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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

Petulia - Meeting Oliver

  A flashback recounts how Petulia and husband David Danner (Richard Chamberlain) come across a young boy, Oliver, at a bullfight in Tijuana, Mexico.

Then ...  The scene opens in front of the colorful entrance of El Toreo, a popular bullring dating from the 1930s.

... and Now,  the bullring is no longer there, demolished after succumbing to the competition from the newer Plaza Monumental 'Bullring By The Sea'.  The photo below shows the demolition in progress in 2007.


  As they leave the bullring Oliver, a persistent street hawker, pesters them and follows them to their car.

  He jumps into the back of their Silver Cloud Rolls-Royce just before they are waved across the border into the U.S.  Note that free-standing 'Coffee Shop - Food To Go - Packed Free' sign just over the border ...


 Then ...  They stop at Oscar's drive-in to discuss what to do with Oliver.  He wants to go to San Francisco and David, who has taken a liking to the lad (hmm), agrees.  There's that same sign behind them, confirming that this location was the Oscar's branch at 721 E. San Ysidro Blvd in San Ysidro just 800 feet from the border crossing.

... and Now,  the recent Google street view photo (saving CitySleuth a round-trip to San Ysidro) shows that a Jack-in-the-Box now occupies the Oscar's corner site.  (The founder of Oscar's, Robert Oscar Peterson, went on to found the Jack-in-the-Box chain).

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