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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

The Exiles - Closing Time

  ( A Bunker Hill movie in a San Francisco blog?  CitySleuth explains why).

It's 2 a.m. and the bars are closing.  Homer watches the goings-on from the back of his buddy's car parked outside a bar.  He muses about how Indians like to get together at that time  "to get out there and just be free, where nobody won't watch you ... nobody watching every move you make".


Then ...  As the staff turfs everybody out we recognize this as the Ritz Cafe, described in an earlier post.

Then ...  A daytime shot seen later in the movie gives us a better view.  It was at 312 1/2 S. Main Street, sandwiched between the Olympic Men's Shop at No. 310 and the Olympia Barber Shop at No. 314.

... and Now,  this part of the block has become a parking lot.


Then ...  A large crowd has gathered directly across the street in the Scott and Freeland restaurant at 325 S. Main Street (its menu can be seen covering most of the back wall).  The commotion at the bar has caught the attention of both police and bystanders.

... and Now,  the restaurant is long gone; this part of the Ronald Reagan State Building now covers its location.


Then ...  A scuffle on the sidewalk, and a drunk is arrested.  This is still Main Street, looking south across 3rd.  In the distance along Main over to the left we can just make out the last few letters of the vertical Hotel Barclay sign at the corner of Main and 4th and the Hotel Rosslyn sign at the corner of Main and 5th.

... and Now,  the Hotel Barclay sign is still there as too is that of the Hotel Rosslyn, although it is obscured from this viewpoint by a lamppost.  As just mentioned a large part of the 300 S. block ahead on the right which contained the Ritz Cafe has been converted to a parking lot.

  The camera that captured the arrest was set up in front of the El Progreso bar at 260 S. Main Street - we caught a glimpse of the bar in another shot from the movie, below, filmed from 3rd Street.


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