Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The biggest break the long neglected and deteriorating Reseda Theatre had in years was the inclusion
in the title sequence of Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights" (New Line, 1997). But it didn't help the sad theatre find a developer for a resurrection.
Many of the shooting locations are lovingly outlined in Marty McFly's San Fernando Valley Blog's article "Filming locations: Boogie Nights (1997)." Thanks to Marty for these three screenshots.
As we pan down from the vertical we get the film's title on the marquee. The film, centered on the porno business in the San Fernando Valley, stars Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore and Heather Graham.
The Reseda, at 18443 Sherman Way in Reseda, opened in 1948 and has been closed for decades. See our Reseda Theatre page for more views of the building. The site is to be redeveloped with the inclusion of a new Laemmle theatre complex.
Although most of "Boogie Nights" was filmed in the San Fernando Valley, they did make one excursion to Santa Monica for an exterior shot of the Pussycat Theatre, 1442 2nd St.
Thanks to Scott Mumford for figuring this one out. Mumford identified this Pussycat as the filming location in a comment to the San Fernando Valley Blog post. He noted: "The old brick building to the right is, 'Rapp Saloon, the oldest building in Santa Monica (1875) and its first landmark. As well as a saloon, it functioned as storage space for Vitagraph (which had a building next door), and as city hall. Now it’s a part of the hostel behind it, and used for poetry readings.' You can see the young couple ran past it for a few frames in 'BN'..."
See our page on the Santa Monica Pussycat Theatre for a bit more on that venue. The building has been redeveloped as a Buca di Beppo restaurant.
On IMDb: "Boogie Nights"