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"That's three blocks down and one block over. You can't miss it."
Wessex Hotel Doorman

- DRIVE WITH DR. LANIER- As the vehicle rides by a side street, closer inspection reveals that we pass in front of a street sign for that street. It reads "6TH ST", and gives us a good starting point to finding this location in real life.

Elaine and Alan (or in real life, Michele Greene and James Brolin) are driving East on West 6th Street. They are in front of is the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, located on the Northeast corner of Sixth Street and Commonwealth Avenue in the Wilshire District. The church is the oldest continuous Protestant Church in the city, and is actually convieniently close to the other filming locations. In fact, it's exactly one street down from The Sheraton Townhouse, the hotel used to film The Wessex Hotel's exterior shots.

The building shown in the picture to the left, the one directly across from the church, has since been torn down. The fence remains, but the site the building stood on has been turned into a parking lot, utilized by the new Medical Facility, built on the corner lot. This helps explain why the church is now letting the shrubery in front of the church get so tall. It is more than likely creating a buffer which not only gives the courtyard it surrounds a more monastic feel, it also keeps the parking lot out of view. Unfortunately, it also keeps the beautiful and ornate structure from being seen. There doesn't seem to be any reason why there would be a need to change the filming locations by having the doctor and Elaine drive down another street. Especially if they were heading back to the studio. As they were already on 6th Street, it is more than likely they are driving down West 6th Street. They are heading East.

Elaine's Drive with Dr. Lanier:
Views of Elaine's drive with Dr. Lanier, as seen within the film, are provided as background detail helps provide the sequence's exact location.

The Church in Real Life:
The church focused in upon at the start of the scene (appearing directly after the film's third commercial break when aired on television), the First Congregational, is one of the most symbolic landmarks one could call attention to, when searching for this location in real life.

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