Multimedia > Shooting Locations > Escape From New York
Introduction: I want to thank
Art (SD Bob) and
Their trip to St. Louis, Missouri 5/30 -
5/31, 2008 inspired me to do this page. I also want to thank Tom Higginson for his
on Prop Sets at
the Dunes (pdf) and information.
Culver Studios (Air Force One/Glider/Car Interiors)
9336 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 9023
New World Pictures/Venice Effects Facility (Special Visual Effects)
600 S. Main St., Venice, CA 90291
Original Dream Quest/Mar Vista Effects Facility (Special Visual Effects:
Graphic Display Models)
Mar Vista, CA
Colorado Terminal Corridor (Deleted Scenes) (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport,
Atlanta, GA) (Satellite
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is one of the busiest
passenger airports in the world. Only O'Hare International Airport in Chicago,
Illinois, rivals Hartsfield-Jackson in passenger volume and in number of
takeoffs and landings. In 2012 Hartsfield-Jackson handled more than 2,500
arrivals and departures, bringing more than 250,000 passengers through the
airport on an average day. Monthly the airport handles about 54,000 metric tons
of cargo and more than 60,000 metric tons of mail on airliners and cargo
The facility is named after two important Georgia politicians: William B.
Hartsfield and Maynard Jackson. Hartsfield, a former alderman and mayor of the
city of Atlanta, founded the airport at the site of an abandoned racetrack in
1925 and became its first commissioner. With support from the city and the
attraction of such companies as Delta Air Lines and Eastern Air Lines,
Hartsfield Airport grew quickly. The name Jackson was added to Hartsfield
Atlanta International Airport in 2003, after the death of former Atlanta mayor
Maynard Jackson. Jackson was the first African American to serve as mayor of a
major southern city.
6000 North Terminal Parkway Suite 4000
Atlanta, GA 30320
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International-Airport
Colorado Subway Platform
(Ashby Station, Westbound Platform,
Blue Line, Atlanta, GA) (Atlanta's MARTA System) (Street
Description (MARTA): The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (Marta) operates
the subway and bus system in the City of Atlanta, Fulton and DeKalb counties.
The rail system currently has 36 stations with 46 route miles. MARTA carries
about 250,000 rail passengers on weekdays.
Description (Ashby Station):
The Ashby station is an unusual configuration. It is an underground
station on two levels, with one track on each level. (If both tracks were on the
same level, it would resemble one island platform and a side platform on the
eastbound side.) The tracks are nearly over one another. You can see the tunnels
split right past the west end of the station. The walls along the platform are
marble, and the walls next to the track are blue tile. The ceiling is a waffle
design painted white. There is a painting on the westbound platform, on the blue
tile. This mural depicts the city of Atlanta and Atlanta University Center. The
railing that keeps you from falling down to the lower level is painted blue.
This station was opened on December 22, 1979.
Comment (Andreas/Webmaster): "The train Snake and Taylor gets on is actually running in
the wrong direction on the westbound track to tie it in with the Dome/GWCC/Philips
Arena/CNN Center Station where the rest of the scenes from this sequence were
shot two stations away from the eastbound track."
65 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30314
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashby (MARTA station)
San Francisco Subway Platform/Upper Lobby
(Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center Station, Atlanta, GA)
(Ex Omni Station) (Atlanta's MARTA System) (Street
Single island platform, two tracks, underground. The ceiling
over the mezzanine and platform is waffled, and in each of the squares inside of
them, there is an orange panel. Part of the ceiling over the platform is an
arched waffle. Everything is made of cement. The west end of the station is
briefly at the surface, covered by road bridges. Just past the station, the
train goes back underground. This station has the most number of faregates and
escalators to handle the crowds for events at the former Omni and Georgia World
Congress Center. Today it services the new Phillips Arena, Georgia World
Congress Center and Georgia Dome. While travel up or down the escalators there
is concrete mural depicting the industrial revolution. This station was opened
on December 22, 1979.
100 Techwood Drive, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center (MARTA station)
A look back • 1976 fire along Locust Street was one for the ages stltoday.com
April 2, 1976: Downtown St. Louis firestorm KSDK.com
1976 - St. Louis Missouri Firestorm 21st and Locust firebuffpatrol.createaforum.com
A Look Back • Searing heat wave killed 153 in St.
Louis in 1980 stltoday.com
St. Louis Ranked 3rd on
Dangerous Cities List cbslocal.com
Chopper Landing Site
Charles St. btw 16th and 17th streets,
St. Louis, MO)
Street (Escape Pod)
Charles St. btw 17th and 18th streets, St. Louis,
Comment (Erik Markarian): "Where
the pod actually crashed, in the movie it is an extension to an existing
building to make it look like a hole was made in the wall. It would be where the
wooden fence partition is in my
pictures. Nowadays from what I could see, that section is actually the front
of a tenement-type of building and the fenced-off portion in my pictures is a
child's play area with a few toys and things in there."
Street (Air Force One
21st St. btw St. Charles St. and Olive St., St. Louis, MO)
Description: In this part Snake
(Kurt Russell) walks by the Swift Printing Company building in downtown St
Louis. It was abandoned since Swift's move out in 1969. The building was
renovated in 1991, and is now the home of the St. Louis Brewing Company - the
makers of the Schlafly brand of beers.
Air Force One Wreckage
(20th Locust St., St. Louis, MO)
"A St. Louis Housing Authority warehouse
once stood here. It was destroyed by the fire in 1976."
Alley/Broadway (Locust St. btw 21st and 22nd streets,
St. Louis, MO)
Description: Incorporated in 1982 as a special tax district, the Locust
Business District has expanded its objective to stimulating community
morale and facilitating economic growth through the accommodation of
emerging commercial markets.
Theater (Entrance) (Fox
Theatre, St. Louis, MO) (Grand Center) (Street
"No longer need residents of St.
Louis look beyond their own city for the finest entertainment." This statement
was coined by the William Fox Circuit of Theatres in 1929 for the opening of
their newest, most exotic temple of amusement, and it still holds true! It was
originally opened as a movie theater and the theater was restored to its
original glory in 1981.
527 N. Grand Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63103
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox Theatre (St. Louis)
Chock full o'Nuts (Rear Of Building) (St.
Charles St. btw 22nd and 23rd streets,
St. Louis, MO) (Street
Street (Bridge) (South side of the MacArthur
Bridge btw S. 2nd St. and Risley St.,
St. Louis, MO)
69th Street Bridge
side of the MacArthur Bridge/Lombard
St./Risley St., St. Louis, MO)
Located a few blocks from Busch Stadium, Chouteau's Landing is one of St.
Louis' oldest districts. With 58 acres slated for mixed-use redevelopment,
Chouteau's Landing will soon be transformed into an energetic art district
distinctively styled with SoHo-style lofts, historic commercial buildings and
Creative entrepreneurs are already moving their businesses to Historic
Fourth Street with its rare collection of 19th-century commercial buildings that
will seamlessly merge with new construction. The launch of Chouteau's Landing's
Historic Fourth Street will be followed by seven progressive years that include
a 122,000-square-foot interactive arts center, art-filled greenspace and
pedestrian friendly streetscapes.
Located just south of Highway 40 and Busch Stadium between South Fourth
Street and the Riverfront, Chouteau's Landing will feature an edgy artistic
sensibility and an intricately layered landscape that attracts a diverse
community of savvy urbanites.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacArthur Bridge (St. Louis)
(Cars were at St. Charles 16
Alley Near Library/Street
16 St. btw
Washington Ave. and
St. Louis, MO)
Avenue Historic District)
The Washington Avenue Historic
District is located in Downtown West, St. Louis, Missouri along Washington
Avenue, and bounded by Delmar Boulevard to the north, Locust Street to the
south, 8th Street on the east, and 18th Street on the west. The buildings date
from the late 19th century to the early 1920s and exhibit a variety of popular
architectural styles. The majority of the district's buildings are revival
styles or of the Chicago School of architecture. Most buildings originally
served as warehouses for the St. Louis garment district and are large
multi-story buildings of brick and stone construction. Many have terra cotta
accents on their facades. After World War II, the decline in domestic garment
production and the preference for single-story industrial space led to many of
the buildings being vacant or underused due to functional obsolescence.
The area began to experience some
redevelopment in the 1990s. In 1998, the state of Missouri adopted a tax credit
for the redevelopment of historic buildings, making large-scale renovation
financially feasible. Local and national developers have acquired many buildings
along Washington Avenue and in other parts of downtown. The buildings are being
redeveloped with loft-style condominiums and apartments.
Public Library (Entrance) (The New Masonic Temple of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO) (Street
The New Masonic Temple is a historic building in St. Louis,
Missouri, built in 1926. Like many other buildings built for Freemason
meeting places, it shows Classical Revival architecture.
Named a city landmark in 1976, the more than 386,000-square-foot
building stands 185 feet high and has more than six million cubic feet
of space. There are 14 levels with six full floor and eight mezzanine
levels. The Temple's ground was broken in 1923 and dedicated in 1926.
Created by well-known architectural company Eames & Young with
consulting architect Albert Groves, it features classic Greek Ionic
style exterior architecture with various styles throughout the interior.
The Masonic Temple is built in three receding stages, which is
symbolic of the three steps in Masonry. Constructed of Bedford limestone
with gray granite trim, the main lobby is finished in marble with other
rooms featuring its original wool carpet. One of the property's many
highlights is an unfinished theater with 2,200 seats.
The lobby has a 38-foot mural titled "The Origins of
Freemasonry", which was created in 1941 by Jessie Housley Holliman and
dedicated by Senator Harry S. Truman. It is the only surviving mural by
noted African American artist Holliman in a St. Louis public building.
The Temple's history includes many prominent guests. It houses
the former office of then-Senator and Free Mason Grand Master Harry S.
Truman prior to his being President of the United States. Charles A.
Lindbergh was initiated and participated as a mason at the Temple prior
to his renowned 1927 flight. In 1980, Escape from New York with
Ernest Borgnine filmed a scene on the Temple's steps. Borgnine, a mason,
attended masonic meetings in the building.
Ground and first floors and first floor mezzanine contain areas
where the general public is admitted only on days when a meeting is
held, which is currently 10 per month. The second floor contains the
Eastern Star quarters. Third and fourth floors and their mezzanines were
designed to house the Blue Lodges with the potential for eight Blue
Lodge halls. The four halls and the fourth floor were not completed, and
one area on the third floor was made into a dining room.
Fifth and sixth floors were designed to house three of the York
Rite organizations, which are known as the Chapter, Council and the
Commandery. Most of the building is non-sectarian, but the fifth floor
features Christian symbolism. The fifth level hall is 100' long, 75'
wide and 48' high.
3681 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63108
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New Masonic Temple (St. Louis)
Street (Caravan) (Lucas Ave. 16 St., St. Louis, MO)
Street (Station Wagon)
(N. 17th St. btw Washington Ave. and St. Charles St., St. Louis, MO) (Street
Grand Central Station (St. Louis Union Station,
St. Louis, MO) (Street
From its magnificent 65-foot,
barrel-vaulted ceiling in the Grand Hall to its Victorian-engineered train shed
totaling more than 11 acres, St. Louis Union Station remains one of our nation's
true architectural "gems." Built at a cost of $6.5 million in the 1890s St.
Louis Union Station was designed by German-born architect Theodore C. Link of
St. Louis who won the prized project in a nationwide contest. It was once the
busiest and largest passenger rail terminal in the world. It's operation ceased
in 1978 and in the early 1980s, the Station underwent a $150 million restoration.
It was reopened 1985 as the largest adaptive re-use project in the U.S. housing
a 539 room Hyatt Regency Hotel (DoubleTree By Hilton), a 10-screen movie theater, luxury
offices, a lake, four active train tracks and a plaza for festivals, concerts
and other special events. St. Louis Union Station
consists of three main areas: The Head house, Midway and Train Shed.
Grand Central Station (Rear Entrance) (Old St. Louis Union Station Train
Station, The Train Shed)
acres of sweeping arches, was the largest single-span train shed ever
constructed. It once covered the greatest number of train tracks (32) than any
other station in the nation. Measuring 606 feet wide by 810 feet long, the
Victorian-engineered shed soars to 140 feet with its massive space divided by
five structural bays. The Shed currently houses retail and restaurant
facilities, a portion of the Marriott Hotel
By Hilton), the lake, event and parking areas.
Comment (Erik Markarian): "The location of the train where Snake is captured is
behind Union Station. That whole area is now a parking lot. The overhead
structure of the train shed is still there and covers about half of the lot, as
well as the mall that is now attached to Union Station. It's hard to say for
certain exactly where the train itself was actually parked, since we don't know
how much new construction was added and may have overlapped. Anyways I'm
presuming it would have been on the left hand side if you were facing out of the
mall. There is actually a single restored train car parked over on the right
side but it looks like it's just there as a sort of historical type attraction.
There is also a fountain-type thing and a Hard Rock Cafe over there too."
Grand Central Station
(Hall) (Old St. Louis Union Station
Gathering Space, The Midway between Union Station and
DoubleTree By Hilton,
Stairway West Hall)
Midway, once serviced more than 100,000 rail passengers a day. The 610-foot-long
and 70-foot-wide concourse was connected to the massive Train Shed, where
passengers lined up to board trains through one of 32 boarding gates. The Midway
was constructed with a light steel trussed roof of glass and iron. Today it
serves as a passageway filled with an array of shops and restaurants.
Comment (Andreas/Webmaster): "This hall was filled with shops etc until 2009 when the
Marriott acquired it. Then it was an empty hall until DoubleTree By
filled it with tables and chairs."
Comment (Andreas/Webmaster): "The area where The Duke is target practicing at The President
has been demolished and turned into a St. Louis Union Station entrance."
Grand Central Station (Wrecked
Dining Room) (St. Louis Union Station
former Harvey House Restaurant area, The Station Grille)
Station Grill, the original Harvey
House restaurant, continues to display the original architecture and style of
the restaurant from days gone by. The main restaurant of Union Station, Station
Grille is known for their sumptuous steaks and Italian flair, and offers three
meals a day. The ambiance of the dining room is relaxing and intimate.
Grand Central Station
(St. Louis Union Station Grand Hall,
Marriott Hotel, Hyatt Regency,
Grand Lobby/Restaurant Hallway)
Grand Central Station
Louis Union Station Entrance, Marriott Hotel, Hyatt Regency, DoubleTree
By Hilton Entrance) (Deleted Scenes)
Description: The architecture of St. Louis Union Station is an
eclectic mix of Romanesque styles. The Station's interior and exterior details
are a combination of both Richardsonian Romanesque tradition and French
Romanesque or Norman style. In fact, Link modeled the grandiose Station after
Carcassone, a walled, medieval city in southern France. These designs are most
evident when entering the Station's Headhouse and the impressive Grand Hall,
with its sweeping archways, fresco and gold leaf detailing, scagliola surfaces,
mosaics and art glass windows. One can imagine the incredible impression the
room created in 1894 on opening day. Today, the Grand Hall continues to awe
visitors as the Marriott Hotel's (DoubleTree
lobby and lounge area. A most impressive
feature of the Grand Hall is the "Allegorical Window," a hand-made stained glass
window with hand-cut Tiffany glass strategically positioned above the Station's
main entryway. The window features three women representing the main U.S. train
stations during the 1890s - New York, St. Louis and San Francisco.
1820 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union Station (St. Louis)
69th Street Bridge (Entrance) (North side of the Martin Luther King Bridge/N.
2nd St./Doctor M.L.K. Dr,
St. Louis, MO)
(Laclede's Landing) (Street View)
Located on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River and just north of
the world-famous Gateway Arch, Laclede's Landing is downtown St. Louis’ oldest
district and ONLY riverfront entertainment and dining destination.
This nine-block area – once the
manufacturing, warehousing and shipping hub of St. Louis – is now home to
over twenty great restaurants, clubs,
shops and attractions.
Comment (Andreas/Webmaster): "The Martin Luther King
Bridge was renovated in the late 80s
and the tunnel that The Duke drives through has been removed."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin Luther King Bridge (St. Louis)
69th Street Bridge
(Old Chain Of Rocks Bridge,
St. Louis. MO) (Street
The Old Chain of Rocks
Bridge spans the
Mississippi River on the north edge of
St. Louis, Missouri. The eastern end of the
bridge is on
Chouteau Island, (part of
Madison, Illinois), while the western end is on
Missouri shoreline. It was the most famous of
the Route 66 crossings of the Mississippi River. It was deemed as unsafe for
daily heavy traffic and closed in 1970. For nearly three decades the fate of the
bridge was uncertain. During this time, the bridge developed a reputation for
crime and violence, including the April 1991 murder of sisters
Julie and Robin Kerry. In 1998, the bridge was leased to Trailnet, a local
trails group, to operate. Four and a half million dollars have been spent on
renovating the bridge for pedestrian and cycling use. The blue side fencing was
added to the bridge for safety when the bridge became a pedestrian bridge. It is
also famous for its 22 degree bend in the middle of the bridge.
- from downtown take I-70 North to Exit 247 onto East Grand Ave
- go left onto Hall St.
- Hall St. becomes Riverview Dr.
- bridge is on the right before the exit to Rt. 270
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chain of Rocks Bridge
Bank Of The United States
Colorado Federal Reserve
(Los Angeles, CA)
East River (Inner Cabrillo
Beach, San Pedro, CA)
Cabrillo Beach is a historic beach
located in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California. It is named after Juan
Rodríguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese explorer who was the first to sail up
the California coast. Cabrillo has two separate beach areas.
Comment (James Winburn/Stunts) "The
location was Cabrillo Beach off Oliver Vicky Way in San Pedro,
California. The shot as you know was in the channel with the harbor
light in the distant as the two escapee on the raft, trying to
escape from the NY Island. The water shot was the last production day of
the production shoot. John Carpenter and Dick Warlock didn't know that
Debra Hill call me to do this last shot of the film, see how I didn't
travel to St Louis with production company.. Politic...
I met Debra Hill as I pull up and park my truck and then Debra
and I went to John Carpenter and Dick Warlock, the stunt coordinator.
The second stuntman was Mike Johnson, a member of the "Stuntmen's
Association of Motion Pictures & Television" same as Dick and I was. We
discuss the scene and the various camera angles to get the shot. John
Carpenter just wanted a wide angle shot with the helicopter firing the
Mike and I went to SFX coordinator to discuss putting a effect on
the raft. The special effects coordinator said, "No Explosion"... He
said, effect of raft explosion will be edited in later. We try to
discuss the scene structure with Dick Warlock and John Carpenter and
John said only effect was the flares being shot from the helicopter.
Camera was placed on the beach and we were tow out into the
channel and then the real helicopter flew in.. Effect person shot the
flares from the helicopter and the scene was rap...
One did hit the raft next to me. Ouchyyyy.
Not more than three
takes. The editor, edited in the special effects of the explosion and
the NY bridge in the back ground as the helicopter flew across the
By the time Mike Johnson and I got back to the shore, the crew
was rapping the equipment and trucks were leaving.. It was a nothing
shot. Which could've been a great action scene for the opening, if John
Carpenter wanted to put more time into it. But that all history..."
3720 Stephen M. White Dr.
San Pedro, CA 90731
Liberty Island Security Control/Central Park (Sepulveda Dam Flood Control Basin,
San Fernando Valley, CA) (Street
The Sepulveda Dam is a project of the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers designed to withhold winter flood waters along the Los Angeles
River. Completed in 1941, at a cost of $6,650,561, it is located south
of center in the San Fernando Valley, approximately eight miles east of
the river's source in the western end of the Valley, in Los Angeles,
Sepulveda Dam, along with Hansen Dam located in the north San
Fernando Valley, was constructed in response to the historic 1938 floods
which killed 144 people. Sepulveda Dam was placed at what was at the
time, the current edge of the city. East of the dam the river was
crowded into a narrow bottom by the city's growth. One legacy of
Sepulveda Dam is its flood control basin, a large and undeveloped area
in the center of the Valley, used mostly for wildlife refuge and
recreation. But another legacy of the 1938 Los Angeles River flood was
the post-WWII channelization of all the Valley's dry washes, which along
with the post-WWII rapid suburbanization left the Valley with hot, dry,
concrete-lined river bottoms instead of greenbelts. Although now, in
part, these are being devolved as interconnecting bike paths.
Behind the dam, the Sepulveda Basin is home to several large
recreation areas including Woodley Park, a model aircraft field, The
Japanese Garden, a wildlife refuge, a water reclamation plant, and an
armory. The Basin is kept free of urban over-building so that water can
build up there during a prospective hundred-year flood.
It is an often-used location for car commercials.
junction of the 101 Hollywood/Ventura Fwy and the 405 San Diego Fwy
San Fernando Valley, CA
Liberty Island Security Control (Bunker)
(Art Center College of Design, Hillside Campus, Photo Dept. areas,
Pasadena, CA) (Street
Art Center College of Design has
been a leader in art and design education for nearly 75 years. The College
offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of disciplines, as
well as Public Programs offering design education to all ages and levels of
Photo Stairs/Still there
Photo Locker Areas/Still there
Air Traffic Room: Room 119/Still there but enlarged
Control/Conference Room: Photo Stage/Still there
Hauk's Office: Room 215/Demolished for expansion
Storage Room: Unknown Room
Hallway: Lower Photo Corridor/Still there
Room: Black and
White Lab/Still there
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art Center College of Design
Bank Of The United States Colorado
Federal Reserve (Roof Top)/Airstrip/World Trade Center
(Indian Dunes, Valencia, CA) (Street
Dunes): Was used for motorcycle dirt biking between
1970-1985. Many movies were also shot here. It featured two motocross tracks,
one called the International the other Shadow Glen. There was also a flat track
and a mini bike track. The very first World Mini Bike Grand Prix was held at the
Description (Indian Dunes Airfield):
Opened sometime in the '60s. It was used to film
numerous aviation-related scenes for television shows and movies. Some of these
include: The Black Sheep Squadron, Escape From New York, China Beach, and
others. The last scenes to be filmed here were those from The Rocketeer in 1989.
The field closed sometime thereafter. The tragic Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
helicopter crash which killed the pilot and two child actors aboard occurred in
nearby Indian Dunes Park. The field is now owned by a development company
(Newhall Land & Farming Company) and is slated to become homes.
Bank Of The United States Colorado
Federal Reserve (Roof Top)
(Deleted Scenes) (Locations, pictures and info:
Prop Sets at the
By Tom Higginson)
(Locations, pictures and info:
Prop Sets at the
Dunes (pdf) By Tom Higginson)
"The runway used when Snake is entering the glider and taking off was also used
in the 1980 film The Stunt Man with Peter O'Toole. The same runway shot from
the same angle a year before can be seen in the "wing walking" scene during the
daylight: desert hills and all."
World Trade Center (Roof Top) (Locations, pictures and info:
Prop Sets at the
Dunes (pdf) By Tom Higginson)
Comment (Tom Higginson): "The glider actually landed on a square patch of
asphalt that was built in the center of the large hardball oval track just a few
dozen feet south of the runway; he didn't actually land on the runway."
Chock full o'Nuts
(Locations, pictures and info:
Prop Sets at the
Dunes (pdf) By Tom Higginson)
Comment (Weldon Sipe): "The
brick blind alley was at the west (right) end of the building. On the building
side it formed the exterior wall of the set. The other side was (and rear) were
2x4's and unfinished on the other sides. The telephone pole and window that
"Snake" used were practical, and inside the window was a small area that
supported a little action scene and reverse camera angles toward the window. The
south side (facing Grapevine Mesa) was unfinished, but there may have been one
flat leading from the rear door to prevent seeing the woods of shadow glen track
as the director was then not totally limited from seeing actors come out the
rear. The subway entrance on the at the front of the building was filled in by
my construction workers as I recall, being too dangerous to leave open because
of the motor cycles. There weren't many shoots that focused on the set per se,
most used it as a background only."
Comment (Tom Higginson): "The
full o'Nuts" set remained standing at Indian Dunes well into the 1980s and the
balcony Snake climbs up into and kicks in the window to get in can be seen in
the background in
this shot from the 1985
Airwolf episode Dambreakers.
The set wasn't torn down because
Weldon Sipe who was the land manager for all film and television work at
the time over at Newhall's (Indian Dunes) had a gentleman's agreement with
production fellas. In a nutshell, if a production left a set or partial set
behind at Indian Dunes that could get some use later, Weldon would ensure that
they got a reduced rate for filming on the property."
Uranus - Lonely Streetfighter
California 126 Highway, Henry Mayo Dr, Seasoned Road/Wolcott Way
http://members.tripod.com/airfields freeman/CA/Airfields CA SanFernan.htm
World Trade Center (Deserted Floor) (Getty Oil Building,
Los Angeles, CA) (Street
The former Wilshire at Western
Building was the home of the Getty Oil Company. It was a 23 stories tall
derelict office building for many years and it always had "for lease" signs on
it. It went vacant in the mid 90s. Then a condo conversion project transformed
the building in 2005-2006.
3810 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
World Trade Center (Lobby) (CalArts, California Institute of the Arts,
Main Gallery, Valencia, CA) (Satellite
CalArts is the first U.S. higher educational institution to offer undergraduate
and graduate degrees in both visual and performing arts. It was established in
1961 by Walt and Roy Disney through the merger of two professional schools, the
Los Angeles Conservatory of Music, founded in 1883, and the Chouinard Art
Institute, founded in 1921. CalArts moved to its permanent home in Valencia in
1971 and added degree programs in dance, film and theater to those in art and
24700 McBean Pkwy
Valencia, CA 91355
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California Institute of the Arts
World Trade Center (Entrance) (Century Plaza Towers, 2049, Century City,
Los Angeles, CA) (Street
Description: Century Plaza Towers I and II are two 44-story, 571 feet (174 m)
tall twin towers located at 2029 and 2049 Century Park East in
Century City in
California. Commissioned by Alcoa the towers
were completed in
1975 and designed by
Minoru Yamasaki. The towers resemble his
World Trade Center in their vertical black and
gray lines and use of aluminum exteriors. The towers have a somewhat unique
triangular footprint and are landmarks that are clearly seen around the Los
Angeles Westside. Their prominence in the Century City skyline has been reduced
in recent years with the addition of new skyscrapers that partially block their
view. Nevertheless, the Century Plaza Towers remain the tallest buildings in
Century City and the tallest skyscrapers in
Southern California outside of
downtown Los Angeles. The towers sit on top of
one of the world's largest underground parking garages.
2029 and 2049
Century Park East
Century City, Los Angeles,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century Plaza Towers
(Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA) (Street
The Wiltern Theatre and adjacent
12-story Pellissier Building are Art Deco architectural landmarks located on the
corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue in Los Angeles, California. The
entire complex is commonly referred to as the Wiltern Center. Clad in a
blue-green glazed architectural terra-cotta tile and situated on a diagonal to
the street corner, the complex is considered one of the finest examples of Art
Deco style architecture in the United States. The Wiltern building is owned
privately and the Wiltern Theatre is operated by Live Nation's Los Angeles
division and is a well established landmark in Los Angeles. The historic Wiltern
Theater originally opened on 7 October 1931 and was later sold to an insurance
company in 1956 who ignored it till the late 70s. It was in a bad shape and was
saved by a local group of preservationists from being demolished on two
occasions. A developer called Wayne Ratkovich later purchased it in 1981 to
restore the theater and office building. The renovation of the The Wiltern
Theater was complete by 1985. It is currently used for a large variety of events
including: rock/pop concerts, dance performances, award shows, television
tapings, stage productions, and corporate events.
3790 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellissier Building and Wiltern Theatre
New York Public Library (Hall) (University
of Southern California (USC),
Level Central Hall, Los
The historic Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library has served as an intellectual
center and cultural treasure for generations of students, faculty and staff
since it opened in 1932. Created as a memorial to Edward L. Doheny Jr., a USC
trustee and alumnus, this landmark building was USC's first freestanding
75 years since its doors first opened, it
remains one of the university's most important and popular academic facilities.
3550 Trousdale Parkway
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0185
Ashley Naiyu Chen
New York Public Library (University
of Southern California (USC),
Hoose Library of Philosophy,
USC College School of Philosophy,
Description: The Hoose Library of Philosophy was established in 1929. The
collection has more than 50,000 volumes in all branches of academic philosophy.
It is particularly rich in materials dealing with the history of modern
philosophy, analytical philosophy and metaphysics. The library collects all
major English language publications pertaining to academic philosophy. Most of
the library's older circulating volumes are stored in the Grand Depository. If
you are interested in one of these volumes, click on the highlighted call number
on the bibliographic record in HOMER and follow the instructions. Within 24
hours, the desired volume will be available at the circulation desk at the
The Hoose Library of Philosophy has two collections of rare books that are
housed in Special Collections on the second floor of the Doheny Library. The
first collection, called the Flewelling Collection, consists of medieval
manuscripts, renaissance incunabula and early editions of seminal works in
philosophy of the 16th and 17th centuries. The second collection, called the
Gomperz Collection, consists of first editions of seminal philosophical works
from the 18th and 19th centuries. The Gomperz Collection is particularly rich in
German philosophy from the Enlightenment through the epochs of romanticism and
idealism. The journal collection of the Hoose Library is extensive. Many of
these journals are also available in electronic format.
3709 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0182
69th Street Bridge (Studio City, Los Angeles, CA)
Liberty Island Security Control
(Statue Of Liberty)/Manhattan
(Liberty Island, NY) (Street
Liberty Island, formerly called Bedloe's Island, is a small uninhabited island
New York Harbor in the United States, best
known as the location of the
Statue of Liberty. The name Liberty Island has
been in use since the early 20th century, although the name was not officially
changed until 1956. Before the Statue of Liberty, Bedloe's Island was the home
Fort Wood, an eleven pointed star-shaped
fortification made of granite. Because of this,
its nickname was "Star Fort".
Mouth of the Hudson River, NY
Escape From L.A.
(A Big Special Thanks to Gregory
Alpert: Location Manager of Escape From L.A.)
Pacific Tube Stage (Firebase 7
Interiors/Air Force 3 Interiors/Los
Angeles Memorial Coliseum Sewer/Green-Screen
Buena Vista Visual Effects Studio (Helicopter Miniature/Puppet Hang
Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521
Street (United States Police Force) (3d
N. Beaudry Ave, Los Angeles, CA)
Comment (Gregory Alpert/Location Manager): "Boy that was a busy day, I remember it
very clearly. We shot that scene the night we shot our only day work
(daytime filming) on the show. We shot 69 nights and only 1 day on the
film. That day we shot the car crash sequence on Flower Street in front
of the Bonaventure Hotel, and the shots outside Union Station. We shot
the scene at what was at the time, an empty plot of land, littered with
junk, and shanty towns where homeless folks used to live. It was a swath
of land West of the 110 Fwy. & South of the 101 Fwy. Roughly between
Beaudry Ave. & Boylston St. There is now a school there. I remember
being told that John had shot a scene from another one of his films (They
Live) in this exact area."
4th S. Flower St.
S. Flower St.,
Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suits (Westin
Bonaventure Hotel & Suits, Los Angeles, CA) (Street
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites is a 367-foot (112 m),
35-story hotel in Los Angeles, California, constructed between 1974 and
1976. Designed by architect John C. Portman, Jr., it is the largest
hotel in the city. The top floor has a revolving restaurant and bar. It
was originally owned by investors that included a subsidiary of Japanese
conglomerate Mitsubishi Corporation and John Portman & Associates. The
building is managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts (IHR), and is valued
at US$200 million.
404 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westin Bonaventure Hotel
Los Angeles Union Station (Los Angeles Union Station,
Description: Los Angeles Union
Station (or LAUS, formerly the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal or LAUPT) is
the main railway station in Los Angeles, The station has rail services by Amtrak
and Amtrak California and Metrolink; light rail/subways are the Metro Rail Red
Line, Purple Line, Gold Line. California. Bus rapid transport runs on the Silver
Line. Bus services operate from the Patsaouras Transit Plaza on the east side of
the station and others on the north side of the station. The station opened in
May 1939, one of a number of union stations in the United States. It was built
on a grand scale and became known as "Last of the Great Railway Stations" built
in the USA. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Since February 2011 it is in the ownership of the Los Angeles County
Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
800 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union Station (Los Angeles)
Angeles Union Station/The
Four Level Interchange
(Miniatures) (The Acton Movie Ranch, Acton, CA)
Description: Established in 2005, Acton Movie Ranch was built on a dream
of providing exceptional, scenic outdoor backdrop for movie shoots. We
have an active and robust Acton Movie Ranch filming location.
3840 Crown Valley Road
Source: Les Bernstien (Visual
Effects Director Of Photography)
Firebase 7 (Entrance)/Prototype
Defense Lab/Access Tunnel
C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA)
The Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant began continuous operation
in 1985. Its facilities were designed to treat 40 million gallons of wastewater
per day and serve the area between Chatsworth and Van Nuys in western portion of
the San Fernando Valley. The plant was named after Mr. Tillman, who was the City
Engineer from 1972 to 1980.
A major construction project that
doubled the capacity of DCT was completed in 1991 – expanding the plant from 40
MGD to 80 MGD.
The Tillman Plant, together with the
Los Angeles-Glendale Water Reclamation Plant are the leading producers of
reclaimed water in the San Fernando Valley. The plant is able to provide
critical hydraulic relief to the City's major sewers downstream, which badly
need the additional capacity to serve other portions of the city south of the
6100 Woodley Ave
Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA 91406
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tillman Water Reclamation Plant
Cahuenga Pass (Shoreline) (House
Foundation & Submarine Miniatures/Surfers) (Castaic Lake, Main Ramp Rd, Castaic,
Run by the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation,
Castaic Lake is a beautiful state water reservoir located just north of Santa
Clarita on the Interstate 5 Freeway.
Along with providing fresh water to local communities, Castaic Lake has
also remained dedicated to providing the public with a wonderful place to have
fun! Whether you come to admire, relax and reflect upon the beauty, or pack in
an extreme day of fun and excitement, there is something here for everybody!
Comment (Gregory Alpert/Location
Manager): "We filmed at
Castaic Lake (north of LA)
on the eastern shore, off Lake Hughes Road. We had a practical "prop"
submarine, and it was built CG as well. The "cliff" element was CG."
Comment (Andreas/Webmaster): "This
scene was originally going to be filmed at Lake Piru."
32132 Castaic Lake Drive
Cahuenga Pass (Shoreline)/Mulholland Drive/Mountainside (Mt. Hollywood
Drive, Griffith Park, Los Angeles,
Park): Griffith Park a large municipal park at the eastern
end of the Santa Monica Mountains in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles,
California. The park covers 4,310 acres (1,740 ha) of land, making it one of the
largest urban parks in North America. It is the second-largest city park in
California, after Mission Trails Preserve in San Diego, and the tenth largest
municipally owned park in the United States. It has also been referred to as the
Central Park of Los Angeles, but it is much larger and with a much more untamed,
rugged character than its New York City counterpart.
Hollywood Drive): For a number of years Mount Hollywood Drive,
which runs from behind the Griffith Observatory (just north of the tunnel) over
the top of Mount Hollywood and down into the San Fernando Valley, has been
closed to cars. It is one of the few hill-routes bicyclists can ride without
concern for cars. Recently, the condition of the roadbed has become a bigger
concern than any auto traffic could pose. Present conditions are such that
patching and other cosmetics now could extend the useful life of the surface,
but if this roadway continues to be neglected, it will soon be impassible and
expensive to restore.
Comment (Andreas): "The scene where Snake
arrives in Mulholland Drives is located at the top of Mt. Hollywood Drive and
can be seen between 0:22-0:40 in
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Source: Martin Jedlicka (Second Assistant Director) & Mauritz Pavoni
Hollywood Bowl (Hills)
(Lake Piru, Santa Felicia Dam, Piru, CA)
Lake Piru is an artificial lake located in Los Padres National
Forest of Ventura County, California, created by the construction in
1955 of the Santa Felicia Dam on Piru Creek, which is a tributary of the
Santa Clara River. The Lake Piru Recreation Area, along the western
shore, has about 60 acres (24 ha) with various recreational facilities
for camping, boating, fishing, swimming, and picnicking. The 238
campsites have water and electric hookup along with a snack bar. There
are 66 boat slips with a full-service marina. The lake is situated
downstream from Pyramid Lake and can be accessed from Piru Canyon Road
near the town of Piru, California
The elevation of the lake is 1,043 ft (318 m), and the elevation
of the dam spillway is 1,055 ft (322 m). The dam is owned and operated
by the United Water Conservation District of Santa Paula, California.
The district is a multi-service district providing flood control,
recreation services, surface and groundwater conservation, groundwater
replenishment, and wholesale water for agriculture and urban uses to the
Santa Clara River Valley and Oxnard Plain. Formed on December 5, 1950,
under the Water Conservation Act of 1931, it owns approximately
2,200-acre around and including the lake and dam (890 ha).
Quagga mussels became established in the Lake Piru and then
downstream in the Lower Piru Creek in 2013. While this was the first
discovery in Ventura County, they are an invasive species found in
various rivers and lakes in the US.
As of 2014, the district will be exploring options using a technical
panel consisting of state Fish and Wildlife staff as well as
representatives from the National Marine Fisheries Service and other
federal, state, and local agencies. The district has to develop plans to
deal with further colonization. The Casitas Municipal Water District
that manages nearby Lake Casitas suggested that the reservoir be
drained. Poisoning it with a potassium solution was also considered.
Comment (Andreas): "This scene was originally going to be filmed at Big
4780 Piru Canyon Rd
Piru, CA 93040
Source: Martin Jedlicka (Second
Assistant Director) & Mauritz Pavoni (Production Assistant)
Hollywood Boulevard/Alley (7th St. btw Broadway & Hill, Los Angeles, CA)
Theater (Los Angeles Theatre,
(Broadway Theater District) (Street
The Los Angeles Theatre, built in
1931, is a National Register landmark located in the heart of the Los Angeles
Broadway Historic Theatre District. The Theatre was the last and most elaborate
of the movie palaces built on Broadway between 1911 and 1931. When it opened in
January of 1931 it was advertised as "The Theatre Unusual" because of its many
The Los Angeles Theatre was designed by architect S. Charles Lee in the Baroque
style. Lee filled the theatre with glamour, glitz, technical innovations and
sumptuous audience conveniences. With a construction cost of over $1.5 million,
the Los Angeles was the most expensive theatre built up to that time on a per
seat basis. On opening night the theatre hosted the premier gala screening of
Charles Chaplin's City Lights. Among celebrities of the era in
attendance that evening was Mr. Albert Einstein.
City Lights was only the first of many openings and first run
screenings. The Los Angeles flourished as the heart of the Broadway
Entertainment District into the 1960s. As the fortunes of Downtown declined, the
interest and attendance of the Los Angeles Theatre waned until it closed its
doors to regular screenings in the 1990s. Sustained as a film location and
through special events, including the star studded opening of Chaplin,
the Los Angeles has waited for a resurgence of Downtown. This new century will
see the Los Angeles Theatre return to past glory and place as the heart of our
city's entertainment district.
Comment (Nick Danger/Uncredited Skinhead) "Myself
and my good friend and fellow actor Tony (J.
really had a great time working on that film and sitting in those comfy
over stuffed classic chairs. Fantastic crew, great food, really positive
upbeat cast and crew and great costumes. We had a couple of 12 hours
days and really enjoyed our time there.
The scene I was in
took quite a few takes and was shot from many camera angles. That's why
it took so long.
We did a scene where we spoke but they decided not to do it.
We also were allowed to walk around and check out all the
levels of the classic theater."
615 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los Angeles Theatre
Sunset Boulevard/Beverly Hills Hotel (Entrance)/Santa
Cal Compact Landfill, Carson,
The Avalon of South Bay (ASB) site
encompasses 168 acres on two parcels, the 157 acre former Cal Compact Landfill
parcel and an adjacent 11-acre, non-landfill parcel.
DTSC is the lead
regulatory agency for the brownfield restoration project for the 157 acre former
Cal Compact Landfill parcel. The former Cal Compact Landfill consists of five
separate landfill cells numbered A1 through A5 separated by the site
boundaries on the outer
perimeter and on the interior by two roadways (Former Leonardo and Stamps
Drives), a Los Angeles County flood control channel (Torrance Lateral) is
located adjacent to the south and west sides of the project site and serves to
separate the project site from the adjacent uses. Because the property was
previously a landfill site, elevated levels of chemicals of concern were found
in the landfill and groundwater. While there is no immediate health risk because
the public is not exposed to the landfill waste or groundwater, a restoration
plan will ensure that future site occupants and users are not exposed.
Since 1988, DTSC has conducted several investigations of the former Cal Compact
Landfill property. Due to the size and complexity of the site, the property was
divided into two "operable units" (OUs). In 1995, a Remediation Action Plan
(RAP) was completed and approved by DTSC for the upper OU. In 2005, a RAP was
completed and approved by DTSC for the lower OU. Investigations conducted in the
Upper OU showed presence of landfill gasses such as methane, carbon dioxide and
volatile organic compounds, as well as metals in the Upper OU. Investigations
conducted in the Lower OU have not resulted in any active requirement for
remediation besides monitoring. Each of the RAP's summarizes how their
mitigation measures are being used to prevent future exposure to landfill waste.
Its story is a tangled, four-decade tale
of polluted air and poisoned groundwater and failed plans for shopping malls,
mobile home parks. And bankruptcies, lawsuits and criminal cases that include a
fraud prosecution of a former labor union pension administrator.
It is the largest undeveloped single piece of freeway-adjacent land in
Los Angeles County.
There has also been plans to build a Stadium at the former landfill for many years that
would house both the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raider's NFL football
20400 Main St.
https://www.dtsc.ca.gov/SiteCleanup/Projects/upload/Cal Compact FS Site
Beverly Hills Hotel (Pacific Electric Building, Los Angeles,
Description: The historic Pacific
Electric Building (also known as the Huntington Building, after the Pacific
Electric founder and developer, Henry Huntington, or 6th & Main for its
location) opened in 1905 as the terminal for the Pacific Electric Red Car Lines
running east and south of downtown Los Angeles, as well as the company's main
headquarters building. It was designed by architect Thornton Fitzhugh. Though
not the first modern building in Los Angeles, nor the tallest, its large
footprint and ten-floor height made it the largest building in floor area west
of Chicago for several decades. Above the main floor terminal were five floors
of offices and on the top three floors, the Jonathan Club, one of the city's
leading businessmen's clubs. The club moved to its own building on Figueroa
Street in 1925. After the absorption of the Pacific Electric into the Southern
Pacific Railroad in 1911 (called "The Great Merger"), the PE Building became the
primary Los Angeles offices for the Southern Pacific.
Comment (Gregory Alpert/Location
Manager): "When we shot there it was an abandoned bldg. It has
since been converted to lofts. The top two floors shared an atrium (stairs). We
also used this on another John Carpenter project: Body Bags."
610 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific Electric Building
Beverly Hills Sewer Tunnel (The
Belmont Tunnel (Hollywood Subway)/Toluca
Substation and Yard, Subway Terminal Building (Metro 417), Los Angeles, CA)
(Belmont Tunnel/Toluca): It's not commonly known, but LA's first subway system was a
mile-long stretch of underground trackage for some of Pacific Electric's
Hollywood line of Red Car. Opened in 1925, the subway ran from the Terminal
Building at 417 South Hill Street in Downtown to Belmont Tunnel/Toluca
Substation at 2nd Street and Glendale Boulevard. From there, trolley service
continued at street level to Hollywood and beyond. After a 30-year run, the
subway was shut down and Belmont Tunnel/Toluca Yard remained abandoned for many
years, attracting graffiti artists and transients in later years. In 2004, a
real estate company bought the land with plans to build an apartment complex.
Belmont Station now stands directly in the old Red Car path, but the sealed-off
tunnel and original station can still be seen behind the building, beautifully
Description (Subway Terminal Building): The Subway Terminal Building, now Metro 417, is an Italian
Renaissance Revival building in Downtown Los Angeles at 417 South Hill Street.
It was designed by architects Schultze and Weaver and was built in 1925. It was
the downtown terminus for the "Hollywood Subway" branch of the Pacific Electric
Railway Interurban rail line. Currently it is a luxury apartment building. It is
near Pershing Square. When the LACMTA Red Line, the replacement for the
Hollywood Subway, was built, the Pershing Square station was located nearby.
417 S. Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belmont Tunnel/Toluca Substation and Yard
http://laist.com/2008/07/12/laistory the 19.php
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subway Terminal Building
Street Under Santa Monica Freeway Overpass/Santa
Monica Freeway (Parallel Street)/Queen Mary
& Long Beach Fwy, Long Beach, CA)
Comment (Andreas/Webmaster): "This tunnel is open to bikes and pedestrians only and leads
Los Angeles River bicycle path. The first part of the tunnel seen in
scene three is
located beneath a small unused section of freeway."
Streets (Victory Blvd at Vanalden, Reseda, CA) (Street
Description: The 1994 Northridge earthquake
occurred on January 17, at 4:30:55 a.m. PST and had its epicenter in
Reseda, a neighborhood in the north-central San Fernando Valley region
of Los Angeles, California. It had a duration of approximately 10–20
seconds. The blind thrust earthquake had a moment magnitude (MMS) of
6.7, which produced ground acceleration that was the highest ever
instrumentally recorded in an urban area in North America, measuring 1.8g
(16.7 m/s2) with strong ground motion felt as far away as Las
Vegas, Nevada, about 220 miles (360 km) from the epicenter. The peak
ground velocity in this earthquake at the Rinaldi Receiving Station was
183 cm/s (4.09 mph or 6.59 km/h), the fastest peak ground velocity ever
recorded. In addition, two 6.0 MMS aftershocks occurred, the first about
one minute after the initial event and the second approximately 11 hours
later, the strongest of several thousand aftershocks in all. The death
toll was 57, with more than 5,000 injured. In addition,
earthquake-caused property damage was estimated to be between $13 and
$40 billion, making it one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S.
Comment (Gregory Alpert/Location Manager): "We shot it in Northridge, CA. The big
quake in LA on Jan. 17, 1994 was centered in Northridge. We found a long
block of houses that had their backsides completely sliced away. It
took a lot of work to be able to shoot it (because of safety concerns)
but we did. We shot in both directions, so that when we looked towards
Snake from the drivers side, or at Map to the Stars Eddie from the
passenger side, it would look like their were dilapidated buildings on
both sides. It looked really good!"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1994 Northridge earthquake
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Locker Room) (Morell
Meats Building, Willow Studios, Basement, Los Angeles, CA) (Street
Comment (Gregory Alpert/Location Manager): "It was an empty building when we shot, way
past it's prime, and a popular filming location back in the early 90's."
Comment (Andreas/Webmaster): "These scenes were originally going to be filmed at
El Camino College."
1335 Willow St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los
Angeles Memorial Coliseum,
Los Angeles, CA)
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum opened June of 1923; some 5 months
later, on October 6th, the first football game was played in the stadium, with
the University of Southern California defeating Pomona College 23-7 before a
crowd of 12,836. It was a modest beginning for a venue that would later play a
very prominent role in college and professional football, and become the
greatest stadium in the history of America.
In addition to serving as the home field for the USC Trojans since 1923,
countless historic events have taken place inside these venerable walls during
nine decades of celebrated history. It is the only facility in the world to play
host to two Olympiads (X and XXIII), two Super Bowls (I and VII), one World
Series (1959), a Papal Mass and visits by three U.S. Presidents: John F.
Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon and Ronald Reagan.
Along with the adjacent Sports Arena, the Coliseum is credited with helping to
start the migration of professional sports teams to the West Coast. The complex
provided a home for the Rams (from Cleveland, 1946-79 NFL), the
(from Brooklyn, 1958-61, MLB), and the Lakers (from
Minneapolis, 1960-67, NBA), and has also been home to a variety of Southern
California teams as well the Raiders (from Oakland,
1982-94, NFL), UCLA Football (1933-81) and was the expansion home of the
Chargers (1960, NFL) the Clippers
(from San Diego, 1984-99, NBA), USC Basketball
(1959-2006, NCAA), UCLA Basketball (1959-65, NCAA), the
Cobras (1988, Arena Football), the Ice
Dogs (1995-96, IHL), the Sharks
(1972-74, WHA), the Stars (1968-70, ABA) and
Kings (1967, NHL).
In 1984, the State of California and the United States Government declared the
Coliseum a State and Federal Historical Landmark for its contribution to the
history of California, as well as to that of the United States as a whole.
On March 29, 2008, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox set a Guinness
World Record for the largest attendance ever at a baseball game with a crowd of
115,300. Other historic events include Billy Graham's appearance in 1963 in
front of 134,254 (still an all-time Coliseum record), Nelson Mandela’s 1990
triumphant return to the United States, the first ever Papal Mass by Pope John
Paul II in 1987, and the 1976 Bicentennial Spectacular.
The Coliseum has hosted decades of memorable concerts including a who’s-who
listing of some of rock-n-roll’s greatest artists: Roger Waters performing The
Wall in its entirety (May 19, 2012), LA Rising (June of 2011), the Summer
Sanitarium Tour (headlined by Metallica – August 2003), Bruce Springsteen in
1985, four sold-out Rolling Stones, U2, Metallica, The Who, Pink Floyd, Kid
Rock, the Grateful Dead, Van Halen and More!
A new mark for the highest paid attendance (63,101) for a Latin music concert in
the United States was set on March 18, 2006, as RBD took the Coliseum stage.
Known also for hosting soccer competitions, the Coliseum has been the site of
many memorable international matches. The all-time Coliseum attendance record
for a soccer match was set on August 6, 2006, as 92,650 fans turned out to see a
double-header featuring Chivas vs. Barcelona and Chivas USA vs. the New England
Revolution. The crowd eclipsed the previous mark of 91,585, set in 1999 as
Mexico took on Argentina. The 2014 Centroamericana Cup Championships and five
CONCACAF Gold Cups.
Comment (Andreas/Webmaster): "The
field scenes were originally going to be filmed at El Camino College."
Los Angeles, CA 90037
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Wilshire Canyon (Tapo
Rock & Sand, Inc.,
Quarry, Simi Valley, CA)
Tapo Rock and Sand has
been in the rock and sand, building aggregate, and recycling business for over
43 years. Family owned and operated, Tapo Rock and Sand was founded in 1972 by
owner and operator Charlie Brooks, and continues under his leadership today. We
have always strived to provide our customers with excellent and friendly
service, and the best quality products in the industry. We carry a wide array of
materials, and also offer recycling sights for dirt, sod, and concrete.
Comment (Gregory Alpert/Location
Manager): "It was
our first night of filming. WE shot 69 nights, and just one day on the film. The
quarry is located near Big Sky Ranch in Simi Valley, CA."
Comment (Clayton Sandland): "I
remember when they filmed it. I was actually just a kid at the time, and wanted
badly to go up to see the filming, but wasn't able to because they filmed it in
the middle of the night. It
was filmed on the third level of our pit. To the right is a bluff that is an
adjoining property, and that sluff to the left was actually the road leading
down to it. They are not there anymore. That road has been taken out, and that
bluff has been backfilled and reclaimed. Our whole top level is now about the
same as where Kurt Russell and Peter Fonda are standing."
Tapo Canyon Road
Simi Valley, CA 93063
Wilshire Canyon (Street) (4th St. from Spring to Main St., Los Angeles,
Comment (Gregory Alpert/Location Manager): "If you look closely at the end of the block,
you will see a bldg. on the right side that has a triangle feature located above
a window on it. This is the old Farmer's & Merchants Bank."
Wilshire Canyon (Alley) (Harlem Place Alley btw 4th and 5th St., Los Angeles, CA)
Comment (Gregory Alpert/Location
the 80 & 90's this alley was filmed ALL the time, and I mean ALL the time for
films and TV shows. Starting in the early to mid 2000's filming in the alley
slowed way down as the once empty commercial part of town started having the
buildings turn to condos. What was once a ghost town at night, where you could
do anything, explosions, full load gun fire and the like started having
restrictions put in place, due to the fact residents were now occupying adjacent
buildings. I have mixed feelings about this, as it took away a great place to
film at night, but on the other hand, a once dead downtown is being revitalized
with people moving downtown. Nothing ever stays the same!"
Queen Mary (Bowel) (Queen Mary, Bowel, Long Beach, CA)
RMS Queen Mary is a retired ocean liner that sailed primarily on
the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard Line (known as Cunard-White
Star Line when the vessel entered service). Built by John Brown & Company in
Clydebank, Scotland, Queen Mary along with her running mate, the RMS Queen
Elizabeth, were built as part of Cunard's planned two-ship weekly express
service between Southampton, Cherbourg, and New York City. The two ships were a
British response to the superliners built by German and French companies in the
late 1920s and early 1930s. Queen Mary was the flagship of the Cunard
Line from May 1936 until October 1946 when she was replaced in that role by Queen Elizabeth.
Queen Mary sailed on her maiden voyage on 27 May 1936 and captured
the Blue Riband in August of that year; she lost the title to SS Normandie
in 1937 and recaptured it in 1938, holding it until 1952 when she was beaten by
the new SS United States. With the outbreak of World War II, she was
converted into a troopship and ferried Allied soldiers for the duration of the
war. Following the war, Queen Mary was refitted for passenger service and
along with Queen Elizabeth, commenced the two-ship transatlantic
passenger service for which the two ships were initially built. The two ships
dominated the transatlantic passenger transportation market until the dawn of
the jet age in the late 1950s. By the mid-1960s, Queen Mary was ageing
and, though still among the most popular transatlantic liners, was operating at
After several years of decreased profits for Cunard Line, Queen Mary
was officially retired from service in 1967. She left Southampton for the last
time on 31 October 1967 and sailed to the port of Long Beach, California, United
States, where she remains permanently moored. Much of the machinery, including
one of the two engine rooms, three of the four propellers, and all of the
boilers, were removed, and the ship now serves as a tourist attraction featuring
restaurants, a museum, and hotel. The ship is listed on the
National Register of Historic
Places. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has accepted the Queen Mary
to be part of the Historic Hotels of America.
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS Queen Mary
Queen Mary (Pool) (Millennium
Biltmore Hotel, Pool, Los Angeles, CA)
The Millennium Biltmore Hotel, originally named the Los Angeles Biltmore
Hotel of the Biltmore Hotels group, is a luxury hotel located on Pershing Square
in Downtown Los Angeles, California, US. Upon its grand opening in 1923, the Los
Angeles Biltmore was the largest hotel west of Chicago, Illinois in the United
In 1969 the Biltmore Hotel was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural
Monument by the City of Los Angeles. As of 2009, the Los Angeles Biltmore is
operated as part of the Millennium & Copthorne Hotels as the Millennium Biltmore
Hotel. The hotel has 70,000 square feet (6,500 square meter) of meeting and
banquet space. From its original 1500 guestrooms it now has 683, due to room
Comment (Gregory Alpert/Location
Pool. This was NOT shot at the ship, but rather inside the Biltmore Hotel,
located in downtown LA. It has an underground art deco pool."
506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Queen Mary (Deck) (Hall of Justice, Parking Lot, Los Angeles, CA)
In Los Angeles the Hall of Justice was the centerpiece of the Los Angeles
County justice system until it was damaged in the Northridge earthquake. The
historic 1925 building was featured on television shows including Dragnet,
Perry Mason and Get Smart. More significantly, it was the home of
Los Angeles County courts, the Los Angeles County Coroner, the Los Angeles
County Sheriff's Office, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney, and was
for many years the primary Los Angeles County jail.
Notable residents of the Hall of Justice included Charles Manson, Sirhan
Sirhan and Shorty Rossi, star of the Animal Planet show Pit Boss.
Autopsies performed at the Hall of Justice include those of actress Marilyn
Monroe and the assassinated presidential candidate and former United States
Attorney General Robert Kennedy. It was used as a filming location for the 1997
Clint Eastwood movie Absolute Power, as the Washington DC police
The Hall of Justice was closed shortly after sustaining damage as a
result of the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Recently, the building underwent a
complete restoration and is scheduled to re-open as the Sheriff's and District
Attorney's Headquarters in early 2015.
Comment (Gregory Alpert/Location
Manager): "The shot where they are standing on the deck
of the ship before they fly off. This was a huge set piece set in a parking lot
in downtown LA in front of an old government building (The Hall of Justice).
Located between N. Broadway & N. Spring Street & E. Temple Street & the 101 Fwy.
The building was red tagged because of the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and is
just now, 20 years later being rehabbed. The building in the foreground was not
there at the time. That was the parking lot where the huge set piece was placed."
Comment (Andreas/Webmaster): "This
scene was originally going to be filmed at Universal Studios Courthouse
211 W Temple St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hall of Justice
Happy Kingdom In Anaheim (Universal Studios Courthouse Square,
A large town square named after
the imposing Courthouse building most famously seen in Back to the
(1985-1990). The square has been seen in hundreds of Universal films (and those
of other studios). In common with many other standing sets, simple changes like
the arrangement of street furniture and signage can make the set appear to be a
completely different location. Prior to
Back to the Future,
the area was known as Mockingbird Square, after it's
To Kill a Mockingbird.
Although the devastating
fires in 1990 and 2008 destroyed the New York Street area, the Courthouse
itself was spared.
100 Universal City Plaza
Los Angeles, CA
Small Clearing (Ventura Farms,
Hidden Valley, Thousand Oaks,
With the Santa
Monica Mountains as a backdrop, the 2000 acres known as Ventura Farms caught the
eye of David Murdock in 1978. Located just twenty-five minutes from the Pacific
Ocean and nestled into one of Southern California's loveliest valleys, Mr.
Murdock found a place of serenity for relaxation after days in his Los Angeles
office. David Murdock, CEO of major companies on an international scale,
remembers, "Most of all, the beauty of the place won me over. The farm is one of
Ventura Farms is a
state of the art training facility with everything available for training and
conditioning our Arabian horses. Located on the facility are a 1/8th mile track,
equine swimming pool, treadmill, and horse Eurociser. We also enjoy the benefits
of all weather training with a state-of-the-art covered arena and covered round
Ventura Farms is
primarily a private facility. Our focus is on training and conditioning the
Ventura Farms horses to prepare them to be great horses for new owners.
235 W Potrero Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
Wilshire Canyon (Canyon) (Schlitterbahn East,
Boogie Bahn (FlowRider),
New Braunfels, TX)
Description (Schlitterbahn Waterpark
Resort): Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort in New Braunfels
has over 3 miles of tubing adventures, 7 children’s water playgrounds, 17 water
slides, the world’s first surfing machine, and 3 uphill water coasters spread
over 65 acres of fun!
(or Flow Rider) is an artificial sheet wave surfing environment
incorporated in many waterparks and hotels. It was originally invented by Tom
Lochtefeld, a surfer, for the Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort in New Braunfels,
The Flow Rider is manufactured by Wave Loch, Inc. of La Jolla, California and
range in cost anywhere from 1 million us dollars and onwards. There are
currently more than 100 FlowRider installations around the globe, including five
units on cruise ships. Wave Loch also has a mobile unit that can be moved by
Comment (Tony Hawk/Uncredited Stunts/Instagram): "Doing "stunts" for Escape From L.A.
in 1996 w/Chris Miller. I was Peter Fonda, he was Kurt Russell. We were
riding real surfboards on the Flowrider in freezing conditions, and both
ended up with the flu... but it was worth the pain to be part of this
400 N Liberty Ave,
New Braunfels, TX 78130