Saturday, February 20, 2016

Xanadu (1980)

Olivia Newton-John was hoping to strike gold twice by starring in another musical. Unfortunately what resulted was the cinematic turd that is Xanadu.  It belongs on the DVD shelf next to Showgirls and Sleepaway Camp in the so-bad-it's-good section. The soundtrack, however, is pretty awesome.  1 side ELO, 1 side ON-J, one song ELO & ON-J.  OMG!

Location: Club Xanadu
Address: 7600 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA  

Club Xanadu was formerly known at The Pan Pacific Auditorium.  It burned down in 1989 and was rebuilt in 2002 including one of the old towers.

If you ever visited Disney's MGM/Hollywood Studios, you'll notice the ticket entrance is modeled after the Pan Pacific Auditorium.  Although the shape the park is in these days, it's a place where nobody would dare to go.

Location: The Mural
Address: Dudley Avenue at Speedway, Venice, CA

This location was also seen when Joey breakdances on Gimme A Break! (1981-1987)

Location: Muses Run
Address: Universal Studios Backlot - New York Street, Universal City, CA

Location: Keira Kisses Sonny
Address: Palisades Park, Santa Monica, CA

Location: Sonny Arrives At Work
Address: 1040 N Las Palmas Avenue, Hollywood, CA

Location: Sonny Meets Danny 
Address: 35000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

Location: The Pier
Address: 23000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

Parking was a problem on this beautiful day so I didn't actually get on the pier this time around.

Location: Sonny Hitches A Ride
Address: Main Street & Hill Street, Santa Monica, CA

Location: Platinum Palace
Address: 240 S San Fernando Boulevard, Burbank, CA

Until recently I had no idea one of my old apartment buildings was the former site of the record store.

Location Visited: November 2003, March 2016, October 2016

Still Need to Visit:

Sonny Borrows A Bike
The Pier


  1. is the mural still there in Venice ? I mean, from your photos it looks like the whole building it was painted on might be gone

    1. I don't believe there was ever a building there. I think production had built a wall and then the mural was a digital effect.

  2. The "Platinum Palace" in Burbank was a former Ralph's grocery store. To the left of the frame you can see a bit of the "Golden Mall" pedestrian mall walkway that existed there from about 1967-1989. The Promenade (built in 1985), now known as "Avalon Burbank" apartments occupies the site.

    1. Thanks for the info. I called The Promenade/Avalon home for a few years. It wasn't long ago I realized it was former site of The Platinum Palace.