I found this article on Secret compounds and bunkers from Yes! Weekly. It’s a strange place to find a Long Beach reference, but I figured some of you might be amused by it. The article is about, you guessed it, secret compounds and bunkers. From the article:
The Corleone Family compound
Not technically a real compound, according to the Godfather internet wiki the gated cul-de-sac in Long Beach, NY consisted of eight houses occupied by children of Don Corleone, his consigliere Genco Abbandando and a few renters instructed to leave the premises on demand, no questions asked. It was heavily guarded, especially when the family went to war with the Tattaglias and that rat Sollozzo.
Read – Secret compounds and bunkers from Yes! Weekly
Read about the Corleone Family Compound at the Godfather Wiki.
This is according to the Internet Movie database (IMDB.com):
Titles with locations including
Long Beach, Long Island, New York, USA Here are the 10 matching titles:
- The Godfather (1972) 9.1/10 (356524 votes)…aka Mario Puzo’s The Godfather (1972) (USA: complete title)
City By The Sea (2002) , which takes place in Long Beach, wasn’t even filmed here. Good, because that movie stunk and it portrayed Long Beach as a crime-ridden disaster area.
So that’s it: ten movies that were filmed in Long Beach, but most likely not a complete list. The Godfather, which is considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time, definitely tilts the scale of quality up compared to the other films which range from mediocre to crap.
When people talk about The Godfather being filmed in Long Beach, it’s usually just about the wedding & the tollbooth scenes. Well, I recently watched the first two Godfather movies recently and it appears to me that more scenes were filmed here than what is documented.
There is a scene that was shot in front of a typical Long Beach house with street lined sycamore tress out front. Plus, there is a scene that was shot from an apartment where you can see the boardwalk and beach outside the window. I plan on doing some research to find out exactly where these scenes were shot. Not to mention, The Corleone family phone number was Longbeach-4-5620. So look for my complete Godfather / Long Beach guide in a later post. It might take me a while, so don’t hold your breath.