The actors of the silver screen’s golden age have long since gone, together with many of the film and filming locations used in their productions. Many of us who grew up admiring these works seen at the local “flicks” or “pictures” have remained enthusiastic but now a growing band of film and movie location buffs realise the entertainment as well as the social values inherent in these old films. This site is concerned with world cinema and with scenes that were shot outdoors in recognisable built-up locations and how they have changed in the intervening years. The older film actors may have passed, but their memories and images on celluloid will never fail and they are even now being transferred to DVD and hard-drives for the benefit of future generations of movie site enthusiasts. All these are being collected on our movie places site, which, in estate agent speak is concerned with location, location and location.
If you know of any movie, film or filming locations, places or sites send ‘em in.
ReelStreets was launched in 2003 by brothers John and Brian Tunstill after being confused by the presence of the open air swimming pool shown in “I Believe in You”. The site was, however, easily identified by the background showing a theatre, the Shaftesbury. A visit proved that a swimming pool was still there, the Oasis, but now under a skyscraper. They decided then to start recording the changes that had been made to their streets, in their lifetime.
The early site was created by Terry Ridge, and for some eight or ten years was the ReelStreets’ techie. A few years later Simon James generously offered his archive material that had not been included in his book “London Film Location Guide”, a little later Philip Wilkinson and then Richard Lovejoy joined the gang. Phil’s amazing efforts with regard to new films, being added on almost a daily basis, are a source of wonder and admiration. Richard’s contribution of computer and internet knowledge has proved invaluable having taken over the techie role from Terry as has his endless additions to update the site with “now” shots.
Throughout the years we have been supported by Contributors on both a regular and irregular basis. Support can come in a number of ways, the uploading of new films, location identification, the provision of “now” shots or background information. All of these make Reelstreets what it is today. As a new era of Reelstreets emerges with this refreshed Website it is appropriate to acknowledge those that have, over more recent times, regularly contributed so much. Jules Ballantyne : Stephen Dean : Ray Edwards : Ray and Ron Glenister : Mark O’Neill : Peter : Neil Rigby : Lionel and Cynthia Sear : Dave Wilson. Thanks to you all, we appreciate everything.