Tuesday, June 19, 2018

"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"

Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" (Sony, 2019) stars Leo DiCaprio and his friend Brad Pitt as an actor and stuntman trying to get work in the business in 1969. The Manson murder case also figures into the plot as the guys live next door to Sharon Tate, played by Margot Robbie.

This page is organized roughly by prep and shooting dates. Locations used include:

Cinerama Dome - June 13
Vogue and Ritz/Pussycat - July 13 to July 23
"Grauman's Chinese" - a parking garage at 3rd & Spring - July 26
Earl Carroll Theatre - Prep starting October 4, the shoot November 2
Fox Westwood Village and Bruin - October 14 - 15
Pantages and Vine theatres - October 22
"Van Nuys Drive-In" - October 24

The auditorium at Excelsior High School in Norwalk also got some action in September with a huge poster for "Tora! Tora! Tora!" (1970) on the back of the stagehouse.


Filming at the Cinerama Dome: The Cinerama Dome was used as a location with the theatre dressed as if it were running "Krakatoa, East of Java," a May 1969 release.

Jack Sharf's June 13, 2018 Indiewire story noted the filming there: "According to a Cinerama employee who witnessed the shoot but requested anonymity, it was not a full-fledged production but more of a second-unit effort: 'They just wanted to get the sun going down and the lights coming on.'" Thanks to Jonathan Raines for spotting the article.


The Cinerama Dome dressed for the filming. Thanks to Alison Martino for her June 13, 2018 photo on Twitter.



A crew member and some extras at the Dome. Thanks to Preposterous180 for the photo on Instagram.


 
Thanks to Ken McIntryre for finding this view for a post on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles.



An evening shot June 13. Thanks to J.S. Lewis on Twitter for the photo. And thanks to Jonathan Raines for spotting the tweet. Lewis was there to see "2001" but the screening got bumped to another theatre in the complex.



"Krakatoa" signage above the entrance. Photo: J.S. Lewis on Twitter  -  June 13, 2018  



More 1969 vintage signage. Photo: J.S. Lewis on Twitter  -  June 13, 2018  

See the page about the Cinerama Dome on the Los Angeles Theatres site for a history of the venue and many, many photos.


Filming on the west side of Hollywood Blvd. near the Vogue Theatre and Musso & Frank: 


Dusk at the Vogue Theatre, 6675 Hollywood Blvd., with a line of vintage cars for the film in front. The big shoot on the street wouldn't take place until July 23 and 24. There was filming in and behind Musso and Frank before that. Photo: Bill Counter - July 16, 2018



A closer look at the theatre's entrance. Nice to see the neon turned on above the readerboards. Photo: Bill Counter - July 16, 2018



Looking east toward the Vogue and Musso and Frank. Photo: Bill Counter - July 16, 2018



The storefronts east of Musso & Frank. That's Cherokee Ave. over on the right. Photo: Bill Counter - July 21, 2018 



The camera shop at 6365 Hollywood Blvd., the first storefront east of Musso's entrance. Photo: Bill Counter - July 17, 2018



The camera shop with its neon turned on. Inside these two storefronts it's shop space for the set decorators. Photo: Bill Counter - July 19, 2018

 

Working on a TV store in the second storefront east of the Musso & Frank entrance. It's a photo by Jamie Knuckes. Thanks to Alison Martino for posting it on the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles.



Looking west along the Musso and Frank building storefronts toward the Vogue Theatre.  Photo: Bill Counter - July 17, 2018



Another TV shop view -- with both of its neon window signs working.  Photo: Bill Counter - July 17, 2018



The "Red Rooster" restaurant. Photo: Bill Counter - July 21, 2018



Window dressing for the restaurant. Thanks to Brian Donnelly for his July 20, 2018 photo. Check out his "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Volume 1" set on Facebook for many more photos of the action. Also see his sequel "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Volume 2."



Looking north on Cherokee Ave. just around the corner from Musso & Frank as posters were getting pasted on any available surface. The storefront at the right was made over into Le Sex Shoppe. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 20, 2018



The corner of the "Le Sex Shoppe." Note the new murals to the right.  Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 20, 2018



Repainted murals on the side of the storefront on Cherokee Ave., around toward the the rear entrance of Musso & Frank. Thanks to Alison Martino on Vintage Los Angeles for the photo. Her post also includes views of the original posters of various Hollywood stars designed by Elaine Hanelock. They were published by Royal Screen Craft Inc. in 1968.  



Shooting behind Musso & Frank. The brick building beyond is the Vogue Theatre. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 16, 2018




New LED panels getting covered with good old white plastic at the Vogue. Thanks to Chris Nichols for his photo, one of many appearing with "Take a Peek at How Quentin Tarantino Time-Warped Hollywood Boulevard Back to the 1960s," his July 19, 2018 article for Los Angeles magazine.

 

Cabo Cantina next to the Vogue getting disguised. Their thatched awning and some items that were protruding from the facade got removed. Note that nice piece of blue sheet metal and neon added as an extension of the marquee, much as it was in the 60s and 70s. Photo: Bill Counter - July 19, 2018



A look west along the Vogue's new marquee extension. Photo: Bill Counter - July 19, 2018



The rebuilt theatre entrance with display cases added. Later the "Screenbid" signage would come off the doors. Photo: Bill Counter - July 19, 2018



An east wall detail. Tarantino has the Vogue in triple-feature grindhouse mode running "The Night They Raided Minsky's," "Sam Whiskey" and "African Safari." Photo: Bill Counter - July 19, 2018 



Marquee work continues. Note the added readerboard panels at the left and along the front of Cabo Cantina. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 20, 2018



The Vogue lit at night as seen from across the street. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 20, 2018 


 
Another night view with a peek into the redone entrance. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 20, 2018. Thanks, Brian! For more great views see his "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Volume 1" set on Facebook. Also see his sequel "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Volume 2."



Cabo Cantina's neon signage concealed behind a beige wall. Photo: Bill Counter - July 21, 2018 



Looking east toward the Vogue with new "Coffee Shop" neon covering the Rusty Mullet signage on the Hollywood Blvd. side of the building. Photo: Bill Counter - July 21, 2018 



New signage lit with added neon in the windows as well. Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018 



A new neon sign going up just west of the Vogue.Note the unfinished area below the new readerboard. That "Arcade" sign on the ground would later go up on the storefront at the NW corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Cherokee Ave. Photo: Bill Counter - July 21, 2018  



The storefront has been turned into "Club Havana." Photo: Bill Counter - July 21, 2018  



The Vogue gets a Skouras-style boxoffice delivered. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 22, 2018  



On the lift looking along the newly placed letters on the readerboard in front of Cabo Cantina. Note that the restaurant is still open. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 22, 2018 



The Cabo readerboard from across the street. The next day a new facade would be added. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 22, 2018  



The Cabo storefront filled in. And the new readerboard got an outline of red tubing added. Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018



Looking east with the Vogue's sign work completed. Note the Rolls parked in front. Al Pacino arrives in it for a lunch at Musso & Frank. Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018



Club Havana gets lit up. Note the new psychedelic panel. And, yes, of course they lit it with a blacklight. Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018 



The entrance ready for the afternoon's shoot. Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018


 
Another entrance detail.  Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018



A closer look at the very shiny boxoffice. Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018 



One of the vintage buses moving into position. We're looking west toward Cherokee Ave. Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018 



Bus #2 in front of the Vogue. Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018 



A last minute copy change. Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018 



Extras at work on the block between Cherokee and Las Palmas. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 23, 2018



Brad Pitt on Cherokee ready to round the corner onto Hollywood Blvd. Leonardo DiCaprio is in the passenger seat. With the camera is the film's Director of Photography Robert Richardson. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 23, 2018 



The camera truck towing a Cadillac with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in the front seat. Tarantino, to the left of the white-haired Robert Richardson, is bending over to talk to Pitt in the car. Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018 



Another take. Tarantino is just to the left of his DP Robert Richardson. At the right with the backpack is Tamara, a hard-working P.A. It was slack at the moment of the photo but most of the evening she was very busy telling the tourists to "Keep moving." Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018

An earlier establishing shot had Pitt and DiCaprio driving up the street along with lots of traffic and extras coming out of the theatre, moving along the street, etc. The next event of the evening was Pitt by himself in a Karmann Ghia with a camera mounted on the side. The shot was a very fast drive east along the block. There were cheering crowds a block farther west near the Egyptian where the shot began. 



 Extras east of the theatre's entrance. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 24, 2018



Quentin Tarantino at the Vogue's new boxoffice. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 24, 2018



Tarantino with Al Pacino at the Vogue for a shot on July 24. Thanks to Brian Donnelly for the photo, one of many terrific shots in his "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Volume 2" set on Facebook. Also see his "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Volume 1."



The Vogue's vertical temporarily hooked up to work for the shoot. It was on perhaps for the first time in 25 years.  Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018



Looking west on the last night of the shoot. Photo: Bill Counter - July 24, 2018 
  

 
The new neon removed and Cabo Cantina getting reconstructed. They were open for business again. Photo: Bill Counter - July 25, 2018   



A look up toward the Vogue's newly spruced-up vertical. The film crew's temporary cabling can still be seen on the bottom of the "E." Photo: Bill Counter - July 25, 2018  



The theatre entrance with the boxoffice gone and posters stacked along one of the walls. Photo: Bill Counter - July 25, 2018  



The entrance after a bit more restoration work to get it back to the Screenbid look. Photo: Bill Counter - July 26, 2018 



The east wall of the entrance area. Photo: Bill Counter - July 26, 2018  



Finishing up the restoration of Cabo Cantina. Photo: Bill Counter - July 27, 2018 

See the Los Angeles Theatres page on the Vogue Theatre for more about this house, a 1935 design by S. Charles Lee. It's now a museum / auction display room for the firm Screenbid.   
 


Filming near the New View / Pussycat / Ritz Theatre on the south side of the street: The adherence to period is rather loose. Although Tarantino's film is set in 1969, he turned the theatre back into the Pussycat. In 1969 it was still being run by Pacific Theatres as the New View. It didn't join the Pussycat chain until late 1974. The signage to rebrand it as the Pussycat went up in March 1975, according to a permit search done by Chris Nichols.


A look across the street at facade work. The oval sign at the top of the theatre's facade had been changed out for a bit of Pussycat signage. Here on the north side of the street there was a whole row of vehicles used in the film. Photo: April Clemmer - July 16, 2018.

Join April for her well researched and lively Old Hollywood Walking Tour of the area. The 90 minute adventure, in addition to lots of discussion about theatres, includes stops at various iconic Hollywood office buildings and department stores, and visits the longest operating restaurant and oldest remaining residence on the Boulevard. It's offered on selected Fridays and Saturdays or by special arrangement.



In the truck at the left are the pieces that will cover the hologram signage on the facade.  That red paint job in the theatre's entrance area was done for the film. Previously it had been a rather drab gray. Note the store on the right. The next day it would be transformed into Larry Edmunds bookstore, the location they had in the 60s and 70s. Photo: Bill Counter - July 16, 2018



A view to the east toward Cherokee Ave. Photo: Bill Counter - July 16, 2018



The yet-to-be deployed facade sign. Photo: Bill Counter - July 16, 2018



Looking up to check out the Pussycat girl in the oval. The four story deco building next door was getting redone with 1969 vintage clothing displays in its windows. Photo: April Clemmer - July 16, 2018. Thanks, April!



A closer look at the Pussycat oval. Photo: Bill Counter - July 16, 2018



An early morning view of the completed facade. Note the new Larry Edmunds sign. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 17, 2018. Check out his "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Volume 1" set on Facebook for many more photos of the action. Also see his sequel "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Volume 2." Thanks, Brian!



Looking west toward the Egyptian. Photo: Bill Counter - July 17, 2018



Another facade view as work continues. Photo: Bill Counter - July 17, 2018



A peek at the entrance. The red tile finish is an homage to the Pussycat days. Before the film crew came along it was a drab gray with no texture like this at all. Photo: Bill Counter - July 17, 2018



After the boxoffice got dressed up a bit. Photo: Bill Counter - July 21, 2018



Looking west toward the theatre. The man up in the lift was touching up the brown paint on the theatre facade. The building on the corner was getting its windows dressed with 1969 vintage clothing displays. Photo: Bill Counter - July 17, 2018



Working on the neon at the "Sexy Lingerie" store on the  SW corner of Hollywood & Cherokee. Photo: Bill Counter - July 21, 2018



A closer look at a piece of neon trim being added to the top of the sign.  Photo: Bill Counter - July 21, 2018



Windows along Cherokee Ave. Photo: Bill Counter - July 17, 2018



At the rear of the building -- working up on the theatre roof.  Photo: Bill Counter - July 17, 2018



Across the street from the passage behind the Pussycat. A scenic artist working on a panel at the entrance to Boardners Restaurant, 1652 N. Cherokee.  Photo: Bill Counter - July 21, 2018



Work continues on the panel at Boardners. "Where the rising stars come to earth." Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018



Buses on Cherokee near Boardners ready for the shoot to begin. Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018  



Signage getting covered on the building on the SE corner of Hollywood and Cherokee. The current Larry Edmunds location is off to the left. That's Boardner's restaurant part way down the block on Cherokee. Photo: Bill Counter - July 17, 2018



New "Big Star" neon on the Hollywood Blvd. side of the building at Hollywood and Cherokee. Photo: Bill Counter - July 21, 2018



Sign finally lit. Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018 



The restocked newsstand on the west side of Las Palmas Ave. The store we see part of on the right is on the SW corner of Las Palmas and Hollywood Blvd. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 17, 2018. Check out his "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Volume 1" set on Facebook for many more photos of the action. Also see his sequel "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Volume 2."



The newsstand in closed-up mode. Photo: Bill Counter - July 21, 2018



Open for business again on the afternoon of a shooting day. The magazines typically were from the 1965-1968 period. Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018  



Added neon signage. Photo: Bill Counter - July 24, 2018 



Looking east toward the Pussycat/Ritz from Las Palmas Ave. Michelli's Restaurant, "the oldest Italian restaurant in Hollywood," is down the block on the right. Note the new signage for Peaches record store three doors down on the left. Photo: Bill Counter - July 17, 2018



A closer look at the corner building, redone as a shoe store. The new neon above the door for the film says "Shoe Shop." Photo: Bill Counter - July 17, 2018



Work continues on the shoe store.  Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 20, 2018



The Stop 'N Go grocery store at 6672 Hollywood Blvd., dressed up with some 60s signage and new neon. Photo: Bill Counter - July 21, 2018



How can you not love lava lamp neon? We're at 6670 Hollywood Blvd., a souvenir shop called Hollywood Stars before the makeover. Photo: Bill Counter - July 21, 2018



The signage for Peaches. Thanks to Alison Martino for her photo, a post on the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles. She has a closer view on Instagram



A closer look at Peaches after a bit more set dressing. Photo: Bill Counter - July 21, 2018



A look at the Supply Sergeant, a longtime Hollywood fixture, after some enhancement. It's at 6664 Hollywood Blvd. Photo: Bill Counter - July 21, 2018


 
The view east across the new neon of "Phil's Famous" and the signage for the original Larry Edmunds bookstore location toward the Pussycat. At the time the film is set, the "Phil's" storefront would have been the Bert Wheeler Hollywood Magic Co. Photo: Bill Counter - July 21, 2018



Plastic going up at the Pussycat to hide the LED panels. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 17, 2018



The marquee at night, lit by the LED panels behind. Note the lack of any storefront other than a rolldown gate in the storefront where Larry Edmunds used to be. A replica of the earlier storefront would be recreated there. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 18, 2018 



The marquee from up on the lift. Still to go: neon tubing outlining the Pussycat letters. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 18, 2018



The view west. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 18, 2018



Work continuing on the Pussycat letters on the facade. Thanks to Chris Nichols for his photo, one of many appearing with "Take a Peek at How Quentin Tarantino Time-Warped Hollywood Boulevard Back to the 1960s," his July 19, 2018 article for Los Angeles magazine. At the time of the photo they were adding the neon tubing to outline the Pussycat letters with "Puss" yet to be done.



A view of the west side of the marquee and the Larry Edmunds storefront getting rebuilt. Photo: Chris Nichols - Los Angeles magazine. Thanks, Chris! 



The new display windows at the original Larry Edmunds location. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 19, 2018



Neon outline of the Pussycat letters complete. Photo: Bill Counter - July 19, 2018 



A sign detail. Photo: Bill Counter - July 19, 2018



Gazing upward at the front of the marquee.  Thanks to Sandi Hemmerlein for her July 19 photo, a post on the LAHTF Facebook page.  



Looking west toward the theatre after the poster team hit the area. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 20, 2018. Thanks again, Brian! For more great views see his "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Volume 1" set on Facebook.



Working on the Pussycat facade letters. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 22, 2018 



The view from Hollywood and Cherokee toward the Pussycat as the crew gets ready for an evening shoot. The replacement readerboard finally got up on the wast side of the marquee.  Note the new "Arcade" sign on the corner storefront in the foreground.  Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018



A bit farther up on Cherokee looking toward Hollywood Blvd. Note the newly installed "Arcade" neon on the left storefront.  Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018



A closer look at the newly installed readerboard face. There were a few LED issues which would later be worked on. Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018 



Neon up in the new windows along with recently added books in the fake Larry Edmunds storefront. And lots of waiting by Mike and Donavan. Tarantino would be along later this day between shots to go in for a look around and inspect what was displayed in the storefronts. Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018



Note the new banner at the Pussycat: "In Nudescope and Barecolor."  Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018 



Added signage at the Pussycat entrance. Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018  



A closer look at the new signage. Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018  



The restaurant on the east side of the theatre entrance turned into a snackbar. Two days earlier it had still been open as a restaurant.  Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018  



The Pussycat letters lit for evening filming. This evening most of the shots would be involving the other side of the street but the sidewalks were cleared on this side as well for a few takes of a crane shot looking west down the block. Photo: Bill Counter - July 23, 2018 



Quentin Tarantino at the Pussycat. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 24, 2018 



Extras in place for a shot. Thanks to Brian Donnelly for his July 24, 2018 photo. It's one of many great shots in his "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Volume 2" set on Facebook. Also see his "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Volume 1."



A view across toward the Pussycat. Photo: William DeMolee on Instagram - July 24, 2018



A closer look at the Pussycat during the last night of shooting. Thanks to Stephen Russo for the July 24 photo, one of 53 in his fine "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Movie Set" album on Facebook.



The Pussycat getting deconstructed the day after the shoot. The Larry Edmonds storefront for the film is back open selling souvenirs. Photo: Bill Counter - July 25, 2018 



What was a snackbar during the shoot is back in business as a restaurant selling crepes. Note a reflection of the Vogue marquee in the glass. Photo: Bill Counter - July 25, 2018 



The theatre from across the street. Still lots to do. Photo: Bill Counter - July 25, 2018 



The false front removed with the theatre's Hologram signage revealed. The lift at the left was working on restoring the Cabo Cantina adjacent to the Vogue Theatre. Photo: Bill Counter - July 27, 2018

See the Ritz Theatre page on the Los Angeles Theatres site for more about the theatre, originally opened as a newsreel house called the News-View. It's currently being used as a hologram theatre called Hologram USA. 



Shots of the Egyptian during filming:


Looking west toward the theatre. While the Egyptian wasn't altered for the film, that block was used as a starting point for some shots. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 23, 2018



A redone billboard. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 23, 2018  



Another view of the "Boston Strangler" sign. Photo: Brian Donnelly - July 23, 2018



A look west on the south side of the street toward Las Palmas. Many thanks to Brian Donnelly for his photos. This July 23 view is one of many great shots in his "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Volume 2" set on Facebook. Also see his "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Volume 1."



The billboard redone the day after the shoot.  Photo: Bill Counter - July 25, 2018

See the pages about the Egyptian Theatre on the Los Angeles Theatres site. The theatre was opened in 1922 by Sid Grauman. It's now owned by the American Cinematheque.


Filming at "Grauman's Chinese":


Well, we're actually downtown at 3rd & Spring where the crew has recreated the parking lot that used to be east of the Chinese. The fence that had been around the lot was removed. Photo: Bill Counter - July 26, 2018 



A wider view with a bit of City Hall on the left. Note that the broad stripes of the current style crosswalk have been painted out so it looks more like 1969. Photo: Bill Counter - July 26, 2018



A closer look at the poster. The film was a February 1969 release -- but it never played the Chinese. Photo: Bill Counter - July 26, 2018 



The sign on the corner. Photo: Bill Counter - July 26, 2018  



A closer look at the neon. Photo: Bill Counter - July 26, 2018



The 3rd St. side of the lot. "Convenient to Grauman's Chinese Theatre - Hollywood Boulevard."  At the time of the photo the guys were putting 60s vintage posters on that electrical box.  Photo: Bill Counter - July 26, 2018



An alley view. Note the fake "Chinese Theatre Entrance." Until the Chinese Twin was built in 1979 the doorway from the parking lot got you right into the forecourt. Photo: Bill Counter - July 26, 2018 



The set at dusk with a fleet of vintage cars added. Photo: Bill Counter - July 26, 2018

See the pages on the Los Angeles Theatres site about Grauman's Chinese for a history and many photos. It opened in 1927, Sid Grauman's second theatre in Hollywood.



Filming at the Earl Carroll Theatre:  


The Earl Carroll Theatre, 6230 Sunset Blvd., got painted up as it had been redecorated in the late 60s as the Aquarius Theatre for the run of "Hair." The repainting was for a short drive-by shot featuring the theatre. This photo by Alison Martino is one of eight views appearing in an October 4, 2018 post on her Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles. Thanks, Alison! 



 October 4, 2018. Photo: Alison Martino - Vintage Los Angeles



  October 4, 2018. Photo: Alison Martino - Vintage Los Angeles
 


October 4, 2018. Thanks to Zzub McEntire for the photo, added as a comment to a post on the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles.


 
October 5, 2018. Thanks again to Zzub McEntire for the photo. This one was added as a comment on a post about the nearby Ivar Theatre on the Los Angeles Theatres Facebook page. 



October 6, 2018. Photo: Bill Counter



October 6, 2018. Photo: Bill Counter



October 8, 2016. Thanks to Mike Hume for his photo. See his fine page on the Earl Carroll on his Historic Theatre Photography site.



October 9, 2018. A view down Argyle Ave. toward Sunset. Thanks to Eri Ck Hussey for his photo, added as a comment to a post by Carol Momsen of other photos of the redecorating on the Photos of Los Angeles Facebook page.  



October 9, 2018. Thanks to Stephen Russo for his fine photo.



October 10, 2018. Thanks to Darin Barnes for his photo.



October 10, 2018. Thanks to Philip Mershon for his photo on Facebook. And thanks also to Randy Schmidt and Mike Hume for spotting the post.



October 11, 2018. The panels on the east end of the facade. Photo: Bill Counter



October 11, 2018. Work has begin painting the porte-cochère with the columns painted and the trim now blue above and below the readerboard. Photo: Bill Counter



October 11, 2018.  A closer look at the west end of the facade. Photo: Bill Counter 



October 11, 2018. West along the porte-cochère. The blue trim is new. Photo: Bill Counter 



October 11, 2018. More painting on the columns. Photo: Bill Counter



October 11, 2018. On the lift working on the stars using a stencil to make some larger than they had originally been painted. Photo: Bill Counter



October 12, 2018. The chanteuse and the fool.  Photo: Darin Barnes



October 12, 2018. The fire eater and the rock star. Photo: Darin Barnes


October 12, 2018. Looking over to the bard in the orange panel. Photo: Darin Barnes



October 12, 2018. The juggler. Photo: Darin Barnes



October 12, 2018. The dancer. Photo: Darin Barnes



October 12, 2018. The acrobats. Photo: Darin Barnes



October 12, 2018. At the west end the porte-cochère columns got an added stripe of pink at the top to match the rest of the wall. Photo: Darin Barnes. Thanks, Darin!  October 14, 2018.



October 14, 2018. In case you were feeling shortchanged due to the absence of a closeup of the Troubador, here he is. Photo: Bill Counter



October 14, 2018. Painting is finished. Note that the little fence has been removed. Photo: Bill Counter



October 14, 2018. The finished look of one of the columns at the entrance.  Photo: Bill Counter



November 1, 2018. Work resumes getting the building ready for the long-delayed shoot. "Hair" is finally up on the marquee. Photo: Bill Counter 



November 1, 2018. Lots of new shrubbery. Photo: Bill Counter 



November 1, 2018. Guarded day and night for a month to prevent vandalism. Photo: Bill Counter 



November 1, 2018. A new kiosk to hide an electric vehicle charging station. Photo: Bill Counter



November 1, 2018. A 60s bus stop sign, bench and trash can. Photo: Bill Counter  



November 1, 2018. Period-appropriate decoration for a palm tree. Photo: Bill Counter 



November 1, 2018. Greensmen putting the last tree in the ground. Photo: Bill Counter 

See the pages about the Earl Carroll Theatre on the Los Angeles Theatres site for a history of the building and hundreds of photos.   


Filming at the Fox Westwood Village and Bruin Theatres:


The Bruin Theatre at 948 Broxton Ave. in Westwood was used for scenes at a screening of "The Wrecking Crew." It was a February 1969 release starring Dean Martin, Elke Sommer and Sharon Tate. Here we've got the showtimes up in the boxoffice and an assortment of newspaper racks and period-appropriate garbage cans to be placed in the area. Photo: Bill Counter - October 14, 2018



Posters up at the Bruin for "The Wrecking Crew." Did it ever play the Bruin? Unknown. It opened wide February 11, 1969 -- but not at the Bruin. They were running "The Magus" at the time. Photo: Bill Counter - October 14, 2018



Looking east along Weyburn. That business with the awning is getting turned into a Hamburger Hamlet. It's currently a Taco Bell. Evidently the actress playing Sharon Tate will take a walk down the block after the screening. Photo: Bill Counter - October 14, 2018Photo: Bill Counter - October 14, 2018



A look back toward the theatre with craftspeople working on the storefronts, including a new Campbell's Men's Shop they're creating. Photo: Bill Counter - October 14, 2018 



Storefront work underway across the street from the Bruin. The word is that the walk down the block will end up there. Photo: Bill Counter - October 14, 2018



The marquee letters up for "The Wrecking Crew." Photo: Bill Counter - October 15, 2018



Tarantino and his DP, Robert Richardson, discussing a shot. Photo: Bill Counter - October 15, 2018



The snackbar with 1969 prices. Photo: Bill Counter - October 15, 2018



The Bruin at dusk. Photo: Bill Counter - October 15, 2018 



Across the street from the Bruin, the Fox Westwood Village at 961 Broxton Ave. also saw some action. Here the posters are going up for "Pendulum," an April 1969 release with George Peppard, Jean Seberg and Richard Kiley. Photo: Bill Counter - October 14, 2018  



More posters deployed at the Village. Note in the frames below it still says "A Star is Born," the film at the theatre at the time of the shoot. Photo: Bill Counter - October 14, 2018



The Village with its marquee redone for "Pendulum." Look at that cute cafe to the left with the Cinzano umbrellas and rattan chairs. It's a disguised Starbucks. Photo: Bill Counter - October 15, 2018



The theatre at dusk. Note the barely visible markings in the street. It's now a scramble crosswalk but Tarantino's team painted it out so the intersection's crosswalks would have a 1969 look. Photo: Bill Counter - October 15, 2018

See the pages about the Fox Westwood / Regency Village and Regency Bruin Theatre on the Los Angeles Theatres site for a history of these two Westwood venues. 


Filming at the Pantages and Vine theatres:


Working on the marquee for the October 22 shoot at the Pantages, 6233 Hollywood Blvd. Thanks to Cliff Scott Carson for his photo. On the marquee it's "3 in the Attic." The film, released in December 1968, is about three girls who discover that they have the same boyfriend. Yvette Mimieux, Judy Pace and Christopher Jones star.



Getting the storefronts ready for the October 22 shoot. Thanks to Alison Martino for the photo on her Vintage Los Angeles Facebook page. It's one of twenty photos in her post showing the work done for the film on the blocks east and west of Vine St.



The afternoon work on the storefronts at the east end of the facade. Photo: Alison Martino - Vintage Los Angeles - October 22, 2018



The Pantages ready for action in the evening. Photo: Bill Counter - October 22, 2018

"3 in the Attic"didn't actually play the Pantages. It opened in that prestige location down the street, the World Theatre, another Pacific operation. On December 31, 1968 the World ran an "All Day Preview" of this "Fabulous New Film." The Pantages at the time was running "Finian's Rainbow." Note the poster for Rod Steiger in "The Sergeant," a film that opened at Pacific's Picwood in December 1968.

 

The east end of the facade. Ignore that poster for "Wicked," obviously not part of the shot. "2001," would have been playing at the Warner Cinerama. It ran 80 weeks at the Warner beginning April 4, 1968. Both the Warner and the Pantages were RKO-Stanley Warner houses that were acquired in 1968 by Pacific Theatres. In the case of the Warner, it was in the middle of the run of "2001." Photo: Bill Counter - October 22, 2018



Another look at the Marquee. "Ice Station Zebra" opened on October 24, 1968 for a 29 week run at the Cinerama Dome, another Pacific Theatres operation. 



A look at the west end of the facade. The poster on the left is for "Sweet Charity," a film that began a 70mm roadshow run at the Pantages on March 28, 1969. Photo: Bill Counter - October 22, 2018



A closer look at the Frolic Room and the other west storefronts. Extras were standing around in front of the tailor shop on the left waiting for another shot. Photo: Bill Counter - October 22, 2018



Brad Pitt at the Frolic Room. Thanks to Mike Gill for his October 22 photo on Twitter. And thanks also to Donavan S. Moye for spotting the post.



A look toward Vine St.  Photo: Bill Counter - October 22, 2018



Storefronts on the west end of the facade getting restored the morning after the shoot. The manikins on the sidewalk had been used in the space at the left, fixed up as a tailor shop. Photo: Bill Counter - October 23, 2018 



The east end of the facade. Some of the props are from the toy store that Tarantino had on the corner. Photo: Bill Counter - October 23, 2018 



Posters still up in the Pantages ticket lobby for "3 in the Attic." Photo: Bill Counter - October 23, 2018  



A closer look at the center display case. Photo: Bill Counter - October 23, 2018

See the pages about the Pantages Theatre on the Los Angeles Theatres site for more about the 1930 vintage theatre. It's a design by B. Marcus Priteca, now managed by the Nederlander Organization as a home for Broadway musicals.



Letters going up for "Romeo and Juliet" at the Vine Theatre, just west of Vine St. That Schawarma place in the east storefront will soon become an Orange Julius stand. Thanks to Ovidi D. for his October 22 photo on Twitter.



Looking east from the Vine Theatre. The storefront nearest us was a bit later made into a vintage ice cream shop called "Holly-Maid." Photo: Alison Martino - Vintage Los Angeles - October 22, 2018  



The redone entrance of the Vine Theatre. Photo: Alison Martino - Vintage Los Angeles - October 22, 2018. Thanks, Alison! 



The Vine Theatre ready for the shoot. Note the Orange Julius stand on the right. Thanks to classic film enthusiast Heidi on Twitter for capturing the look in an October 22 photo. And thanks also to Donavan S. Moye for spotting Heidi's post.



Another October 22 look at the Vine. Thanks to Mike Gill for his October 22 photo on Twitter. The identical photo also appears, uncredited, in the feed of Ovidi D. on Twitter.



A look down the block. Thanks to Ovidi D. for his October 22 photo on Twitter. The big ice cream cones are for the "Holly-Maid" ice cream shop. 



The Vine and its storefronts getting restored the morning after the shoot. Photo: Bill Counter - October 23, 2018



Looking east on the busy sidewalk. Photo: Bill Counter - October 23, 2018 



Signage coming down at the Vine. Photo: Bill Counter - October 23, 2018  



The temporary Orange Julius stand in the Vine's east storefront. Photo: Bill Counter - October 23, 2018

See the Los Angeles Theatres page about the Vine Theatre for more about the venue, an S. Charles Lee design dating from 1940.



The storefronts east of the Vine Theatre on the evening of the shoot. The Déjà Vu strip club was fixed up as "Sexy Vixens." Thanks to Ovidi D. for his October 22 photo on Twitter.



Looking east toward the Déjà Vu the morning after. That tattoo shop was also a creation for the film. Photo: Bill Counter - October 23, 2018 



The Déjà Vu from across the street. Photo: Bill Counter - October 23, 2018



A view west toward the Vine Theatre and a closer look at the Madame Sandra establishment created for the film. Photo: Bill Counter - October 23, 2018 



The entrance of the Déjà Vu. Photo: Bill Counter - October 23, 2018 

The Déjà Vu, 6315 Hollywood Blvd., had once been an adult theatre called The Cave. And way before that, in more genteel times, it had been Sardi's Restaurant. See the Storefront Porno page on the Los Angeles Theatres site for a bit about the place.


The "Van Nuys Drive-In":


Well the actual drive-in is long gone. The crew has built a replica of the sign at the Saugus Speedway in Santa Clarita as a substitute. Thanks to Ovidi D. on Twitter for posting this photo of the men getting the letters up on the sign. The post also included some shots of the real Van Nuys Drive-In. Thanks again to Donavan S. Moye for spotting the post.

The scenes inside the drive-in were filmed October 24 at the Paramount Drive-Ins at 7770 Rosecrans Ave. in Paramount. Thanks to Jacob LeMans for being there to check it out.
 

More pics and data:

Chris Nichols discussed the shoot in "Take a Peek at How Quentin Tarantino Time-Warped Hollywood Boulevard Back to the 1960s," his July 19, 2018 article for Los Angeles magazine.

Olivia Ovenden's "See How Tarantino Time-Warped...," a July 24 article for Esquire, has shots of Pitt, DiCaprio and Tarantino during the July 23 shooting on Hollywood Blvd.  

Alison Martino discussed the shoot in "Hollywood Boulevard is Quentin Tarantino's 60s Playground," a July 25, 2018 article for Curbed L.A.  

Stephen Russo's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Movie Set" album on Facebook includes about 60 photos of the shoot on Hollywood Blvd.  

Alex Cohen's July 27, 2018 article "Truth Squading Quentin Tarantino's Groovy Hollywood Blvd. Makeover" is on LAist. 

Lindsey Romain discussed casting and attempted to piece together the plot in "Everything We Know..." an August 13, 2018 article on the site /Film.  Thanks to Donavan S. Moye for spotting the article. 

Robert Chitwood has a chat with DP Robert Richardson in his October 2018 Collider article "'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' is 'Spooky' and 'Playful' says DP Robert Richardson."

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