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Urban Cowboy Filming Locations

AKA:
Urban Cowboy Picture
1980



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The correct address for the house in which "Uncle Bob" and "Aunt Corrine" lived is 2213 West Side Drive in Deer Park, TX 77536. There is a toilet in the owners restroom that declares that it is "The Official Throne of Urban Cowboy". If you do a google map search, plug in this address exactly and use the street view. Google has not completed the street view for the rest of westside dr. But the house is located just to the left of the one with the red pickup parked in the driveway which is 2211 westside. To verify the house look at the m design just above the garage. You can also the the steel towers for the high tension power lines in the picture. This is exactly how it was in the movie .... [Thanks to Robert Ellis]

Gilley's use to be known as Shelly's; also a bar with music and dancing.I lived in Pasadena, TX as a child and remember the place as Shelly's, long before the movie was filmed. [Thanks to Bill Carnal]

Gilley's Night Club actually existed at 4500 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, TX. Scenes were also shot at 2200 South Main and 2016 South Main in Houston, TX.

The Uptown 3 level nightclub Bud and Pam go to called Elan was located at 1885 St. James Place in Houston. In 1986 it re-opened as a dance club called The Ocean Club. It is now The Courtyard on St. James, a reception hall. The open levels have been closed off into seperate floors, still visible remnants of its club days remain. [Thanks to Rage in H-town]

The Gilley's sign has been refurbished and can be seen at a Tex-Mex restaurant called "Cowboy Ranch", located on Spencer Highway In Deer Park, Texas. The sign can be seen from the road. [Thanks to Donald Abbott and Wanda Clifton]

During the opening montage, John Travolta is driving down Memorial Drive, and the former Jeff Davis Hospital, Allen Parkway Village, and Downtown Houston are seen. Sadly, Jeff Davis Hospital, which is seen in the opening sequence, was demolished in June 1999 and the land sold to the Federal Reserve for $23 million. Allen Parkway Village was demolished in 1996 (except for the 286 units preserved), and has been redeveloped into the Historic Oaks at Allen Parkway Village. There are several background shots of the Sam Houston Colleseum (demolished in 1999 and redeveloped into the Hobby Center, which opened in June 2002) and City Hall (901 Bagby) when the subsequent scenes take place on Interstate 45. [Thanks to TheEmissary]

During a night scene, the Montgomery Ward sign is visible, which is located at the corner of Spencer Highway and South Shaver in Pasadena, TX. The restaurant was bulldozed sometime in the mid-1980s. [Thanks to TheEmissary]

Bud and Sissy's Trailer home was filmed in Pico Rivera, CA. about 15 miles east of Los Angeles. The scenes were filmed in October of 1979 but the Street still pretty much looks the same as you drive up. [Thanks to Jack]

The oil refinery that was used in the filming of Urban Cowboy was then the Charter International Oil Company's refinery in Pasadena, Texas. It's now owned by the largest independent refiner in the nation, Valero Refining Co. [Thanks to Burt Donaldson]

I worked at Valero in Houston where the plant scenes were filmed. The unit that had the tower where Bud fell from is out of service but still there. I climbed that tower many times to the exact point where he was hanging by his foot. I asked some of the old timers about the filming and they said that the cast and crew were just as nice as they could be during the whole filming process. They wanted to do the explosion scene where Uncle Bob dies inside the plant. Plant personnel would not let them so they did it off site. [Thanks to Tim]

The trailer park that Sissy & Wes lived in is located on Paramount Blvd in Pico Rivera, Ca (adjacent to Whittier, CA). It is still there. [Thanks to Ray R]

Where 'bud' is practicing his moves for the bull, is on howard dr and winkler southeast houst houston [Thanks to ozzy]

Where Uncle Bob took Bud to practice on the mechinal bull was at Circle 8 Rodeo, located in North Houston off Aldine Mail Route and Hardy Street. "Red" Williamson owned it. I worked there. [Thanks to Ken]

The property that Gilley's was located on is now owned by the Pasadena Independent School District. It was aquired in a tax lien (I beleive). They have been trying to sell it for years, but since it is off a main street, Spencer Highway, it is not a desirable property. There has been talk of the school district using the land for a new elementary school or possibly a new natatorium for the school district. The school I coach and teach at, Sam Rayburn High School, is about 1 mile from the old Gilley's property. In fact Mickey Gilley's children went to Sam Rayburn, however they were long gone before I arrived in 1990. There is now a resturant named "Gilley's" on Fairmont Parkway in Pasadena, and yes, it is owned by Mickey Gilley. Sherwood Cryer now owns G's Icehouse in the Pasadena area. [Thanks to Robert Kelly]

At one time the 'Guinness Book of World Records' listed Gilley's as the largest indoor club in the world. I have the book somewhere but cannot find it so i can't tell you the year it was printed but i know it was and also included a picture. I now live right down the road from the original location and the montgomery ward's is no longer there it is now a flea market. You can only see the old parking lot, the outline of the club as it was burned down, and you can tell it was really huge. Gilley now runs a restaurant, and rumour has it he wants to open up a "new" gilley's but in Dallas. Not where the original was. They are rare but original gilley's T-shirts found, I have a friend who owns a pink one and someone offered her four hundred dollars for it as they do fetch quite a penny for an original. Ironically, they can pop up from time to time in the weirdest of places. I found a tattered worn one...in all places a thrift store here in Pasadena go figure. [Thanks to Joey V.]

Pam's condo 2016 S Main still exists. In 79-80 it was nice. Now, a 700 sq ft corner unit sells for about 90k. Goggle the address and Urban Cowboy and you can see photos of a similar condo. Filming also took place down the street at 2200 S Main. Not sure what was there.

At one point in the film, Pam mentions going the Cowboy Club. That was an actual higher scale CW club on the 610 west loop by the Galleria. Did not see that address in the film location details. [Thanks to Steve]

Pam's condo at 2016 Main - named by its address - still exists and the unit used for the film - "penthouse number 1" - sells for close to 500k in 2009. It's also over 3000 sq ft. Smaller 700 sq ft units on lower floors sell for about 90k. The condo was hot in the 70's. It is still nice, but trendier places have naturally arisen - although not with the same view, which is a much better view nowadays (the downtown Houston skyline is considered one of the best and no downtown condos are as tall as this one). [Thanks to Steve]

The two other Houston proper (Gilley's was in Pasadena - Houston suburbs) film locations were in the upscale Galleria area, the old Cowboy club off of 610 Loop West and a multi-layered dance club formerly called Elam. The latter was hot in the 70's and 80's and was one of many Houston discos that thankfully changed - virtually overnight - to c&w with the craze of the film. It is is now rented for private events. [Thanks to Steve]

Can you help? Do you know any of the Texas (or any other) filming locations used for Urban Cowboy? [Please send them in]


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