The Rock

The Rock was released into theaters on June 7th, 1996. Filming locations include San Francisco and San Pedro, Ca. It was directed by Michael Bay. Bay has a reputation for directing excessively over the top cliché packed action movies and The Rock is possibly the king of them all. It included entirely too many cheesy one-liners and colossal explosions for me to take it seriously. He's also produced a crap-ton of horror movie remakes (some good, some not so much) which include The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Hitcher and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Although, he has directed the music videos for two songs I really like, The Divinyls' I Touch Myself and Slaughters' Up All Night. The world premiere of the movie was held in Alcatraz's recreation yard. The score was composed by Nick Glennie-Smith and Hans Zimmer. The films first DVD release was on December 3rd, 1997.

Hummer chase - Jones St. and Pacific Ave. San Francisco, Ca. 94109

They were traveling north on Jones Street, past the now permanently closed New Russian Hill Market.


Jade Angelou's house - 611 W. 37th St. San Pedro, Ca. 90731

The 3,410 square foot house was built in 1922.


Jade and John talk - 3601 Lyon St. San Francisco, Ca. 94123
(Palace of Fine Arts)

It was designed by architect William Gladstone and originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. It was completely rebuilt from 1964 to 1974. On February 26th, 2008 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It can also be seen in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2022.

Alcatraz Island - San Francisco Bay, Ca. 94133

In 1859, the island started housing soldiers convicted of crimes. Starting in 1863, private citizens accused of treason were held on the island. In 1867, a brick jailhouse was built (previously inmates had been kept in the basement of the guardhouse). In 1912, the concrete main cell block was constructed. The island was designated as a federal prison on August 11th, 1934. On March 21st, 1963 it closed. The island consists of twenty-two acres and sits 1.25 miles offshore from San Francisco. On June 23rd, 1976 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. On January 17th, 1986 it was designated a National Historic Landmark. Today, it's managed by the National Park Service as part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. For anyone interested in visiting the island, I highly recommend taking the Alcatraz self-guided tour via Alcatraz Cruises, as you're free to explore the majority of the island.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2022.

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