The Actual Southern California Locations
where 2003's "S.W.A.T." was filmed.
Later, after 'Montel' promises a $100
million reward to anyone who can break him out of jail,
the SWAT team tries to move him out of the city via a police
convoy, which weaves its way
way through the streets of downtown L.A. A confederation of criminals,
hoping to free him
(and collect the big reward), attack the convoy. This attack
scene was filmed near the corner of 6th Street & Main Street
(in Skid Row), near Coles P.E. Buffet.
Coles P.E. Buffet is the oldest restaurant in Los Angeles, and is located
at 118 E. Sixth St., in
The convoy was a decoy. The villain was really
being moved in a nondescript
police vehicle. But rogue cops inside
the vehicle, greedy for the reward,
overpower their fellow police and set the bad guy free. This scene was
shot at the corner of 7th & Hope,
in downtown L.A.
The bad guys run into the Metro
Red Line subway station below Pershing Square, and
the cops try to head them off at subway stations farther down the line.
But it appears that
most of the interior scenes were actually shot at the 7th
& Figueroa Metro station,
instead of at Pershing Square. One
exterior shot (seen above)
was shot at the Metro station at Wilshire and
Trying to escape, the bad guys land a Lear
Jet plane on the 6th Street bridge,
which spans the Los Angeles River and many railroad tracks below.
The bridge is located on the east side of downtown Los Angeles, just east of the intersection of E. 6th Street
and Sante Fe Ave.
They didn't really land the Lear Jet on the
bridge, of course. The landing was CGI.
But they did use a real Lear Jet on the ground (on the bridge), modified
V8 engine so they could drive it on the bridge.
The railroad tracks
and the dry L.A. riverbed below the 6th Street
Bridge is where the final fight scene
takes place. *
(*) designates what could be a high-crime area. Exercise reasonable
The photos on this page are
stills from the DVD of "S.W.A.T. "
(which you can buy by clicking
here) and are copyright Columbia Pictures.