Local Restaurant Featured in Iconic Movie (Top Gun) to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary | Kit Lavell Interview

Top Gun 30th Anniversary

A classic 1980s movie that featured scenes filmed inside a San Diego restaurant is turning 30 next week and anniversary celebrations have already kicked off.

“Top Gun” was released on May 16, 1986, featuring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis in leading roles.

The last scene in “Top Gun” was filmed at the Kansas City Barbeque, in which Marverick, played by Cruise and Charlie (McGillis) reunite.

Kansas City Barbeque opened 33 years ago in downtown San Diego on W. Harbor Drive near Kettner Boulevard. Since being featured in the film, it has become an iconic landmark in America’s Finest City.

Celebrations for the movie and restaurant’s anniversary began Monday and will continue through May 19.

The restaurant will host a screening of “Top Gun,” and the celebration will feature food and drink specials, plus merchandise for sale for fans, including shirts and challenge coins commemorating the 30th anniversary of the movie.

Strategic Operations Hosts Active Shooter Drills

STOPS Active Shooter Drills

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – Members of San Diego’s medical community are now better prepared to respond to active shooter and other trauma casualties, after a unique training.

Medical students, along with ER residents and staff from Balboa Naval Hospital and UC San Diego Medical Center participated in a series of life or death scenarios involving active shooters, overturned cars and IED’s last week.

They performed hyper-realistic drills with real firefighters, paramedics and police at Strategic Operations on the back lot of Stu Segall Productions, which is a TV and movie studio in San Diego.

“There’s not a lot of opportunities to practice live active shooter scenarios in a very realistic setting,” said Kit Lavell with Strategic Operations. “You make your mistakes in the training environment here that’s hyper-realistic, so your first experience in the real world should be no worse than in the last training you did in a hyper-realistic environment. That’s what saves lives.”

Don’t miss Marcella Lee’s special report Monday, May 9 on CBS News 8 at 11PM on surviving an active shooter situation. The FBI will share what you should do to best protect yourself and your family. Click here for the story.




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