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Thursday December 13th 2018

Dead Again | 1991

Dead Again filming location: Orpheum Theater, 842 South Broadway, downtown Los Angeles
Dead Again location: Roman Strauss conducts in the concert hall: Orpheum Theater, 842 South Broadway, downtown Los Angeles | Photograph: flickr / J Eric Lynxwiler

Dead Again location: High Tower, Hollywood, Los Angeles
Dead Again location: The climax: High Tower, High Tower Drive, Hollywood, Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the backdrop to Kenneth Branagh’s enjoyably flashy, and quite ludicrous, reincarnation thriller, with amnesiac Grace (Emma Thompson) apparently haunted by memories of a past life in which she was brutally murdered.

The Forties monochrome flashbacks see orchestra conductor Roman Strauss (Branagh) apparently wooing Grace in a previous life. The conductor’s grand mansion is 380 South San Rafael Avenue in Pasadena. You can’t see this oft-used mansion from the road, but you may recognise its entrance as the spot where Steve Martin grabs clandestine shots of Eddie Murphy leaving his estate in Hollywood satire Bowfinger.

Dead Again location: Orpheum Theatre, South Broadway, downtown Los Angeles
Dead Again location: Roman Strauss conducts in the concert hall: Orpheum Theatre, South Broadway, downtown Los Angeles

The concert hall, where Strauss conducts, is the beautifully preserved 1926 Orpheum Theatre, 842 South Broadway, downtown Los Angeles, still functioning as a movie house, and seen in plenty of other films, including (500) Days Of Summer, Oliver Stone's The Doors, Tim Burton’s Ed Wood and Oscar-winner The Artist.

The glamorous ‘Syd’s’ restaurant was Perino's, the legendary Los Angeles restaurant, which stood at 4101 Wilshire Boulevard at Norton. The restaurant closed in 1986, since when it was used as a film location. It's now been converted into luxury apartments and, though the restaurant has gone, the restaurant's sign and striking canopy are preserved around the corner on Norton Avenue.

Dead Again location: Perino's, Wilshire Boulevard, midtown Los Angeles
Dead Again location: ‘Syd’s’ restaurant: Perino’s, Wilshire Boulevard, midtown Los Angeles

Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) dines at Perino’s in overheated (don’t dare say “camp’) biopic Mommie Dearest, and it’s where a down-on-his-luck Julian Kaye (Richard Gere) vainly appeals for help from his wealthy clients in American Gigolo.

Dead Again location: Shakespeare Bridge, Franklin Avenue, Los Feliz, Los Angeles
Dead Again location: Mike Church gets beaten up: Shakespeare Bridge, Franklin Avenue, Los Feliz, Los Angeles

In the present day scenes, the elaborate Gothicky bridge, where private dick Mike Church (Branagh again) gets beaten up by faker Doug (Campbell Scott), is Shakespeare Bridge, on Franklin Avenue between Myra Avenue and St George Street, in the Los Feliz district.

Dead Again filming location: Lincoln Heights Jail, North Avenue 19, Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles
Dead Again location: the jail: Lincoln Heights Jail, North Avenue 19, Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles

The jail is good old Lincoln Heights Jail, 421 North Avenue 19, Lincoln Heights. No longer used as a jail, the building is a frequent film location – seen in films as diverse as the 1954 A Star Is Born and A Nightmare On Elm Street.

The climax of the movie was written for the location. Grace’s striking, Italianate apartment complex is High Tower, High Tower Drive, off Camrose Drive west of Highland Avenue, North Hollywood, where the tower houses an outdoor elevator.

High Tower was also the home of Elliott Gould’s down-at-heel Philip Marlowe in Robert Altman’s 1973 take on The Long Goodbye.