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Aug
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Rockford Files shooting locations, then and now!

I have to admit I am a sucker for fan stuff like this!  Being able to stand in the very place where movies or shows that I loved actually shot is just a fun “touchstone” to bring me closer to the action that I remember seeing on the big and little screen!  Below is super Rockford fan Jim Suva’s write up on his trip to Rockford Files locations!  The Herbie owners are planning a three day event to do pretty much the same thing for their Sothern California locations next month, so any group of fans can pull this sort of thing off, and if you do, well tell me about it with great info and photos like Jim does!  Enjoy! 
Nate Truman

Rockford Files Locations

 

Written by Jim Suva

In July 2011, Pat McKinney and I went to find the locations that were used on The Rockford Files.  Below are some of the locations we found.

Here is the original location of Jim Rockford’s trailer in the parking lot by the Malibu Pier on Pacific Coast Highway.

The first two pictures are from the show.  Last two are 2011.

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First picture below is Lankershim Blvd. in 2011.  A number of scenes of Jim driving down this street have been used. The second picture is St Charles Boromeo.  The inside of the church was used while filming “Find Me If You Can”.  The church is located on the corner of Moorpark and Lankershim Blvd.

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“The Real Easy Red Dog”  First picture is from the episode.  It shows the Services entrance to Ruehmanm Pontiac in 1975. The next picture is of the dealership today.  It now sells BMW’s.  The third picture is the house where Stefanie Powers character lived in 1975 and the fourth is 2011.

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Jim entering the house and the side view of 4265 Denny Ave. North Hollywood.

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“The Trees, the Bees, and T.T. Flowers”  The church is located on the corner of Cahuenga and Whipple in Toluca Lake.  The first two picture are from 1976.  The third picture was taken 2011.

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“Beamers Last Case”  This is Tony’s Body Shop located at 4730 Blix Street in North Hollywood.  First picture is from 1977 and the next two are 2011.

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Here is Jack Kelly’s characters home at 4365 Forman, Toluca Lake.  First picture is the gate to the property in 1977.  The next picture is the gate 2011.  Third picture is the driveway 1977.  Fourth is the driveway 2011.

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“Hotel of Fear”  Here is the Mob Bosses Nova’s house located at 4256 Navajo, Toluca Lake.  First two pictures are from 1977 and the last two are 2011.

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“Rosendahl and Gilda Stern are Dead”  The intersection is at Cahuenaga and Riverside Drive in Toluca Lake.  This is where Abe Vigoda and Robert Loggia’s characters met.  The first two pictures are from 1978 and the last two are from 2011.

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This is Rocky’s House located at 3654 Lankershim Blvd., Studio City.  The house has had an addition built on the front of house.  It now has a row of trees in front.

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This is Bob Morse’s Beach Cafe, Paradise Cove.  It use to be called the Sandcastle.  It has changed quite a bit over the last few years.  Jim Rockford’s trailer use to be parked in the parking lot.    That part of the  parking lot is now a sandy beach with tables.  Below are pictures of Paradise Cove, July 13, 2011.

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I hope you enjoyed these pictures.  It is always nice to see what the locations look like today.

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7 Responses to “Rockford Files shooting locations, then and now!”


  1. 1 P.S.
    October 9, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Great stuff,..thanks for taking the time to run all that down. It’s good and kinda reassuring to see that some of those old shooting locations still exist.

    Best regards,

    P.S.

  2. 2 Frank Delfavero
    November 23, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Check out: http://therockfordfilestv.blogspot.com/

    It’s a blog dedicated to filming locations for the olf TV series THE ROCKFORD FILES.

    I think you may like it!

  3. 3 John
    November 5, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Thanks 🙂 Recently decided to watch the old series again… nostalgia and an era never again to be repeated. Those were the days

    • 4 Nancy Schmidt
      October 13, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      I loved James Rockford. He was so charming, besides being tall dark & handsome.
      they recently have run the series & I saw an episode filmed in Wrightwood, So fun seeing him chasing around around in that little town.

  4. June 17, 2015 at 5:14 am

    The thing is we need to savor every minute of every day and the people we share them with. The day will come when it’s all gone. Sooner than we thin k.

  5. 6 MARIA HART
    May 19, 2016 at 6:24 am

    There’s body shop on magnolia, in burbank, west of hollywood way that is still there that Jim went to and tt flowers house was on Hatteras just east of Reseda around 18320ish

  6. 7 Evelyn Martin
    August 4, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    love this , thank you


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