The narrow, white concrete column atop Telegraph Hill has been a part of San Francisco’s skyline since 1933 and offers spectacular views of the bay and the city. Coit Tower has been in the backdrop of numerous movies filmed in San Francisco and was called ‘‘vaguely phallic’’ by Tyne Daly’s character in the ‘‘Dirty Harry’’ movie, ‘‘The Enforcer.’’ It’s been a place to watch movies, too, with projectors set up to show films on the side of tower.
Observation deck, $7 for non-residents, $5 seniors and youth (12-17), $2 kids (5-11), http://sfrecpark.org/CoitTower.aspx.
CITY HALL: In ‘‘A View to a Kill,’’ ‘'Bedazzled,’’ ‘'Bicentennial Man,’’ ‘'Class Action,’’ ‘'Final Analysis,’’ ‘'Foul Play,’’ ‘'Invasion of the Body Snatchers,’’ ‘'Jagged Edge,’’ ‘'Magnum Force,’’ ‘'Milk,’’ ‘'The Rock,’’ ‘'The Wedding Planner.’’
City Hall has one of the largest domes in the world and replaced a structure destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. It was used extensively at the end of ‘‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’’ and Sean Penn, in his Academy Award-winning portrayal of gay rights activist Harvey Milk, gave an impassioned speech on its steps. Metro City Hall from the animated Will Ferrell movie ‘‘Megamind’’ was an homage to San Francisco’s City Hall.
ALAMO SQUARE: In ‘‘Murder in the First,’’ ‘'Nine Months,’’ ‘'The Conversation,’’ ‘'Mrs. Doubtfire.’’
The neighborhood and park are among the most photographed spots in San Francisco because of the Painted Ladies, a row of Victorian houses facing the park on Steiner Street. The Ladies have been a favorite of film and television producers and were used in the opening shot for the sitcom ‘‘Full House.’’ The house where Robin Williams dressed up as Mrs. Doubtfire posing as his ex-wife’s nanny is north of the park at Steiner and Broadway.
WHERE TO EAT: One of the city’s oldest restaurants, John’s Grill, 63 Ellis St., was a setting in author Dashiell Hammett’s ‘‘The Maltese Falcon.’’ The interior looks just as you would picture it from the book, filled with original period furnishings. The walls are covered with photos of famous customers and the second floor has a replica of the Maltese Falcon, along with movie stills and foreign translations of the novel. A great place to get steaks or a few cocktails while taking in the atmosphere.
WHERE TO STAY: A quaint boutique hotel, the Bijou, 111 Mason near Union Square, offers the full Hollywood-in-San Francisco experience. The hotel is designed in the theme of classic movie palace and portraits from movies decorate the walls. Each room is named after a movie shot in San Francisco and there’s a mini movie theater off the lobby that shows nightly double features of San Francisco-based movies. Rates starting at low $100s; http://www.hotelbijou.com.
SAN FRANCISCO MOVIE TOURS: http://www.sanfranciscomovietours.com/ . Daily, 10:30 a.m., $47, three hours.