Midnight Cowboy (1969) Filming Locations

Location #1: Big Tex Drive-In

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Interstate 20, Big Spring, Texas, United States


Location #2: Big Spring Hotel

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Roughly at East 3rd Street & Donley Street, Big Spring, Texas, United States


Location #3: Rio Theater

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309 Northwest 4th Street, Big Spring, Texas, United States


Location #4: The train station

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At the north end of South Main Street, Big Spring, Texas, United States


Location #5: Miller’s Restaurant

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East 3rd Street (near the intersection at Austin Street), Big Spring, Texas, United States

44 thoughts on “Midnight Cowboy (1969) Filming Locations

  1. Chung Wong

    The pawn shop showing the Medici symbol is at 605 Amsterdam. The building is gone. But the building at 610 Amsterdam in the reflection is still there.

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        1. John Haughey

          IThe bar was actually called Club 45 on W 45th St (Not sure of the exact address) a lot of actors and broadway people would hang out there.

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          1. Ed

            I do not think it was. No google exists of it. No “old guides” exist of it. No mention of it whatsoever

          2. Dan

            Would have to be closer to the ” I’m walkin here scene” on 58th and 6th. The greek mythology symbols above the bar should give it away?

          3. Julianne Sudbrink

            It was the bar on w 45th.. I was in there drinking ..as I spoke to the bartender somehow I mentioned that the place looked just liked the bar in the movie. She was boasting and happy to say that was the bar. I don’t think its there anymore, but it was on w 45 the on the right hand side of the street as soon as you turned in from Broadway

          4. John Haughey

            It is confirmed it was Club 45 at 150 W. 45th St. There is a quick scene in the film that shows the bartender putting the cash away in the register and you can see the name Club 45 underneath the register. it was across from the Lyceum Theater.

          1. Richard Steed

            The scene where Joe Buck and the lads start cheering Crazy Annie. Also where was the desert scene?!!

    1. Ed

      I do not think the bar was Club 45. No Google images of it. No google history of it. I think Club 45 is made up, to be honest. Does not exist. Try again. The bar where Joe meets Ratso. Where? I am wonderint if it was at the studio.

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  2. Bill Harman

    John Haughey, The dates on our post indicate your post was here before I posted but I don’t guess I saw it. We want to thank you, e and my buddy have spent 50 years trying to remember “Club45”, most likely didn’t help we usually tipped a few there.
    Thank you very much, a 50 year mystery solved for me. Bill Harman

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    1. John Patrick Haughey

      You’re Welcome Bill. I apologize for the late response, I am not on here very often, but glad that I saw your message and wanted to say I am glad to clear that mystery up for you.

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  3. Mark Phillips

    Note: the scene in front of Colony Records was filmed, if I’m not mistaken, at it’s original location at 52nd and Broadway. I believe they moved down to 1619 Broadway in 1970.

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  4. Jonathan nelson

    It’s amazing to see these places. This movie had such incredible shot location s. Each one unique and in 3 states at least. Thank you!

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  5. Jonathan nelson

    I love seeing smaller towns across America like Big Sring tx in the 40s, 50s, aND 60s. It’s before the big highways came along. Also before the huge super stores took over. It’s gone now and the 60’s was the tail end of these times. Little main street shops and locals all walking around.

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    1. John Haughey

      Thanks for this information on the exact spot of Ratso’s father’s grave. I have been trying to locate the spot for a while now. Don Corleone’s grave from “The Godfather” is nearby also.

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  6. Kamal Ahmed

    You got the wrong address for COLONY RECORDS. The one in Midnight Cowboy Was the original location on W.52st. The one you mention opened in 1970.

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  7. Chung Wong

    The bottom photo when they turn the corner from the fruit market at 9th Ave and 39th St is actually 38th St (one block south). The buildings past the empty lot are still there. Heading east.

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  8. Chung Wong

    I think i figured out the 267 address for the hat shop as 267 W 30th St. Here’s why. Peter Zamagias was the hat shop owner (IMDB). He’s Greek, and NYC’s Greektown was still active 1940-1967, centred at 8th Ave and 29th St. “267” fits the geography. The big clue in the film is the building visible across from it which you can see in Midnight Cowboy (not posted in your feed). It has a unique facade pattern by the windows. If you look across from 267 W 30th St, the pattern matches by the windows in the movie https://goo.gl/maps/4cA3nnitZAxwtL4r6 The storefronts at 267 W 30th St have since been covered up but if you look at 1940 tax photos, you can see there were storefronts left of 265 W 30th St. I cannot fully confirm it, because both 267 and 265 changed in details since 1940. But the layouts are similar.

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  9. Chung Wong

    Enlarge this 1940 NYC tax photo for 402 8th Ave. The store at the far right of the building is 267 W 30th St and matches the hat shop layout http://tinyurl.com/wmn4cdn8 It’s since been covered up. As noted in prior comment, the building facade pattern at 402 8th Ave across 267 W 30th St, around the windows, matches what we see in the film .

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    1. John Patrick Haughey

      The flashback scenes involving Joe and Crazy Annie were filmed mainly in the little town of Stanton, located in West Texas. This is also where Joe’s grandmother Sally Buck’s house was (Since demolished} and where he was raised by her as a little boy. The scenes where Annie is being chased by Joe’s friends was at the Monahans Sandhills, a series of dunes that is now a state park off of Iinterstate 20 near the Midland/Odessa area.

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  10. Richard Steed

    The Millhollen Ranch house is still there and can be viewed from N Front street, just East of Stanton. And south of 1-20 Frontage Road where Sally Buck waves at Joe.

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  11. Richard Steed

    The house hasn’t been demolished. If use Google maps from front street just east of Stanton centre you’ll notice that its still there

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  12. Richard Steed

    It’s called the Millhollen Ranch house and can be viewed using the Co-ordinates here 32.1352060, -101.7737910
    And these are the co-ordinates of the location where Joe Buck was when Sally Buck was waving back at him telling him that the TV dinner was in the fridge and that she had a new beau. 32.1402239, -101.7724658
    The house was zoomed in by the cinematographer in this scene as the vehicle was moving along 1-20 frontage road. 32.1404019, -101.7757475

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    1. John Patrick Haughey

      The Millhollon Ranch House was the abandoned house where Joe and Annie would meet and where the gang rape scene took place. The other house I was referring to was Sally Buck’s home and that was located at 309 Broadway St (near the corner of St Charles St). I was given this information by a woman who worked at the Chamber Of Commerce in Stanton who also said that the house was across the street from a funeral home. Well I did some checking up on this and the funeral home is still there (can’t recall the name) but it is right there on the corner, and when I looked at street view a few years ago there was an abandoned lot where house #309 used to be, so I am assuming that’s where the house once stood. I check the same spot a year later and a new home was built on that spot only the address is now 307 Broadway ( a little confusing to say the least) But just going by what the woman told me, the funeral home was the clue to finding it, and she said that she has lived in Stanton all of her life so I trust that she would know that information.

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      1. Richard Steed

        Thankyou very much for that information, John.
        Now please will you tell me exactly in Stanton where Joe and his mates were cheering at Annie when she turned her back at them?

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  13. Richard Steed

    John Patrick…Do you know whereabouts the scene was in the flashback where Crazy Annie turns her back on Joe’s mates who all cheer at her? Was that in Big Spring or Stanton?

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