Hey, it’s the Florentine Gardens! Here it is via Google’s Street View.
I was watching the 1950 Columbia film “Between Midnight and Dawn” and several locations caught my eye.
The first one is an aerial view during the credits that shows The Times Building lit up at night in the shadow of City Hall. And I do mean the shadow. And there’s a shot of the Florentine Gardens, dressed as the Starlight Club.
Most of the film is process shots or apparently done in the studio, but there’s a five-minute chase sequence, starting about the 49-minute mark, that shows downtown Los Angeles. Cool discoveries include the Cozy Theater and the Central Theater in the 300 block of South Broadway. The Bradbury Building is there too, so junked up with signage that it’s almost unrecognizable.
Other locations appear to be the Pacific Electric terminal near 6th and Main, the 3rd Street tunnel and several I can’t identify.
Here’s Chase Sequence 1, showing streetcar tracks.
Chase Sequence 2, possibly Main and 6th streets.
Chase Sequence 3 sure looks like the Pacific Electric terminal near Main and 6th.
Chase Sequence 4 – I need help on this one. Any ideas?
Chase Sequence 5 – any ideas?
Chase Sequence 6 shows Graysons, probably at 737 S. Broadway, although there were other locations.
Chase Sequence 7 shows Public Auction, with an address of 310 Broadway, and two theaters.
Hey, it’s the Bradbury Building … and here it is, as shown by Google’s Street View.
A closer look shows the Cozy Theater, 320 S. Broadway, and the Central Theater, 314 S. Broadway.
And next to Public Auction is Trigher’s Men’s Shop, 306 S. Broadway.
No, go ahead and stand in front of the lights, nobody will notice.
Chase Sequence 8 is a process shot of what looks like the 3rd Street tunnel.
Chase Sequence 9 is a roadblock. I’m guessing either Elysian Park or Griffith Park.
Chase Sequence 10. Guess what happens to this motorcycle.
Crime doesn’t pay, kids.