Monday, August 15, 2011

True Blood Filming Locations Season 4 : what's the connection to Will & Kate's recent visit to L. A ?

True Blood Filming locations ! They haven't been very elaborate or exciting this year and I've already lamented that none of the Season has been shot ( that we know of yet ) in Louisiana but the two locations I was interested in were the Emporium and the Bellefleur mansion ( which looked an awful lot like MaryAnn's house to me )
Seeing Stars does a good job of tracking these down and here are the locations for both and found the Will and Kate connection. More  HERE 
 ** and I already wrote about the fact that they are no longer using the " Real " house for Bill's house and now use a look-a-like facade HERE

Moon Goddess Emporium
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. This brick building actually holds a costume shop that was once called (appropriately enough) as "Dracula's Castle", and was last known as "Francisco's Halloween Shop". It might have been vacant when they shot this scene.

You'll find it 15834 E. Main Street, in the old downtown section of La Puente, CA.
The shop is located on the southeast corner of Main and 1st Street.The city of La Puente is located in out in East L.A., about 15 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Here is an aerial photo of the storefront (looking south). And here is a map link. And here is a Google StreetView panorama of the shop.

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. I had been told that they were filming somewhere in La Puente back on January 7th. So, when the new episodes started airing, I kept an eye out for that neighborhood. Since I was familiar with the town from "Halloween H20", I recognized the street when I saw it on the very first episode of Season 4, of True Blood.

The Bellefleur Mansion

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

A. This beautiful home is actually far from Louisiana - and the South (unless you count Southern California). You'll find it in Los Angeles, in the exclusive neighborhood known as Hancock Park.
The address is 526 S. Rimpau Blvd.

That's on the east side of Rimpau, three houses north of 6th Street.

Not surprisingly, the home is located within walking distance of the mansion where Prince William & Kate stayed during their 2011 visit to Los Angeles (at 450 S. June).

Google Street View