So You Have a Store or Business That Was Featured In a Movie

by dgranger | created - 10 months ago | updated - 10 months ago | Public

These are movies or television shows that feature an actual business (preferably stores, but others can be included) that still exists, or had existed, in the real world with actual fixed addresses. Which is your favorite? To suggest more or rave about the show or movie, go here! (The location of the business in the real world, with the suggestion, is preferred.) The most popular is listed last. You got to read through the whole list.

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1. My Lucky Star (1938)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

The son (Romero) of a department store owner enrolls the store's sports clerk (Henie) at a university to use her as an advertisement for their fashion department. She falls for a teacher (... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Sonja Henie, Richard Greene, Joan Davis, Cesar Romero

Votes: 144

Cabot Department Store, 5th Ave, New York City, New York, U.S.A. (Closed )

2. Fitzwilly (1967)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

A butler and the staff of an eccentric aged philanthropist whose family wealth is exhausted engage in larceny and crimes to maintain her lifestyle and provide funds for her charitable activities.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Feldon, John McGiver, Edith Evans

Votes: 1,129

Gimbel’s (Closed 1986)

3. The Harvey Girls (1946)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Musical, Western

On a train trip West to become a mail-order bride, Susan Bradley meets a cheery crew of young women travelling out to open a " Harvey House " restaurant at a remote whistle-stop.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, John Hodiak, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 3,223

Fred Harvey’s The Harvey House chain of restaurants and hotels. Considered the first restaurant chain in the United States. It existed originally at the stops along railroad lines, primarily along the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway. When passenger railroad travel declined, they became oasis stops along the highways.

4. Moscow on the Hudson (1984)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

When a Russian musician defects in Bloomingdale's department store in New York, he finds adjusting to American life more difficult than he imagined.

Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: Robin Williams, Maria Conchita Alonso, Cleavant Derricks, Alejandro Rey

Votes: 10,284 | Gross: $25.10M

Bloomingdale’s, 5th ave, New York City

5. Mr Selfridge (2013–2016)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama

Centers on the real-life story of the flamboyant and visionary American founder of Selfridge's, London's department store.

Stars: Ron Cook, Jeremy Piven, Tom Goodman-Hill, Amy Beth Hayes

Votes: 13,265

Selfridges and Co. on Oxford Street, London, England. Thank you, yrnej for remembering this show.

6. The Cotton Club (1984)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Music

68 Metascore

The Cotton Club was a famous night club in Harlem. The story follows the people who visited the club, those who ran it, and is peppered with the Jazz music that made it so famous.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, Lonette McKee

Votes: 15,153 | Gross: $25.93M

The Cotton Club (closed), Harlem neighborhood of New York City, New York

7. The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)

G | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

Kermit and his friends go to New York City to get their musical on Broadway only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire

Votes: 18,165 | Gross: $25.53M

Bergdorf Goodman, Fifth Avenue, New York. Suggested by Peter.

8. Ocean's 11 (1960)

Approved | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

57 Metascore

Danny Ocean gathers a group of his World War II compatriots to pull off the ultimate Las Vegas heist. Together the eleven friends plan to rob five Las Vegas casinos in one night.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford

Votes: 18,526 | Gross: $12.32M

The Sands (closed June 30, 1996), The Flamingo (still open), The Desert Inn (closed August 28, 2000), The Sahara (now called The SLS Hotel and Casino), and The Riviera (closed on May 4, 2015) were, or are all real casinos in Las Vegas. Thanks to Yrnej for reminding me of this film with her “Ocean’s Eight” suggestion.

9. Mystic Pizza (1988)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in the Connecticut town of Mystic.

Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 22,912 | Gross: $12.79M

Mystic Pizza, 56 West Main Street Mystic, CT. Suggested by Dan Dassow.

10. Peter Rabbit (2018)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

51 Metascore

Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer's vegetable garden.

Director: Will Gluck | Stars: James Corden, Fayssal Bazzi, Domhnall Gleeson, Sia

Votes: 29,347 | Gross: $115.25M

Harrods, Knightsbridge, London. Suggested by Peter.

11. Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama

46 Metascore

Five different criminals face imminent death after botching a job quite badly.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Andy Garcia, Christopher Walken, Christopher Lloyd, William Forsythe

Votes: 24,928 | Gross: $0.53M

The Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave, Denver Colorado. Suggested by DREAM_WEAVER

12. White Christmas (1954)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen

Votes: 28,641 | Gross: $30.00M

Club Carousel, where Rosemary Clooney sang “Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me”. (Not to be confused with “The Carousel Club” which is a different type of club than “Club Carousel”. ) Club Carousel was a jazz nightclub. (Closed), 66 West 52nd. Street , New York City, New York.

13. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 37,201 | Gross: $2.65M

Macy’s (actually R. H. Macy and Straus Brothers and Co.) and Gimbel’s (Closed 1986). Both were on 5th Ave and Harold Square In New York City.

14. Swingers (1996)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the scene.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Heather Graham, Jon Favreau, Ron Livingston

Votes: 71,926 | Gross: $4.51M

The Derby (swing dance scene), 4500 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Feliz, CA. Suggested by yrnej.

15. Ocean's Eight (2018)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

61 Metascore

Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling

Votes: 154,342 | Gross: $140.22M

Boutique Cartier NYC, (inspecting and scanning the necklace) - 653 Fifth Ave, New York, NY, suggested by yrnej.

16. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen

Votes: 153,890

Do I really need to say the name of this one? Tiffany’s, 5th Ave, New York City.

17. Black Mass (2015)

R | 123 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.

Director: Scott Cooper | Stars: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton

Votes: 158,156 | Gross: $62.58M

Triple O’s Lounge, Broadway at D street, in South Boston (“Southie”). Suggested by DREAM_WEAVER

18. Lady Bird (2017)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

94 Metascore

In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.

Director: Greta Gerwig | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges

Votes: 187,032 | Gross: $48.96M

Thrift Town, 410 El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA. Suggested by yrnej.

19. The Greatest Showman (2017)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

48 Metascore

Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Director: Michael Gracey | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya

Votes: 207,008 | Gross: $174.34M

As it was presented in the movie, P.T. Barnum’s Circus and Museum was at a fixed location in New York City before the building burnt down, and Barnum got his tent.

20. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby

Votes: 180,432 | Gross: $92.82M

Katz’s Deli, (The orgasm scene), 205 East Houston Street, Lower East Side, NYC - suggested by yrnej.

21. Big (1988)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

73 Metascore

After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard

Votes: 182,928 | Gross: $114.97M

FAO Schwartz, (The piano dance scene), 767 Fifth Ave at 58th St., NY. That location was closed but reopened at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Midtown, New York City in 2018. Suggested by yrnej.

22. Elf (2003)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

64 Metascore

After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel

Votes: 194,050 | Gross: $173.40M

Gimbel’s (actually Gimbel Brothers Department Store), 5th Ave. Harold Square, New York City (The movie was made after the store had closed in 1986.)

23. Before Sunset (2004)

R | 80 min | Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff, Louise Lemoine Torrès

Votes: 213,156 | Gross: $5.82M

Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 5th arrondissement, Paris. Suggested by yrnej.

24. Pretty Woman (1990)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Romance

51 Metascore

A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Jason Alexander, Laura San Giacomo

Votes: 265,731 | Gross: $178.41M

Boulmiche Boutique, 9501 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA. Suggested by yrnej.

25. Up in the Air (I) (2009)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job, travelling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest, and a new hire.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman

Votes: 304,104 | Gross: $83.82M

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, 1 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102, and Hilton St. Louis Airport, 10330 Natural Bridge Road, Saint Louis, Missouri, 63134-3303, USA, and The Cheshire Inn, 6300 Clayton Rd, Richmond Heights, MO 63117, and General American Life Insurance Company National Headquarters, 706 Market St., St. Louis, Missouri 63102, and finally Marriott St. Louis Grand, 800 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63101. Suggested by Dan Dassow.

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