visit the film locations
New York: Flights: JFK Airport
Dine at: Mezzogiorno, 195 Spring Street at Sullivan Street, SoHo (tel: 212.334.2112)
Los Angeles: Flights: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Although it’s set in New York, the film uses a couple of very familiar Los Angeles locations. The old Bank of America Building, 650 South Spring Street, downtown, which also appears as ‘New York’ in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man2 and John Schlesinger’s Marathon Man; as ‘London’ in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige; “Edge City’ in Jim Carrey comedy The Mask; and as – wherever it’s supposed to be in David Fincher’s Se7en. It also becomes the ‘bridal store’, outside which Maya Rudolph has an embarrassing accident in Bridesmaids.
The Ebell of Los Angeles, 4400 West Eighth Street, midtown, is equally adaptable. It was a hospital in both including Forrest Gump and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It hosted an auction in The Addams Family, and has represented all sorts of institutions in Air Force One, Catch Me If You Can, Old School, Cruel Intentions, Darkman, Death Becomes Her, The General’s Daughter, Very Bad Things and The Wedding Planner.
Ghost location: Molly and Sam’s apartment: Prince Street, Tribeca, New York
Ghost location: the mugging gone wrong: Crosby Street, SoHo, New York
Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) takes a bullet during the mugging-gone-wrong as he and Molly return from a night out at the theatre, along Crosby Street between Prince and Spring Streets, only to return from the dead to follow his murderer onto the subway at Franklin Street Station, and on to Myrtle Avenue Station in Brooklyn.
Ghost location: Oda Mae has to convince Molly that Sam is here: Mezzogiorno, Spring Street, SoHo, New York
The cool Italian restaurant, where medium Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) has to convince Molly of Sam's presence ("Ditto") is Mezzogiorno, 195 Spring Street at Sullivan Street in SoHo. Pretty new when the film shot there (it opened in 1987), Mezzogiorno is still serving authentic Florentine fare to the artistic downtown crowd. The walls are now decorated with boxes containing paintings, objects and collages commissioned from a hundred different artists, on the theme of ‘summer days’.
Ghost location: Oda Mae becomes ‘Rita Miller’: Spring Street, downtown Los Angeles
Also in LA are both of the two ‘banks’, where Sam and Oda Mae conspire to scupper the financial scam.
The bank in which Oda Mae verifies the signature of the fictitious ‘Rita Miller’ was in fact the old Bank of America Building, 650 South Spring Street, downtown. The disused interior has been seen in countless films, including Se7en (as the library where Morgan Freeman conducts his research), Jim Carrey comedy The Mask, Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man2 and John Schlesinger’s Marathon Man and, more recently, in Bridesmaids.
Ghost location: closing down Rita Miller’s account: the Ebell of Los Angeles, West Eighth Street, midtown Los Angeles
And the bank where they close the account with Lyle Ferguson is the Lounge of the Ebell of Los Angeles, 4400 West Eighth Street at Lucerne Boulevard, midtown.
This complex, comprised of a women’s club and the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, can be seen in scads of films, including Forrest Gump, The Addams Family, Air Force One, Catch Me If You Can, Old School, Cruel Intentions, Darkman, Death Becomes Her, The General’s Daughter, Very Bad Things and The Wedding Planner.
Ghost filming location: Oda Mae donates the four million dollars to “a bunch o'nuns”: Federal Hall, Wall Street, New York
Oda Mae finally – and unwillingly – donates the four million dollars to “a bunch o'nuns” at the base of the statue of George Washington in front of Federal Hall, 28 Wall Street.