Southern California locations where 2005's "Kiss
Kiss, Bang Bang"was
The hotel where
Harry (Robert Downey Jr.) stays - and
where he finds the
dead body planted in his room - is actually The
Standard, located at 550 S. Flower St., in downtown
L.A., at the east corner of S. Flower & W. 6th.
This unique rooftop
scene was also shot at The Standard
up on the hotel's popular roof bar & pool area.
And if you're wondering about that sunny yellow
cafe, where Harry and Harmony
(Michelle Monaghan) talked and watched
a TV news broadcast, that was also shot at The Standard downtown,
in the hotel's lobby restaurant.
Don't worry - not everything in the movie was
shot at The Standard.
Take that Hollywood
house where the Christmasparty was going on, for instance -
the one where Harry meets Harmony and Gay Perry (Val
In the director's commentary, Val Kilmer
tells us that the party house was located in
the town where Val grew up: Chatsworth, CA
(in the N.E. San Fernando Valley), across the street from the old Roy Rogers ranch
house. Roy's house is located
on the south side of (the aptly named) Trigger
Street, just west of Andora Ave.,
near Oakwood Cemetery (where Fred
Astaire & Ginger Rogers are buried).
When the police are closing in, Harry and
Perry throw the corpse (which was
planted in Harry's hotel room by the bad guys ) out the window. When
they go to
recover the body, they are spotted by the cops (leading to that funny kissing
But the alley where
they retrieve the body isn't really outside of the Standard Hotel.
In fact, it's about four blocks southwest of the hotel.
The screencaps here show that the Los Angeles Theatre is at one end of
and "A.A. Jewelry Tools & Findings" is at the alley's
The Los Angeles Theatre is located at
615 S. Broadway, in downtown, while
"A.A. Jewelry Tools & Findings" is located at 319
W. 6th Street. So that
alley appears to be between Broadway and Hill, and 6th and 7th Streets,
would make it St. Vincent Place, just
south of 6th Street, in the Jewelry District.
Believe it or not, this ratty looking alley
has some historical significance in L.A.
From 1868 to 1887, it was the site of St. Vincent's College, the first
college in all
of Southern California (it later became Loyola-Marymont University, and
is now located near Marina Del Rey).
In the photo above, the camera is
looking north / northeast.
In the photo below, the camera is looking south / southwest. *
where she is surprised by an intruder, then sees the "Protocop"
costumed character fall out of her window, was filmed in one of the ocean-facing
apartment houses on Ocean Front Walk
between Washington Blvd
and Venice Blvd, in Venice, CA,
just north of the Venice Pier.
The park scenes,
where Harmony goes at night to warn Perry about an ambush,
(and where she beats up a would-be hit-man), were shot at MacArthur
Park ("is melting in the dark..."), located just
west of downtown L.A.
The park is between 6th and 7th streets, bounded on the west by Park View
and on the east by Alvarado St. The official address is at 2230
West 6th Street. *
When Harmony is seen leaping the fence
(in her Santa outfit), that wide street
crosses is Wilshire Blvd, which runs
right through the middle of MacArthur Park.
In the photo above, it appears that we are looking south, across Wilshire
to the lake.
The underpass that
we see Perry walk through passes below Wilshire Blvd.
Warning: In the past, MacArthur
Park has been the scene of drug selling and gang activity.
There have been efforts made to clean up the park and make it safe, but
exercise reasonable caution
(and don't even think about walking through that park underpass
While Harry and Harmony are in the yellow
cafe, they see a TV news broadcast
showing Harlan Dexter (Corbin Bernsen)
and his daughter coming out of a courthouse.
That brief scene was shot in front of the
Santa Monica County Building,
at 1725 Main Street, in Santa
The climactic chase
& shoot-out scenes at the end (with the car crashes, the
Harry dangling from a freeway overpass sign) were all filmed in Long
in that beach city's southwest corner. (If you've been to the Long Beach
of the Pacific or to Shoreline Village, you know the general area.)
In the photo above, the camera is
looking north up Queensway Branch,
of Ocean Blvd. (Queensway Branch is the south end of Magnolia
In the photo below, Harry hangs from
a traffic sign above the eastbound lanes of
west Shoreline Drive. The bridge he's
hanging from is the southbound Queensway Branch, where it spans Shoreline Drive. (The signage has since been
That overpass is just south of the California
Bank & Trust building, and just before one reaches
(west of) the Long Beach Aquarium and the white roller-coaster bridge that
spans Shoreline Drive.
Locations marked by an asterisk (*) may
be located in high-crime areas.
Exercise reasonable caution.
Most of photos on this page
are stills from the DVD of "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang"
(which you can buy by clicking
here) and are copyright Warner Bros.