Directed by Adrian Lyne, Flashdance was released on 15 April 1983 in the United States. This American romantic drama dance film followed the story of Alexender “Alex” Owens and Nick Hurley. Alex, as a passionate dancer, wanted to become a professional ballet dancer. To meet her expenses, she started to work in a Steel mill in Pittsburgh. There she met Nick, the owner of the mill. Later they fall in love, and Nick helped her in the auditions. Today, we will be talking about Flashdance filming locations.
Flashdance was produced by Tom Hedley and Joe Eszterhas. This film was a box-office hit and also the third highest-grossing film of the year 1982, although the series got negative reviews and comments from critics. The movie Flashdance is renowned for its music which was given by Giorgio Moroder.
Flashdance Filming Locations
The main location of Flashdance is Pittsburgh, located in Pennsylvania. The apartment where Alex was living is situated on the South Side, a neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The interior of the apartment was shot at the Felt Electric Building, located on the Los Angeles Street at the 17th Street, located in the southwest of downtown Los Angeles.
The scene of Mawby’s bar was filmed at a vacant warehouse building located at the corner of Boyd Street and Wall Street in downtown Los Angeles.
The scene where Jennie falls while ice skating was shot at Culver Ice Rink. Located in Culver City, California. The apartment where Hannah was residing is situated at 2100 Sidney Street. When Alex went to visit Hannah, she used Duquesne incline cable cars, located near Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood.
The Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance that you have seen in the movie was shot at the Carnegie Music Hall. This music hall is an integral part of the Carnegie Museum of Art, which is situated near the campuses of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
The Scene where Alex threw a stone through the window of Nick’s home when she saw him dancing with another woman was filmed at South June Street, situated in Hancock Park, Los Angeles. The full address of this place is 440 South June Street, between the West 6th and West 4th streets.
Other Important Filming Locations
The opening scene of the movie, where Alex was seen riding a bicycle, was shot in the Fineview neighborhood of Pittsburgh’s North Side.
You must be aware of the Zanzibar strip club from the film. The exterior of the club was filmed on Main Street, north of the seventh street in downtown Los Angeles. While the interior of the club was filmed at Star Strip Gentlemen’s Club. This club is located at 365 North La Cienega Boulevard, situated in West Hollywood.
The church scene was shot at the St. Joseph Catholic Church. The address of this church is 218 East 12th Street at South Los Angeles Street.
Who were the Body Doubles of Belle in Flashdance?
Flashdance will always be remembered for its poster in which Belle wore a sweatshirt will a large neck hole. The dance that Belle performed in the movie was not her steps instead, a body double performed all those steps.
The dance that she performed at the end of the movie, which was basically a breakdance, was performed by a male dancer Crazy Legs. Apart from that, Marine Jahan, a famous French actress, was her main dance double. The stunt that Alex performed at the audition was performed by Sharon Shapiro, a gymnast. To keep the magic of the film, the identity and involvement of the body doubles were kept hidden.
Cast and Characters of Flashdance
The list of important casts and their characters in Flashdance is as given. Jennifer Beals played the character of Alexandra “Alex” Owens. Michael Nouri appeared in the role of Nick Hurley. Lilia Skala was in the character of Hanna Long.
Sunny Johnson played the character of Jeanie Szabo. Kyle T. Heffner appeared in the role of Richie Blazek. Lee Ving performed the character of Johnny C. Ron Karabatoss played the character of Jake Mawby. Belinda Bauer appeared in the character of Katie Hurley. Apart from these, Malcolm Danare appeared as Cecil, Phil Bruns played Frank Szabo, Micole Mercurio as Rosemary Szabo, and many others.