“Parenthood” turns Echo Park into San Francisco

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Tuesday night’s episode of Parenthood opened up with a strangely familiar – but different – scene. As the characters walk into the frame, we realized this is the episode they filmed in Echo Park in front of The Echo, Two Boots, and then inside Origami Vinyl (you can see The Echo on the left in the above screenshot).

But there’s something a little different with the skyline – the colorful apartments on the right hand side, and the steep hills going up are all added in. While the first hill in the distance might actually be Reservoir Street, the rest is a graphic. It’s pretty strange to watch the clip as the camera pans over!

Another part later on in the episode is filmed at 1134 Lemoyne St. in Echo Park (where the pregnant character is standing outside). Both locations were filmed on or around January 23, 2012, and rumor-mill has it the production interfered quite a bit with surrounding businesses (they take up quite a bit of parking).

While Echo Park isn’t a stranger to filming, recently there’s been a surge of filming in Echo Park, Angelino Heights, and Elysian Park, including Taco Bell commercials, and other TV series like Southland and Up All Night.

Click here to watch the episode and pay attention to the first couple of minutes.

  • marcia m.

    I knew that scene wasn’t for real! We actually rewound and paused it, trying to figure out where in SF it could be. The biggest tip-off was that there is no Two Boots in the Bay Area. The graphic changes are pretty amazing; it really could be any place in SF. Another giveaway though was that the TransAmerica building appears lone in the skyline, whereas in reality it’s surrounded by a lot of other buildings. Thanks for the info!

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