See How Nine Locations From Classic Movies Have Changed Then And Now

Movie locations can act as main characters and convey the culture of a specific time or setting. They can also play supporting roles and provide scenery and background accompaniment.

A new app, SCENEPAST, logs over 700 film and television locations, and allows users to compare famous TV and movie locations now to their counterparts 20 to 60 years ago and see how each location has changed over the years. Filter by zip code, year or scenes nearest your current location. There’s also an option to watch the respective films of each location through iTunes.

Revisit nine of these locations here and see which ones have changed the most.

1. Ghostbusters, 1984 and today

Located at: 129 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10012

Back then, Umberto’s Clam House operated at the address in Little Italy. It has since changed to Da Gennaro. Good reviews on Yelp if you make it to the area.

2. The Big Lebowski, 1997 and today

Located at: 8017 West 3rd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Benito’s Taco Shop from the movie now serves gas as a Chevron gas station. Coincidence?

3. Taxi Driver, 1975 and today

Located at: 620 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018

The Terminal Bar now changed to Schnipper’s Restaurant, located on the base floor of the NY Times building.

4. Karate Kid, 1984 and Today

Located at:19233 Saticoy St, Reseda, CA, 91335

Not much changed here. Less palm trees and a new coat of paint.

5. The French Connection, 1971 and today

Located at: 188 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013

Remarkably Piemonte Ravioli Co. and Alleva Dairy have stood the test of time.

6. Serpico, 1973 and today

Located at: 183 Grand, New York, NY 10002

John Jovino Gun Shop still remains, as does their big revolver outside.

7. Shaft, 1971 and today

Located at: 188 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013

Shaft showed everyone how to be cool. This scene was shot in Greenwich Village. You can still see Cafe Wha? these days. Back in the 1960s, all the great acts played there as up-and-comers: Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, just to name a few.

8. Hannah and Her Sisters, 1985 and today

Located at: 43 Greene Street, New York, NY 10013

No major changes in this shot from Hannah and Her Sisters except for less graffiti.

9. Vertigo, 1958 and Today

Located at: Eddy Street & Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

The 101-year old St. Lutheran’s Church in the background burned down 20 years ago. Constructed sometime between 1892 and 1894, the builders used the Chartres Cathedral in France as a model.

What a wonderful walk through film history. Download the app and get more then and now pics.

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