Ryan Norbauer and I had a chance to catch up when business brought me to San Francisco this past week. He reminded me that there are a couple of downtown San Fran shooting locations worth checking out from “STAR TREK IV: The Voyage Home.”
Remember when our heroes first venture out on the streets of San Francisco? (“Well, double dumb-ass on you…”) Incredibly, there’s STILL a donut shop on the corrner – some 31 years after those street scenes were put on film in early 1986.
Here’s a view of the complex, six-way intersection at Kearny St., Pacific Avenue, and Columbus Avenue, in “Voyage Home” and this week…
Because of the framing of the shot, it’s not obvious that the concrete structure in the distance is, in fact, the base of the famous TransAmerica Pyramid! (Sorry that FleetWorkshop doesn’t like vertical photos – turn your head!)
I’m sure many have heard the story about the “lost Sulu scene” from “Voyage Home” – how a little Japanese boy was to run down the street toward his mother in front of the Yellow Pages sign, as she called for Hikaru and our Hikaru Sulu watches as his grandfather (as a boy) races by. That scene was scripted but never filmed because the young Hikaru actor cried and couldn’t do the scene.
And while the Yellow Pages sign is no longer in front of the building, incredibly the Saloon that’s on the far left side of the image is STILL THERE and still painted the same colors. This location, amazingly, is only about 200 steps away from the six-way intersection. Movie magic at work along Grant Avenue – which really is a key street in Chinatown.