Pretty In Pink | 1986
Nominally set in the Windy City’s northwestern suburb, 'Elgin, Illinois', the film was made entirely around Los Angeles.
'Trax', the record store where rich boy Blaine (Andrew McCarthy) buys a groovy Steve Lawrence album, and ends up dating shop assistant Andie (Molly Ringwald), is in Santa Monica, at the Third Street Promenade. You won’t be able to pop in to find that classic Eighties vinyl, though. It’s now the Broadway Bar and Grill, 1460 Third Street, at Broadway (directly opposite the Broadway Deli, where Robert De Niro meets Amy Brenneman in Heat).
The exterior of Andie’s ‘Meadowbrook High School’, is John Marshall High School, 3939 Tracy Street, Silverlake, seen also in the original film of Buffy The Vampire Slayer along with John Frankenheimer’s Fifties juve delinquent melodrama The Young Stranger, Eighties bodyswap farce Like Father, Like Son and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Its playing fields were seen in Grease.
‘Meadowbrook’ interiors, though, were filmed in Burroughs Junior High, 600 South McCadden Place, Hancock Park.
Just a block north of Burroughs Middle School, you’ll find the mansion of smugly swanky Steff (James Spader), where Andie has such a bad time at the rich kids’ party. It’s 366 South June Street at West 4th Street in, naturally, Hancock Park.
Although Andie comes from the wrong side of the tracks, the tracks in question run not through a grungy area of Illinois, but through the leafy suburb of Pasadena, carrying the Metro Gold Line from East LA to Sierra Madre. The ramshackle-looking home she shares with her unemployed dad (Harry Dean Stanton) is 1010 Hope Street, at Magnolia Lane, South Pasadena (not far from Mission Station).
When all seems lost, the lovestruck Duckie (Jon Cryer) turns up for Andie at the prom in the often-seen Crystal Ballroom of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.
But he doesn’t get the happy ending the script seemed to be working towards. Re-shoots changed track and paired off Andie with Blaine.
• Many thanks to Woody at Houses of Hancock Park for help with this section.