Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

Times weren't quite as fast at my prep school as they were at Ridgemont High but Amy Heckerling's directorial debut about high school life seems to be spot on according to those attended it in the early 80s.  Much of that is thanks to a twenty-two year old Cameron Crowe going undercover for a year as a high school student to gather intel for his book.  Although Fast Time At Ridgemont High's plot is nonexistent, any scene with Spicoli makes up for it, not to mention Phoebe Cates in a bathing suit.

Fast Times At Ridgemont High was filmed in Brentwood, Van Nuys, Encino, Canoga Park, North Hollywood, Santa Monica, Valley Glen and Los Angeles, CA

Location: Ridgemont Mall Exterior
Address: Broadway & 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA

It's gone under major reconstruction and is now a parking lot entrance to the shopping center.

The interiors were filmed at The Sherman Oaks Galleria.  The mall closed in 1999 and reopened in 2002 after extensive renovations.

Location: Ridgemont High
Address: 6535 Cedros Avenue, Van Nuys, CA
Van Nuys High School

This was also used as Merced High School in I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989)

Location: All American Burger
Address: 11698 San Vicente Boulevard, Brentwood, CA  Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

There's still a dry cleaners across the street...

Location: Stacy Passes Third Base
Address: 17301 Oxnard Street, Encino, CA

This is the third base dugout on Field 4.

Location: Mark & Stacy's Date
Address: 13726 Oxnard Street, Valley Glen, CA 
Barone's Restaurant

Location: Mike Damone's Apartment
Address: 5988 Riverton Avenue, North Hollywood, CA  

Location: The Hamilton House
Address: 24124 Welby Way, Canoga Park, CA

Location: The Bowling Alley
Address: 1735 W Manchester Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Location: Stacy's Clinic
Address: 1704 W Manchester Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

She exits out the back off Harvard Boulevard...

Locations Visited: March 2016, October 2016

Still Need To Visit:

The Convenience Store
Captain Hook Fish & Chips
Brad Driving
The Hospital

A League Of Their Own (1992)

Penny Marshall hits the ball out of the park ;-) with her tribute to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.  Geena Davis leads an all star cast in this heartwarming dramedy. Tom Hanks rebounds from Bonfire of the Vanities.  Madonna rebounds from, well, her entire movie career while Rosie O'Donnell steals third base, er, several scenes, as wisecracking Doris.  If you should find yourself tearing up during the emotional scenes, just remember - there's no crying in baseball!

A League of Their Own was filmed in Union, Wheaton, Berwin, and Chicago, IL, Huntingburg and Evansville, IN, Cooperstown, NY, Huntington, KY, and Studio City, CA

Location: Dottie Hinson's House
Address: 4222 Agnes Avenue, Studio City, CA

Location: The Train Station
Address: 7000 Olson Road, Union, IL  Illinois Railway Museum

Location: Baseball Tryouts
Address: 1060 W Addison St, Chicago, IL  Wrigley Field

Location: Walter Harvey's Mansion
Address: 373 Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL  Cantigny Gardens

Location: Marla & Nelson's Church
Address: 2101 N Fremont Street, Chicago, IL  St. James Lutheran Church

Location Visited: March 2016, October 2016

Still Need To Visit:

Cooperstown, NY Location
Huntington, KY Location
Indiana Locations
Remaining Illinois Locations