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Locations ?

Posted: Wed May 21, 2008 10:46 am
by johnbamber
Hey, just wondering if anyone here knows or has seen first-hand any of the locations used in the driving montages or city scenes, the mansion from Goliath Returns, the building from the foundation, stuff that's used in multiple episodes... etc.

Seeing this show has often made me want to just get in my car and drive cross-country on backroads. I wonder if anyone might know of a map outlying routes often used on the show, like a "Knight Rider Tour" or something... anyone have any insight on this?

Re: Locations ?

Posted: Fri May 30, 2008 12:53 am
by Sue
I’m surprised no one has answered this one yet. I’ve still got Rookie status but I’ll give it my best shot since most of these places are in my neck of the woods.
I would start with the Universal Studios tour. I know a lot of scenes were shot on the lot. I can think of one in particular, “Halloween Knight.”
Next I would drive around the area. I have recognized near by streets like Lankershim Boulevard and Barham Boulavard as frequently traveled streets. I can recall an episode I think in season one where Michael says, “I wish we could be back in LA.” And right behind them is the Lankershim street sign. Ha Ha. And I know an oft repeated shot of KITT backing out of the Semi was shot on Barham outside of Griffith park. I think some others might have been Mulholland Drive.

Next up the Greystone Mansion. http://www.greystonemansion.org/
This was the Knight Estate in the pilot episode.

Then comes the Arden Villa. http://www.knightindustries.50megs.com/
FLAG headquarters.

Farther out of town you will find the Templin Highway. This is the one you are after if you are looking for a drive. Both Classic Knight Rider and the new Knight Rider movie were shot on this highway. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Templin_Highway

And close to that you will find the Saugus Speedway. http://www.saugusspeedway.com/
The location of “Slammin Sammys” and I think some other episodes.

Now come on you guys, if I a newbie can pull that off the top of my head I think some of you operatives out there must have some more trivia to offer.

Re: Locations ?

Posted: Fri May 30, 2008 2:16 pm
by KITTfan
Here's one location, the "Bedford dam" from Knightmares and it was used also in Redemption of a Champion. It's Sepulveda dam located in Los Angeles:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sepulveda_Dam

Re: Locations ?

Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:01 pm
by johnbamber
These are great! Definitely keep 'em coming! I take it they were all shot on California somewhere? I

Re: Locations ?

Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 9:21 pm
by kitt1
Sue, Since you are in LA, would there be any chance you would be willing to go to specific filming locations and shoot photos of what they look like today? At your leisure of course. If we could provide screencaps showing street signs, etc... Like the following example. These are shots from "TRUST DOESN'T RUST". As you can see, the fictional Three Rings burger joint was at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 9th Street. There are reference points, such as the Firestone tire center on one corner of Pacific and 9th. The Thrifty Drug Store and Newberry's on the other corner.It also appears there's a Union 76 station on another corner. I realize that some of these businesses may probably have closed since then, but the intersection is still there. I think it would be great if from time to time a different location could be documented. Other members could help by going through episodes and finding other locations with street signs like these. Anyone interested in this project, please chime in.

Mark Puette
SOUTHERN KNIGHTS

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Re: Locations ?

Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 3:30 am
by Sue
That could be fun. Some day I’ll have to head down to that one. Perhaps there are other people in the area that would be up to helping me out. Maybe we could put together a Knight Rider tour. The only digital camera I have is on my video camera and it is very poor quality. I usually shoot film and then scan the negative, but that process is much more time consuming. But here is a challenge in return. I believe this location is in an episode somewhere, only I can’t remember what one. I do remember Michael saying something like, he wishes they could be back in LA. The shot was inside KITT with this church and I believe a 76 gas station where the empty lot (with trees) is in the second picture today. At the time I first watched it, I paused it, and you could see in the shot the street sign clearly read Lankershim. That sign would be the one you see here to the right of the church.
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Re: Locations ?

Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:09 am
by Joe Huth
Sue - I've got addresses for quite a few KR locations around your area...if you'd be willing, we can send you screenshots and you can go and check them out!

Joe

Re: Locations ?

Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:33 am
by Stylez
Who was it that posted up some pics of "then and now" locations a few years back? Was it you Joe? Maybe it was Mike?

Re: Locations ?

Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:11 pm
by Sue
So I was returning a book at the library… Kinda boring huh?
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Or was it? Go pull out Knight 1:7 "No Big thing", and look at time code 20:33
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Re: Locations ?

Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:35 am
by kitt1
Sue, You mean these shots? It's hardly changed in 26 years. The glass front door has been changed, the trees are bigger and a couple of other things, but it still pretty much looks the same.

Mark Puette
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Re: Locations ?

Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 1:42 am
by Sue
Good work! Even the phones are still there. The only difference, aside from the doors, they took out a bench and put in a handicap ramp. …and SHADO is sitting in for a cop car. I sure wish I could remember what episode those other shots were from.

Re: Locations ?

Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 3:24 am
by one_man
[quote="kitt1"]Sue, Since you are in LA, would there be any chance you would be willing to go to specific filming locations and shoot photos of what they look like today? At your leisure of course. If we could provide screencaps showing street signs, etc... Like the following example. These are shots from "TRUST DOESN'T RUST". As you can see, the fictional Three Rings burger joint was at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 9th Street. There are reference points, such as the Firestone tire center on one corner of Pacific and 9th. The Thrifty Drug Store and Newberry's on the other corner.It also appears there's a Union 76 station on another corner. I realize that some of these businesses may probably have closed since then, but the intersection is still there. I think it would be great if from time to time a different location could be documented. Other members could help by going through episodes and finding other locations with street signs like these. Anyone interested in this project, please chime in.

Mark Puette
SOUTHERN KNIGHTS

Hi, kitt1:

I am excited to see someone is looking for this location.
I accidently discover this corner when I was visiting
some Macgyver filming locations in San Pedro.

use maps.google.com and street view
here is the location:
900 Pacific Ave. & 9th St., San Pedro, 90731 CA

I also visited many KR locations two weeks ago.
More to come!

One_man from San Diego

Re: Locations ?

Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 4:31 am
by Sue
Thanks one man! You really can make a difference :lol: that street view feature is awesome!! Sure saved me some gas.
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Re: Locations ?

Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:36 am
by Joe Huth
Here's a bunch I compiled:

FLAG HQ:
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Armand's Restaurant, "Knight of the Chameleon":
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Bernie's Mansion, "Diamonds Aren't a Girl's Best Friend":
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Toni's House, "Knight of the Chameleon":
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Eduardo's Warehouse, "Mouth of the Snake":
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FLAG HQ in the Pilot and most of first season:
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Mr. D's Marine, "KITT vs KARR":
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Monk's Cellar, "The Ice Bandits":
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Psycho House, "Halloween Knight":
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Race Track, "Knight Racer" (it was torn down in the early 90's; now a mall):
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Race Track, "Pilot", "Slammin Sammy's" and "Knights of the Fast Lane":
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Dam, "Knightmares" and "Redemption of a Champion":
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Old West town climax, "Short Notice":
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Taneka's complex, "Knight of the Rising Sun" (also FLAG HQ in Team Knight Rider):
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Hotel, "The Topaz Connection" and "Goliath Returns":
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Main Street used in "Silent Knight" at the beginning:
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Main street used in "White-Line Warriors":
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Enjoy!
Joe

Re: Locations ?

Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 11:56 am
by kitt1
Joe, Is Bernies Mansion also Wayne Manor from the original BATMAN tv series?

Mark Puette
SOUTHERN KNIGHTS

Re: Locations ?

Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:01 pm
by kitt1
one_man,
Did you take photos of those locations? If so, can you post them with addresses? Also, I would like to see the actual corner that the THREE RINGS was. Is there still a building there? By the way, did anyone notice that the menu board that KARR smashes said THREE RING not THREE RINGS.

Mark Puette
SOUTHERN KNIGHTS

one_man wrote:
kitt1 wrote:Sue, Since you are in LA, would there be any chance you would be willing to go to specific filming locations and shoot photos of what they look like today? At your leisure of course. If we could provide screencaps showing street signs, etc... Like the following example. These are shots from "TRUST DOESN'T RUST". As you can see, the fictional Three Rings burger joint was at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 9th Street. There are reference points, such as the Firestone tire center on one corner of Pacific and 9th. The Thrifty Drug Store and Newberry's on the other corner.It also appears there's a Union 76 station on another corner. I realize that some of these businesses may probably have closed since then, but the intersection is still there. I think it would be great if from time to time a different location could be documented. Other members could help by going through episodes and finding other locations with street signs like these. Anyone interested in this project, please chime in.

Mark Puette
SOUTHERN KNIGHTS

Hi, kitt1:

I am excited to see someone is looking for this location.
I accidently discover this corner when I was visiting
some Macgyver filming locations in San Pedro.

use maps.google.com and street view
here is the location:
900 Pacific Ave. & 9th St., San Pedro, 90731 CA

I also visited many KR locations two weeks ago.
More to come!

One_man from San Diego

Re: Locations ?

Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:47 pm
by Joe Huth
kitt1 wrote:Joe, Is Bernies Mansion also Wayne Manor from the original BATMAN tv series?

Mark Puette
SOUTHERN KNIGHTS


Yep, the one and the same.

Joe

Re: Locations ?

Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:50 pm
by kitt1
The debris field behind the Psycho house looks like the crash scene set from the Tom Cruise, WAR OF THE WORLDS.

Mark puette
SOUTHERN KNIGHTS

Re: Locations ?

Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 1:01 pm
by Joe Huth
kitt1 wrote:The debris field behind the Psycho house looks like the crash scene set from the Tom Cruise, WAR OF THE WORLDS.

Mark puette
SOUTHERN KNIGHTS


It might be - I haven't seen that movie. Here's a better shot of the wreckage:

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Re: Locations ?

Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:20 pm
by one_man
[quote="kitt1"]one_man,
Did you take photos of those locations? If so, can you post them with addresses? Also, I would like to see the actual corner that the THREE RINGS was. Is there still a building there? By the way, did anyone notice that the menu board that KARR smashes said THREE RING not THREE RINGS.

Hi, kitt1,

I have hundreds of photos of the locations I visited.
I will post them once I sort things out.

I did take a pic of the 'drive thru' place of the 'Three Rings'.
I happened to capture the '..Taco' sign in the photo so I
was able to google it. It's 'El Taco' today.

enjoy!

one_man

[1982] ===> [2008]
Thrifty store ==> KRAGEN auto parts
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Three Rings ==> El Taco (901 S Pacific Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731)
(cues: compare small windows in the original scene)
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Firestone tire center ==> American Tire Depot (837 S Pacific Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731)
(It only allows me to post three pic at a time)

Re: Locations ?

Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:53 pm
by one_man
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Firestone Tire (American Tire Depot today)
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Another scene (when Michael and KITT were searching for KARR)
It's on the Pacific Ave. and near 15th St. (cue from the scene)
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Same location in 2008 (notice the cue in the red ellipse)
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Re: Locations ?

Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:08 pm
by kitt1
one_man, Great shots! You did your homework and shot your NOW photos from the same spot and angle. Would you happen to have a shot of the back of EL TACO from the same angle where KARR pulls up to the drive through order menu board? That would be cool to see.

Mark Puette
SOUTHERN KNIGHTS

Re: Locations ?

Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:25 pm
by kitt1
Maybe like these...

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Mark Puette
SOUTHERN KNIGHTS

Re: Locations ?

Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:30 pm
by one_man
kitt1 wrote:one_man, Great shots! You did your homework and shot your NOW photos from the same spot and angle. Would you happen to have a shot of the back of EL TACO from the same angle where KARR pulls up to the drive through order menu board? That would be cool to see.

Mark Puette
SOUTHERN KNIGHTS


Sorry, I don't have a photo from that angle. I was too focused on the street corner and
took only one shot at the drive thru as posted above. I hope someone in LA area could
visit there and take more photos (I live in San Diego).

one_man

Re: Locations ?

Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:54 am
by johnbamber
Fantastic!!

Anyone recognize any of the rural areas, from the driving montages?