Pal Joey | 1957
The art deco frontage of the mansion of wealthy widow Vera Prentice-Simpson (Rita Hayworth) is the entrance to the Coit Memorial Tower, 1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard, atop Telegraph Hill. It's extended and enhanced with quite a bit of pre-CGI matte painting.
The tower was built with a bequest left to the city by Lillie Hitchcock Coit (no relation to Alfred), a Bay City pioneer woman apparently fascinated by firemen, ‘to beautify the city of San Francisco’. You can take the elevator to its 210-foot observation deck for wonderful views of the Bay.
The 'Chez Joey' nightclub is the Spreckels Mansion, 2080 Washington Street overlooking Lafayette Park in Pacific Heights. It's a private home, bought in 1990 by writer Danielle Steel and every year its privacy hedge gets a little taller.
The mansion is also seen in1969 thriller Eye Of The Cat, with Gayle Hunnicutt and Michael Sarrazin