Xanadu

Thank You To Gary From The Seeing-Stars Website For Figuring Out The Motorcycle Location On Venice Beach

Thank You To Owen From The When Write Is Wrong Website For Figuring Out Where The Platinum Palace Once Stood

Thank You To Robert From The Set-Jetter Website For Finding The Work Entrance Location

  • (0:00)  Danny McGuire Sitting On The Rocks / Leo Carrillo State Beach; 35000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu

  • (0:04)  Kira Coming Alive From The Mural / Dudley Avenue At Speedway, Venice (Note: The View Is Looking Northeast From The Boardwalk And The Mural Was Made For The Movie As That Is Not Really A Dead End)

  • (0:07)  Some Of The Woman Come Alive And Run In The Street / Universal Studios Backlot, Universal City

  • (0:08)  Sonny Malone First Meeting Kira By Receiving A Kiss From Her / Palisades Park; Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica

  • (0:09)  Sonny Arriving At Work / 1040 N. Las Palmas Avenue, Los Angeles

  • (0:15)  Sonny Borrowing A Motorcycle At The Beach / 1800 S. Ocean Front Walk, Venice (Note: This Takes Place By The Exercise Area And The Tennis Courts Real Close To The Official Muscle Beach)

  • (0:15)  Sonny Following Kira Onto A Pier And Later Crashing Off Into The Ocean / Malibu Pier; 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu (Note: I Believe The Actual Place Where He Drives Off the Pier Is Paradise Cove In Malibu)

  • (0:17)  Sonny Being Towed On His Roller Skates By The Van / Main Street And Hill Street, Santa Monica (Note: They Go East On Hill)

  • (0:18)  The Auditorium / Pan-Pacific Auditorium; 7600 W. Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles (Note: This Burned Down Since The Movie Was Made)

  • (0:24)  Platinum Palace / 240 S. San Fernando Blvd, Burbank (Note: This Building Has Since Been Torn Down And Now There Are Apartments There)

  • (0:53)  Sonny And Kira Having A Drink / Hollywood Bowl; 2301 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles

  • (1:11)  Sonny Looking At That Mural Of Kira While On The Boardwalk / Ocean Front Walk At Dudley Avenue, Venice (Note: That Mural And Wall Is Fake And Made For The Movie)

5 comments:

  1. Was Danny McGuire's home in Xanadu a set, a hotel ballroom, ....?

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  2. According to thetudiotour.com, the interior of Danny’s house was filmed on Stage #1 at Hollywood Center Studios, which is currently called “Sunset Las Palmas Studios”. The address is:

    1040 N LAS PALMAS AVE
    LOS ANGELES CA 90038

    Much of the rest of the movie was filmed on other stages on the lot. The studio’s Las Palmas Avenue gate (since removed) is seen as Sonny drives his car onto the lot (as mentioned above).

    http://www.thestudiotour.com/movies.php?movie_id=2707

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  3. Thank you for posting this valuable information in you website. I am a huge fan of Xanadu and I watched this movie I was living in Brazil and I never imagined that one day I was going to live so close to this beautiful places. Some months ago I had a privilege to see Olivia alive in her concert in Beverly Hills.

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  4. Major shame the main buildings and the mural are gone, I heard that the main Xanadu interior was saved(Carousal etc). Maybe the original blueprints of The Auditorium/Pan-Pacific Auditorium is Los Angles Town Hall(?) (Don't take offense)I think the sequence is a little off, at the very start with the Universal Studies where the name is coming around the outside of earth, in this case they show different decades of planes,to a UFO then ball of light with a tail, Xanadu comes in. They show along the beach,you hear Danny(Gene Kelly) playing the clarinet,get to Sonny's place where he is drawing; many drawings are of the interior of Xanadu(supposedly in The Auditorium / Pan-Pacific Auditorium). Sonny says to himself "guys like me shouldn't dream(?) tears the drawing and throws it out the window(lead into "I'm Alive",longer beginning),you hear the music start as the torn papers float away and drop down in front of the mural(extra sound F/X of electricity fluctuating)as one by one a light goes around each drawing of each lady(Sandahl Bergman being the first to be lit up,she goes on to Conan;The Barbarian). Most of the ladies are now free and dancing,crossing in front of Kira which causes her to be lit up,(jump to all the ladies going up in beams of light w/tails and different colors with sound F/X; one yellow beam returns around a back to earth,goes along the side-walk(you see Kira on skates in the white dress from the mural)with a yellow light beam trailing her til she runs into Sonny and kisses him(Olivia is a yr.older than Michael Beck). The glow effect was cool,as her hair etc. moved with her.Kira and Sonny are talking when she says she can't stay any longer;she's a muse,not supposed to fall in love,meant to inspire( she starts to say her real name of Ter- when Sonny kisses her(She was about to say "Terpsichore"(the Muse of dance and chorus).

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