When ABC’s Modern Family filmed on Main Street in November 2012, I started to wonder what other movies or television shows have used Alhambra as a backdrop for their story and whether the city has become a frequent destination for filmmakers.
Alhambra’s close proximity to Hollywood, Burbank, and other major studio locations makes it easy for production crews to go back and forth between stage sets and live locations. Also, the diversity of our cityscape can easily transport a story from the hustle and bustle of Chinatown to the quaint and pleasant charm of a Southern home in just a few miles.
The Internet Movie Database lists 53 films and television shows that have used Alhambra as one of their filming locations. The following are just a few:
Halloween (1978) Scenes of this movie starring Jamie Lee Curtis were shot at Garfield Elementary School.
Father of the Bride (1991), Thirteen Days (2001), and Guess Who (2005)All three movies shot scenes at a local house at 500 N. Almansor Rd (main image).
House of Sand and Fog (2003)Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley star in this drama filmed at Alhambra City Hall.
Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)Car stunts for this film starring Lindsay Lohan were filmed on Main Street.
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)Jeremy Piven and Ken Jeong star in this comedy shot at the current location of the BMW Collision Center on 3001 Main St.
Sliders (1995-2000)This sci-fi show was shot at the former C.F. Braun & Co. campus, now The Alhambra, on Fremont Avenue and Mission Road.
Hell’s Kitchen (2007)Aspiring chefs on this reality show competed during one of the season's challenges inside the Alhambra High School cafeteria.
Parenthood (2010)This family drama used Diner on Main as a family restaurant in Berkeley, Calif.
NCIS (2012)The Alhambra on Fremont Avenue and Mission Road doubled as a criminal investigation scene for this police procedural.
Modern Family (2012)Blitz Ultra Lounge on Main Street posed as a gay club in Palm Springs.