- Robert Downey Jr
- Dan Aykroyd
- Anthony Hopkins
- Geraldine Chaplin
- Kevin Kline
- Penelope Ann Miller
- Milla Jovovich
- Kevin Dunn
visit the film locations
Los Angeles: Flights: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Visit: Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Grace’s Alley, Wellclose Square, off Cable Street, E1.
Visit: Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E8 (tel: 020.8985.2424)
Sussex: ride the Bluebell Railway between Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes
Chaplin filming location: Charlie Chaplin’s childhood home in ‘Lambeth’: The old gasometers on Cheney Road behind King’s Cross
The houses – including Charlie’s home – are a vast set which took four months to build, though the gasometers are real enough (they probably look familiar, having been seen in The Ladykillers, Alfie, Backbeat and Shirley Valentine, as well as many other films, ads and TV shows).
The site has since been extensively redeveloped to accommodate the St Pancras International channel tunnel terminal, and two of the three the gasometers have been removed. Their future is uncertain.
Chaplin filming location: Charlie saves the day at the ‘Aldershot’ theatre: Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Grace’s Alley, Wellclose Square, off Cable Street, London E1
The scene of little tot Chaplin saving the day when his mother’s stage act takes a nose dive, set in ‘Aldershot, Hampshire’, was filmed in the famous Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Grace’s Alley, Wellclose Square, off Cable Street, London E1.
The hall, built in 1858, was the first and one of the most successful of London’s music halls. It was taken over by scandalised Methodists in the 1880s, and run as a mission until 1956, when it became a rag warehouse. For many years it lay dilapidated, used only for film shoots (including Karel Reisz’s Isadora, with Vanessa Redgrave as the flamboyant dancer, The Krays, Douglas McGrath’s 2002 film of Nicholas Nickleby and Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream, as well as music videos (Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Relax must have had the Methodists whizzing round in their graves). It’s now home to the Broomhill Opera.
Chaplin filming location: Chaplin’s drunk act: Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London E8
Chaplin’s first comic success, crashing the stage as a belligerent drunk, was filmed at the beautiful Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London E8. The stageside box, in which he makes his appearance, was built especially for the movie. Charlie Chaplin actually did perform here, but you might be surprised to see the theatre again in Captain America: The First Avenger.
Chaplin filming location: Chaplin’s mother is confined to the asylum: St Pancras Chambers, above St Pancras Station, Euston Road, London NW1
The ‘Cane Hill Asylum’, where Chaplin’s disturbed mother (Geraldine Chaplin – the real Charlie Chaplin’s daughter) is incarcerated, was filmed inside the disused St Pancras Chambers, above St Pancras Station, Euston Road, London NW1, alongside the King’s Cross location. Closed for years, it is occasionally open to the public (one day a year) to view the stunning Victorian interior, recently used for Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins.
The riverside audition for music hall impresario Fred Karno filmed in the grounds of the former Astor estate at Cliveden, Taplow in Berkshire – now a grand luxury hotel – seen as ‘Buckingham Palace’ in the Beatles’ film, Help!
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