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Tuesday June 19th 2018

Memento | 2000

Memento location: Travel Inn, Foothill Boulevard, Tujunga, San Fernando Valley
Memento location: Leonard's ‘Discount Inn’ motel: Travel Inn, Foothill Boulevard, Tujunga, San Fernando Valley

Like Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects, Christopher Nolan’s ingeniously-plotted, reverse-timescale mystery, requires multiple viewings.

The film was shot almost entirely in Los AngelesSan Fernando Valley, where most of the major film studios can be found – and hence a popular area for location filming.

There's no ‘Discount Inn’. The motel in which amnesiac Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) holes up, is the Travel Inn, 7254 Foothill Boulevard, Tujunga at Hillhaven Avenue. Will Smith stays here in 2008 drama Seven Pounds. The motel is not far from the animal sanctuary location for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Tujunga, incidentally, is where you'll find Elliot’s house from E.T..

Memento location: Monte Vista Mobile Estates, Foothill Boulevard, Sunland, San Fernando Valley
Memento location: “I’m chasing this guy. No. He’s chasing me...”: Monte Vista Mobile Estates, Foothill Boulevard, Sunland, San Fernando Valley

As Leonard drives to meet Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss) he passes 510 North Victory Boulevard, directly opposite the Burger King behind which Doc Emmett lived in Back to the Future).

OK. So what am I doing? I’m chasing this guy. No. He’s chasing me...”: Leonard plays cat-and-mouse, or mouse-and-cat, with Dodd around the motor homes of Monte Vista Mobile Estates, 8100 Foothill Boulevard, Sunland.

Memento location: Edward I Zwern Building, Foothill Boulevard, Sunlad, San Fernando Valley
Memento location: ‘Fact No.6’ at ‘Emma’s Tattoos’: Edward I Zwern Building, Foothill Boulevard, Sunland, San Fernando Valley

Directly across the boulevard, Hatti-Kay Coiffures, in the Edward I Zwern Building, 8119 Foothill Boulevard at Mather, became ‘Emma’s Tattoo’, where “Fact No. 6: car license SG13 7IU” is inked onto Leonard’s body.

Memento location: The Blue Room, South San Fernando Road, Burbank, San Fernando Valley
Memento location: ‘Ferdy’s Bar’: The Blue Room, South San Fernando Road, Burbank, San Fernando Valley

Natalie puts Leonard’s short-term memory loss to the test by serving up disgustingly contaminated beer. ‘Ferdy’s Bar’ is the Blue Room, 916 South San Fernando Road at Alameda Avenue, Burbank, which can also be seen in Touch and Change of Heart.

Behind the corrugated front is a stylish neighbourhood bar, good for after-work drinks and with a rep for attracting studio execs. It's also the bar at which Nate (Jon Voight) is drinking when he gets a call from McCauley (Robert de Niro) to get Van Zant’s address in Michael Mann’s Heat.