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Thursday November 15th 2018

After Hours | 1985

After Hours location: 28 Howard Street, Soho, New York
After Hours location: Kiki the sculptress conks out: 28 Howard Street, Soho, New York

After Hours filming location: River Diner, New York
After Hours filming location: the all-night diner: River Diner (since demolished), 11th Avenue, New York

New York’s SoHo district is the setting for the best of eighties ‘yuppie nightmare’ genre movies. It's a minor Martin Scorsese film, but it piles on the paranoia with a furious energy.

After Hours filming location: Spring Street Station, New York
After Hours filming location: Paul can’t afford the fare back uptown: Spring Street Station, New York

Word processor (back in the days when that was a job description) Paul Hackett (Griffin Dunne) ventures down to this expensive, if rundown, artsy enclave to meet goofy Marcy Franklin (Rosanna Arquette).

After Hours filming location: Crosby Street, SoHo, New York
After Hours filming location: Paul is dropped off by the cab: Crosby Street at Howard Street, SoHo, New York

If you really want to follow him, take the subway down to Spring Street, the station where the near-penniless Paul fails to talk his way onto the platform when ticket prices are suddenly hiked up.

28 Howard Street at Crosby Street is the spacious loft of dour sculptress Kiki Bridges (Linda Fiorentino), where Marcy inconsiderately conks out, leaving Paul broke, stranded and at the mercy of fearsomely protective locals. It’s been seriously gentrified since 1985 and now houses a smart clothes shop.

After Hours filming location: River Diner, New York
After Hours filming location: the all-night diner: River Diner (since demolished), 11th Avenue, New York

The wonderfully obliging diner to which Paul scuttles back throughout the course of an increasingly frantic night was the River Diner, 452 11th Avenue at 37th Street, way to the north. Unfortunately, it’s recently been demolished.

After Hours location: The Emerald Pub, 308 Spring Street, Soho, New York
After Hours location: the ‘Terminal Bar’: The Emerald Pub, now closed, 308 Spring Street, Soho, New York

Further west still is the ‘Terminal Bar’, where Tom the Barman (John Heard) pours beer and Paul keeps company with a brace of leather queens. You've missed the opportunity to try a beer here, Irish tap room, the Emerald Pub, which opened in 1972, finally cloed its doors for good in 2015. It stood at 308 Spring Street at Renwick Street.

After Hours film location: The Emerald Pub, 308 Spring Street, Soho, New York
After Hours location: the ‘Terminal Bar’: The Emerald Pub, now closed, 308 Spring Street, Soho, New York

Across the road, at 307 Spring Street, you can see the apartment of ‘Miss Beehive 1965’, disaffected barmaid, Teri Garr.

After Hours film location: Metropolitan Life Tower, Madison Avenue, New York
After Hours location: Paul finally arrives back at work: Metropolitan Life Tower, Madison Avenue, New York

The elaborate iron gates of Paul ’s workplace, outside which he’s finally dumped, are those of the Metropolitan Life Tower, Madison Avenue between 23rd and 24th Streets by Madison Square Park.