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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

  Los Angeles Time file photo  

[Update: This is what my friends in Orange County used to call “the condo made of stone-a” (look it up, young people) next to the Santa Ana Freeway in City of Commerce. At the time this picture was taken, the old Uniroyal tire plant had been abandoned and was known as this bizarre building next to the freeway, but it has been redeveloped and today people know it as the Citadel mall.]

If you don’t live in Southern California, you may not appreciate the humor of this photograph.

  Feb. 10, 2011, Mystery Photo  

[Update: Unfortunately, there’s no information as to what movie this might be. All we know is the date the photo was taken: March 26, 1979. I can’t even find the published photo in the online clips, so there’s a chance it was subbed out in a later edition.]


Here’s our mystery camera…


… our mystery chariots with mystery palm trees…


… and mystery telephone poles.
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Comments (15)

No idea but is this that actually shot outside that Egyptian-style factory (tires?) on east side of freeway south of LA? Looks like it was built in Twenties?

It's the Citadel on the 5, don't know the movie yet.

Palms look like Coconut Palms rather than Date Palms. Tropical Vs Desert.

Looks like the old Samson Uniroyal Tire Factory designed and built around 1930. Location? Off of I-5.

The joke is that the design is that of an Assyrian Palace, but the shot is either from Ben Hur (1959) or The Ten Commandments (1956)

Looking at the style of clothing and shoes on the crew I'd place the filming more in the '70s or '80s

I agree with former Uniroyal tire factory (I think it's a mall outlet now?) I'm in Portland or I'd drive by!

Kinda like the Mrs. Grace L. Ferguson Airline, Backlot, Tire & Stormdoor Company.

uniroyal building filming ben hur



Escape From BF Egypt?

Molly says its the filming of a reality show about a typical day in the Assyrian Army but I suspect it's a camera crew working just off the old Santa Ana Freeway. The flicker? Hummmm.

I don't know the film, but the location is now The Citadel outlet mall, originally built in 1929 as the Samson Tire and Rubber Company. More here:

Total guess (and probably incorrect): Mel Brooks' "History of the World: Part 1"

Could this be from that dreadful movie Wholly Moses! from 1980 with Dudley Moore? Maybe they shot some of it there in Commerce?


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