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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

The Lineup - Mark Hopkins Hotel

  Two down, one to go.  The last stop is the Mark Hopkins Hotel (map) to intercept the Japanese doll carried in by little Cindy Bradshaw.

  The panorama below looks down California Street from Mason as the crooks' Plymouth approaches the Mark Hopkins.  On the right is the Stanford Court Hotel, built on the site of the Leland Stanford mansion after it burned down following the 1906 earthquake.  On the left is the Fairmont Hotel, a survivor of the quake.

Then ...  Prominent marquees advertise the Fairmont's Papagayo Room, since closed, and the Cirque Room.  The Nob Hill Theater was an unusual rear-projection cinema until becoming a restaurant in 1964.  The smaller sign down the road advertises the Tonga Room.

... and Now,  there's still a sign for the Tonga Room on the Fairmont.  The Bay Bridge tower is now barely visible between the modern Financial District buildings down California.


Then ...  They swing into the tiny courtyard of the Mark Hopkins Hotel at California and Mason.  This grand edifice was built in 1926 on the site of the Mark Hopkins mansion which, like its neighbors, went up in smoke in 1906.  The same hotel was featured in the 1968 movie 'Bullitt'.

... and Now,  you wouldn't expect many changes at such a traditional and venerable place, and sure enough, there aren't any.

  Dancer and Julian quickly discover that Dorothy Bradshaw and daughter are visiting the Steinhart Aquarium; without further ado they hightail it over there.


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