Vintage Supermarkets in Movies and TV (Old Ones Only Please)

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Post by Daniel » 13 Jan 2006 04:17

Edric Floyd wrote: BTW: does anyone know what store James Garner is in when pictured in the opening sequence of "The Rockford Files"?
I have wondered the same thing. I am guessing it was one of the So Cal grocers, but I am unfamiliar with the 60's decor packages of Ralphs, Vons or Alpha Beta so I couldn't guess what store that was filmed in...

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Post by runchadrun » 13 Jan 2006 12:07

A current ad for Johnsonville Brats (where someone is giving out free samples) was filmed inside a HOWS Market, a small independent chain in Southern California. The blue signage on the walls is a dead giveaway.

I'm pretty sure it wasn't filmed in my local store in Granada Hills, but there are only 4 stores in the chain so removes 1/4 of the possibilities :-)

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More groceries in film...

Post by rich » 13 Jan 2006 17:52

There's a Winn-Dixie in "Goldfinger", when the MI-5 guys are trailing the guy who wanted his gold (he and the subsequently car get compacted) they pass it in the background.

THe grocery store in "The Deer Hunter" (where Meryl Streep works) is on Professor Avenue in Cleveland. It's been a series of independents, after having started out as a Fisher Foods store.

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Post by ascjon » 12 Feb 2006 19:29

In an early episode of Friends (season 2 I think), Lady Lee (Lucky) milk is featured during an informercial in which Joey is trying to open a carton of milk. I always loved that since the show was set in New York.

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Post by Daniel » 13 Feb 2006 04:21

There was another episode of Friends where someone took a Vons brand Mac and Cheese from the cupboard. Amusing, because like you say, the show was set in NYC.

I noticed a lot of Ralphs brand (With the Ralphs covered up leaving a red oval) products on Roseanne, which was supposed to take place in Illinois. Another one was Married With Children, Al had a box of Town House (Safeway) raisin bran -- I don't think Safeway ever operated in Chicago where that show took place.

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Post by ieguy441 » 13 Feb 2006 05:18

ascjon wrote:In an early episode of Friends (season 2 I think), Lady Lee (Lucky) milk is featured during an informercial in which Joey is trying to open a carton of milk. I always loved that since the show was set in New York.
I remember that too! Quite a few TV shows featured Lady Lee products, most of them taking place where there was no Lucky.

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Post by runchadrun » 13 Feb 2006 14:48

If you know where the studios are located (and most are in the San Fernando Valley, not Hollywood) and what is filmed where, it's not surprising what products appear in what shows. Of course, it all boils down to where the prop master wants to shop.

Roseanne was filmed at the CBS Studio Center (sometimes called the Radford Lot) which, at the time, was about a block away from a Ralphs (now a Vons). Yeah, I know the show was on ABC but if you pay the bucks to rent the studio, they don't care who you are.

Friends was filmed either at NBC or Warner Brothers and there was a Lucky (now Albertsons) right next to the WB Ranch on Verdugo and Hollywood Way. Between that Lucky/Albertsons and the Vons on Pass just north of the 134 freeway, I think those are the closest stores to WB and NBC and maybe Universal. (There's a newer Ralphs that's on Ventura and Vineland that's kinda close to Universal but that would probably be closer to the theme park entrance instead of the studio entrance off of Barham.) There's a Pavilions on Alameda a few blocks west of Disney, or the aforementioned Lucky/Albertsons.

I think Married with Children was filmed at the old Metromedia center on Sunset and the 101, which has since been demolished to make way for a new high school. They probably would have shopped at the former Safeway at Sunset and Vermont.

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Post by danielh_512 » 14 Feb 2006 03:12

I've watched some Food Network shows recently, and we can determine a few things...

Paula Deen shops at Kroger (Quality Guaranteed w/an oval above on Cream was the giveaway), the show is based in Savannah, GA.
Michael Chiarello shops at Safeway (Jar of capers w/Select on it). This show is based in NorCal, so that makes perfect sense.
Sandra Lee shops at A&P (America's Choice cookies)

They used to run a show called "Date Plate" that I remember seeing Harris Teeter and Whole Foods used for sure in, don't know if the episodes are on file anywhere. "Good Eats" also occasionally visits Atlanta-area Krogers and Whole Foods.

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Post by Groceteria » 01 Mar 2006 16:04

King Cole Market (Southern California) spotted in the 1967 movie "Divorce American Style" with Dick Van Dyke.

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Post by Dave » 05 Mar 2006 12:55

"The Big Lebowski" (1998) begins with The Dude (Jeff Bridges) drinking half-and-half out of the carton at Ralphs (don't know which one). At the checkout, he writes a check for 69 cents and shows his Ralphs Value Club card, which we learn later is The Dude's only form of identification.

There's a TV playing news of the first Gulf War (movie is set in 1991) at the checkout, which seems to me to be more of what you might find in a mom-and-pop c-store than in Ralphs.

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Post by Blair Bradford » 24 Mar 2006 13:28

Doris Day's last movie was "With Six You Get Eggroll". In one scene, she is shopping in a market and runs into Brian Keith, who was supposed to be picking up a client at the airport. Anyway, does anyone know if that was filmed in a real market or on a sound stage?

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Post by mikeparkridge » 24 Apr 2006 20:05

1 probbaly had to have been waching the show durring it's 1st year or 1st few years to have seen this film.
The film was apparently about a brother and sister shopping at a NYC Supermarket. It started out with a shot of the outside of the food store building with a sign saying SUPERMARKET, no store name. The kids entered the store and if not all of it a good deal of it being a fast film and the kids speeding through the aisles. here's more. http://members.tripod.com/~hooperfan/chap9.html Unfortunatly the story about the film is only part of the chapter but if you stroll down to the 10th paragraph you'll see the beginning of it. also if anyone wants the link to the whole site let me know.
Anyway anyone recall this SS film?

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Post by greebs » 27 Apr 2006 22:37

Saw 2 movies recently, one was "Oh God" in which John Denver is a Manager at a Lucky. Great interior shots of a 70's supermarket decor.
The other was called "Play it as ut Lays" with Tuesday Weld, at some point they meet at a Thriftimart, under the big red "T". Both were filmed in Los Angeles.

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Post by parkave231 » 01 May 2006 20:12

greebs wrote:Saw 2 movies recently, one was "Oh God" in which John Denver is a Manager at a Lucky. Great interior shots of a 70's supermarket decor.
Oh, man, I forgot all about that one! A must-see for grocery fans. Good call!

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Post by runchadrun » 30 May 2006 10:47

There's a Southwest Airlines commercial where a guy can't get into his car and is trying to break in, only to have the actual owner of the car ask what they are doing.

It takes place in the parking lot of a Super A Foods, a small indie chain in the LA area. It appears to be at the location at 425 S Soto St.

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