Tours of the Tales
Here is the opening scene from the Tales of the City miniseries again with Laura Linney calling her mother, leaving the Buena Vista, and walking through the Aquatic Park. You can see the bleachers Mary Ann descended with the San Francisco Maritime Museum and the Ghirardelli sign behind her.
Ghirardelli Square, the city block bordered by Beach, Larkin, North Point, and Polk
Michael and Jon watched Young Frankenstein at the Ghirardelli Cinema which was located at Ghirardelli Square. The Cinema closed its doors in 1986.
Ghirardelli Square was a large chocolate factory and woolen mill. It now houses shops and restaurants including Ghirardelli’s ice cream parlor and store. Lines for the ice cream parlor can be long during the summer. Street performers are often found by the fountain in the main courtyard. Ghirardelli has relocated its chocolate making facilities across the Bay to San Leandro.