In a harrowing
scene, Brad Pitt assaults an Asian man behind his liquor store,
pointing a gun at the back of his head and telling him he is going to die.
Eventually, he lets him live, on the condition that he resume following
his youthful dream of being a veterinarian. That liquor store was actually
North Star Liquor,
and it was located just east of the topless bar
at 1109 W. Harry Bridges Blvd,
east of Hawaiian Ave. Like the topless bar, and everything else on that
block, it was torn down. *
Two of the assignments turn sour, when a Fight Club member is shot & killed by a guard. The assignments were to destroy a work of public art, and to trash a franchise coffee bar. The guys try to combine the two, by blowing up a huge, ball-shaped sculpture, sending it rolling it into a coffee bar. That scene was shot at the Water Court at California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave (between 3rd & 4th), in downtown Los Angeles. (As you can see in this matching photo, the sculpture isn't really a part of the cascading fountain there.)
( The coffee
bar is now a Starbucks,
but it's not in the same plaza. Instead, it's located next to those
steel Michael Heizer shapes
we previously saw, at 444 S. Flower St.
The movie theatre
scene, where Brad Pitt
splices single frames of pornography into a family film, were shot at the
historic Los Angeles Theatre,
located at 615 S. Broadway,
in downtown Los Angeles.
Closed to the public most of the year, the Los Angeles Theatre is often
used for movie shoots, but the interior can be viewed by the public once
a year as part of the annual "Last
Remaining Seats" festival.
The hotel restaurant scene, where Brad Pitt 'contaminates' the lobster bisque, was shot at the Biltmore Hotel, which is located at 506 Grand Ave., in downtown Los Angeles.
scene of a politician giving an anti-crime
speech at a hotel gathering (where they
(Helena Bonham Carter) lives in the tacky Hotel
Bristol near Skid Row.
That is an actual hotel, located at 423 W. 8th Street
(between Hill & Olive), in downtown
There is a scene
where the Fight Club vandals blow up a computer
(the fiery explosion rips through the
front glass windows of the storefront). A street sign, visible in the scene,
shows that the scene was shot at a storefront at the 500 block
of W. 6th Street (near the corner
of 6th & Olive) in downtown Los Angeles.(near
Pershing Square and the Biltmore Hotel).
scene where the "Fight Club" vandals erase the video tapes
on the shelves of a video store by
running a magnetic degausser over them? That was shot at an actual Blockbuster Video,
6340 Wilshire Blvd. (west
of Fairfax, east of San Vicente), in the mid-Wilshire area of Los
When Ed Norton
is flying around the country, looking for info on the Fight Club franchises,
he encounters a clerk in a dry cleaners
who refuses to tell him anything, he just nervously mumbles a mantra about
not being able to talk. Ed replies, with a shrug: "You're a moron."
That dry cleaners scene was shot at an actual dry cleaners: S & H Cleaners,
located at 511 S. Spring Street
(at 5th Street),
on the south side of downtown Los Angeles.
* Locations marked with an asterisk may be located in high-crime areas. Exercise reasonable caution.
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