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SLO in the Cinema

Around 1980, a film titled “Personal Best” with Mariel Hemingway was shot around San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay.  I was going to Cal Poly at the time and the film crews trailers took part of the Court Street parking lot (which is the building where Sephora and Ambercrombie and Fitch are now).  One evening, I watched them film Mariel and her co-star coming out of the Fremont theater and walking down to Osos Street but that scene didn’t make it into the movie.  I took some screen shots of the movie that show some of the local area. They filmed a lot at the Morro Bay High football field but in the movie it was portrayed to be Cal Poly.

This photo is the stars starting to run from their home on Palm Street which was on the corner of Johnson Ave. You’ll see the 7-eleven down on Marsh Street.  The next scene was them running on the sand dunes in Montana De Oro.  They did a boo boo and didn’t have them wear the same clothes (I don’t think it was a high-budget film).

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This is Morro Bay High, made to look like Cal Poly.

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A nice shot of Morro Rock and the power plant.

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Anyone remember the Cigar Factory?  This is where Novo is now.  Next door is Swenson’s ice cream.

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And this is downstairs at the Cigar Factory.

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This wasn’t the only restaurant to be featured in the movie. The following screencap is from 1865.

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Cal Poly was in the movie but it was only the entrance.  I think it’s been awhile since a car like this has driven by the entrance sign!

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Written by Keith Byrd - Go to Keith's Website/Profile