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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

Bullitt - Coffee Cantata

  Bullitt meets Cathy and friends at the Coffee Cantata, a real cafe with that name at 2026 Union Street in the Cow Hollow district.  It is now the popular Betelnut restaurant.

Then ...   There's a pastry counter at the front of the cafe and a coffee bar up the right side.

Bullitt - Coffee Cantata

... and Now,  a full bar replaced the confectionery and the coffee bar up the stairs is gone.

Bullitt - Coffee Cantata

 

  Then ...  Up the stairs, a jazz quartet is playing in the back corner next to the coffee bar.

Bullitt - Coffee Cantata

... and Now,  with the coffee bar gone, this space has become the side dining area.

Bullitt - Coffee Cantata

 

Then ...  Bullitt and Cathy join their friends at a table at the rear, filmed though the window from the rear deck.  The band's bass player can be seen off to the left.

Bullitt - Coffee Cantata
... and Now,  the rear deck was sacrificed when the Betelnut renovation pushed the rear wall back for added space.  The same view, taken inside from where the deck was, shows part of Betelnut's open kitchen.

Bullitt - Coffee Cantata

 

  The jazz band plays throughout the entire Coffee Cantata scene; they are seen below behind a radiant Cathy.

Bullitt - Coffee Cantata

 

A collage of the band members from the movie is shown below.  The band was Meridian West and the musicians were:

Guitar - Larry Vogt                       Flute - Julie Iger Roseman

Percussion - Al Pimental             Bass - Nat Johnson                    

  Citysleuth learnt the identity of the band from a reader of this blog (see comments at the bottom of this post including much appreciated background about the gig from flutist Julie Roseman and news and comments from other band members).

 

Bullitt - Coffee Cantata

Thieves' Highway - Washington and Davis

  A lot of the movie's action was filmed at the Washington and Davis Streets junction, the central hub of the Produce District.  Let's take a look at the businesses on each corner of the junction, as seen in the movie.  Click here to see a map.

 

1.  Southeast Corner

  Mike Figlia's business was on the southeast corner (actually the Half Moon Fruit and Produce business) and is described as a separate location - click here to see it.

 

2.  Southwest corner

Then ...  The view looks west along Washington across Davis, with Mike Figlia's partly visible at far left.  Opposite, on the southwest corner of the junction, is the John DeMartini Produce Co.  Further down Davis, Ceylon Street tees in between DeMartini and the taller hotel next to it.

Thieves' Highway - Washington and Davis
... and Now, the concrete -walled Golden Gateway Garage occupies this corner, in the shadow of the Alcoa Building next to it.

Thieves' Highway - Washington and Davis

 

3.  Northwest corner

Then ...  A. Levy and J. Zentner Co. was on this corner.  Once a significant tree-fruit produce distributor in the Central Valley, Levy & Zentner has in the last few years channeled most of its resources into beer distribution.

Thieves' Highway - Washington and Davis
... from 1945 ...  this archival photo (below) shows the same view north along Davis from Washington.  Traffic chaos prevailed as usual, especially when the E Union streetcar rolled by.

Thieves' Highway - Washington and Davis
... and Now,  a retail - residential building borders this block of Davis, now closed to through traffic.

Thieves' Highway - Washington and Davis

 

4.  Northeast corner

Then ...  Kitty corner from the John DeMartini building on the southwest corner was another John DeMartini building, in the background below.

Thieves' Highway - Washington and Davis
... from the 1950s ...  this archival photo shows a better view of the same building.

Thieves' Highway - Washington and Davis
... and Now,  this corner is part of the Gateway Apartments and Townhomes.

Thieves' Highway - Washington and Davis

Dark Passage - Harry's Wagon

  After Parry recovers from his plastic surgery in Irene's apartment, she removes his bandages and gets to see his new (Bogart's) face.  But he doesn't want to put her at risk and decides it's best to get out of her life.  He calls for a cab and tells the driver "Post and Fillmore" - the cab drops him off at Harry's Wagon, a railcar diner sandwiched between two buildings.

Then ...   These converted railway cars were popular at that time. 

... from the 1947 street directory ...  the entry below confirms that Harry's Wagon was indeed a real diner at 1921 Post Street near Fillmore (map).

... and Now,  Sohn's French Cleaners currently occupies the setback building on the site of the old diner, re-addressed as 1919 Post Street.

... a similar diner ...  Harry's Wagon is long gone but thanks to reader Zach Georgopoulos (see his comment below) we now know where we can still dine today in an identical railcar, the Grubstake, at 1525 Pine Street.

 

  A suspicious detective apprehends Parry in the diner but he gives him the slip and takes off (below).

Vertigo - Art Gallery and The Portrait Of Carlotta

Then ...  Madeleine leads Scottie across town to the art gallery at the Palace of the Legion of Honor (map).  This grand edifice, at the top of Lincoln Park, was a gift to the city from Alma de Bretteville Spreckels and was completed in 1924.  (Trivia note - Alma lived in the Spreckels Mansion, site of one of the murders in the movie The Sniper).  The Palace is a 3/4 scale model of the Palais de la Legion d'Honneur in Paris.

Vertigo - Art Gallery and The Portrait Of Carlotta

... and Now,   just the same.  

Vertigo - Art Gallery and The Portrait Of Carlotta

 

Then ...  Scottie finds Madeleine gazing at a portrait in Gallery 6 of the museum.  He calls over an attendant who tells him it's a portrait of Carlotta Valdes.

Vertigo - Art Gallery and The Portrait Of Carlotta

... and Now

Vertigo - Art Gallery and The Portrait Of Carlotta

 

  He sneaks up behind her to get a closer look.  Not surprisingly the portrait of Carlotta is not on display in the gallery but the two paintings behind Scottie (below) are periodically hung in the adjacent Gallery 7.  They are 'Portrait of a Gentleman' by Nicolas de Largilliere' and 'Allegories of the Arts: Architecture' by Charles-Andre van Loo.

Vertigo - Art Gallery and The Portrait Of Carlotta

 

Then ...  Madeleine is transfixed by the image of Carlotta.  The portrait was painted for the movie by studio artist John Ferren but has since been lost.

Vertigo - Art Gallery and The Portrait Of Carlotta

... and Now,  taken from the same spot in Gallery 6.

Vertigo - Art Gallery and The Portrait Of Carlotta

 

  Scottie realizes that Madeleine's bouquet is the same as Carlotta's in the painting and that her hair is worn in the same style.  Spooky.

Vertigo - Art Gallery and The Portrait Of Carlotta

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