I love Los Angeles, so it should come as no surprise that many of my favorite onscreen productions feature the city as a character, like Beverly Hills, 90210, L.A. Story, The Big Picture, Clueless, and, of course, L.A. Confidential, the 1997 neo-noir film that propelled Russell Crowe to stardom.
Ever since I saw L.A. Confidential in theatres, I have longed to visit the arch-windowed liquor store where Crowe’s Bud White first lays eyes on Veronica Lake-lookalike Lynn Bracken (Kim Basinger), in all of her velvet-caped glory. A popular filming locations book erroneously stated that the storefront could be found somewhere on Larchmont Avenue and I, along with a good friend, spent an afternoon walking up and down Larchmont unsuccessfully searching for the place.
It wasn’t until a few months later that the actual location was discovered to me, thanks to a reader of my blog who had fortuitously taken surface streets to work one morning in an effort to avoid traffic. During her drive, she happened to pass by a yellow storefront at 1279 South Cochran Avenue in the Mid-Wilshire area that she recognized immediately as the L.A. Confidential liquor store.
In reality, the site, which seems to have been frozen in time since its onscreen appearance 16 years ago, houses Ramon’s Cane Shop, a chair caning/furniture repair establishment that was originally founded in 1965. If you happen to drop by the place, be sure to tell them Rolo Tomassi sent you.
Above: A screen capture from L.A. Confidential (left) and a photograph of the site taken in November 2013.
Lindsay Blake is an actress, writer, celebrity admirer and Los Angeles enthusiast who contributes to CityThink each Thursday. Her true love is filming locations, and she founded the Web site IAMNOTASTALKER in 2007 to document her vast findings on the subject. For more “stalking” fun, you can follow Lindsay on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.