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THE TOWERING INFERNO

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Filming Locations —

City and County of San Francisco: San Francisco City Hall. Bank of America Building at 555 California Street. Hyatt Regency Hotel. 2898 Vallejo Street. Yerba Buena Island. SFFD Station #38.


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Filming Locations —

Century City, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County: Water tank. Central heating facility.

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The movie opens with aerial shots over Northern California,
though I do not know which hills these are.
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This view of the Golden Gate Bridge is from above the
southernmost end of Marin County.
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The first picture shows the helicopter closer to the Golden Gate Bridge and the second one shows it passing Aquatic Park.
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My grandfather, Walter G. Suggs Jr., was a San Francisco
firefighter, so I was pleased to see this dedication (though he didn't die in a fire). The building in the background is S.F. City Hall.
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This view of downtown San Francisco includes two fictional buildings that were added in with special-effects. The taller one, the Glass Tower, is supposed to be 138 stories tall.
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The ground-level exterior of the Glass Tower is the Bank of America building at 555 California Street at Kearny Street.
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The main lobby was filmed at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 5 Embarcadero Center on Drumm Street at Market.
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The Simmons house was filmed at 2898 Vallejo Street at Baker Street in Pacific Heights.
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A fake view of the fictional Glass Tower building.
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Here, the Glass Tower is placed in a view from
Yerba Buena Island. The Bay Bridge is on the left.
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This is San Francisco Fire Department Station #38 at 2150 California Street at Laguna Street.
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Paul Newman and Steve McQueen.
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This is a nice FX shot of McQueen hanging in front of the scenic elevator, with Treasure Island, Yerba Buena Island, Berkeley, and Oakland in the background.

The Towering Inferno (1974)
CAST: Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, Susan Blakely, Richard Chamberlain, Jennifer Jones, O.J. Simpson, Robert Vaughn, Robert Wagner, Dabney Coleman, John Moio....
WRITER: Richard Martin Stern, Thomas N. Scortia, Frank M. Robinson, Stirling Silliphant
PRODUCER: Irwin Allen, Sidney Marshall
DIRECTOR: John Guillermin, Irwin Allen
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: William J. Creber
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Fred J. Koenekamp, Jim Freeman
EDITOR: Carl Kress, Harold F. Kress

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