New York, New York, 1977

Director

Martin Scorsese

Cast

visit the film locations

Los Angeles: Flights: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Crash Mansion, 1024 South Grand Avenue at Olympic Boulevard, downtown LA (tel: 213.747.0999)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 South Grand Avenue at Pershing Square, downtown LA (tel: 213.624.1011)

New York, New York location: Ballroom of the Park Plaza Hotel, South Park View Street, Los Angeles

New York, New York location: de Niro leads the band at the ‘Sullivan House’: Ballroom of the Park Plaza Hotel, South Park View Street, Los Angeles

Martin Scorsese’s brave – or foolhardy – attempt to put real characters into an old-style glossy musical wasn't made in ‘New York’ at all, but in Los Angeles, largely on soundstages at MGM.

Creepily, Liza Minnelli was assigned her mum's old dressing room. Robert De Niro had Greta Garbo's.

Real locations can all be found in downtown Los Angeles, including the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 South Grand Avenue on Pershing Square.

The ‘Sullivan House’, where sax player Jimmy Doyle (De Niro) stands in when bandleader Frankie Harte has to bail out Fowler, is the Ballroom of the Park Plaza Hotel, 607 South Park View Street overlooking MacArthur Park. One of the most-used locations in Los Angeles , if not the world, you can see its wood-panelled Ballroom in Barton Fink, The Big Picture, Chaplin, Hocus Pocus, Hook, Mister Saturday Night, Mobsters, Primal Fear, Stargate, What's Love Got to Do With It? and Not Another Teen Movie among many others, as well as in countless TV series and music videos.

The towering structure, with its spectacular vaulted lobby, was built in the twenties as the Elks Building and long served as a hotel, but as the area around it, particularly MacArthur Park, became associated with drug related violence, it became increasingly deserted and finally closed its doors in 1998. It's now exclusively used for movie shoots and private functions.

Other period-style nightspots include the old Myron's Ballroom, subsequently renamed Grand Avenue, and now reborn as live music venue Crash Mansion, 1024 South Grand Avenue, and the lobby of the splendid Los Angeles Theatre, 615 South Broadway, seen in movies such as Chaplin and Charlie’s Angels.




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