Wednesday, September 14, 2016

"Jersey Boys"

We're in Jersey but a club there somehow has a lobby identical to the Belasco's in Clint Eastwood's "Jersey Boys" (Warner Bros., 2014). The film about the career of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons features Christopher Walken, here with his back to us. Also in the film are John Lloyd Young (as Frankie), Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza.

 Another Belasco lobby view.

Christopher Walken advises the guys in another lobby shot from "Jersey Boys."

In the Belasco auditorium, set up as a nightclub.   The Belasco, at 1050 S. Hill St., is a 1926 legit house that's been converted to club use. Hit our Belasco Theatre pages for photos of the building and a history of its career.

The Palace Theatre, 615 S. Broadway,  plays some anonymous theatre on the road for the "My Boy Friend's Back" number with The Angels.

Another shot from the number filmed at the Palace. The theatre is a two-balcony vaudeville house that opened as the Orpheum in 1911. See the Palace Theatre pages on the Los Angeles Theatres site for a tour.

Later in the film we're backstage at the Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway. It's doubling as the Ed Sullivan Theatre.

An onstage shot at the Orpheum from "Jersey Boys." 

 Looking into the house at the "Ed Sullivan Theatre" in New York.

A view out to the rear of the main floor.

A look down at the audience at the Orpheum. The theatre was opened in 1926 by the Orpheum circuit as a replacement for their older house (the one then renamed the Palace) down the street. See the Orpheum Theatre pages on the Los Angeles Theatres site for lots of history and photos.

Mike Hume sends along this additional screenshot from the film of some unidentified two balcony house we see. Any ideas where we are?  Head to Mike's Historic Theatre Photography website for hundreds of photos he's taken of theatres in Los Angeles and elsewhere. 

On IMDb: "Jersey Boys"

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