The Actual Southern California
1995's "Heat" was filmed.
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MAP of all "Heat"
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due to the gritty nature of "Heat", some of its filming locations
are found in urban areas
that may have a high crime rate, and could be dangerous to visit. Exercise
Before each scene
description, you will see a number (for example: 00:07:05);
this is the time of the movie (on the
DVD) when the scene appears.
Robert De Niro and his crew go to an abandoned drive-in
to sell back the bonds they have stolen. However, the guy making
the drop has other
ideas, and a deadly gunfight breaks out in the drive-in parking lot.
Those scenes were filmed on
site at the old Centinela Drive-In,
which, in 1995, was
located at 5700 Centinela Ave., in
the Westchester section of Los Angeles
is about two miles northwest of LAX., and
near Hillside Memorial Park.)
The Centinela Drive-In closed
in 1995, two years before "Heat" was filmed, and it was
torn down in
1998. It was replaced by an apartment complex known as Villa
(The only remaining drive-in
theatre still open in Los Angeles County is now
the Pacific Vineland Drive-In, 443 N. Vineland in the City of Industry.)
We see Robert De Niro, his crew and their families celebrating at an elegant
while Al Pacino's men spy on them from the roof of the building across
street. This was shot at (the then) Zenzero
restaurant, located at 1535
in Santa Monica,
right across the street from the Santa Monica Pier, and within
walking distance of the Broadway Deli
(where De Niro meets 'Eavy').
closed in 2000, but the location is now home to Ivy
at the Shore, a
restaurant which is (along with its sister, The
Ivy, in west L.A.) a very
popular spot for both celebrities & paparazzi.
De Niro's crew break into a precious metals
repository, and Val Kilmer
attempts to cut through a safe door, but they are forced to walk away when
realize that Pacino's men have set a trap for them - and Pacino has no
but to let them walk.
scene was shot in the gritty warehouse
district (not far from Skid Row) on the
east side of downtown Los Angeles..
To be more specific, it was filmed around the
Los Angeles Smoking & Curing Company,
at 1300 Factory Place, in downtown.
(Once again, you don't want to go there - trust me.)
'Al Pacino and his crew find themselves out on the
docks (among stacks of
freight containers), as they try to figure out what De Niro is up to, only
to discover that
De Niro's crew has actually set them up, and are watching (and photographing)
from the top of a nearby oil storage tank and a freight elevator.
this was shot down on the docks of
the Los Angeles Harbor,
area where Wilmington &
meet. The loading lot they are standing in is
surrounded by John S.Gibson Blvd.,
and on any given day is filled with thousands of
freight containers, unloaded from the ships docked at the harbor (by those
freight elevators you can see behind them in the above photo), then are
aboard trucks & trains to be transported to their final destinations.
they are talking, they mention San Clemente
(two streets which do intersect at the
harbor, near the south end of Fries Ave.),
and they mention a salvage yard (there's
one to the northeast,
at Island Avenue & W. Harry Bridges
and there is the huge Conoco-Phillips oil
refinery to the
northwest, on the west side of the Harbor (110) Freeway (at 1660
W. Anaheim St.),
as well as numerous oil storage tanks scattered around the dock area, including
small cluster surrounding San Clemente & Hermosa.
The large white storage
tank that De Niro's men are watching from is tank number 120002.
Niro also mentions the "Saint Vincent
The late Assemblyman Vincent Thomas (whom I once met) would have gotten
chuckle out of the idea that people would call him a saint... Actually,
Vincent Thomas Bridge,
which spans the harbor waters between the mainland
and Terminal Island (another "Heat" location). Just look up towards
while you're in the dock areas, and you can't miss it.The bridge has been
in many Hollywood films, from "Charlie's
Angels" to "To Live & Die in L.A."
As Robert De Niro heads towards the airport (LAX) on the freeway, Pacino's
crew is secretly following him. Finally, Pacino gets tired of the game,
pulls De Niro's
car over, and invites him out for a man-to-man talk over a cup of coffee.
freeway scenes were filmed on the very real Century
(105) Freeway (the newest
of L.A.'s many freeways), westbound,
just before the junction with the 405 Freeway..
Locations marked with an asterisk may be located in high-crime areas. Exercise
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