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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

Play It Again, Sam - Launderette

Then ...  in voiceover, Allan continues his pejorative lament while walking up the hill to his neighborhood launderette.

... and Now,  Near Coit Tower, this is Grant Avenue on Telegraph Hill looking south towards Filbert Street.  He is just passing 1653 Grant, approaching  the corner at Greenwich (map).  The awning above the doorway is still there and the window has since added security bars.


Then ... He muses on while doing his laundry.

    Back then there was a launderette at 501 Greenwich Street on the corner with Grant, listed below in the 1972 city directory (an earlier directory named it as the G & G Self-Service Laundry).  The exterior wasn't shown in the movie but it's reasonable to assume, since the camera crew and actor were already there for the exterior shot, that this is where this brief launderette interior scene was filmed.

... and Now,  501 Greenwich today is a rentable shared workspace office for professionals, a concept that didn't exist 40+ years ago.  Workstations have replaced washers and dryers.

... and Now,  this exterior  view of the launderette site shows, a few steps down the hill at far left, the door with the awning that Allan passed by in the image at top of this post.


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