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Actual Southern California locations
where 1994's "Speed"
With the bus drama over, the
action shifts back to the Pershing Square area of downtown L.A.,
where the police are waiting to nab the bad guy (Dennis Hopper) when
he tries to pick up his
money, which he has instructed them to leave in a trash can at a corner
of Pershing Square.
We see part of the downtown L.A.
skyline in the photo above.
This shot was taken looking north/northeast
from Pershing Square (on S. Olive Street).
What appears to be two brown buildings
in the lower right corner of the photo is actually
the venerable Biltmore Hotel (at
506 S. Olive St.)
The tall, blue tower in the center
is the California Plaza (at 350
S. Grand Ave.)
The brown building left of it is the
KMPG tower (at 355 S. Grand Ave,
part of Wells Fargo Plaza.)
and the odd-shaped spire to the left
is a microwave telecommunications tower
on the roof of the PacBell Tower (420
S. Grand Ave.)
In the photo below,
we get a better view of the Biltmore Hotel,
as police scramble.
As Keanu and the other police
set up positions around the Pershing Square drop-off location,
Sandra watches from across the street. That turns out to be a bad idea.
policeman shows up and says he's been sent by Keanu to take her somewhere
That "policeman" turns out to be the bad guy (Dennis
Hopper) in disguise.
But not knowing that, Sandra goes with him, and ends up being taken hostage. *
The shot above is looking
northwest up W. 5th Street, towards Pershing Square & the
with Sandra standing just south/southeast of the
eastern corner of W. 5th & S. Hill Streets.
Keanu and the other police
have set up their stake-out / surveillance post inside a nearby
barber shop. These barbershop scenes were shot inside a
storefront on the northeast
side of W. 5th Street, between
Hill Street & Broadway - just southeast of the
corner of 5th St & Hill St, in downtown L.A.)
That's right next door to (southeast of) a corner Subway sandwich
that can be seen in the film. *
Realizing that Hopper has somehow
gotten the money (despite their stakeout), Keanu
springs into action and goes running from
the barber shop, out to Pershing Square.
In the photo above,
we see Keanu running west across Hill Street,
from the east corner of W. 5th Street &
S. Hill Street., heading to Pershing
(The Subway sandwich store you see behind him is located at 458
S. Hill Street.) *
The photo below shows the same location
of 5th & Hill, but with the
camera looking in the
opposite direction (west), showing the corner of Pershing
Square, with the Biltmore behind
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