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“Cause This is Thriller . . .”

Last week, while cyber-stalking the theatre used in Michael Jackson’s Thriller, I read that the final dance sequence in the video was filmed on a street in Los Angeles named Union Pacific Avenue.  So, of course, I immediately called up Mike from MovieShotsLA to let him know.  Unfortunately, Union Pacific Avenue is a very long street and the two of us had no idea where the exact spot was that Thriller  was filmed.   But, as usual, Mike worked his magic and within about ten minutes he had found it!  He is so my hero!!  So, with only two days left to go of my Haunted Hollywood theme, this morning I dragged my dad out to Union Pacific Avenue to do some Thriller  stalking.

I was EXTREMELY excited to see that the street looks EXACTLY the same today as it did back in 1983 when Thriller  was filmed!  The wall that MJ and his fellow zombies dance in front of is still standing and looks just the same as it did in the Thriller  days.  In fact it was that wall that Mike used to figure out the location of the filming.  Using Google Maps Street View, he went up and down Union Pacific Avenue on his computer looking for the wall, hoping it was still standing.  And it was!  I am absolutely amazed (and thrilled!) that the wall is still there for us stalkers to appreaciate all these years later. 

It also looks like the very same company that inhabited the building where the dance sequence took place twenty five years ago, is still, in fact, stationed there.  As you can see in the above screen captures, the company signage is still in the exact same spot and looks pretty much identical to how it did in the video.  🙂   I can’t tell you how excited I was to be standing in the exact spot where MJ danced twenty-five years ago!   There were a few workers standing around eating breakfast at a food truck while my dad and I were taking pictures and they thought we were absolutely crazy!  They were looking at me while I was doing my Thriller  poses as if I was stark raving mad.  LOL  Love it! 

Had to do it!  🙂

You can watch the Thriller  video here.  On a side note, this year is the 25th Anniversary of Thriller  and Michael Jackson released a 25th Anniversary Special Edition Album  for the occasion.  How did I not know about this????  I mean Thriller  is my favorite album of all time!  The Anniversary Edition contains seven bonus tracks with special guest artists including Fergie and Kanye West, a promotional booklet, and a DVD of music videos including Michael Jackson’s legendary “Billie Jean”  performance at the Motown 25  television special. 

Big THANKS as always to Mike for finding this location – just in time for Halloween, too!  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: The Thriller  main dance sequence location can be stalked at 3701 East Union Pacific Avenue in Los Angeles, just outside the City of Commerce.  The area is highly industrial and not in the safest part of town, so please exercise caution – especially if you visit it at night.

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Darkness Fall Across the Land, the Midnight Hour is Close At Hand . . .

Michael Jackson’s Thriller  is, in my humble opinion, the best music video ever created.  And ever since seeing the Thriller  dance scene from 13 Going On 30  (which has to be one of my favorite movie scenes of all time) I have loved nothing more than to bust out the Thriller  dance at parties!  🙂  I so want to someday do the Thriller Dance at my wedding, but unfortunately I know there is NO way in hell my boyfriend would agree to that!  But since my dad did volunteer to play the Michael Jackson role if I do decide to “rock my reception”, there’s still hope.  🙂  I’m pretty sure he’d even wear the red jacket.  🙂

So when I found out that the movie theater used in Thriller  is located in Downtown Los Angeles, I just had to drag my dad out to stalk it.   The theatre is named the Palace and it is featured in the very beginning of the music video as the location where Michael and his date watch the werewolf movie.  The Palace was designed by G. Albert Landsburgh in 1911 for the Orpheum Vaudeville Circuit company.  The theater was originally named “The Orpheum”, but when a new, and larger, Orpheum theater was built on the same street in 1926, the original Orpheum’s name was changed to the Palace.  The Palace is the oldest remaining Orpheum theater still standing in the United States.  Numerous celebrities have performed at the Palace in the past, including Harry Houdini, Bob Hope, the Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields, and Will Rogers.  After the decline of Vaudeville, the Palace was turned into a regular movie theater showing first run features.  Sadly, though,  the theater closed down in the mid 1990’s and is currently only used for special events and as a filming location.  Besides Thriller, the Palace Theater was also used in the movie Dreamgirls.

I could not have been more excited to see this location in person, especially during the Halloween season.   And, of course, I just had to bust out a little bit of the Thriller  dance while there (which my dad captured in one of the above photos).  The people standing outside the theater thought I was absolutely crazy, but that’s just because they didn’t realize that they were in the midst of a landmark filming location!  How great would it be to rent this place out for a huge Halloween party – or a wedding reception!  🙂    Maybe someday!

  You can watch the entire Thriller  video here.

Until next time, Happy Stalking! 🙂

Stalk It: The Palace Theatre is located at 630 S. Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles.

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More Charmed Locations!

My friend Chelsea is just about as obsessed with the TV series Charmed  as I am with Beverly Hills, 90210.  So while hanging out the other day she asked me to stalk a few Charmed  filming locations for her.  She was just dying to find Finn’s creepy looking house from the Season Four episode entitled “Size Matters”.  In the episode Finn lives in a run-down, haunted-looking, Victorian-style home.  The picture to the left is a screen capture of Finn’s house from the show.  (I just learned how to do screen captures!!! YAY!)   

As soon as I popped in Chelsea’s DVD of the “Size Matters” episode, I immediately recognized the house as what is quite possibly the most famous haunted house in the world.  Turns out Finn’s house is the exact same house used in Michael Jackson’s Thriller  video and I have visited it several times.  In the Charmed  episode the house looks a lot more run down than it actually appears in real life.  I am not sure if the house was actually in a state of disarray back when the Charmed  episode was filmed or if producers added a facade to make it appear more spooky.  In any event, today the house is not quite as creepy as it was when it played Finn’s home.  Ironically, the Thriller  house is just a few doors down from the Victorian that is used as the Halliway Sisters’ home  on the series. 

The next location Chelsea wanted me to stalk was the tunnel used in the Season Six episode entitled “Forget-Me-Not.”  In the episode, Piper’s toddler son Wyatt conjures up a dragon who ends up running wild all over San Francisco.  In one scene, the dragon flies out of what Piper identifies as the “Presidio Tunnel”.  The screen capture to the left shows the tunnel in the episode.  I am so loving this screen capture thing! 🙂  Anyway, after doing a bit of Internet research I found this link on fave website Seeing Stars which led me to a tunnel in Griffith Park called the Mount Hollywood Tunnel.

I was very excited to learn that the Mount Hollywood Tunnel has quite a distinguished filming history.  It was used in Back to the Future 2  as the “River Road Tunnel” where Marty tries to get his almanac back from Biff, in Who Framed Roger Rabbit  it served as the entrance to Toon Town, in War Games  it was the entrance to NORAD, Emma Roberts ran through it in the Nancy Drew  movie, and it was also the location of the accident that killed Marissa Cooper in Mischa Barton’s final episode of The O.C.  And after looking at the Seeing Stars page, I could immediately tell it was the same tunnel used in Charmed.

So yesterday I set out to stalk the Mount Hollywood Tunnel.  I was excited to see that it looks pretty much exactly as it did in the Charmed  episode.  The only difference is that in Charmed  signs were hung on the tunnel entrance saying “Presidio Tunnel”.  Those, of course, were not there in real life.  Also, for some reason, in real life cones have been put up running down the entire center of the tunnel.  If you decide to stalk the tunnel for yourself, please exercise extreme caution!  Cars barrel through it at about 40 mph, and I almost got hit while I was there.  The tunnel is very dark and I don’t think drivers realize that there might be pedestrians inside – so be careful!

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Finn’s house, aka the Thriller  house, is located at 1345 Carroll Avenue in Echo Park, just down the street from the Charmed  House, which can be found at 1329.  Carroll Avenue is a historic neighborhood with a huge collection of beautiful Victorian homes.  Walking tours of the neighborhood are conducted monthly and you can even take a tour of the interior of the Charmed house.  The Mount Hollywood Tunnel is located in Griffith Park, just off Vermont Drive.  Follow Vermont through the park, past the Greek Theatre.  Once you pass the Observatory keep going straight on Vermont to where it turns into Mount Hollywood Drive and it will lead you right through the tunnel.  Once you drive through the tunnel, there is small dirt parking lot where you can park your car and walk back to the tunnel entrance.  The entrance near the parking lot is the side of the tunnel that was used in Charmed.

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