Bagdad Cafe (1987)

The 1987 film “Bagdad Cafe” (also known as “Out of Rosenheim”) mostly takes place at an isolated cafe and motel in the California desert. Decades later, the cafe not only still stands, it remains an active business. Originally built in the 1950s, the cafe was located along the former Route 66, attracting many motorists. Major freeways were later built, rerouting traffic away from many small, roadside establishments. Yet somehow this one, originally known as the Sidewinder Cafe, has survived almost 70 years and counting.

LOCATION: 46548 National Trails Hwy, Newberry Springs, CA 92365

While the film is set in Bagdad, California, which is now itself a ghost town after being bypassed by larger freeways, the production actually took place 50 miles west in the town of Newberry Springs. In 1995, the cafe renamed itself the Bagdad Cafe, in recognition of the film.

The film itself tells the story of a German tourist named Jasmin Münchgstettner, played by Marianne Sägebrecht and her burgeoning friendship with Brenda, the owner of the cafe, played by CCH Pounder.

After Jasmin gets into a fight with her husband, she arrives at the cafe and begins helping Brenda, who is also at odds with her husband.

The motel, also featured throughout the film, was demolished in 2015. Here is the area where it stood, located beside the cafe.

LOCATION: 46536 National Trails Hwy, Newberry Springs, CA 92365 (now demolished)

Only the sign for the motel remains.

Here is a sign located at the cafe, noting its historical significance and connection to the film.

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