Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were
Shot (on Location)
This hit 2001 movie about street racers was shot almost exclusively in and around Los Angeles.
Here's a guide to the actual filming locations where the film was shot, from "Toretto's Market" in Echo Park to "Little Saigon" in Westminster, complete with street addresses and maps.
• Dominic Toretto's (Vin Diesel) white woodframe house, and the brown wood & brick Craftsman house next door, are real homes, actually located in the Echo Park section of L.A., just northwest of downtown, at 718, 720 and 722 N. East Kensington Road. The dilapidated white garage in between isn't really there - it seems to have been a temporary creation for the movie. Remember, this is a private home, so don't disturb the residents.
(The house is just one street east of the Victorian home seen in the TV series "Charmed.") *
In the film, Toretto's is owned by Vin Diesel and his sister; it's where they first meet Paul Walker when he’s ordering a tuna sandwich - and it's where a fight breaks out nearby between Vince and Paul.
In real life, Toretto's is actually "Bob's Market". It's a simple mom & pop market located on the west side of a small triangle of streets, at the corner of Kensington Road & Bellevue Ave, at 1234 Bellevue Avenue. *
The race car is no longer on the roof, of
and the signs are down, so it's now a rather plain-looking
building. It is immediately north of a brick building (which is also
in the film) - the address of that brick building is 1046
N. Orange Drive.
• The Asian motorcycle gang scenes were shot in an area of Orange County known as "Little Saigon" (because of the many Vietnamese immigrants there), in the city of Westminster, CA.
The scenes set in a temple-like area with
marble statues were filmed at the Vietnamese Cultural Court,
located behind the 99 Ranch
at 9221 Bolsa Avenue, in
- across the street from the Asian Garden mall. (The homes seen behind
the statues in these photos were built there after the movie
• The large Asian archway they drive under in Little Saigon is not in exactly the same place as the marble statues (although the movie would lead you to believe it was) - it's a few blocks down the road to the east, at 9631 Bolsa Ave, in Westminster, on the south side of the street. (Unfortunately, they had already begun to repaint the sign on the archway when I shot this photo.)
• The first big car rally & street scene, where Paul Walker challenges Vin Diesel to a race and loses his car, is staged as a party between two giant warehouses. This was actually shot at the L.A. Produce Market, which is at 761 Terminal Street in downtown L.A., or more generally, around 7th Street, from Terminal Street to Alameda Street. *
Cha Cha Cha is an actual L.A. restaurant
(and a quite
popular one), serving Caribbean food in a colorful atmosphere. It's
at 656 N. Virgil Avenue,
questionable neighborhood at the east end of Melrose Ave., in the Silverlake area of L.A. *
• Another real restaurant (but about 45
from the Cha Cha Cha) is Neptune’s Net.
ocean view, outdoor beach cafe
where Vin Diesel and Paul Walker stop (after they have outraced the
rich guy in his Ferrari on PCH) and where Paul tries to get Diesel to
how he secretly makes the big bucks. Neptune’s Net
is located at 42505 Pacific Coast Highway
in a somewhat remote section of Malibu,
miles west of Point Dume.
The train is heading north on these tracks. The two cars are heading east on Terminal Way, starting around Cannery Street and racing east past the railroad tracks at Earle Street. Paul Walker and Vin Diesel wind up (after the truck accident) out of their cars on the east end of Terminal Way, near Ferry Street, where you can see the large pipe which (in real life) transports coal and coke to waiting ships. (For a photo of these pipes, click here.)
You can also catch a glimpse of the Vincent Thomas
Bridge in the background during the race. This towering
bridge links mainland San Pedro with Terminal Island; it has been seen
in other movies, including "Charlie's Angels" and "To Live
& Die in L.A." *
• After the Asian gang members attack Vin
house with machine guns (almost killing Jesse) and speed off on
Paul Walker chases them in his car, up and down the hilly streets,
gunfire. The very steep hill they
racing down is Micheltorena Street,
Blvd and Lucille Ave., in the Silverlake/Echo Park area.
• The leader of the Asian gang, Rick
Yune, is shot from his bike and killed by Paul Walker
in a scene shot on Glendale Blvd.,
between Alvarado Street (on the north) & Park Ave (on the south),
north of the actual Echo Park. It's just a few blocks northwest of Vin
Diesel's home in the film. *
• The final truck
scene, a disastrous failure, has Vin Diesel and his cohorts
trying to hijack another truck but being surprised when when the truck
driver opens fire with a shotgun; Vince gets lashed to the truck’s side
and needs to be rescued. That truck scene was shot way out in the hills
of Hemet, California, a remote
of the world located about 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
• The huge desert "Race Wars"
rally was held out at the San Bernardino
International Airport (which the director says is mostly
by the fire department today. He also says it was 120 degrees that
It’s located at E. 3rd Street &
Del Rosa Drive, in San Bernardino,
about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.
• The spot where Paul
"arrested" by the police (the scene where it’s
first revealed that he’s really an undercover cop), is west of
just past the corner of 7th St. &
St., which is east of MacArthur Park and south of Wilshire
an asterisk may be located in high crime areas, so exercise
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