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Blues Brothers location????
Posted by: Rustymuscle ()
Date: February 03, 2012 08:39PM

I was looking at that great then/now video of some of the Blues Brothers filming locations and one scene baffles me. The Blues Brothers turn North onto Normal Avenue from 18th Street, and drive up to the church. In the movie the church appears to be at the end of this street/alley. Except, there is no church there and from Historic Aerials, there never was. It appears this was indeed a street/alley that dead ended at 16th Street.

I presume the used movie magic to place this church there, but was wondering if this was an old Chicago church and if so, what church is it and where was it? A close look at the structure even suggests a home, but would still wonder where it is/was located.

I added a present day shot of the location from Google street view.

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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 02/03/2012 08:49PM by Rustymuscle.

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Re: Blues Brothers location????
Posted by: nvaughn ()
Date: February 03, 2012 08:54PM

The 'church' is in fact a false front, built for the movie.

I'm sure this information is posted at some other Blues Brothers fansite, but I found out about it from watching this video on youtube that compared movie scenes with contemporary (2011) views--it's worth a look: [url=http://youtu.be/5_SbLi-X8JI]http://youtu.be/5_SbLi-X8JI[/url]

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Re: Blues Brothers location????
Posted by: Rustymuscle ()
Date: February 03, 2012 08:58PM

That is the then/now video I was talking about, a great video! I've looked at almost every Blues Brothers website I can find and didn't discover information about a false front. Can you send a link to the information?

I guessed it was another location dropped into the scene.

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Re: Blues Brothers location????
Posted by: nvaughn ()
Date: February 03, 2012 09:08PM

[url=http://www.bluesbrotherscentral.com/locations/st-helens-orphanage/]http://www.bluesbrotherscentral.com/locations/st-helens-orphanage/[/url]

[i]"The orphanage building, at the far end of the alley, was a false front built for the film. The buildings at the corner where they turn right are still there, but the rest of the buildings along the alley have since been demolished.

The interior of the orphanage was a set at Universal Studios, Hollywood."[/i]

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Re: Blues Brothers location????
Posted by: Rustymuscle ()
Date: February 03, 2012 09:29PM

Thanks for the information! I looked in that site but apparently didn't look far enough. It makes sense now, that building in the back right was original to the street, they put up the fake front church in front of it.

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Re: Blues Brothers location????
Posted by: davem60612 ()
Date: August 09, 2012 01:26AM

There are still railroad tracks, paved over in spots, right at that location. So nothing in reality could have been built there. If you find yourself looking around here again, notice the stranded rail cars just north of this location behind a couple of old factories.

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Re: Blues Brothers location????
Posted by: mishadoc ()
Date: December 16, 2014 12:30PM

Blues Brothers also filmed at parts (at least the exteriors) of Ford City on the South Side of Chicago.

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Re: Blues Brothers location????
Posted by: rjmachon ()
Date: December 17, 2014 08:14PM

You can check out the website, Filming Locations of Chicago and Los Angeles for more info on this and other movies from around Chicago.


http://www.itsfilmedthere.com/

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Re: Blues Brothers location????
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: September 15, 2015 02:53AM

They also filmed the Olson Funeral Home at Talcott and Cumberland in Park Ridge.

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Re: Blues Brothers location????
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: October 13, 2015 03:05AM

The mall they drove in was the Dixie Square Mall, which had been closed.

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