• Events,  Exhibits,  Theme Party,  TV

    Saved by the Max

    LOCATION Saved by the Max, a “Saved by the Bell”-themed restaurant based on the classic Max diner from the beloved 90s teen sitcom! ORIGINAL CHICAGO ADDRESS 1941 W North Ave Chicago, IL 60622 CURRENT LOS ANGELES ADDRESS 7100 Santa Monica Boulevard West Hollywood, CA savedbythemax.com STORY & PHOTOS I visited Saved by the Max on a September 2016 visit to Chicago, but I didn’t realize until the creators were about to open their new Los Angeles location that I never wrote about the original! So here it is, my experience at a supremely “Saved by the Bell”-themed restaurant. (And, yes, I was a total dork and wore a “Saved by…

  • Filming Location,  Tour,  TV

    Frank’s Bagels from “Grace and Frankie”

    LOCATION The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on the grounds of Paramount Studios, which stands in for Frank’s Bagels in the third-season finale of “Grace and Frankie”. ADDRESS Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Paramount Studios 5555 Melrose Avenue Hollywood, CA paramountstudios.com STORY & PHOTOS Netflix’s great comedy “Grace and Frankie”, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, films at Hollywood’s Paramount Studios, and production makes great use of the studio lot. For instance, in the thirteenth episode of the third season, Sol (Sam Waterston) leads a protest of Frank’s Bagels. Frank’s is the best bagel place in town, but unfortunately is owned a run by a bigot (who’d protested the play…

  • Filming Location,  Movies

    Redwood Bar & Grill from “(500) Days of Summer”, “Bridesmaids”, and the “Veronica Mars” movie

    LOCATION The Redwood Bar & Grill in downtown Los Angeles, which has been seen onscreen several times, often as a karaoke bar. ADDRESS Redwood Bar & Grill 316 W 2nd Street Los Angeles, CA theredwoodbar.com STORY & PHOTOS The Redwood Bar & Grill has appeared in at least three films that I adore: 2009’s “(500) Days of Summer”, 2011’s “Bridesmaids”, and 2014’s “Veronica Mars” (the film follow-up to the cult favorite TV show). The Redwood is memorable as the karaoke bar from “(500) Days” where Summer (Zooey Deschanel) sings “Sugar Town” by Nancy Sinatra and Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) sings “Here Comes Your Man” by The Pixies.

  • Filming Location,  TV

    Tom’s Bistro from “Parks and Recreation”

    LOCATION The Los Angeles eatery Delancey stands in for Tom’s Bistro, owned by Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) on “Parks and Recreation”. ADDRESS Delancey 5936 Sunset Blvd Hollywood, CA delanceyhollywood.com STORY & PHOTOS  The lovable Tom Haverford on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” is always coming up with new business ideas and money-making schemes. Of course, most of them fail (most spectacularly, Entertainment 720). But one business that finally worked out for Tom was his restaurant, Tom’s Bistro. It took some trial-and-error, but with the help of his friends he made it stick.

  • Filming Location,  Movies

    The frat house and family house from “Neighbors”

    LOCATION The frat house, led by Teddy (Zac Efron) and Pete (Dave Franco),  and the neighboring family home where Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) live, in 2014’s hilarious comedy “Neighbors”. ADDRESSES 2203 & 2179 W 20th St Los Angeles, CA Note: these are private residences. It’s okay to take photos from the street, but be sure not to trespass or disturb the residents in any way! STORY & PHOTOS “Neighbors” was one of 2014’s funniest films, with a great cast led by Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, and Zac Efron. It’s the tale of a rowdy frat house and the new-parents-who-still-wanna-be-cool who live next door — can they coexist?…

  • Filming Location,  TV

    Miss Patty’s Barn from “Gilmore Girls”

    LOCATION Miss Patty’s Barn in the fictional Stars Hollow, where Miss Patty (Liz Torres) teaches her dance classes, where town meetings are held, and where Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Dean (Jared Padalecki) accidentally fall asleep after a dance and get in major trouble with Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Emily (Kelly Bishop). ADDRESS Warner Brothers Studio 3400 W Riverside Drive Burbank, CA wbstudiotour.com STORY & PHOTOS Part of the charm of beloved dramedy “Gilmore Girls” is the world in which it exists – the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. Based on real Connecticut towns, Stars Hollow is a cute and charming place where everybody knows your name (and probably all…

  • Filming Location,  TV

    April and Andy’s ramshackle new house from “Parks and Recreation”

    LOCATION The ramshackle, weird, falling-down house that Andy and April bought during the final season of “Parks and Recreation”. ADDRESS 837 Beacon Avenue Los Angeles, CA Note: this is private property (and very fenced-in). It’s okay to snap photos from the street, but be sure not to trespass! STORY & PHOTOS Our favorite lovable weirdos, Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) and April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza), had a sort of existential crisis in the final season of “Parks and Recreation” when they realized their lives were pretty normal. They, of course, had to run out and fix that… so they bought a creepy-ass, rundown, ramshackle house.

  • Filming Location,  Movies,  TV

    Los Angeles City Hall from “Scandal”, “How to Get Away with Murder”, “L.A. Confidential”, and more

    LOCATION Los Angeles City Hall, a functioning government building, has been seen onscreen in “Scandal”, “How to Get Away with Murder”, “Nancy Drew”, “L.A. Confidential”, “Chinatown”, “The Black Dahlia”, and more. ADDRESS Los Angeles City Hall 200 N Spring Street Los Angeles, CA STORY & PHOTOS In addition to its historical significance, Los Angeles City Hall is also a popular filming location. In 1997’s “L.A. Confidential” (one of my favorite films), the police are stationed in City Hall. 2013’s “Gangster Squad” had several shots with City Hall in the background, including this one with the tower:

  • Filming Location,  TV

    Brass Ring Jewelers from “Hart of Dixie”

      LOCATION Brass Ring Jewelers, a jewelry store in fictional Bluebell, Alabama, from “Hart of Dixie”. ADDRESS Warner Brothers Studio 3400 W Riverside Drive Burbank, CA wbstudiotour.com STORY & PHOTOS In the first-season episode “Snowflakes and Soulmates”, a disoriented Brick (Tim Matheson) goes into the jewelry shop to inquire about patching up a vintage veil for Lemon to wear at her elopement to George.

  • Filming Location,  TV

    Bellefleur Mansion from “True Blood”

      LOCATION: Bellefleur Mansion, where Bill meets Portia’s family and finds out he is her distant relative. ADDRESS: 526 S. Rimpau Boulevard Los Angeles, CA Note: this is a private home. It’s okay to take photos from the street, but don’t trespass or do anything to disturb the residents. STORY & PHOTOS: “True Blood” is set in the south (Bon Temps, Louisiana, to be specific) and occasionally the show needs southern-style mansions as filming locations. One place in Los Angeles (where the show is filmed) where that kind of grandeur exists is in the Hancock Park neighborhood, which is where you’ll find the mansion that stands in for the Bellefleur’s…