Monday, October 15, 2007

Taste of Torrance, 15 minutes of fame

Ever wondered how many movies, videos or TV shows feature the stylings of the City of Torrance? Ever had relatives visit from back east and didn't know what to do with them for an afternoon? Here's some movie and TV locations I've found at IMDb, and dozens of other sites around the web - I've put links to the sites where I found some of the information:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, TV. Parts of the show are shot at Torrance High School on Carson St. Just a few blocks away is Buffy's house, located on Cota Ave. The Town Hall of the evil Mayor is actually a chiropractic office at 15411 Crenshaw Blvd.

• Torrance High School appears in: Beverley Hills 90210, She's All That, and Not Another Teen Movie, "Skin" (2003), Bruce Almighty (2003), Cursed (2005), Hot Chick, The (2002), She's All That (1999), Whatever It Takes (2000), Wild Life, (1984)

• Skaterdater (1965) This movie was about The Imperial Skateboard Team from Torrance, California.

• American Beauty (1999): South Torrance High School.

• White Heat (1949), starring James Cagney and Virginia Mayo: The last spectacular sequence is filmed in Torrance at a refinery on top of a tanker, known as a Hortensphere. Location was 198th Street and Figueroa, now known as the Torrance P.O. area - no longer a refinery.

• Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, The (1984): ARMCO Steel Plant - 524 Border Ave.

• Bad Santa (2003): Filmed at the Del Amo Fashion Center - mostly in and around the defunct Montgomery Wards Department Store, which has since been torn down. Del Amo's International Food Court made appearances in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown (1997) and Valley Girl (1983), starring a very young Nicholas Cage. Comedy Central's Reno 911 has also used Del Amo for shootings.

• Lifeguard (1976), starring a very young Sam Elliot: Torrance Beach

• Swap Meet (1979) Took place at the Rodium Open Air Market, on Redondo Beach Blvd.

• The Student Nurses (1970) Filmed at the Harbor Convalescent Hospital on Vermont Ave., which is actually in Torrance P.O.

• Longest Yard, The (2005): Murdock Stadium, El Camino College

• Television show, The OC: Old Torrance, "The Model Shoppe", 1415 Marcelina Ave.

• Spice of Life, starring Dee Wallace-Stone:Billy's Deli and Cafe

• Bewitched (2005) with Nicole Kidman: Hows Market on 190th Street.

• Fat Albert (2004) South Bay Galleria (ok, not in Torrance, but right on the border in Redondo Beach.)

• Independent film, Dominion 2006, Filmed on location in Torrance.

• Volcano (1997) Scene filmed at Western Ave. and 190th St.

• Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) Shots include the Harbor and 405 Fwys, the Ronald Moran Cadillac (now a Hummer dealership) on Hawthorne Blvd, and a Mazda dealership (possibly the one that was is 190th Street.) Much of the movie was shot around Long Beach, Carson, and Torrance, so you're bound to see someplace in that movie you recognize.

• Deadline Auto Theft (1983) This is 'Gone in 60 Seconds' with additional footage and some editing. (Also the movie "The Junkman" (1982) - some scenes shot in Torrance.)

Batman TV Show (1966), Episode "Surfs Up Jokers Under". Filmed at Torrance Beach

• Huell Howser's California's Gold: The International Printing Museum (ok, actually not in Torrance, but on 315 Torrance Blvd. in Carson.

• Dogtown (1997) much of the film shot in Torrance - although it's supposed to look like the Midwest.

Godzilla (1998)Set of the Brooklyn Bridge was built on a vacant lot near Torrance Airport.

Torrance Rises 1999, Mockumentary. Through sheer determination and a little bit of luck, Richard Koufay leads his dance troupe from small town Torrance, California to the Metropolitain Opera in New York City for the MTV music awards.

4 comments:

Jill said...

Some scenes from "Jackie Brown" also were filmed at Torrance courthouse.
I know this because when I had jury duty there years ago the judge said we all should thank Quentin Tarantino for the comfy jury box chairs. He had them put in for the movie and left them there when he was done shooting scenes.

Bob said...

Jackie Brown's apartment in the film is located on Yukon Ave between 182nd st and Artesia, next door to South Bay Church of God. They've added a few touches since the film. Notably a fountain and some statues I believe. I don't get to that side of town much so I'm not sure. Also, I think the new PSP commercial was filmed at del amo; at the elevator next to Jo-ann fabric.

Bill said...

Who remembered the skateboard club as The Imperials?

Anonymous said...

Who remembered the skateboard club as The Imperials?