ML Locations: Episode 5 - Arrested Development

ML Locations: Episode 5 - Arrested Development

Postby Lilly » Fri Sep 11, 2009 11:23 pm

Moonlight Locations: Arrested Development


For remaining episodes, I will only be listing locations we haven’t seen before.


Updated 9/15/2009: Added the of the vamp's apartment.


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1. Hospital LobbyBridge Building, South Tower lobby, Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank, CA


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(image from Warner Bros. website)


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2. Murdered escort’s apartment


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3. 1730 Los Feliz Blvd., exterior Teen Vamp’s apartment – approx. 638 S. St. Louis St., Los Angeles, CA


Although there are similar style buildings on Los Feliz Blvd., this street address does not exist. The actual filming location was a building on S. St. Louis Street right next door to the Linda Vista Hospital location used for the morgue.


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The house seen on the corner in the background as Mick and Beth approach can clearly be seen in the following shot taken from another angle…

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4. Interior Teen Vamp’s apartment


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5. Greene’s Big Dean’s Oceanfront Café, 1615 Ocean Front, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Link: Website


The Greene's location is another example of the "Hollywood magic" at work. The editing of the episode showed the teen vamp walking along the Santa Monica Pier and then turning left into Greene's to meet Cherish. In reality, Big Dean's, the restuarant used in the episode, is not on the pier at all. It's located on the street that runs perpendicular to the end of the pier.


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Entering Greene's...

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The entrance to Big Dean's...

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We spoke with Bill, one of the managers at Big Dean's, who told us that there was a tremendous amount of preparation needed to ready the bar for the shoot. All signs, lights, and bottles that had the name of alcoholic beverages on them had to be removed as a requirement for filming. You can see the difference in the pictures above -- most of the neon signs were removed from the far wall and the bottles behind the bar had to be turned so that their labels could not be seen on camera.



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Bill had another anecdote to share regarding the scene in the hallway in front of the women's restroom. After blocking and rehearsal, there was a momentary lull, so he quickly went into the storeroom (seen on the left side of my photo) to retrieve something that was needed for a departing bus trip they had arranged for the regular patrons. As he was about to exit the storeroom, he heard, "Action!" and found himself stuck in there -- trying desperately not to make a sound -- until the scene was finished.


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Mick and Beth gave chase through the back open air seating area and out through an apparent exit to the pier....

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(The bar on the right of this picture was not there when the episode was filmed in 2007.)

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The path they took actually led to a downstairs men's room.....

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6. Santa Monica Pier – Santa Monica, CA



Through clever editing, Mick bypasses the men's room and exits on the pier...

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The clothing shop that Mick and Beth pass as they search for Cherish and the teen vamp and Playland Arcade where they eventually find them...

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The photo booth used in the episode is different from the actual one in the arcade; however many of the machines and games seen in the show are there, such as the one seen in the background here....

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The change machine that the vamp jumped over to escape is slightly different, but in the same location as it was in the show...

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7. Pacific Park – Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA -- Link: Website


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The ferris wheel has been replaced with a new solar-powered one that looks almost identical to the one that was there in 2007.


The fight with the teen vamp took place on the west end of the roller coaster...

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1. Mick jumps up just to the left of the red support pillar closest to the ferris wheel.


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2. He fights with the teen vamp at the yellow support.


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3. Hanging between the yellow and the bright pink supports...


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4. They jump up to avoid the speeding cars just past the bright pink support.


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5. Teen vamp meets his fate finally just before the blue support.



One interesting thing my son found -- the lever used by the teen vamp to start the roller coaster...

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Actually starts the Scrambler...

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The roller coaster is started with a button -- not nearly as dramatic. :snicker:



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8. Buzzwire rooftop parking - WB Studios Parking Garage, Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank, CA


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Mick's car was parked facing south. The office building on the right in the background is 3400 Riverside Drive, where the WB VIP Tour Center is located.

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Information will be updated and pictures added as they become available.
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Re: ML Locations: Episode 5 - Arrested Development

Postby Luxe de Luxe » Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:06 am

Awesome, Lilly. These location threads just bring the series back in such an alive way for me. Thanks so much for doing these. xx
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Re: ML Locations: Episode 5 - Arrested Development

Postby wpgrace » Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:32 am

Awesome indeed! How cool!
And the lever, definitely cooler than a button!
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Re: ML Locations: Episode 5 - Arrested Development

Postby Lilly » Sat Sep 12, 2009 3:20 am

Thanks, Luxe and grace!

I just added the Buzzwire parking location. They used the rooftop of the WB Studios parking garage.
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Re: ML Locations: Episode 5 - Arrested Development

Postby Luxe de Luxe » Sat Sep 12, 2009 4:03 am

thanks for that. that parking garage is one of my alltime favourite ML locations. I wonder why.. ? :whistle:
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Re: ML Locations: Episode 5 - Arrested Development

Postby Lilly » Sat Sep 12, 2009 4:05 am

Lovely view of Burbank? :tomato:
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Re: ML Locations: Episode 5 - Arrested Development

Postby librarian_7 » Sat Sep 12, 2009 4:26 am

Lilly wrote:Lovely view of Burbank? :tomato:


I believe the phrase is (if you're old enough) "Beautiful downtown Burbank."

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Re: ML Locations: Episode 5 - Arrested Development

Postby Phoenix » Sat Sep 12, 2009 6:34 pm

Lilly, you rock! :notworthy: These threads make me wanna grab my passport and head to the airport... (Anyone in L.A. want a house-guest?) :teeth:
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Re: ML Locations: Episode 5 - Arrested Development

Postby redwinter101 » Sat Sep 12, 2009 11:20 pm

AD was our watch and chat this week so this is beautifully timely for me!

Wonderful, both in terms of detective work and perseverance!

Thanks, Lilly. :rose:

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Re: ML Locations: Episode 5 - Arrested Development

Postby coco » Sun Sep 13, 2009 6:12 pm

Once again, Lilly, these are wonderful. :flowers:

Thanks so much for the continued investigation work. :thumbs:
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Re: ML Locations: Episode 5 - Arrested Development

Postby helloeeze » Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:40 pm

On my recent trip to LA I took Myimmortal's tour and I can add these.

This is Big Dean's looking outside

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And this is the booth that Mick tried to find the vamp in.

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Re: ML Locations: Episode 5 - Arrested Development

Postby Lilly » Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:13 pm

Thanks, helloeeze! Those are great shots. :thumbs:
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Re: ML Locations: Episode 5 - Arrested Development

Postby Lilly » Tue Sep 15, 2009 10:11 pm

I found it! :yahoo: Finally, after weeks of searching -- I found the filming location for the teen vamp’s apartment building!

For me, this was almost like the Holy Grail of mystery locations because there were almost no visual cues here. It was a non-descript, residential looking neighborhood. The direction of the sun led me to believe that the building might be facing south or west. Other than that all I had to go on was the line of very tall palm trees and the impression that the intersecting street had a bit of an decline.

I looked exhaustively in the Los Feliz area, because even though I knew the building wasn’t on that street, I thought it could be nearby. No luck. I also looked off and on for an area with that particular kind of palm tree lining a smaller street. Talk about needle in a haystack. :roll:

Then today, I just happened to be looking at the Linda Vista Hospital filming location as I was preparing the locations thread for episode 6. It occurred to me that they sometimes filmed in places that were not too far apart from one another. I knew they were at Linda Vista for episode 5, so I scanned the area on Google Earth. When I went down to the street view to look at the back of the hospital entrance, I caught sight of that sort of tall, skinny palm one street over. I zoomed back out and it looked feasible, so I zoomed in on the other street and there it was! Literally right next door to the hospital they use for the morgue.


ETA: I was so excited, I forgot to say I updated the first post. :blushing:
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Re: ML Locations: Episode 5 - Arrested Development - new info

Postby allegrita » Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:00 pm

Woo-hoo, Lilly, you are the best detective! :hug: I think Mick should hire you. :thumbs:

This is soooo cool! :hyper2: :hyper2: :hyper2:
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Re: ML Locations: Episode 5 - Arrested Development - new info

Postby wpgrace » Wed Sep 16, 2009 1:41 am

Oh man, Lilly! Looking down that street! That is so cool! And you are just unbelievably awesome! :clapping: :clapping: :clapping:
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