Early in the film, the Narrator (Ed Norton) goes to a large church to attend a support meeting of cancer victims (where he first talks to 'Marla', played by Helena Bonham Carter). The church is actually St. Brendan's Catholic Church, located at 310 S. Van Ness Ave., in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles.
This same church
was also seen near the end the original (1953) film version of "War
of the Worlds", and in a 2004 episode of "CSI"
(titled "From the Grave"), where Horatio goes to confession
at the church.
In one scene,
watches as 'Marla' goes into a coin-op laundromat
and steals a load of laundry. That laundromat
scene was actually filmed on Melrose Avenue, at a real laundromat
located at 4371 Melrose Ave.,
in Los Angeles. (This in
the unfashionable section of Melrose, miles to the east of the trendy shopping
district, and just east of the Hollywood Freeway.) *
goes to a Vintage Clothes store
nearby and sells the items she stole from the washing machines. Afterward,
she and Ed Norton exchange phone numbers outside the store. That "vintage clothes"
storefront (it's now a florist shop) is nearby on Melrose, just a block
to the east of the Laundromat, at 4314 Melrose
Ed Norton comes
home to find fire department trucks outside his
condo, and learns that his apartment atop
'Pearson Towers' has exploded and burned. The actual apartment building
used in that scene was the Promenade Towers,
located at 123 S. Figueroa Street
(between 1st & 2nd Streets), in downtown
the tacky neon bar where
Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt)
stages the fights and creates the rules of "Fight Club", was
an actual bar, located at the northeast corner of Figueroa Street
& Harry Bridges Blvd., in
(not Wilmington, Delaware),
across from the docks of the port of Los Angeles
house, the Victorian home where Brad Pitt
and Ed Norton
lived and trained the Fight Club members, was also in Wilmington, CA,
not far from Lou's Tavern, at 240 N. Neptune Ave.
(the southeast corner of Neptune Avenue
& C Street).
There was one
other "Fight Club"
location in Wilmington. Remember the scene in front of the tire yard,
where (as part of a 'homework assignment' to start a fight - and lose)
a Fight Club member squirts passersby with
a hose? That scene was shot at the
Llantera Tire Center,
at 505 N. Avalon Blvd.
(at E Street), in Wilmington, CA.
In a similar "homework assignment", another Fight Club member tries to pick a fight in the middle of a public art piece, comprised of large geometric shapes of burnished steel. This work of art, by Michael Heizer, is titled “North, East, South, West”, and it is located just outside the doors of the 48-story office building at 444 S. Flower (at 5th & Flower) in downtown Los Angeles. (It's between the Bonaventure Hotel and the U.S. Bank Tower.)
same shapes can be seen in the 1995 Pacino/De Niro movie "HEAT",
during the bank robbery scenes.]
The also in those
"homework assignment" scenes, we see, a guy picking a fight
at a Cadillac auto dealership.
* Locations marked with an asterisk may be located in high-crime areas. Exercise reasonable caution.
Some of the photos on this
page are stills from the DVD of "Fight Club"
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