue. Will Smith stays here in 2008 drama Seven Pounds. The motel is not far from the animal sanctuary location for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Tujunga, incidentally, is where you'll find Elliot’s house from E.T..

Memento location: Monte Vista Mobile Estates, Foothill Boulevard, Sunland, San Fernando Valley

Memento location: “I’m chasing this guy. No. He’s chasing me...”: Monte Vista Mobile Estates, Foothill Boulevard, Sunland, San Fernando Valley

As Leonard drives to meet Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss) he passes 510 North Victory Boulevard, directly opposite the Burger King behind which Doc Emmett lived in Back to the Future).

OK. So what am I doing? I’m chasing this guy. No. He’s chasing me...”: Leonard plays cat-and-mouse, or mouse-and-cat, with Dodd around the motor homes of Monte Vista Mobile Estates, 8100 Foothill Boulevard, Sunland.

Memento location: Edward I Zwern Building, Foothill Boulevard, Sunlad, San Fernando Valley

Memento location: ‘Fact No.6’ at ‘Emma’s Tattoos’: Edward I Zwern Building, Foothill Boulevard, Sunlad, San Fernando Valley

Directly across the boulevard, Hatti-Kay Coiffures, in the Edward I Zwern Building, 8119 Foothill Boulevard at Mather, became ‘Emma’s Tattoo’, where “Fact No. 6: car license SG13 7IU” is inked onto Leonard’s body.

Memento location: The Blue Room, South San Fernando Road, Burbank, San Fernando Valley

Memento location: ‘Ferdy’s Bar’: The Blue Room, South San Fernando Road, Burbank, San Fernando Valley

Natalie puts Leonard’s short-term memory loss to the test by serving up disgustingly contaminated beer. ‘Ferdy’s Bar’ is the Blue Room, 916 South San Fernando Road at Alameda Avenue, Burbank, which can also be seen in Touch and Change of Heart.

Behind the corrugated front is a stylish neighbourhood bar, good for after-work drinks and with a rep for attracting studio execs. It's also the bar at which Nate (Jon Voight) is drinking when he gets a call from McCauley (Robert de Niro) to get Van Zant’s address in Michael Mann’s Heat.

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