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San Francisco’s movie landmarks
Coit Tower: In “Boys & Girls,” “After the Thin Man,” “Dr. Dolittle,” “Sister Act 2,” “The Enforcer,” “The Presidio,” “The Rock,” “Innerspace.”
The narrow, white concrete column atop Telegraph Hill has been a part of San Francisco’s skyline since 1933 and offers spectacular views of the bay and the city. Coit Tower has been in the backdrop of numerous movies filmed in San Francisco and was called “vaguely phallic” by Tyne Daly’s character in the “Dirty Harry” movie “The Enforcer.” It has been a place to watch movies, too, with projectors set up to show films on the side of tower.
Observation deck, $7 for nonresidents, $5 for seniors and youths (12-17), $2 for children (5-11), http://sfrecpark.org/CoitTower.aspx.
City Hall: In “A View to a Kill,” “Bedazzled,” “Bicentennial Man,” “Class Action,” “Final Analysis,” “Foul Play,” “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” “Jagged Edge,” “Magnum Force,” “Milk,” “The Rock,” “The Wedding Planner.”
City Hall has one of the largest domes in the world and replaced a structure destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. It was used extensively at the end of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and Sean Penn, in his Academy Award-winning portrayal of gay rights activist Harvey Milk, gave an impassioned speech on its steps. Metro City Hall from the animated Will Ferrell movie “Megamind” was an homage to San Francisco’s City Hall.
Alamo Square: In “Murder in the First,” “Nine Months,” “The Conversation,” “Mrs. Doubtfire.”
The neighborhood and park are among the most photographed spots in San Francisco because of the Painted Ladies, a row of Victorian houses facing the park on Steiner Street. The Ladies have been a favorite of film and television producers and were used in the opening shot for the sitcom “Full House.” The house where Robin Williams dressed up as Mrs. Doubtfire posing as his ex-wife’s nanny is north of the park at Steiner and Broadway.
San Francisco movie tours: The three-hour tours are offered daily at 10:30 a.m.; $47; www.sanfranciscomovietours.com/.
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