Reel SF

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

The Lineup - Motel With A View

  A third member of the drug cartel drives to meet the two from Miami - they are staying at a motel with an expansive view - the Bayside Motel, 2011 Bayshore Boulevard at Hester Ave on Bayshore Heights (map).  (Click on the images for a closer look).

Then ...  The view looks south towards San Bruno Mountain across Visitacion Valley's Little Hollywood neighborhood.  The camera looks straight down Peninsula Avenue and the Cow Palace in Daly City can't be missed in the distance over to the right.

... and Now,  the motel was demolished a few years ago to make way for the Bayside Vista condominium development.  The recent photo below of the same view was taken from near to where the movie camera was set up.  Peninsula Ave is in the center and the distant Cow Palace is still there towards the right.

... where the motel used to be ...  (arrowed), taken from the neighboring Bayshore Park across Highway 101 - the new development is atop the Bayshore Heights bluff.


  Here's an entry from an advertising brochure showing a pictorial layout of the Bayside Motel.  The two-story block of units at far right, perched on the edge of the bluff and facing San Bruno Mountain, was used for the movie scene.  Their room, on the back side of the building, is marked by the arrow.


Then ...  The new guy, Sandy (Richard Jaekel), has been tapped to be the wheelman - he knocks on the motel door, room 33, to hook up with the other two.  The view looks west across Bayshore Boulevard to a Visitacion Valley hillside.  MacLaren Park is beyond the top of the hill.

... and Now,  after a half century of suburban sprawl.  


Then ...  Sandy has to explain to a skeptical Dancer, (Eli Wallach, below on the right) and his mentor honcho Julian (Robert Keith, on the left) why he's the right guy for the driving job.  They take some convincing.

... and Now,  the same view today.

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