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Old 03-24-2015, 05:57 PM
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Where's That "Grease" Scene Filmed?


a. That drag race in Grease filmed in a huge drainage culvert...where the heck is that filmed? b. Over the years, I noticed some other shows with scenes filmed here. (You can't miss it.) Does anyone know what shows have a scene filmed there? c. Is this some popular teen hang-out in CA?
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Old 03-24-2015, 06:01 PM
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It's the L.A. River. Definitely not a place you want to hang out. Not exactly the best part of town.
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Old 03-24-2015, 06:03 PM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ang...eles_river.jpg
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Old 03-24-2015, 06:04 PM
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http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_River

Btw, most of the Rydell High scenes were shot at Venice High School, my alma mater.
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Yep. Ninja'd.

The Wikipedia article has a Filming Location section, with a picture from Grease.

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All these California dopers, and a PA boy points out that it's the LA River.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...hannelized.jpg

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Old 03-24-2015, 07:10 PM
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Has anyone mentioned that it's the LA River?
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:34 PM
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Has anyone mentioned that it's the LA River?
Around here we call it "Rio Los Angeles."
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Guessed the answer just by the thread title.
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Old 03-25-2015, 01:25 PM
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It's also where the final climactic battle against the giant ants took place in Them!
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Old 03-25-2015, 01:46 PM
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Has anyone mentioned that it's the LA River?
It's the concrete channel where the LA river would flow if there was such a thing as the LA River. It is mostly just an artificial drainage ditch for storm water run-off.

That whole race scene in "Grease" happens on the dry river bottom of this river.

A river that is a dry concrete basin for most of the year is not a river, at least to me.
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Old 03-25-2015, 01:53 PM
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It's the concrete channel where the LA river would flow if there was such a thing as the LA River. It is mostly just an artificial drainage ditch for storm water run-off.

That whole race scene in "Grease" happens on the dry river bottom of this river.

A river that is a dry concrete basin for most of the year is not a river, at least to me.
That's nice but the name for that mostly dry concrete basin is and has been for decades
"The LA River". I'm sorry that you don't like the name. It that's what it's called.

You can work on changing it if you want. When you're done with that you can move on to Greenland.
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A river that is a dry concrete basin for most of the year is not a river, at least to me.
It's a perennial river, it's just the fake floodplain that's dry. Like most rivers
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Many movies have been filmed there. The truck/motorcycle/minibike chase scene in Terminator 2 is a well-known example.
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Also the closing credits of Buckaroo Banzai: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xe3dRw7ovhY
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It's a perennial river, it's just the fake floodplain that's dry. Like most rivers
Exactly. There's always water in the middle channel. The dry flats on the sides are there to contain floods. Catastrophic floods in the 1930's were why the river was channelized in the first place.

There's a major project underway to revert as much of the river as possible to a more a natural appearance while still providing flood control.
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Exactly. There's always water in the middle channel. The dry flats on the sides are there to contain floods. Catastrophic floods in the 1930's were why the river was channelized in the first place.

There's a major project underway to revert as much of the river as possible to a more a natural appearance while still providing flood control.
That is fine. If you want to believe that your little concrete sewer ditch is a river, please continue to delude yourself.
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Old 03-25-2015, 03:33 PM
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Somebody told me it was the LA River.

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You can probably create a whole thread on movie scenes that were filmed in the LA river.

There was a helicopter chase scene between a militarized police copter and two regular police copters (the movie "Blue Thunder").

A space shuttle landed there once. ("The Core")

Any others?

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That is fine. If you want to believe that your little concrete sewer ditch is a river, please continue to delude yourself.
Yes. People often take kayaking trips down sewer ditches.
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The LA Riverin films from Wikipedia.

The Sepulveda Dam in films. (This is located in The Valley and well removed from the usual culvert section of the LA River used in films.)

You can dig around on IMDb for more, but stuff gets filed under "Sepulveda Basin" instead of "Dam", etc.

A lot of natural rivers are dry or nearly dry at times. Parts of the Rio Grande, the last bit of the Colorado, etc.

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That is fine. If you want to believe that your little concrete sewer ditch is a river, please continue to delude yourself.
What ever it is, it certainly isn't a sewer ditch. I wouldn't drink the water of course but it isn't sewage. LA might be a figurative shithole but they don't have open sewers there.
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When I was quite young, we lived in Norwalk, CA. Friends and I used to ride our bikes along the San Gabriel river, which is all concrete like the LA river, but a bit southeast. It was very exciting when it would rain and the water would swell up out of the central channel for a couple of days.

I guess that doesn't add too much to the discussion, except to say that the LA river isn't unique.
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Wasn't it also where the giant ants lived in Them!?

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That is fine. If you want to believe that your little concrete sewer ditch is a river, please continue to delude yourself.
Who peed in your Cheerios?
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From that photo on the Wiki page I've figured out the exact location of the drag race in Grease: that bridge in the background is the Fourth Street bridge in Boyle Heights, and the cars are underneath the Sixth Street bridge pointing north. See it here.

After further research, I can confirm that it is indeed the Los Angeles River.

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...The Sepulveda Dam in films. (This is located in The Valley and well removed from the usual culvert section of the LA River used in films.)...
I just saw John Carpenter's 1981 Escape from New York, and the Dam and spillway are in several scenes as a U.S. Police Force helicopter base (it's supposed to be on the same island as the Statue of Liberty). You can see it at the 0:27 mark here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-LDW7tWwAI
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Just saw a repeat episode of Conan where Conan leaves the studio and joins Archer in an animated chase scene.

That, of course, ends up in the LA River culvert.
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You can probably create a whole thread on movie scenes that were filmed in the LA river.

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Any others?
'76 The Gumball Rally, the one with Michael Sarrazin, Gary Busey, Raul Julia, etc. I remember one scene where they're assing around with their cars, Ferrari and a Cobra, and the action cuts right as one is definitely headed into a flooded portion.
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