Southern California locations where
"Gangster Squad" was filmed entirely in Los Angeles.
You'll find this classic 1939 railroad station at 800 N Alameda Street , in downtown L.A.
Union Station is right across the street from Olvera Street, the birthplace of the City of Angels.
The station hasn't changed much over the years, and still looks much the same as it did in Cohen's day.
( One difference is that the station's old Harvey restaurant has closed. This was last of the chain of
Harvey House restaurants featured in the classic 1946 Judy Garland musical, "The Harvey Girls".)
Here is a matching Google StreetView of the station.
0:3:13: The pimp takes the naive girl to an apartment house, with the promise of getting her in the movies.
Once there, he and his cohorts attempt to rape her, planning to turn her into one of their brothel workers.
You'll find this apartment house (built in 1926) at 1842 N. Cherokee Avenue, in Hollywood
Here is a matching Google
StreetView of that apartment.
This scene was shot on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall, at 200 N. Spring Street, in downtown L.A.
There's a lot of CGI and green-screen at work in this film, in large part because the City of Los Angeles
When Brolin & Gosling look out on the cityscape (as seen in the screencap below), only part of it is real.
The building on the right is real - it's the Hall or Justice, at 211 W. Temple Street, in downtown L.A.
It's the oldest building in the L.A. Civic Center, and hosted the infamous trials of Cohen's right-hand man,
But the 12-story building on the left is a ghost. It's the old Hall of Records, formerly at 220 N. Broadway.
The open view seen in between those two buildings is no longer so pastoral. It is now occupied by the 21-floor
(No doubt, you know already know that the red car trolley was added, along with the vintage automobiles.)
(The house is shot up, later in the film, by Mickey Cohen's gunmen.)
This is an actual residential house, located at 228 N. Gramercy Place, in Los Angeles.
knock on their door, or do anything that might disturb the residents.]
(Here is a Google StreetView of the house.)
Slapsy Maxie's was a real place, named after boxer 'Slapsy Maxie' Rosenbloom. It was
But it no longer exists, so the producers had to create it from scratch - well, almost.
The colorful skyline you see above is fake - a CGI composite of different L.A. buildings.
But the left side is about 20 miles southeast of downtown, in the city of Bellflower, CA.
They found a row of buildings (circa 1949) that still had that old-fashioned look, and then went to work.
They created Slapsy Maxie's out of an empty, old JC Penny store (which was later a 99¢ Store)
The store is on the east side of the street, just south of Artesia Blvd.,
The tall, flat vertical sign you see is real, as is that horizontal row of windows, but the neon signs
They not only used the building's exterior, they built Slapsy Maxie's inside it as well.
Here is a matching Google StreetView of the block.
0:0:00:0:16:47: Sgt. John O'Mara is called to City Hall to meet with Police Chief Parker,
The exterior scenes were filming on the Spring Street side of L.A. City Hall.
The interior office scenes were filmed up on the third floor, in the Mayor's press room.
Here is a Google StreetView panorama of the City Hall steps.
The actual Garden of Allah is no more. It used to be located at 8152 Sunset Boulevard.
So the producers went looking for a location that resembled the Garden of Allah courtyard,
[Warning: This is a private home. Do not trespass on their property,
Here's a Google StreetView for the outside gate.
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