Rockford Files Locations
Written by Jim Suva
In July 2011, Pat McKinney and I started to find the locations, that were used on The Rockford Files. Below are some of the locations we found, plus we will be adding more locations as we find them.
Here is the original location of Jim Rockford's trailer in the parking lot by the Malibu Pier on Pacific Coast Highway.
The first two pictures are from the show. Last two are 2011.
First picture below is Lankershim Blvd. in 2011. A number of scenes of Jim driving down this street have been used. The second picture is St Charles Boromeo. The inside of the church was used while filming "Find Me If You Can". The church is located on the corner of Moorpark and Lankershim Blvd.
"The Real Easy Red Dog" First picture is from the episode. It shows the Services entrance to Bob Ruehman Pontiac in 1975. The next picture is of the dealership today. It now sells BMW's. The third picture is the house where Stefanie Powers character lived in 1975 and the fourth is 2011.
Jim entering the house and the side view of 4265 Denny Ave. North Hollywood.
"The Trees, the Bees, and T.T. Flowers" The church is located on the corner of Cahuenga and Whipple in Toluca Lake. The first two picture are from 1976. The third picture was taken 2011.
"Beamers Last Case" This is Tony's Body Shop located at 10953 Blix Street in North Hollywood. First picture is from 1977 and the next two are 2011.
Here is Jack Kelly's characters home at 4365 Forman, Toluca Lake. First picture is the gate to the property in 1977. The next picture is the gate 2011. Third picture is the driveway 1977. Fourth is the driveway 2011.
"Hotel of Fear" Here is the Mob Bosses Nova's house located at 4256 Navajo, Toluca Lake. First two pictures are from 1977 and the last two are 2011.
"Rosendahl and Gilda Stern are Dead" The intersection is at Cahuenga and Riverside Drive in Toluca Lake. This is where Abe Vigoda and Robert Loggia's characters met. The first two pictures are from 1978 and the last two are from 2011.
This is Rocky's House located at 3654 Lankershim Blvd., Studio City. The house has had an addition built on the front of house. It now has a row of trees in front.
This is Bob Morse's Beach Cafe, Paradise Cove. It use to be called the Sandcastle. It has changed quite a bit over the last few years. Jim Rockford's trailer use to be parked in the parking lot. That part of the parking lot is now a sandy beach with tables. Below are pictures of Paradise Cove, July 13, 2011.
Updated July 2012: "Gearjammers"episode. Here is the Gearjammer bar, which is located at 28434 Roadside Dr. Agoura Hills, CA.
Here is the home used in "A Bad Deal In The Valley". It is located at 4312 Hunt Club Lane, Westlake Village, CA 91361.
This is the intersection of Sarah St. and Ledge Ave. in North Hollywood. It was used in "Sticks And Stones May Break Your Bones, But Waterbury Will Bury You".
Here is the home used several times in the series. "Profit And Loss","The Trouble With Warren", "The Deep Blue Sleep" located at the corner of Belair Drive and Amapola Lane in Belair. The third picture is from "Profit and Loss" episode. The fourth picture is Tom Martin's Firebird sitting where Jim, parked his Firebird. This picture was taken in 2014 by Tom.
Here is the Green Spot Motel, 16937 C St Victorville, CA 92395. It was used in the pilot "Backlash Of The Hunter". Photo by Steve Reich 2013.
The Vincent Thomas Bridge used in "Gear Jammers Part 2". These photos are by Tom Martin 2014. His 1975 Rockford Files Firebird replica is in some of these pictures.
The first two pictures are of the Best Western Hotel from "Tall Woman in Red Wagon" episode. The third and fourth pictures is where Rockford backs into Stoners car. Photos by Pat McKinney 2013.
The Buena Vista Inn from the episode "Sleight Of Hand". It is located in Thousand Oaks, CA. Photos by Pat McKinney 2013.
Here is the Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes. It was used in the episode "2 Into 5.56 Won't Go" from 1975. The first picture is from the show. The second picture is what it looks like today. Tom Martin 2014, took these pictures and included the last picture of his 75 Firebird at the location.
From "Gear Jammers". The La Paz Liquor at 4101 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505. First picture is from the series and the other two are from Tom Martin taken in 2014.
"Gearjammers" Pat McKinney sent in these pictures in. 1st picture is from the episode and the 2nd and 3rd are from 2014. Victory Auto Body & Paint Inc is located at 4220 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505.
From "Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs" episode. This is the Martin/Baja Cantina located in Marina Del Rey, CA. The first picture is from the episode. The second picture is what it looks like today, with Tom Martin's 1975 Firebird parked in front.
From: "Drought At Indianhead River". Pat McKinney located at the Veterans Facility Campus 16111 Plummer St., in North Hills, CA 91343 used in . (The building is actually located close to the intersection of Woodley Ave. and Lessan St.) He took some wonderful pictures of the Facility below marked 2014.
From: "Quickie Nirvana". Pat McKinney found this location at Latigo Canyon about 1/4 mile north of Pacific Coast Highway. The two pictures below mark 2014 were taken by Pat McKinney.
From: "Say Goodbye to Jennifer". The first picture was taken in 1975. The second picture with Tom Martin's 1975 Firebird from 2014. Picture taken by Tom Martin.
"The Deuce" Pat McKinney took this picture of here is The Ramp in 2014. Located at the 5 Freeway and Hollywood Way.
From "Gearjammers". The first 2 pictures are from the episode (1975). The last two pictures are by Pat McKinney (2014). This location is at Olive St and at the end of Flower.
From: "Italian Bird Fiasco". The Sportsmen's Lodge, 12825 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. Pat McKinney sent in these pictures. The first 2 are from the episode and the last 2 are today 2014.
From: "The Battle Of Canoga Park". Chalco's Motorcycle shop located at 1329 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505. The 1st picture is from the epsiode in 1977. The 2nd and 3rd pictures were taken by Pat McKinney in 2014.
From "Charlie Harris At Large". This is Alfred Bannister's House. It is located at Mulholland and Las Virgenes Rd. It is now the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy. The 1st two pictures are from 1975's episode. The 3rd and 4th pictures were taken by Pat McKinney in 2014.
From: " Charlie Harris at Large". Here is the gas station that Linda Bannister goes to to get a taxi cab. This Gas Station is located on Las Virgenes Rd just north of Agoura Rd.
Pictures by Pat McKinney in 2014.
From: "Sticks And Stones May Break Your Bones, But Waterbury Will Bury You". This apartment complex is located at 23923 DeVille Way, Malibu, CA. Pictures by Pat McKinney.
This is the Malibu Coast Animal Hospital located at 23431 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA. Pictures by Pat McKinney.
From: "Rock 'n' Roll Will Never Die". This is the Malibu Court House at 23541 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA. Pictures by Pat McKinney.
From: "Queen Of Peru", episode. This is the Mailbu Beach RV Parl located at 25801 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265. The 1st picture is from the episode in 1977 and the 2nd picture was taken by Pat McKinney in 2014.
From the episode :"Return to the 38th Parallel " this was the Repose Mortuary. It's located in the Paradise Cove Trailer Park. The 1st two pictures are from the episode in 1976. The 3rd picture by Pat McKinney in 2014.
"The Four Pound Brick" episode. This is Kate Banning's house. Located at 2627 N. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027 . This was sent in by Brian Bernsen. The 1st picture is from the series taken in 1974. The second was taken from Google Maps 10/15.
"No Fault Affair", episode. This is Rita's apartment located at 216 East Valencia, Burbank, CA. These pictures were sent to me by Brian Bernsen. The first picture is from the episode in 1979. The second picture is Brian's Firebird parked in front of the same building in 2015.
"The Paper Place", episode. This the Canadian American Trading Company located at 500 East Olive, Burbank, CA. Brian Bernsen sent me these pictures. The first picture is from the episode in 1978 and the second is Brian's Firebird in front of the same building in 2015.
We hope you enjoyed these pictures. It is always nice to see what the locations look like today. Special thank you to Pat McKinney, Steve Reich, Tom Martin and Brian Bernsen, who found and photographed these locations, that I am sharing with you today!
If anyone in the Los Angeles are knows of any other Rockford filming locations, please send me pictures and information to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.