As such, the movie was made to appear as if it were shot in New York. But although an occasional New York exterior scene was dropped in for realism, most of the movie was actually shot in L.A., in a variety of locations...
St. Vincent's has been used in a number of other
productions, including the movies "Bedazzled"
(starring Brendan Fraser & Elizabeth Hurley) and "Salton
Sea" (with Val Kilmer), as well as the Turner TV movie
"James Dean," the 1999 miniseries
"Tom Clancy's NetForce,"
and the TV series "Charmed"
and "The Profiler."
Another former theatre in the Broadway
theatre district was also used in the movie - but for a much shabbier
effect. The long-closed Tower Theatre
(at 802 S. Broadway) serves as the
entrance through which people pass on their way into the Devil's special
underground temple. Arnold finds a door inside
the theatre, marked with a red Satanic insignia, which leads to the chamber.
But it wasn't the Lucifer's main temple in the movie. That giant, underground chamber, filled with thousands of burning candles, where the Devil (played by Gabriel Byrne) tries to rape his chosen bride (Robin Tunney) during a Satanic ceremony, was actually the former press room at the old Herald-Examiner newspaper building, located at 1111 S. Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. With it's industrial look, the press room was easily converted into the kind of sinister coven that the director was looking for.
The former Herald-Examiner
building has been used in many film productions, in part because
its many rooms offer a variety of environments. The same building was used
for a second time in "END OF DAYS,"
this time as the Striker security company's command center (you'll recognize
it by the computerized maps on the walls), where Arnold
arms himself with assorted ammo before the final confrontation.
is a key scene where the Devil (Gabriel Byrne)
visits Arnold in his apartment and tries to
convince him to join the dark side. When he refuses, Byrne
throws Arnold through the window. Arnold
clings to the broken glass window frame and eventually manages to throw
Byrne out the window instead. Byrne
plunges to the ground below and lands on top of a parked car. That
apartment building isn't in New York, it's the Million
Dollar Building located at Broadway
& Third Street in downtown L.A.
successful attempt to pass off downtown L.A. as New York is seen early
on in "END OF DAYS", in the
scene where the crazed priest 'Thomas Aquinas' (Derrick
O'Connor) tries to assassinate Byrne,
firing a rifle (from the top of the hotel) as Byrne
exits a limo. Byrne's bodyguard, Arnold,
gets shot pushing Byrne out of the way, but is saved by a bullet-proof
vest. Arnold then chases 'Aquinas' over the
rooftops (with the aid of a helicopter), and corners him in the subway.
Despite the computer-aided insertion of a few New
York Buildings in the background, that lengthy chase scene was
filmed in downtown L.A., on and around 4th
Street. The main building in these
shots is the old Barclay
Hotel, which is located at 103
"New York" subway for the film was built to order down by the
docks at the L.A. Harbor, inside the giant Municipal
Warehouse No. 1, at 2500 Signal Street
in San Pedro, just south of Ports
O'Call village. This full-scale set was then matched with a
miniature subway built by the special effects guys, and the scenes were
intercut. If you see Arnold or Robin
walking around the subway train's interior, that's San Pedro. If
you see the subway train moving (as viewed from the outside), that's the
are several scenes in "END OF DAYS"
which take place in a hospital, including the birth of a baby (who grows
up to be Robin Tunny's character), and the
torture/death of 'Thomas Aquinas' by Byrne (including
the scene where he found is nailed to the ceiling of the hospital room).
Those hospital scenes were shot at Linda
Vista Community Hospital, located
at 610 S. St.
Louis Street in East
L.A. The now-empty hospital has been seen in many films, including
the recent "Pearl Harbor"
and "The Cell."
Other filming locations for "END OF DAYS" listed on the shoot sheets include Mountain View Cemetery (located at 2400 N. Fair Oaks Ave., in Altadena), used in a short scene where the Robin Tunny brings flowers to the grave of her mother. [Map It]
and the Los
Angeles County Arboretum (at 301 N.
Baldwin Ave. in Arcadia),
which was probably used in the "Central Park" at night scene
where Arnold & Robin
discuss her sexual nightmares, after escaping from her evil stepmother.
And of course, since this is Hollywood, a few of the scenes were done on the back lot of a studio, rather than on location. But not many.
When you see those typical New York stoop steps, that's a New York street set on the back lot of Universal Studios Hollywood.
And remember a key scene early on when the Devil possesses the body of Gabriel Byrne at a restaurant? The one where he comes out of the rest room, kisses a woman passionately, then leaves, only to have the entire restaurant explode into a ball of flame behind him? Well, they obviously didn't want to blow up a real restaurant, so that restaurant was built (and blown up) on the Universal backlot. You can take a tram tour of that backlot when you visit Hollywood.
* Locations marked by an asterisk
(*) may be located in areas with high crime rates.
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