Actual Southern California Locations
where the 2000 classic "Memento"
spot where Leonard (Guy Pearce)
kills Teddy (Joe Pantoliano), at the
start of the film.
This scene was filmed at the
former Fletcher Oil Refinery,
at 24721 S. Main Street,
in Carson, CA.
(That's at the northwest corner of Main Street & Lomita Blvd,
in the city's southwest corner.)
The refinery no longer exists.
It was already closed when they filmed here, and since
then it has been completely torn down and is now little more than a large
In these images, the camera
is looking northeast.
Notice that to the left of
the building, you can see the corner of another building.
I blew up that image, and the lettering on the building reads "Kole
Kole is located across the street from the refinery, at 24600 S. Main Street.
Following one of his notes, Leonard goes
to the City Grill cafe to meet with
He doesn't remember her, and walks right by her, but she remembers him.
She tells him that she has found information about the suspect he's looking
for and gives him
a license number. She also tells him about a deserted spot outside of town...
This is also where he first
sees the big tattoo on his left forearm in the cafe's restroom.
This scene was filmed at "The
Catch" restaurant, at 500 E. Wilson
Ave, in Glendale, CA. at
southeast corner of Wilson & Jackson Streets, a few blocks east of
the Glendale Galleria.
(At the time the movie was filmed, it was named "The Grinder"
As Leonard drives up to the
cafe, the camera is looking west down Wilson Ave.
(The church steeple seen in distance in that shot is the First Baptist
church, at Wilson & Louise).
Teddy takes Leonard out to lunch at a
diner. They sit at the counter and argue about the
merits of memory versus notes/facts. Leonard insists that memories
can't be trusted.
Leonard also confirms how much he wants revenge on the man who killed his
This was filmed at the Olympic
Coffee Shop, at 12192 San Fernando Road,
in Sylmar, CA.
That's up in the northeast
corner of the San Fernando Valley.
(The "Cathy's Flowers"
shop, seen behind them through the window,
is now "St. Germain Flowers", and shares the same parking lot
As Leonard & Teddy
run Dodd out of town, we see Leonard
standing next to a chain link fence.
That fence is part of the Bob
Hope Airport (AKA the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport)
at 2627 N. Hollywood Way,
in Burbank, CA.
Leonard "wakes up"
in a shower at another motel, the "Mountcrest
Inn", where he surprises Dodd,
ties him up, and takes his gun, before he & Teddy march Dodd down the
stairs and run him out of town.
This is actually the Hill Crest Inn
motel, at 9111 Sepulveda Blvd, North
That's in the San Fernando
Valley, just north of the northwest corner of Sepulveda & Nordoff.