Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"American Gigolo"


Hustler Julian (Richard Gere) spends a lot of time wandering around Westwood in Paul Schrader's "American Gigolo" (Paramount, 1980). He's in the escort business and gets accused of a murder he didn't commit. The film also features Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondo and Nina van Pallandt.

Here we get an establishing shot of Westwood with the tower of the Fox Westwood Village Theatre at the left. See our page on the Fox Westwood Village for many photos and a history of the building, still thriving as a major first run house.



Julian has a meeting with Detective Sunday (Hector Elizondo) at a restaurant at 10975 Weyburn and we get a view of the Fox Westwood Village Theatre out the window. Thanks to Yuri G. for spotting the location. This screenshot is from his page about the film on Movie Tourist.



Thanks again to Yuri for a screenshot of another Westwood theatre view. This time Julian is at the Bruin, 948 Broxton Ave.

See our Bruin Theatre page for more about this 1937 S. Charles Lee design.



A fine bit of detective work by Yuri G. on Movie Tourist. He spotted the bar Sorel, where Julian goes looking for Leon (Bill Duke) as at the time being on the corner of the building housing the Fox Wilshire, 8440 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. Thanks, Yuri!

Head to our Fox Wilshire/Saban Theatre page for many views of the theatre, now mostly a concert venue. 



Later in the film we get a brief look at the Egyptian's boxoffice as Julian cruises down Hollywood Blvd. See our six pages on the Egyptian Theatre, Sid Grauman's first Hollywood movie palace, for many photos of different areas of the building.



A bit farther down the street we get a look at the Music Box/Fonda Theatre.  



A closer view of the theatre's entrance during our drive-by. See the section on the Music Box/Fonda Theatre on the LA Theatres website for many more photos of the building both vintage and recent.

On IMDb: "American Gigolo"

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