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Thank You To The 80's Movies Rewind Website For Some Assistance In Tracking Down These Locations

Thank You To Richard Poemape For Figuring Out The Alley Location

Thank You To Owen From The When Write Is Wrong Website For Figuring Out The Ending Shootout Location

  • (0:02)  The Alley At The Beginning / Between 7 And 15 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago (Note: The Car Is Going North In The Second Screen Shot)

  • (0:16)  The L & A Plating Building / 1040 N. Halsted Street, Chicago

  • (0:24)  A Big Meeting Of The Minds By The River / 333 N. Canal Street, Chicago (Note: There Is Now A Tall Building Standing On The Spot Where The Meeting Took Place. The Train You See That Goes By A Couple Of Times Is The El Over Lake Street And The Bridge That Is Up Is The Kinzie Street Bridge)

  • (0:31)  The Bar Where Frank Goes To Pick Up Jessie / Halligan Bar; 2274 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago

  • (0:43)  The Building They Are Plotting To Do The Next Heist On / 888 W. 6th Street, Los Angeles (Note: I Believe The Building They Are Standing On Is The Wilshire Grand Hotel At 930 Wilshire Blvd. Since The Movie Was Made The Bank Of America Building Would Block The View Today)

  • (0:45)  Frank's House / 2948 Catalpa Avenue, Chicago (Note: The House Was Torn Down Shortly After The Movie Was Made)

  • (0:46)  The Junkyard / Ping Tom Memorial Park; 300 W. 19th Street, Chicago

  • (0:58)  Spot Where Frank Gets Pulled For The First Time / N. Ashland Avenue And W. Webster Avenue, Chicago (Note: He Was Going South On Ashland And He Turns East On Webster)

  • (1:13)  Spot Where Frank Gets Pulled Over For The 2nd Time / 2700 W. Diversey Avenue, Chicago (Note: The Expressway Entrance Ramp Has Since Been Reconfigured)

  • (1:39)  Frank's Car Lot / 3935 Western Avenue, Chicago (Note: The Lot Has Since Been Removed And Some Buildings Now Stand There. Also The Location Is A Rumored Location)

  • (1:49)  Green Mill / 4802 N. Broadway Street, Chicago

  • (1:57)  The Ending Shootout At The House / 601 Lorraine Blvd, Los Angeles (Note: The Balmoral Street Sign Is Faked For The Scene)

16 comments:

  1. House in last scene w/ unkn location is @ 2900 blk of balmoral, chgo, blk away from 2948 catalpa

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    1. Sorry but I could not figure it out. The house must have been torn down because the scene took place on the corner and none of the houses match up.

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    2. I always thought the house at the end of the movie was 5400 North Virginia, at Balmoral Ave. The house would be the one on the northwest corner. It is a two story home like in the movie. It is also 3000 west Balmoral Ave. Being that this film is over 30 years old, nothing is the same about the different film locations in this movie.
      Chas, I think the house was remodel and we can't recognize it. If I find out anything I will let everyone know.

      Southpaw

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    3. I too figured that with Balmoral being a couple of blocks away from Catalpa that Virginia & Balmoral was likely for Leo's house. At 1:35 you get a good daytime shot of the house and it is definately not the NW corner house. As the camera rises at the end there is a tall building at the end of the block which is not the case at that location. Balmoral is a pretty common street name in suburban Chicago, so the search continues!

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    4. I am pretty sure that the street sign, Balmoral is a Chicago street sign. Where at on Balmoral is another question. LOL In the fifth picture above, you can see building lights on the top left of the picture. I will have to look at 1:35 again. I hope that tall building is still there!

      Southpaw

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    5. Chaz, Ned,
      This is diffidently not Chicago. I was wrong Ned. Although the sign, Balmoral looks like a Chicago street sign, the fire hydrant, in front of the car is not. That type has two, 2 1/2" outlets on each side with a 5" outlet in the middle. Chicago has twin 5" outlets. I missed that fact.
      The house is on a corner I believe. You can see a car drive down a street or something on the right side of the picture if you are looking at the front of the house at the 96:59 marker. This house could be anywhere. The streets, sidewalks sure do look like Chicago but I doubt it.
      Southpaw

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  2. the car lot was on western just south of irving park rd on the east side of western, condominiums are there now

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    1. The car lot was at 3939 North Western Ave. It was called Rocket Motors. This was the sign in front of the lot on the pole. The sign on the building shows Rocket Used Cars. At the end of the movie when Frank burns his car lot you can make out the signs and the address. Now if you Google this address and click on the photo at the top right side, you will see a similar sign the reads Ray Kray's Auto Mart. Same basic sign with a new name. Rocket Motors was a real use car lot back in 1981. I remember it. It was a huge car lot. You can see this by looking at the Historic Aerial photo. According to city records, this lot was built 1951.

      Southpaw

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  3. This blog is vety beautiful post.thank you.

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  4. Near the end of the film, Frank destroys his house, 2948 Catalpa. The film company built a false front onto a real house and attempted to destroy it with explosives. The explosions severely damaged the real house, however, leading to its demolition.

    My ex-wife knew the people who owned this house and this is a true fact.

    Southpaw

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  5. Let's not forget Dennis Farina, (of Law and Order) who also stared in this picture. RIP

    Southpaw

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  6. The bar where Frank picks up Jessie is Wise Fools Pub. Notice in the screenshot of Lincoln Ave the brightly-lit sign down the street (somewhat above the parked cars). That's the sign for the original Potbelly Sandwich Works, which then was the one and only.

    The Body Politic Theater can be seen on the other side of the street. Dennis Farina was in a production there called 'Some Men Need Help.

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  7. The bridge over the river that is in the picture with L&A Plating has been replaced with a new one sometime around 2010.
    Southpaw

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  8. A bit off topic but the scene with the black car heading west on Randolph with the movie theatre marquees reflected on the hood of the car caught my eye. The United Artists had "Kill or Be Killed" (AKA "Karate Killer") playing, the Woods had a triple feature of "Death Ship," "Duel of the Dragons" (AKA "Duel of the Iron Fist") and "Night of the Cobra Woman." The Oriental wasn't using the big sign above their marquee but the Tribune lists "American Gigolo,' "North Dallas Forty" and "Up in Smoke" as the features. This puts the filming as being done the week of May 2nd to the 8th, 1980.

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  10. The 1040 Halsted and bridge location is recycled--at first, from the opening job getaway in the '74 Grand Am, cuts to Lower Wacker Dr. then cuts to the Halsted Bridge and exiting, the right turn-in to the hideout is at the round-cornered brick building later shown in the daytime "collection" scene as L & M Plating at the Halsted bridge western exit. The scene shows a gas station adjacent, now Fed-Ex. Being an OG from NW Chicago, and a fellow alum of the "Ant", I recognized many locations as those were the "usual places" back in the day. Many OG cues. On his way SE on Lincoln towards Katzenjammers bar at 2274 Lincoln, Frank passes the Biograph Theater. As you may recall, that was where Dillinger was killed in '34. This is the neighborhood known as Wrightwood. I lived around the corner in '68. The Green Mill was Capone's Speak in the Prohibition era. As to Dennis Farina. He actually was a Chicago cop before becoming an actor. As an aside, Mann cast cops as bad guys and vice-versa. The story goes, at the first screening in Chicago, the usual suspects were in the audience-and they all knew each other.

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