The opening shot of S.W.A.T.
is an aerial view of the Hollywood sign
as a helicopter
flies over the Hollywood Hills (from south to north) and into the San
There, we see helicopters hovering over what is supposed to be the bank
scene. But as we'll see below, that crime scene wasn't shot in the
In reality, the
robbery of "Valley Trust Bank" was actually filmed
near the intersection
of Broadway & Workman Street, in
the Lincoln Heights area of Los Angeles,
part of town northeast of downtown L.A., and about a mile east of Dodger
The 'bank' was an empty building on the northwest corner of that intersection.
The scenes where 'Jim Street' (Colin
Farrell) is exercising on the beach
(after he's quit S.W.A.T.) appear to have been filmed along
the Huntington Beach-
Sunset Beach coastal area, located south of Long Beach and north
of Newport Beach.
(But the short pier shown is definitely not the main Huntington
The "LAX airport terminal"
scenes weren't filmed at LAX. Instead, they were actually
shot at a cruise ship terminal: at the Port
of Los Angeles' World Cruise Center,
Berth 93-A, in San
Pedro. It's located right below the
Vincent Thomas Bridge at
the south end of the Harbor (110) Freeway.
(This berth was also the home port
of the TV series "The Love Boat"
for many years.)