actual Southern California locations where
the 2008 movie "Taken"
Much of the movie "Taken"
takes place in Paris, as Liam Neeson's
character tries to find his kidnapped daughter.
But the first part of the film
opens in Los Angeles, and those are the locations we're going to explore
The movie opens with a shot of Liam Neeson's
car pulling up to a curb outside an electronics
He gets out of his car and goes inside the shop, where he buys a
(for his daughter's birthday) from a guy wearing a turban.
Look closely at the street
scene, and you'll notice a restaurant sign in the background which reads
"Musso & Frank" - the oldest restaurant in Hollywood.
Liam is heading east on Hollywood Boulevard,
just a few yards east of Cherokee Ave (about a quarter mile east of
Hollywood & Highland).
The scene inside the electronics
store was filmed in a now-vacant storefront at 6630-B Hollywood Blvd, in Hollywood,
CA, which is on the south side of the boulevard.
(There was once a store called "High Tech Electronics" at that
L.A. scene, his daughter's birthday party,
takes place at his ex-wife's mansion.
It's where he gives his daughter the karaoke machine (and her step-father
gives her a horse).
find that house at 56 Fremont Place,
in the Hancock Park
neighborhood of Los Angeles.
inside a gated community, at the southeast corner of Fremont and 8th Street.
is a private home. Do not trespass on their property,
knock on their door, or do anything else that might disturb the residents.
we see Liam picking up his developed photos
(of his daughter's birthday) at a small
scene was shot inside Valley Stores,
at 11418 Moorpark Street,
in North Hollywood, CA.
on the south side of Moorpark Street, at the southeast corner of
Moorpark & Kraft Ave
(two blocks south of the Ventura Freeway and two blocks west of the Hollywood
Liam agrees to come out of retirement
for one day to act as a bodyguard to a pop singer during
a concert. When she is attacked by
a crazed fan, Liam saves her life, earning her gratitude.
That scene opens with a night
time aerial shot of the Staples Center (the
round blue building).
You'll find the Staples Center on the south edge of downtown Los Angeles,
just east of the Harbor (110) Freeway, at 1111 S. Figueroa Street.
It is, of course, the home
of the L.A. Lakers, and has been the scene of
quite a few superstar concerts over the years.
Next, we see Liam meet with his daughter
at an upscale cafe. He is surprised
her mother (his ex-wife) shows up as well. Both of them pressure him to
permission to go to Paris alone. Knowing the dangers, he is reluctant to
This scene was shot half a
mile east of the opening electronics store scene,
at the now-defunct Hollywood & Vine
Restaurant, which was located on
the northeast corner of that famous intersection, at 6263
(just a few doors west of the Pantages Theatre).
Finally, we see Liam driving
his daughter to the airport, where
she will catch a plane to Paris
(and live to regret it). The airport is, of course, Los
Angeles International Airport (LAX).
They are seen driving south
on Sepulveda Boulevard,
just south of the 96th Street bridge.
In the photo above,
the camera is looking north/northeast up Sepulveda.
Here is a matching Google
From there, the movie's action
moves to Paris, and we don't see L.A. again
until the end of the movie, when the family is reunited at this same airport.
The photos on this page are
stills from the DVD of "Taken"
(which you can buy by clicking
here) and are copyright 20th Century Fox.