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One of the new "90210" characters threw a big party at Boulevard3 last week, and though we can't divulge whom, we can say that it was as decadent an affair as you might expect from the new residents of the posh ZIP Code. The popular Hollywood club is just one of many Los Angeles locations executive producers intend to showcase on the CW spinoff series.
"We're using iconic places, and hopefully we'll also be showing the cool places," executive producer Gabe Sachs said. The show will also be filming at Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach. "It gives a reality to the show." That doesn't mean there won't be a Peach Pit, shot at Kokomo Café, 7385 Beverly Blvd. On this series, the old will mix in with the new as well as the real with the fictional.
The first episode was shot at seven locations:
1) Peach Pit (Kokomo Cafe: 7385 Beverly Blvd.)
The favorite hangout in Beverly Hills for its cool hipster residents, but now it's more of a trendy cafe that Nat, played by the returning Joe E. Tata, still owns.
2) West Beverly Hills High (Torrance High School: 2200 W Carson St)
In keeping with the original, all exterior shots of West Beverly High are done here. Shenae Grimes, who plays Annie Wilson, picked this as her favorite location, so far. "Awww, walking around the courtyard of the school that the original '90210' was shot at. It was a very, very, very surreal moment. It was wild," she said.
3) Wilson residence (Bel Air Road)
Tristan Wilds plays Annie's brother, Dixon, and he was most impressed with the Bel-Air mansion on Bel Air Road that will serve as the Wilson residence. "The house is oh my goodness. It's in Bel-Air. We got out of the car and I was like, 'Gabe, I think we switched shows. Am I the new Fresh Prince now? What's going on?' "
4) West Beverly High parking lot and Lacrosse fields (El Segundo High School: 640 Main St.)
The scenes in the high school parking lot and lacrosse fields are filmed here. Dustin Milligan, who plays Ethan Ward, a star lacrosse player, enjoyed his scenes here the most because "I skateboard and there's all these waxed curves and ledges, so I was skateboarding the whole time. It was sick! It was like right out of a video game or something."
5) Boulevard3 (Boulevard3: 6523 W. Sunset Blvd.)
The famed nightclub plays itself and is used for a climactic birthday party scene. Michael Steger, who plays Navid Shirazi, had never been to the club until the script called for it. "I really like to be here. It has a very good energy to it. I like the location. I can walk here."
6) Peach Pit After Dark (Spider Club: 1737 Vine St.)
This is the Pit, the reincarnation of Peach Pit After Dark. AnnaLynne McCord, who plays queen bee Naomi, doesn't party on her personal time, so she found it enlightening to film scenes in two clubs. "I don't do the socialite nightclub thing, so it's fun to see those in the daytime, where you're like, 'Oh, this is what goes on at night. It's all debaucherous and all."
7) Santa Monica Pier/Santa Monica Beach
The first episode ends with a bonfire on the sand, and Jessica Stroup chose this as her favorite locale. "It's so quintessential Los Angeles. I love the pier. I grew up on the East Coast, and for me to have the last shot of the episode to be at the pier in Santa Monica on the beach, it's awesome."
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