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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers - Rat Turd Caper

Then ...  Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland), a field investigator for the City's health department, conducts a surprise visit at a swanky french restaurant.  The staff stiffen in anticipation as he walks in. 

... and Now,  CitySleuth is indebted to reader Larry Nussbaum  for identifying this as the kitchen at Bimbo's 365 Club at 1025 Columbus Avenue in North Beach (map).  The club's website has this 2010 photo of a private dinner set up in the kitchen, looking just the same.  Even the hanging pots.


Then ...  Matthew, on a mission, marches through the kitchen.

... and Now,  the same corner in a recent photo.


    He is thorough ... he finds a rat turd in a pan of soup.  When the affronted owner insists it's a caper ("ca-perr") Matthew smirkingly suggests he eat it.   When he baulks, he is told a health violation notice will be filed.


Then ...  When he leaves, Matthew discovers that disgruntled staff have smashed his windscreen, with a wine bottle, no less.

... and Now,  this was filmed at the rear of Bimbo's.  The private property sign, updated, is still there; so too is the horse hitching post.


Then ...  He drives out along the narrow cul-de-sac, Houston Street, that runs alongside the north edge of the club past its side entrance.  A large billboard and a 7up sign is seen across Columbus Avenue at the alley's end.

... and Now,  there's still an awning over the side entrance and the structural frame that held the overhead lights seen above is still there.  So too is the billboard across Columbus and a (repositioned) 7up sign.


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