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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

D.O.A. - Bigelow Is Kidnapped

  When Bigelow returns to his hotel he is kidnapped and taken to a suave but nefarious dealer, Majak (Luther Adler) (on the right below) who turns out to be Ray Rakubian's uncle. Apparently Rakubian had stolen the iridium and sold it to Phillips, part of Majak's scheme to acquire the iridium.  But now Bigelow knows too much and Majak instructs his henchman Chester (Neville Brand) to dispose of him.


Then ...  Chester, a nasty piece of work, drives Bigelow north on Broadway past the many theaters that were in their heyday in the 1950s.  Below, they are approaching 9th Street with Olympic Blvd crossing behind them.  The bright marquee on the right is the United Artists theater at 933 Broadway.

... and Now,  the theater was built in 1927 by the founders of United Artists - Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks.  It is still there but since 1990 it has been the home of a Protestant church, the Los Angeles University Cathedral,  and is currently listed for sale.


Then ...  As they pass the Orpheum in the next block at 842 Broadway, he tells Bigelow how he plans to kill him - evilly savoring every word.

"I'm going to enjoy this, Bigelow ... I think I'll give it to you in the belly ... you don't like it in the belly ... right in the belly."  Not one to mince his words.

... and Now,   the Orpheum Theater is still there today and newly restored, with that same colorful marquee.  Those lamp-posts haven't changed either.


Then ...  One block on, just after they pass the Globe theater at 744 Broadway, Bigelow reaches over with his foot and jams on the brakes.  He makes a run for it with Chester in hot pursuit.

... and Now,  the marquee is still there but the theater, which most recently housed a nightclub, is now closed.

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