True Detective Filming Locations (Season 2) (Episode 4)

Episode 7

The actual Southern California locations where
"True Detective" was filmed.

Episode 1  -  Episode 2  -  Episode 3  -  Episode 4
Episode 5  -  Episode 6  -  Episode 7  -  Episode 8

At 05:58, we see motorcycle cop, Paul Woodrugh, standing on a city street, as he
realizes that his prized motorcycle has been stolen, and begins to curse in frustration .

This is the exterior of that former Koreatown nightclub, Vibe.
You'll find it at 721 S Western Ave, Los Angeles.

We've seen the interior before, as a nightclub, but since we hadn't seen
the exterior, they felt free to use it here as  an unrelated location.

Here is a matching  Google StreetView of that nightclub's exterior.


A few seconds later, at 06:29, Paul heads back to his motel:

only to be ambushed by a group of reporters & paparazzi waiting there to ask him about
war rumors and his run-in with the speeding actress.  He responds by literally running away:

This motel is the Day's Inn, at 7023 Sunset Boulevard, in Hollywood.

That's just west of Hollywood High, and two blocks south of the Chinese Theatre.

Here is a Google StreetView of the motel.


At 09:11,
Frank talks to a foreign drug dealer, Armin, in a bakery,
about moving drugs through his club.

They're reluctant, but he manages to convince them to at least consider his offer.

This scene was shot inside Maggie's Pastry, an Armenian family bakery,
in a mini-mall at 6530 Lankershim Blvd, in North Hollywood.

That's on the east side of the San Fernando Valley, about two miles
northwest of Universal Studios Hollywood.

And here's a StreetView of that bakery.


12:10: Stranded Paul is eventually picked up by Ray, and we see them talking while driving.

In the shot above, they are heading north on Wilcox Avenue,
just north of Sunset Blvd, in Hollywood.

(Behind them, you can see part of the Staples store on Sunset.)

The camera is looking south/southeast, from Wilcox

Here is a matching Google StreetView of that view,

The next shot (below), during the traffic jam, is farther north on Wilcox, between Sunset & Selma:

(The camera is looking north, this time.)

In the distance, you can glimpse part of a radio tower on the right.  That is up atop the
old Pacific Theatre building, at the northeast corner of Hollywood Blvd & Selma.

That Lido sign, on the distant left, is at 6500 Yucca Street,
a block north of Hollywood Blvd.

(You can't quite see it, but if the buildings weren't in the way, the
Hollywood Sign would be visible in the hills, just to the right.)

Here is a matching Google StreetView of that view,


15:15:  We see yet another aerial establishing shot, this time featuring
lots freeway overpasses, a hillside, and a water channel.

This time it is a shot looking south, down the L.A. River channel.
where the 5 & the 110 Freeways cross each other and the L.A. River,
about two miles north of downtown Los Angeles

  • The major overpass in the foreground is the Golden State (5) Freeway.
  • The next looping ramp under it is Riverside Drive.
  • The next looping bridge, farther on, is the Pasadena (110) Freeway.
  • Even farther on are bridges for N. Broadway and N. Spring Street.

Here's a matching Google Earth view.

Here is a Google StreetView as seen from the 5 Freeway.

That hillside on the right divides these freeways from Dodger Stadium,
which is less than a mile to the southwest.  Here is a StreetView of the
same bridges & river, as seen from GrandView Drive, atop that hill.


: Returning to his gangster ways, Frank goes to an apartment house that he
used to own,
that is crowded with undocumented Hispanic tenants.

Frank sold this place to another guy, but now that Frank needs to raise cash,
 he intimidates the new owner into paying him 40% of the rents for "collections".

I was lucky with this one.

Not long ago, I updated my page about the Tom Cruise movie "Collateral",  where
Tom played a brutal hit-man.  And the very first place he went to for a hit
was the apartment house right next to this one, at 1039 S. Union Avenue.

When I was tracking down that location, I couldn't help noticing the unique
arches atop this neighboring apartment house.  So, when it showed up
on True Detective, I knew right where to look.

This is 1029 S. Union Ave, in Los Angeles.

It's just three blocks northwest of the Staples Center, just west of downtown L.A.,
and half a mile northwest of the intersection of the 110 (Harbor) and 10 Freeways.

Here is a Google StreetView of the building.


At 22:24,
we see Paul inside a diner with his girlfriend. 

She tells him that she's pregnant, and that she doesn't believe in abortion.
He tells her that he loves her, and he proposes to her.

This scene was shot at Joe K's Deli, at 2601 S. Soto Street, in Vernon, CA.

That's at the southwest corner of Soto Street & 26th Street.

Here's a StreetView of the restaurant.


At 31:49,
we see a yellow pawn shop, on a corner. 

Inside, Paul and a detective look at a stolen wristwatch and compare it to report sheet.

It's a match.  The pawnbroker says he still has the video of the girl who pawned it.

This is Brothers Collateral Loans, at 5901 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA.

It is at the northwest corner of Melrose & Cahuenga Blvd,
just two blocks north of the mansions of Hancock Park,
and less than two miles northeast of Farmers Market & The Grove.

And here's a matching StreetView of the shop.


At 40:33,
we see Ray in his ex-wife's back yard, as he gives his son a gift to
remember him by: his grandfather's police badge, encased in a resin cube. 

This was shot in the back yard of 250 S Rimpau Blvd, in Hancock Park.

[Warning: This is a private home.  Do not trespass on their property,
knock on their door, or do anything to disturb the residents.]

(Here's a Google StreetView glimpse of that gazebo & pool.)


At 45:46, we see a protest scene, where picketers are protesting the city of Vinci's
building of an impractical subway, when there are more pressing needs.

From that vantage point, the protesters later observe the explosion during the police gun battle.

This protest warehouse faces E. 6th Street, between Mission Road & Anderson Street.
It's on the north side of 6th Street, just east of Mission Road.

The official address of this warehouse is 560 S. Mission Road, Los Angeles.

(The camera in the above screenshot is looking west.)

The bridge arches seen in the background are the 6th Street Bridge.

Here's a StreetView of that protesters' warehouse.


At 44:28
: there is an elaborate, 8-minute, running gun battle / shoot-out between the
police (including Ray, Paul & Ani) and a gang of Mexican drug-runners,
leaves dozens of men killed or wounded on the street. 

The battle begins when a gunman on the second floor of a three-story brick warehouse,
opens fire with an automatic rifle on the approaching police below:

At 47:14, the top floor of the building explodes, but the gangsters survive it, and continue firing:

This 3-story brick building is located at 625 S. Anderson Street, in downtown Los Angeles.

( It's on the east side of the L.A. River, where they filmed
 most of the gritty scenes from the sci-fi movie "In Time". )

Here's a StreetView of the brick building.


When the gunmen make a break for it out the back, at 48:46, Ani runs through the building and
comes out in an alley behind the building, where she fires at the suspects fleeing in an SUV:

This alley scene was actually shot in the alley directly behind (west of) that three-story building.

She emerges from the back of 615 Anderson, the low warehouse
just to the right of the three-story building.

That rear alley runs north/south behind Anderson Street, between the
6th Street Bridge (at the alley's south end) and E. 6th Street (at its north end).

(Note: On the east side of the L.A. River, 6th Street is renamed Whittier Blvd.,
while a small street to its north there is named E. 6th Street.)

Here is a  Google StreetView of the alley.


49:00: Ani turns left and runs after the fleeing SUV, firing her weapon:

As she chases the fleeing SUV, she is running south down that alley behind Anderson.
(The camera is shooting the scene from the alley's south end, looking north).

She and the SUV end up going under the 6th Street Bridge (note the support columns).

At 49:29, the SUV emerges from under the bridge, and right into the protester scene

However, in fact, they are heading in the wrong direction for that to happen.  To actually
reach that protest location, they would have needed to go north in that alley, not south.

So, they don't really emerge at the protest warehouse.

Instead, in the screencap above, we see them driving south, out through
a gated lot at 2271 Jesse Street., just west of Anderson Street.
(The camera is looking north.)

Here is a matching Google StreetView of that bridge underpass onto Jesse St.

49:37, the getaway SUV crashes into a bus, wrecking the SUV.

But that doesn't stop the gangsters, who exit the smashed SUV with guns blazing
and turn their automatic weapons on the unarmed crowd of spectators:

This final bloody shootout scene was filmed at
the northeast corner of Jesse Street & Anderson Street

The rounded building on the corner, seen next to the bus,
 is 654 Anderson Street (and was featured in "In Time").

(The camera, in the screenshot above, is looking east/northeast.)

Here is a  Google StreetView of that bus-crash corner.


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