True Romance, 1993
- Christian Slater
- Patricia Arquette
- Gary Oldman
- Val Kilmer
- Brad Pitt
- Christopher Walken
- Dennis Hopper
- Tom Sizemore
- Bronson Pinchot
- Michael Rapaport
visit the film locations
Los Angeles: Flights: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Safari Inn, 1911 Olive Boulevard (tel: 818.845.8586), near Buena Vista, just north of Burbank in the San Fernando Valley
Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Drive, Hollywood (tel: 323.660.6639)
Rae’s Restaurant, 2901 Pico Boulevard, at the corner of 29th Street, Santa Monica (tel: 310.828.7937)
The Safari Inn makes an appearance in Ron Howard’s Apollo 13.
And Rae’s is featured in Bowfinger.
True Romance location: Clarence and Alabama hide out: the Safari Inn, Olive Boulevard, Burbank, San Fernando Valley
True Romance location: the police station: 1300 Beaubien Street, Detroit
He works at the Packard Plant, East Grand Boulevard at Mount Elliott. The cop station is at 1300 Beaubien Street.
True Romance location: Clarence and Alabama get married: Wayne County Building, 600 Randolph Street, Detroit
But the Sonny Chiba Street Fighter triple bill, where Clarence and Alabama first meet, is in Los Angeles, at the beautifully-restored Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Drive, Hollywood, which was also seen in Christopher Guest’s underrated The Big Picture (1989), and was used for the premiere of film-within-a-film Stab in Scream 2.
True Romance location: Clarence and Alabama at the ‘Detroit’ cinema: Vista Theater, Sunset Drive, Hollywood, Los Angeles
The exterior of the theatre is Spanish Revival, but its 1922 construction coincided with the hysteria surrounding the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, and the interior is wonderfully kitschy Egyptian.
Also in Los Angeles is the diner, where the couple eat pie afterwards: the fifties-style Rae’s Restaurant, 2901 Pico Boulevard, at the corner of 29th Street in Santa Monica, seen also in the Eddie Murphy-Steve Martin satire Bowfinger, in 2004’s Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! and in Lords of Dogtown.
True Romance location: Clarence and Alabama enjoy pie: Rae’s Restaurant, Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, Los Angeles
Other locations include mansions in Pasadena; Hollywood bungalows; downtown Los Angeles; the beach at Malibu and the desert at Palmdale. The construction site is alongside the landing strips of Los Angeles International Airport .
Movie producer Lee Donowitz’s lavish ‘Beverly Ambassador’ suite filmed in the old (now demolished) Ambassador Hotel, which stood at 3400 Wilshire Boulevard, midtown Los Angeles (seen in many, many films including appearing as the ‘Taft Hotel’ in The Graduate).
True Romance location: the ‘Beverly Ambassador’ hotel: Ambassador Hotel, Wilshire Boulevard, midtown Los Angeles
The fabulously kitsch motel, where Clarence and Alabama hide out, is the Safari Inn, 1911 Olive Boulevard, near Buena Vista, just north of the Disney Studios in Burbank – though the leopardskin interior isn’t for real. You can also see the Safari in Ron Howard’s Apollo 13.
There was also filming at the Athenaeum, the dining club of the California Institute of Technology, at 551 South Hill Avenue in Pasadena, previously seen in the original Beverly Hills Cop.