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HAROLD AND MAUDE

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Filming Locations —

Brisbane, San Mateo County: Southern Pacific Railroad Bayshore Yard.

Burlingame, San Mateo County: Mills Peninsula Hospital and Medical Center.

Colma, San Mateo County: Holy Cross Cemetery.

Dumbarton Bridge, Alameda County and San Mateo County.

Emeryville, Alameda County: Mudflats west of Highway 580.

Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County: A daisy field and farmhouse that Harold drove past is located along Highway 92 towards Half Moon Bay.

Hillsborough, San Mateo County: Rose Court Mansion on Stacey Court.

Niles, Alameda County: The old Essenay Studios.

Pacifica, San Mateo County: Cliffs above the Pacific Ocean.

Palo Alto, Santa Clara County: St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 745 Waverly at Homer Street. Harold and Maude's picnic was on Sand Hill Road, about a mile off Highway 280.

Pescadero, San Mateo County: Supposedly, the shot of Harold swerving while heading to the cliffs, was done at Pescadero Road at Highway 1.

Redwood City, San Mateo County: Downtown.

San Bruno, San Mateo County: Golden Gate National Cemetery.

San Carlos, San Mateo County: San Carlos Auto Wreckers.

City and County of San Francisco: Ruins of the Sutro Baths. Sutro Heights Park. The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.

South San Francisco, San Mateo County: Oyster Point Boulevard at Eccles Avenue. Forbes Boulevard.

Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

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This was the San Carlos Auto Wreckers lot (the site of which
is now occupied by office buildings), located south of the
San Carlos Airport control tower.
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Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma.
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Rose Court Mansion (formerly the George T. Cameron estate), Stacey Court near Eucalyptus and Reddington, Hillsborough.
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St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 745 Waverly at Homer Street, Palo Alto.
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Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma. The mausoleum in the background is now
colored pink on the outside. It's pretty tacky, but the interior is beautiful.
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This is the former Essanay Film Manufacturing Company on Niles Boulevard in the Niles district of Fremont. The original "Hollywood" of California, this is where Charlie Chaplin and Broncho Billy Anderson made hundreds of short films in the 1910s.

UPDATE: The former haroldlovesmaude.com website convincingly reported that this is actually the site of the former Southern Pacific Railroad Bayshore Yard in Brisbane Is this information correct? And was there any filming in Niles?


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This construction site was in South San Francisco, somewhere near Forbes Boulevard. In the background of the second window from the right, you can see SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO THE INDUSTRIAL CITY printed on the distant hillside.
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This is probably not the interior of the Conservatory of Flowers (which is located on John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park), as previously suggested. It's perhaps instead a commercial greenhouse somewhere, but which one?
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Golden Gate National Cemetery,
1300 Sneath Lane, San Bruno.
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Marshall Street, between Hamilton
and Winslow Streets, Redwood City.
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These pictures are all from the Dumbarton Bridge which connects East Palo Alto to Union City. The bridge seen in the film was entirely replaced with a new bridge around 1983.


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Maude's railcar house was filmed in South San Francisco on Oyster Point Boulevard
at Eccles Avenue, near the Cabot, Cabot, and Forbes Industrial Park.
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Sutro Heights Park, formerly the site of Adolph Sutro's mansion and now part of the GGNRA, is on Point Lobos (the connecting road from Geary to Great Highway) at Anza Street.
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Further up the road on Point Lobos are the ruins of the Sutro Baths, once a popular indoor saltwater swimming pool and later an ice-skating arena. My father, Tom Trimble, was there assisting paramedics when it was destroyed by fire in 1966.
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Here are a couple more shots of the Sutro Baths ruins. The Cliff House Restaurant is a nice place to eat nearby up on the road.
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These mudflat sculptures were located west of Highway 80/580 in Emeryville, between the Powell and Ashby Street exits.
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz.
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Harold is driving by Golden Gate National Cemetery, probably on Sneath Lane, though possibly on El Camino Real.
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This is probably the Mills Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame.
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This is Mori Point on the Pacific Coast just south of Pacifica.
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Though taken from a higher elevation, this real-life
picture shows the same view of Mori Point, but
thirty years later, in February 2000.

Harold and Maude (1971)
CAST: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack, Charles Tyner, Ellen Geer, Tom Skerritt....
WRITER: Colin Higgins
PRODUCER: Colin Higgins, Mildred Lewis, Charles Mulvehill
DIRECTOR: Hal Ashby
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Michael D. Haller
CINEMATOGRAPHER: John A. Alonzo
EDITOR: William A. Sawyer, Edward A. Warschilka

HAROLD AND MAUDE
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