Southern California locations where
At 05:58, we see motorcycle cop, Paul Woodrugh, standing on a city street, as he
realizes that his prized motorcycle has been stolen, and begins to curse in frustration .
This is the exterior of that former Koreatown nightclub, Vibe.
We've seen the interior before, as a nightclub, but since we hadn't seen
Here is a matching Google StreetView of that nightclub's exterior.
A few seconds later, at 06:29, Paul heads back to his motel:
only to be ambushed by a group of reporters & paparazzi waiting there to ask him about
This motel is the Day's Inn, at 7023 Sunset Boulevard, in Hollywood.
That's just west of Hollywood High, and two blocks south of the Chinese Theatre.
Here is a Google StreetView of the motel.
They're reluctant, but he manages to convince them to at least consider his offer.
This scene was shot inside Maggie's Pastry, an Armenian family bakery,
That's on the east side of the San Fernando Valley, about two miles
And here's a StreetView of that bakery.
12:10: Stranded Paul is eventually picked up by Ray, and we see them talking while driving.
In the shot above, they are heading north on Wilcox Avenue,
just north of Sunset Blvd, in Hollywood.
(Behind them, you can see part of the Staples store on Sunset.)
The camera is looking south/southeast, from Wilcox
Here is a matching Google StreetView of that view,
The next shot (below), during the traffic jam, is farther north on Wilcox, between Sunset & Selma:
(The camera is looking north, this time.)
In the distance, you can glimpse part of a radio tower on the right. That is up atop the
old Pacific Theatre building, at the northeast corner of Hollywood Blvd & Selma.
That Lido sign, on the distant left, is at 6500 Yucca Street,
a block north of Hollywood Blvd.
(You can't quite see it, but if the buildings weren't in the way, the
Hollywood Sign would be visible in the hills, just to the right.)
Here is a matching Google StreetView of that view,
This time it is a shot looking south, down the L.A. River channel.
Here's a matching Google Earth view.
Here is a Google StreetView as seen from the 5 Freeway.
That hillside on the right divides these freeways from Dodger Stadium,
15:22: Returning to his gangster ways, Frank goes to an apartment house that he
used to own, that is crowded with undocumented Hispanic tenants.
Frank sold this place to another guy, but now that Frank needs to raise cash,
I was lucky with this one.
Not long ago, I updated my page about the Tom Cruise movie "Collateral", where
Tom played a brutal hit-man. And the very first place he went to for a hit
was the apartment house right next to this one, at 1039 S. Union Avenue.
When I was tracking down that location, I couldn't help noticing the unique
arches atop this neighboring apartment house. So, when it showed up
on True Detective, I knew right where to look.
This is 1029 S. Union Ave, in Los Angeles.
It's just three blocks northwest of the Staples Center, just west of downtown L.A.,
and half a mile northwest of the intersection of the 110 (Harbor) and 10 Freeways.
Here is a Google StreetView of the building.
She tells him that she's pregnant, and that she doesn't believe in abortion.
This scene was shot at Joe K's Deli, at 2601 S. Soto Street, in Vernon, CA.
That's at the southwest corner of Soto Street & 26th Street.
Here's a StreetView of the restaurant.
Inside, Paul and a detective look at a stolen wristwatch and compare it to report sheet.
It's a match. The pawnbroker says he still has the video of the girl who pawned it.
This is Brothers Collateral Loans, at 5901 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA.
And here's a matching StreetView of the shop.
This was shot in the back yard of 250 S Rimpau Blvd, in Hancock Park.
[Warning: This is a private home. Do not trespass on their property,
(Here's a Google StreetView glimpse of that gazebo & pool.)
From that vantage point, the protesters later observe the explosion during the police gun battle.
This protest warehouse faces E. 6th Street, between Mission Road & Anderson Street.
The official address of this warehouse is 560 S. Mission Road, Los Angeles.
(The camera in the above screenshot is looking west.)
The bridge arches seen in the background are the 6th Street Bridge.
Here's a StreetView of that protesters' warehouse.
The battle begins when a gunman on the second floor of a three-story brick warehouse,
At 47:14, the top floor of the building explodes, but the gangsters survive it, and continue firing:
This 3-story brick building is located at 625 S. Anderson Street, in downtown Los Angeles.
( It's on the east side of the L.A. River, where they filmed
Here's a StreetView of the brick building.
When the gunmen make a break for it out the back, at 48:46, Ani runs through the building and
This alley scene was actually shot in the alley directly behind (west of) that three-story building.
She emerges from the back of 615 Anderson, the low warehouse
That rear alley runs north/south behind Anderson Street, between the
(Note: On the east side of the L.A. River, 6th Street is renamed Whittier Blvd.,
Here is a Google StreetView of the alley.
49:00: Ani turns left and runs after the fleeing SUV, firing her weapon:
As she chases the fleeing SUV, she is running south down that alley behind Anderson.
At 49:29, the SUV emerges from under the bridge, and right into the protester scene:
So, they don't really emerge at the protest warehouse.
Instead, in the screencap above, we see them driving south, out through
Here is a matching Google StreetView of that bridge underpass onto Jesse St.
But that doesn't stop the gangsters, who exit the smashed SUV with guns blazing
This final bloody shootout scene was filmed at
(The camera, in the screenshot above, is looking east/northeast.)
Here is a Google StreetView of that bus-crash corner.
More "True Detective" locations!
The photos on this page are stills from "True Detective - Season 2"
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Gary J. Wayne - 2016 / Seeing-Stars.com