Fans of actor Shia LaBeouf in Riverside, California may have been lucky enough recently to get a bird’s eye view of the star, who will soon appear onscreen in the highly anticipated Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, on his way to the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa to film a scene for his upcoming thriller, Eagle Eye. Stretching out over a city block, the eclectic edifice, with its series of Spanish-style turrets and towers and Mediterranean-motifed domes will provide a dramatic backdrop for the actor and his co-stars Rosario Dawson, Michelle Monaghan and Billy Bob Thornton when the action-packed flick hits theaters in August 2008, OK magazine reports.
Built between 1876 and 1931, the Mission Inn & Spa’s history is intimately intertwined with several legendary love stories. Although the Southern California sanctuary boasts two on-site chapels, in 1940 former president Richard Nixon and his bride Pat Nixon chose to exchange vows in the hotel’s Presidential Suite, so named after a visit by Theodore Roosevelt. In 1945, sunlight filtered through the Tiffany stained-glass windows that adorn the St. Francis chapel as Bette Davis, a goddess of Hollywood’s golden era, walked down the aise on her way to marry William Grant Sherry, and in 1952 Ronald and Nancy Reagan spent the first night together as husband and wife in one of the hotel’s suites.
Offered daily, cinema buffs and admirers of architectural masterpieces can take a 75-minute tour of the 239-guest room hotel and its palm-laden grounds.