Filming Locations for Drugstore Cowboy 2017

Updated for 2017, set locations from the Gus Van Sant movie Drugstore Cowboy.

I started this project in 2007 because I found this to be an interesting way to document how Portland had changed in the previous 20 years. With the creation of the 'Pearl District,' rampant development throughout town with many landmarks either being replaced or eliminated altogether, this project effectively highlight the many changes Portland has seen. If anything, these changes have accelerated in the last 10 years.

Many people have contacted with me locations tips; these have been included below. Thank you! Please feel free to send me an email if there are any mistakes or whatnot.

A couple notes:

  • The 'Pearl District' used to be a rail yard with a viaduct going over it. The columns of the viaduct were painted by Tom Stefopoulos. For more information, go to The Friends of the Lovejoy Columns. They can be seen in their original location in the last scene of the movie.
  • Current location shots that are not completed below are known but I have logistical issues.
  • The exception to this is Bob's apartment (Ace Hotel, room 428). The room needs to be rented in order to take pictures.
  • Direct link to the Google Map of the locations.
  • The 2007 pictures can be seen at Drugstore Cowboy Filming Locations 2007

  • Finally, to watch or purchase a copy of Drugstore Cowboy or to read the novel the movie is based upon, please follow the links below.

    Drugstore Cowboy DVD purchase at Amazon.com
    Drugstore Cowboy movie rental at Amazon.com
    Drugstore Cowboy novel purchase at Amazon.com

    From Pittock Mansion. (Drag the slider from horizontally.) From Pittock Mansion. (Drag the slider from horizontally.)

    From Pittock Mansion. (Drag the slider from horizontally.)

    Super 8 shots at the beginning of movie. Super 8 shots at the beginning of movie.

    Super 8 shots at the beginning of movie.

    Opening scene; new incarnation as a bar? Opening scene; new incarnation as a bar?

    Opening scene; new incarnation as a bar?

    NW Glisan NW Glisan

    NW Glisan

    First house, David's view. First house, David's view.

    First house, David's view.

    First house, arrival after drug heist. First house, arrival after drug heist.

    First house, arrival after drug heist.

    First house, after police busted it up. First house, after police busted it up.

    First house, after police busted it up.

    Bob's mother's house - north Portland. Bob's mother's house - north Portland.

    Bob's mother's house - north Portland.

    Irving Street Apartments (Josephine Apartments). Irving Street Apartments (Josephine Apartments).

    Irving Street Apartments (Josephine Apartments).

    Looking south towards on 13th. ZGF Building blocks view of church now Looking south towards on 13th. ZGF Building blocks view of church now

    Looking south towards on 13th. ZGF Building blocks view of church now

    Panda and the police. Panda and the police.

    Panda and the police.

    Where Panda leads the police. Where Panda leads the police.

    Where Panda leads the police.

    Hats on the bed. All original structures now obscured by development. Hats on the bed. All original structures now obscured by development.

    Hats on the bed. All original structures now obscured by development.

    Gentry at the Chinese Restaurant Gentry at the Chinese Restaurant

    Gentry at the Chinese Restaurant

    Irving Street Apartments (Josephine Apartments). Irving Street Apartments (Josephine Apartments).

    Irving Street Apartments (Josephine Apartments).

    Greyhound was on block accross street. Greyhound was on block accross street.

    Greyhound was on block accross street.

    Did you notice the open transom? Did you notice the open transom?

    Did you notice the open transom?

    Creating a diversion. Creating a diversion.

    Creating a diversion.

    Bob hiding in women's restroom. Bob hiding in women's restroom.

    Bob hiding in women's restroom.

    Union Motel Union Motel

    Union Motel

    Union Motel. (Thanks to the proprietors for letting me take photos) Union Motel. (Thanks to the proprietors for letting me take photos)

    Union Motel. (Thanks to the proprietors for letting me take photos)

    Off of MLK - formerly Union Avenue. Off of MLK - formerly Union Avenue.

    Off of MLK - formerly Union Avenue.

    Super 8 shots driving around Portland Super 8 shots driving around Portland

    Super 8 shots driving around Portland

    Homeless in Old Town. Homeless in Old Town.

    Homeless in Old Town.

    Multnomah Hotel (Now Embassy Suites). Used extensively for My Own Private Idaho. Multnomah Hotel (Now Embassy Suites). Used extensively for My Own Private Idaho.

    Multnomah Hotel (Now Embassy Suites). Used extensively for My Own Private Idaho.

    Homeless in Old Town. Homeless in Old Town.

    Homeless in Old Town.

    Bob goes to rehab. NW Portland Bob goes to rehab. NW Portland

    Bob goes to rehab. NW Portland

    Ace Hotel, room 428. If anyone takes this photo, please send me a copy! Ace Hotel, room 428. If anyone takes this photo, please send me a copy!

    Ace Hotel, room 428. If anyone takes this photo, please send me a copy!

    Rehab Rehab

    Rehab

    Chown hardware (Change Owner?) Chown hardware (Change Owner?)

    Chown hardware (Change Owner?)

    David beats up a kid. David beats up a kid.

    David beats up a kid.

    Ace Hotel, Bob begging Ace Hotel, Bob begging

    Ace Hotel, Bob begging

    Ace Hotel, Diane leaving Ace Hotel, Diane leaving

    Ace Hotel, Diane leaving

    Old St Francis Old St Francis

    Old St Francis

    Super 8 shots at end of movie, under the Lovejoy Viaduct Super 8 shots at end of movie, under the Lovejoy Viaduct

    Super 8 shots at end of movie, under the Lovejoy Viaduct


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