Southern California locations where
Griffith Park is the largest urban park in the United States, containing over 4,300 acres.
This scene was shot inside another L.A. landmark: Clifton's Cafeteria, at 648 S. Broadway, in downtown.
And yes, that elaborate redwood forest ambiance is real - Clifton's was (and is) something special.
Besides the redwood trees, the restaurant interior also features a waterfall, fake deer & bison, and a brook.
Built long before Disneyland, it's said that Walt Disney got a few of his ideas from Clifton's.
Clifton's opened at the height of the Great Depression, in 1935. Since then, it has served 170 million guests.
The founder, Clifford Clinton, had a "Golden Rule" policy of letting people pay what they could afford.
Its once-popular Broadway neighborhood fell into disrepair in recent decades, but like the rest of
downtown L.A., Clifton's is making a comeback. It closed temporarily for renovation in 2011 and
should reopen soon - complete with a restored redwood forest.
Here is a Google StreetView panorama of Clifton's (prior to its renovation).
One gift shop glimpsed often during the scene is "Sincere Imports", located at
The exploding truck was parked in front of a shop called "Realm" at
[ A note of interest: Originally, the film featured a scene filmed at Grauman's Chinese Theatre,
where gunmen fired through the movie screen into the audience. However, before the film
could open, something similar happened in real life, when a gunman opened fire at a
movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado. As a result of that tragedy, they postponed the
release date of "Gangster Squad", removed the Grauman's shootout scene,
and replaced it with this shootout filmed in Chinatown. ]
As the Squad assembles at night for their final assault on Cohen's gang,
we see a familiar sight behind them - the tower of Los Angeles City Hall.
You'll find that famous tower at 200 N. Spring Street, between 1st Street & Temple Street.
Mickey Cohen and his gang are holed up inside a large hotel.
Cohen has rented out all the rooms, and turned the place into a veritable fortress.
It's here that the Gangster Squad mounts its final assault on Cohen's forces,
resulting in a massive gunfight that begins on the front steps, moves in the lobby
(decorated for Christmas) and eventually spills out onto the street and into a nearby park.
In reality, this is the Park Plaza Hotel, at 607 S. Park View Street (at 6th Street),
The spectacular building (its exterior complete with angels, towering columns and
The neighborhood deteriorated badly over the years, but the landmark building survived.
Both the interior and exterior of the building were used extensively in this shootout scene.
In the photo above, we're looking at the hotel's main entrance on Park View Street.
Here is a Google StreetView of the hotel.
Eventually, as casualties mount and the shootout winds down, Mickey Cohen makes a run for it.
As Cohen flees in his car, O'Hara jumps on board, and the car spins out of control,
veering across the lawn of a nearby park, and crashing into a fountain.
A mano-a-mano fist fight then breaks out between O'Hara and Cohen.
The Park View Hotel got its name because it looks out over MacArthur Park, so you won't
Don't be fooled by the big fountain. It's a fake, a prop brought in by the producers.
And that final shot of O'Hara on the beach with his wife & child?
To be more specific, on Westward Beach, near Point Dume (near Tower 1).
The photos on this
page are stills from "Gangster Squad"
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