242 Columbus Avenue
the filming of Basic Instinct in San Francisco in the early 1990s.
Activists were outraged by the ultimate Hollywood lesbian stereotype, the
ice pick wielding murderess played by Sharon Stone. Demonstrators picketed
locations around town and circulated flyers
when a gay publisher and bar owner rented his Rawhide
II tavern to production company Carolco for scenes from the movie. The
beautiful home of Stone's character, Catherine Trammell, is 2930
Vallejo Street in Pacific Heights. The cop hangout is Tosca Cafe, 242
Columbus Avenue. Just
ten years later, Stone was an international superstar, Hollywood's portrayal
of sexual minorities had improved big time, a sequel to Basic Instinct
Production on Basic Instinct 2, set in London and starring Sharon Stone, was underway in 2005.
Copyright 2001 Hank Donat