“Anchorman & Lethal Weapon spots”
Through the years International Tower has become synonymous with the Long Beach Grand Prix, which attracts world-class drivers and huge crowds of fans each year. From the very beginning of the famous race’s history, the tower became known for elaborate parties for friends and neighbors, and the rich and famous, during grand prix weekend. After all, there is no better view of the grand prix action than from a balcony at International Tower. Many Hollywood celebrities, members of the Los Angeles Lakers, and even members of the British rock band ‘The Rolling Stones’, have been among the many elite who have been guests at tower race parties. The tower is featured in background photos and video of the grand prix and used in advertizing posters and website photos promoting the race weekend, as well as other Long Beach events throughout the year. The tower also has a place in Hollywood history, itself serving as a location set for numerous movies and TV shows. The opening scenes of the 1989 ‘Lethal Weapon’, staring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, were shot in a penthouse with subsequent scenes outside along Ocean Boulevard. Other shows made for television including numerous episodes of CSI Miami were filmed in the lobby and other locations throughout the building between 2005 and 2009. Movie, television and commercials location shoots occur routinely throughout the year at the tower and provide a source of revenue available to the tower association which is applied toward building restoration and historical preservation. International Tower’s architectural and historical elements are a testament to the unique visual, structural, and attractive character that continue to build on its endearing legacy, with a special sense of place and time, in the City of Long Beach.
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