Saturday, February 28, 2015

Grease (1978)


A top-ten childhood favorite for sure, I fell in love with Grease with every other kid.  I've been to some of the locations a few times, but like Grease 2, I thought I should sew it all together into one blog entry, so here goes.

First up is the beach, of course, from the opening scene of the movie....





 







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Next up is the front of Rydell High School, aka Venice High School, a location used in many films including A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.  While some of the landscaping and statues have come and gone over the years, it has stood mostly unchanged....









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Immediately to the right of the main entrance is this quad area used where the T-birds talk and Sandy walks into school with Frenchy...





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And just behind that area is the parking lot where the Pink Ladies show up to rule the school....






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The Sandy portion of Summer Nights was shot in the outdoor cafeteria, which is now covered....







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Cuz he sounds like a drag....


Danny's portion was shot on these bleachers.  I've never gotten around to getting on the bleachers yet, but here are some shots from the back....




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Post-lunch, the Pink Ladies learn that Sandy's knight in shining armor is not that far away....



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I've been to Frenchy's house a few times, but alas, no trellis....



 







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Thanks to Chas at itsfilmedthere.com for pointing out the make-out point location....

 






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Here is the track where Danny tries to impress Sandy...




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Back to the Rydell parking lot where Rizzo finds new dates for the dance...




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There are worse things I could do.....











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Even though the neighborhood thinks I'm trashy and no good....


The last day of school!!!


The big end-of-the-school-year carnival!  This time we move to the back of John Marshall High School...
















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One of my all-time favorites to meet, Sandy herself, Olivia Newton-John.....