The Ready Room
A Navy SEALs Biehn Team Exclusive
|The Ready Room is alive and well and really
exists in Virginia! Biehn fans will remember this
place as the bar the team congregated in after Graham's
funeral in Navy SEALs. A couple members of the
Biehn Team were lucky enough to locate Fran's Ready Room
on a visit to the area.
Naturally, some things have changed since Navy SEALs was filmed there, but many things remain the same. Fran is one of the constants. Now the owner, she was the manager at the time the movie was filmed and was kind enough to share some of her recollections with us. She said that Michael Biehn was "an angel," gracious and accommodating when asked for an autograph or to pose for pictures with fans.
Cast members, including the object of our admiration, frequented the bar during their off hours, and drank up lots of the inventory, keeping Fran busy with restocking the wet goods! Beer went the fastest.
The Ready Room was chosen as a shooting location because one of the military advisors for the film, a SEAL himself, recommended it as a SEAL hangout. It's still a place where SEALs and other military folks gather to relax and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.
There are pictures, posters and articles about
the movie hanging in glass cases on the walls, and the
wine glass rack suspended above the bar in the movie is
still there. It was installed by the film crew
specifically for the film. The cooler MB's
character reaches into has been moved because the bar
itself has been revamped and made longer.
It's a very friendly place and the
staff seemed happy to discuss the movie with two
strangers who just dropped in. Fran's Ready Room is
located at 1805 London Bridge Rd., Virginia Beach,
Virginia. Tell Fran the Biehn Team sent you!
And here's some pictures of Michael while filming Navy SEALs.
The Biehn Team would like to thank Fran, the owner of the Ready Room, for sharing her insights!
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