4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Video Tyme: Balboa Park in Citizen Kane

Sixty years ago, Orson Welles gave us Citizen Kane, which some people insist on calling the greatest film ever made, despite the manifest existence of Die Hard. Very near the beginning of the film, we are treated to a newsreel obituary for the film's protagonist, Charles Foster Kane. The obituary opens with a consideration of Xanadu - both Kane's home and his monument to himself. It's a great bit of exposition - check it out and come on back when you're through. (Newsreel starts right around 3:00.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuZ6fm5F7bE

ANYWAY, a while back, Mr. Marks made some remark about all the spots around Balboa Park that were used as stand-ins for Kane's Xanadu. What follows is the result of a particularly warm July afternoon spent stumbling around our civic jewel, trying to replicate those images IN LIVING COLOR. Hoo!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4xmcuzNsaI

Good times, though I apologize for showing up at the end there.

Sharp-eyed viewers will no doubt notice that I had to use an old photo for the Scripps Aviary - what's there now isn't quite the same. And there were one or two spots I couldn't find at all. Special Big Screen shout-out no-prize to anyone who knows just exactly where these are:

Image

Image

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Revisit the Old West at the Olaf Wieghorst Museum

An old find in El Cajon

Sixty years ago, Orson Welles gave us Citizen Kane, which some people insist on calling the greatest film ever made, despite the manifest existence of Die Hard. Very near the beginning of the film, we are treated to a newsreel obituary for the film's protagonist, Charles Foster Kane. The obituary opens with a consideration of Xanadu - both Kane's home and his monument to himself. It's a great bit of exposition - check it out and come on back when you're through. (Newsreel starts right around 3:00.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuZ6fm5F7bE

ANYWAY, a while back, Mr. Marks made some remark about all the spots around Balboa Park that were used as stand-ins for Kane's Xanadu. What follows is the result of a particularly warm July afternoon spent stumbling around our civic jewel, trying to replicate those images IN LIVING COLOR. Hoo!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4xmcuzNsaI

Good times, though I apologize for showing up at the end there.

Sharp-eyed viewers will no doubt notice that I had to use an old photo for the Scripps Aviary - what's there now isn't quite the same. And there were one or two spots I couldn't find at all. Special Big Screen shout-out no-prize to anyone who knows just exactly where these are:

Image

Image

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Comments
2

Great work, Mr. L. I am still plugging away at a screening of "Kane" followed by a walking tour through San Diego's Xanadu. Maybe this post will start some juices flowing.

July 13, 2011

Thank you, sir. And thanks for the inspiration!

July 13, 2011

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories Fishing Report — What’s getting hooked from ship and shore From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Theater — On stage in San Diego this week Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close