Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were Shot (on Location)



1985


"To Live & Die in L.A."
Filming Locations
.(part 2).

Locations marked by an asterisk (*) may be located in areas with high crime rates.
Exercise reasonable caution.






    The check cashing place, where they start chasing two guys who come out of the building, was located at 1701 N. Main Street, next to the L.A. riverbed and the train tracks, in a rough part of north downtown L.A. called Mission Junction (east of Dodger Stadium).  *





  • Rick Masters' warehouse, where he kept his counterfeiting printing press (and where he burns to death at the movie's end), is located east of downtown Los Angeles, just west of the Golden State (5) Freeway, at the far south end of Moulton Avenue (on the east side of Moulton), west of S. Avenue 21, on the north edge of the Taylor Junction railroad tracks.  It's just south of 2100 N. Main Street.

    The smokestack which is visible behind the warehouse (in the photo below) is located about 200 yards to the east, at
    650 S. Avenue 21. It's now the L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex.  (In both photos, the camera is looking east/northeast.)
     *

[ Special thanks to Chas Demster, a fan who tracked down this particularly obscure location,
as well as many of the other locations in "To Live & Die In L.A." ]







  • We next see Masters in Watts, walking past a colorful mural, and agreeing to pay Jeff Rice (Steve James) to arrange the murder of Cody, a "mule" who is curently in prison - but might start talking to police to get out

    That
    Watts mural is on the south-facing wall of what is now "Flores Auto Parts", at 11231 S. Main Street, in south central Los Angeles. That's at the northwest corner of Main & 113th Streets (near the interchange of the 110 and 105 freeways.)

    In the photos here, Masters & Rice are seen walking
    west, down the north side of 113th street, just west of Main Street, at approximately 105 W. 113th St. *
  • [ Warning: Watts has a reputation as gang territory with a high crime rate.
    I don't suggest a visit. If you go, exercise caution. ]







  • Vukovich goes to see 'Judge Filo Cedillo' (Val DeVargas) to get him to sign a writ to let him take Cody out of prison to testify against Masters. The judge gives him a hard time, but eventually signs it.

    The
    judge's courtyard (above) that we see Vukovich walk through is located on the southwest side of the 444 S. Flower St building, in downtown Los Angeles. That's at the northeast corner of Flower & 5th St. Vukovich is walking north across the plaza.  (Thanks, Aaron!)  







  • The Prison yard, where Cody is attacked, is the Mens Colony in San Luis Obispo. It's located at Kern Ave & Los Angeles Ave. (San Luis Obispo is about 200 miles northwest of Los Angeles.)







  • Steve Jones's house, where Jones (Jeff Rice) is attacked (and possibly killed) by Masters (Dafoe), is located in a blue-collar residential neighborhood on the Wilmington/San Pedro border.
  • The house is located at the west end of a short dead-end street: at 1442 F Street, in Wilmington; it's the last house on the south side of F Street, just east of four large oil tanks from a neighboring refinery.

    [Side note: 20 years later, the same house was used as a location on the popular TV show, "The O.C.", where it played the role of a party house in Long Beach.]

    The street is hidden away behind (west of) the Harbor (110) Freeway, between Figueroa Place (on the east) and a large refinery (on the west). That's just north of the L.A. harbor docks (and just south of Harbor College).  *

    [ Warning: Wilmington has a reputation as gang territory.
    I don't suggest a visit, but if you go anyway, exercise caution. ]

    [ Warning: Remember that this is a private home. Do not trespass on their property,
    knock on the door, or do anything else to disturb the residents. ]






  • The hospital (called "Santa Fe Hospital" in the film), where Cody pretends to have a sick relative (and where he loses Chance), was actually the old Linda Vista Hospital, located at 610 S. St. Louis Street, in the Boyle Heights section of East Los Angeles. That's just east of downtown L.A., south of 6th Street, and next to Hollenbeck Park.

    Empty since 1990, the 1937 hospital has been used as the filming location for many a movie and TV show, including "Pearl Harbor", "Dexter", Arnold Schwarzenneger's "End of Days" and Jennifer Lopez's "The Cell".

[ Warning: This area has had gang problems - exercise reasonable caution. ]





    We see John Vukovich (John Pankow) crossing a downtown street lined with brownstones, and enter a dim, narrow bar. Inside, he meets with Masters' attorney (Dean Stockwell), who is getting worried about his relationship with Masters and wants to help Chance & Vukovich set him up. He arranges a meeting with Masters at his gym.

    This bar meeting scene was shot at 2053 E. 7th Street, at the northwest corner of 7th Street and Santa Fe Ave, on the east side of downtown L.A. In real life, it's a rundown, graffiti-covered brick building in a rough industrial district, east of the Skid Row area.

    When we watch John cross the street at the start of the scene, the camera is looking south, and he crosses Santa Fe Ave from east to west. He actually enters the east side of the building (on the west side of Santa Fe). In the photo above, John is walking south inside the bar (towards 7th).

    In the photo below, the camera is looking south/southeast down Santa Fe Ave, from just north of 7th Street, as the two men walk north up the west side of Santa Fe Ave. The cross-street (and traffic lights) seen behind them is 7th. *









  • They first meet Rick Masters (Willem DaFoe) up on the roof of the gym where he conducts his business transactions (seen in the photo above).

    They filmed that scene up on the roof of a building at
    8051 Beverly Blvd., in West Los Angeles. That's at the northwest corner of Beverly Blvd & Laurel Ave. They're standing atop an elevated portion of the roof, near the northwest corner of the building. (Ironically, the building currently houses a printer & engraver.)

    It's about a third of a mile northwest of Farmers Market and The Grove.


  • Later, they go back to the same gym to pick up the counterfeit money that Masters has printed for them (they are seen entering its door in the photo below, just before they confront the bodyguard inside, at the foot of the stairs). When they attempt to arrest Masters, a gunfight ensues.

    That doorway they enter is on the east side of the building (which contains a series of storefronts) facing Laurel Avenue. It is a narrow door, the third door from the building's north end. You can see the locations on this aerial photo.

    [ Special thanks to Debus Pascal, a fan from France who tracked down this location,
    and gave assistance on the Watts mural location. Merci beaucoup, Pascal.]




  • Chance goes to a seedy topless bar, where he gets information from Ruth (about a smuggler coming into town on a train).

    It was an actual nude bar, called "
    Shipwreck Joey's", and was located at the northeast corner of Figueroa Street & Harry Bridges Blvd., in Wilmington, CA, across from the docks of the port of Los Angeles harbor. But it no longer exists. The official address was 1331 W. B Street.

    That bar is the same one that was seen in the movie "Fight Club" as the main fight club location. Not long after the "Fight Club" filming ended in 1999, the entire building was razed to the ground (along with most of the buildings on that harbor strip - due to expansion of the harbor). The address is now nothing more than a vacant patch of bare land (although you can still see the oil refinery in the background.)
     *






  • They kidnap the Chinese diamond smuggler (coming in on Amtrack from San Francisco) at a train station. This scene was shot at the venerable Union Station, located at 800 N. Alameda St., in downtown L.A.  Chance pulls a gun on him inside the old train station, then the action shifts to the outside of the station, where he forces his captive into a car.

  • While driving away with the captive, he passes a building labeled 1422 E. 6th Street, in downtown L.A. It's there that he reaches the 6th Street bridge (over the L.A. River and train tracks).

    It's under that bridge (where 6th Street meets Mesquit Street) that Chance loses his temper, roughs up his captive, and smashes the briefcase.  *




  • During the Big Chase Scene, heading west on 6th Street, Chance passes Southwestern Bag Co, which is located at 1380 East 6th Street, in downtown L.A.  *

    At this point, he turns left (south) off 6th Street and onto
    Mateo Street.

    During the chase, he also passes the warehouse of "Select Produce", at 1580 Jesse Street (at Mesquit Street), in downtown. (That's just south of the 6th Street Bridge.).






  • Followed by gunmen trying to kill them, they race a speeding train and pull in front of it to elude their followers.

    The spot where they pull in front of the train was on the train tracks on the west side of the L.A. riverbed,
    just south of the 6th Street Bridge, in downtown. They (and the train) were heading north. They then crash down into the L.A. riverbed (also just south of the 6th Street Bridge), and race back along the semi-dry riverbed.
     *




  • The final part of the chase, where they go the wrong way up a freeway onramp, jumps abruptly from downtown L.A. to the Long Beach area. More specifically, it was Terminal Island (east of the Vincent Thomas Bridge), near Henry Ford Avenue, Ocean Blvd, and the Terminal Island Freeway (the green bridge which can be seen in the photo above).



  • ( The final credits show the viewpoint of a passenger in a car, heading south down the Harbor (110) Freeway, first past the Wilmington refinery area where you'll find Steve Jones's house, and then east over the Vincent Thomas Bridge onto Terminal Island, and across to Long Beach.)





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* Locations marked by an asterisk (*) may be located in areas with high crime rates.
Exercise reasonable caution.



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