actual Southern California locations where
the 2007 Nicolas Cage movie "Next"
In the movie "Next",
Nicolas Cage plays a Las Vegas
magician who has the actual power to see
two minutes into his own future - and the ability to change that future.
He has kept his talent a
secret, using it to make discrete wins at the Vegas gaming tables. But
when a government
agency discovers his secret, they seek to capture him and use the reluctant
magician to find
a terrorist organization planning a nuclear attack on the U.S.
Although much of the movie
is set in Vegas, it's no surprise that Los Angeles
locations wind up playing a key role.
For instance, the "Vegas"
diner where Cage first meets his future love interest (Jessica Biel)
isn't really in Vegas at all. It's actually Pann's Restaurant,
at 6710 La Tijera Blvd.,
in Los Angeles.
same Pann's diner was used in the 2005 movie "Bewitched",
with Nicole Kidman. )
You'll find the diner in a triangle formed where La Tierra
Blvd, La Cienega Blvd & Centinela Ave meet,
about a mile and a half southwest of Fox Hills Mall and Holy
Cage is caught by the agency, he experiences a vision of the future where
he sees his girlfriend
captured by the terrorists, tied to a wheelchair on a rooftop,
and strapped with explosives.
In his vision, she is subsequently blown up. Trying to prevent this from
happening in real life,
he and the government agents go to that rooftop and plot a rescue mission.
which plays a key role in "Next", is actually the roof of the
L.A. Times parking garage,
located at 213 S. Spring Street
- in downtown Los Angeles.
That's bordered by 2nd St (on the north),
3rd Street (on the south), Broadway (on the west), and Spring Street
(on the East).
the photo above, the camera is pointed south/southwest. )
The terrorists have
placed the girl on the roof as bait, hoping Cage will come there to rescue
so that a sniper on
a nearby roof can shoot & kill him.
In real life, the sniper was
perched atop the MJ Higgins Building,
at 244 S Main Street, in
downtown L.A. That's at the southwest corner of Second & Main
Streets, about 500 yards
to the southeast of the Times rooftop.
( In the photo below, you can
see L.A. City Hall in the distance, behind the assassin. )
The movie reaches its climax
at a harbor port where the terrorists
have smuggled in a
nuclear weapon. Cage and the government agents (led by Julianne
Moore) race to find
the bomb, defeat the terrorists, and free Jessica before the bomb goes
To do so, they must battle
the terrorists on the wharves, stalk
them throughout a warehouse, and aboard a docked ship,
using Cage's uncanny talent to avoid
boobytraps and assassins along the way.
These scenes were shot at Southwest Marine,
a ship repair facility, at 985 Seaside Avenue,
at Berth 240,near the southwestern part of Terminal Island,
in the Los Angeles Harbor.
The top (aerial) photo above
is looking down south at the area,
just above the Terminal Island prison.