Some Like It Hot, 1996
visit the film locations
San Diego: flights: San Diego International Airport, North Harbor Drive, San Diego
Stay at: the Hotel Del Coronado, 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, San Diego (tel: 1.800.468.3533)
San Diego was where the T Rex went on the rampage in Steven Spielberg’s The Lost World, right? Wrong. After a brief establishing shot of the city, all scenes were filmed near the studio in the San Fernando Valley.
Some Like It Hot location: hiding out in the ‘Miami’ hotel: Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego
Regularly cropping up near the top of Best Comedy of All Time lists (and boasting the best last line ever), the exteriors for Billy Wilder’s classic were filmed in a mere seven days at Coronado Beach near San Diego, standing in for 1920s ‘Florida’.
This 700-room Victorian fantasy, built in 1888, has long been frequented by the rich and famous, including no less than eight US presidents, stage actress Sarah Bernhardt, Charlie Chaplin, and – according to legend – it’s where king-to-be Edward met Mrs Wallis Simpson.
Its other connection with movie history is that this is where Frank L Baum wrote much of The Wizard of Oz, and its fussy Gingerbread appearance is said to have inspired the description of Oz.
So, fittingly, Buddy Ebsen spent a month recuperating here from the effect of breathing in aluminium dust – and considering whether to sue MGM – after starting work as the original Tin Man in the 1939 film.