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big battle was mostly shot on the streets
of downtown L.A. (mixed in with Universal Studio street shots), centered around Broadway
between 6th &9th Street.
During the lengthy battle, we can see quite a few L.A. landmarks & businesses in the
The Broadway Bar:
at 830 S. Broadway.
(In the shot above, the camera is looking north
up Broadway, midway between 8th & 9th
The Orpheum Theatre
and the Rialto Theatre.
Both old theatres are part of the Broadway
theatre district in downtown L.A. The Orpheum is located at 842 S. Broadway
(adjacent to the Broadway Bar), while the Rialto is located at 812 S. Broadway.
(In the shot above,
the camera is looking south down
Broadway, north of 9th Street.)
The Tower Theatre: In the photo
a Transformer stands atop the tower of the Tower theatre,
at 802 S. Broadway - the southeast corner of Broadway and 8th Street. (The camera is looking
east/northeast, up from Broadway.)
Gothic tower atop the old United Artists Theatre building:
at 933 S. Broadway.
One of the Decepticons (Blackout) lands on top of the United Artists
tower during the battle, sporting helicopter-like blades. In the shot above,
the camera is looking south/southwest down Broadway, between 9th Street
& Olympic Blvd - from near the Eastern Columbia building. (The
old United Artists building now houses a church founded by the late Dr.
In the big finale,
Sam takes the Allspark cube and climbs to the roof
of a building (topped by statues), pursued
by Megatron. Sam ends up clinging to a statue on the roof (before
Megatron smashes it).
this location was a bit tricky, since they used a different building front
as an establishing shot. But the actual roof used in the rooftop scenes
was that of the old May Company flagship
department store, at 801 S. Broadway,
in downtown L.A. That's on the west side of Broadway.
The building is bordered by Hill Street on the west, 8th Street on the
north and Broadway on the east. (In the photo above,
the camera is looking north/northeast.)
the camera is looking northeast.
The statues lining
the roof aren't really part of the building, of course. They were additions...
props for the movie.
the camera is looking east.
was originally built back in 1907 as "Hamburger's Department Store",
which boasted that it was the largest department store west of Chicago.
In the 1920's, they sold out to May Co. That is where Jack Benny met his
wife Mary, when she was working in the store's lingerie department (the
meeting was a running gag on Jack's show). Sadly, the classic building
now houses a motley group of garment vendors/manufacturers called the Broadway
Trade Center. The modern addresses (for
the bottom floor) are 801 to 829 S. Broadway, and (on the west side)
300 to 332 W. 8th Street.
Part of the exterior
that same Broadway Trade Center building can be seen on the right side
of the photo below.
(On the left side is 834 Broadway, the same building that houses the Orpheum
Theatre.) The camera is looking south down Broadway, from just south
of 8th Street.
Note that they
used another building's exterior
for the establishing shot of these
actual roof was in Los Angeles, the Beaux-Arts building which we
see Sam enter (before he climbs to the roof) - with its empty, church-like
interior - was really located in Detroit.
was the old Detroit train station (Michigan
Central Station), located south
Avenue, about six blocks southwest of
the old Tiger Stadium. Built in 1913, the once beautiful building
is now abandoned, and has been vandalized over the years.
Sam enter this Detroit station, they then cut to the rooftop shots that
were filmed atop the old May Company building in Los Angeles.)
the rooftop chase, an army helicopter pulls
up alongside the roof of the building and tries to rescue Sam, but Megatron,
standing atop a tower in
the distance, fires a missile that brings down the copter.
13-story high tower is actually the Eastern
Columbia Building, located at 849
S. Broadway (at Broadway & 9th Street),
in downtown. It's situated just south of the May Company rooftop. In the
photo above, we are looking south/southeast from the southwest corner of
the Broadway rooftop. (On the left, you can also see part of the neon sign for the Orpheum
battle scene, a soldier slides between
the legs of a giant Decepticon, firing up as he goes, to bring the robot
down. This shot (seen below)
was filmed on 6th Street (in
downtown L.A.), looking east towards
Spring Street. The marquee on
the right (north) is The Hotel Hayward:
at 601 S. Spring Street.
Once a beautiful hotel, now rather dilapidated, Hayward Manor is just around
the corner from (east of) Broadway, at the southwest corner of 6th & Spring.
here, on 6th Street,
in front of The Hotel Hayward
(just west of the intersection of Spring
& 6th Street) that Megatron
& Optimus Prime battle to the death.
the camera is looking west down
from just east of Spring Street.
The brick building on the left is the Hayward,
while the white building across the street is the old Los
Angeles Trust & Savingsbank
building (at 215 W. 6th Street).
The white building closest to the camera (on the right) is now the S.B. Lofts
(new condos at 548 S. Spring
same Los Angeles Trust & Savings
bank building can be seen behind Megatron
in the photo above,
and in the final victorious shot below.
That's 215 W. 6th Street,
at the northwest corner of 6th & Spring.
That bank building has recently been converted into Mercury Liquors,
a sophisticated bar/speakeasy, incorporating the old bank vault doors into