Two On The House
Cleveland, Ohio

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Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument - 1961
Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument - 1961

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument - 2009
Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument - 2009

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Public Square

The opening scene of Two On The House shows Richie McIntyre being chauffeured to his father's office in the Terminal Tower. The limo is traveling north on Ontario Ave when it passes the monument.

Richie exits the limousine at Tower City Center.
Richie exits the limousine at Tower City Center.

Tower City Center - July 4, 2009.
Tower City Center - July 4, 2009.

Richie exits the limo in front of Tower City Center

Fans of the A Christmas Story will recognize Tower City Center as the location of the parade in that 1983 film. Ralphie's home was located in the same Cleveland neighborhood where the Route 66 episode First Class Mouliak was filmed. On the day that I photographed the Mouliak sites I visited the Christmas Story home too and will have photos up soon.

Terminal Tower - 1961
Terminal Tower - 1961

Terminal Tower - July 4, 2009
Terminal Tower - July 4, 2009

The Terminal Tower

Cleveland's landmark skyscraper at one time was the second tallest building in the world next to the Empire State building.

The Terminal Tower is visible at some point or another in all six episodes of Route 66 filmed in Cleveland. There was extensive interior filming done for Welcome To The Wedding from season three.

Access to the offices in the tower is restricted so I was unable to photograph the elevators, hallways and office where Richie's dad worked, but I have a plan... more to come...

Parking in front of the Coast Guard office - 1961
Parking in front of the Coast Guard office - 1961

Coast Guard office on the East Ninth St. Pier - 2009
Coast Guard office on the East Ninth St. Pier - 2009

Coast Guard office - East Ninth St. Pier

Tod and Buz park in front of the Coast Guard office on the East Ninth St. Pier

Angelo serves Buz and ice cream cone.
Angelo serves Buz and ice cream cone.

East Ninth St. Pier - July 7, 2009. The triangular-shaped building at the far right is the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
East Ninth St. Pier - July 7, 2009. The triangular-shaped building at the far right is the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Captain Frank's Seafood Restaurant

Captain Frank's was located on the end of the East Ninth Street Pier and I believe that this fast-food shack was adjacent to the restaurant. Cleveland native Angelo Amato is serving Buz a 'mashed-potato' ice cream cone.

Angelo told me that they started off serving real ice cream to Buz but it kept melting too fast under the June sun during multiple re-takes so a production assistant was ordered to run to the nearest restaurant and grab a super-large order of mashed potatoes - to go. I told Angelo that this is a standard old Hollywood trick and all the time he thought it was ingenious on-the-spot improvisation.

Some time soon I hope to get an interview with, and current photos of Angelo up on the site.

Carol Diane River Tours & Lake Cruises - 1961
Carol Diane River Tours & Lake Cruises - 1961

Downtown Cleveland from the East Ninth Street Pier - July 7, 2009.
Downtown Cleveland from the East Ninth Street Pier - July 7, 2009.

Carol Diane River Tours & Lake Cruises

Tod and Buz are working as tour guides on the Carol Diane when 11-year-old Richie McIntyre decides to join them after his father, heavily involved with work, breaks a promise to take him to a Cleveland Indians game.

The Carol Diane is long gone but in its place today is the Goodtime III. The original Goodtime was in operation at the time of the Route 66 filming and you can see its ticket office briefly in the episode (it's to the right and behind me as I shot this photo).

On July 7, 2009 I took the tour myself and shot literally hundreds of photographs over the course of two hours. Several of the following scenes are shot from that cruise but there are even more that will eventually show up on the pages for Incident On A Bridge and Welcome To The Wedding (and maybe others).

Lighthouse - 1961
Lighthouse - 1961

Lighthouse - 2009
Lighthouse - 2009

Lighthouse on the breakwall

It's still there in 2009.

Cleveland Municipal Stadium - 1961
Cleveland Municipal Stadium - 1961

Cleveland Browns Stadium - 2009
Cleveland Browns Stadium - 2009

The Stadium

Cleveland Municipal Stadium, home of the Indians and the Browns, was demolished in 1995 and replaced with Jacobs Field (now Progressive Field) for the Indians, and Cleveland Browns Stadium for the Browns

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Bridge - 1961
Bridge - 1961

Bridge - 2009
Bridge - 2009

Entering the Cuyahoga River from Lake Erie

This is the railroad bridge featured in the first season episode Incident On A Bridge.

Gates of the McIntyre home - 1961
Gates of the McIntyre home - 1961

Gates of the *** home - 2009
Gates of the *** home - 2009

The McIntyre Home

The home of Willard McIntyre and his son, Richie, in the Cleveland suburb of Bratehnal.

The McIntyre home - 1961
The McIntyre home - 1961

The *** home - 2009
The *** home - 2009

The McIntyre Home

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