Although the movie itself is not as good as it should be, I always like films that are love letters to Los Angeles. Some scenes were shot in Atlanta, but this post will focus on a few of the locations I was able to find and visit.
The first location we'll visit is the house Russel Crowe punches out a guy having relations with an underage girl. It is located at 3975 Kenway Avenue in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles.
For the shots looking down the street, they did use some CGI to not only create some 70's smog, but to ensure they had the correct downtown skyline for that time.
Next we go to a popular filming spot in Echo Park. Russell parks across the street from 1003 Everett Street. The house that appears directly behind him when talking to the girl has already been demolished. (The main house from Drag Me To Hell is just up the street at 1031 Everett.)
We have a few LA beauty shots including The Comedy Club at 8433 Sunset Boulevard and the Sunset Tower at 8358 Sunset Boulevard.
At last, we get to the main house where Ryan Gosling lives with his daughter. Although the house number appears as 1271, it is actually 4255 Enoro Drive in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles. I was able to track this location down by seeing a neighboring house number seen later in the film.
Next we move to city hall located at 200 North Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. This scene was shot on the southwest side of the building. I didn't make a special trip to get screen specific shots, but used some from a previous visit for John Carpenter's They Live.
For the burned down house, they used a lot next to 6222 Echo Street in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles. I was able to find this spot using house numbers seen across the street later in the scene.
Next we are back on Sunset Boulevard near Horn Avenue, where they recreated Tower Records and CGI'd some great movie billboards.
A quick visit back to the house on Enoro Drive...
When they drive to the party, they pull into the Bel Air entrance at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Bel Air Road. The house, however, is located in Atlanta.
When the nice guys visit Kim Bassinger at the district attorney's office, they are actually at another popular filming spot, the John Ferraro Building, formerly known as the LA Department of Water & Power building, located at 111 North Hope Street. Some of the shots are not screen-matched as I am using pictures from a previous visit.
The Burbank Airport Western Hotel was an easy find as this is the usual hotel I stay at when traveling. It is actually the Holiday Inn located at 150 East Angeleno in Burbank, California.
For the next driving scene, the guys are driving on the East 4th Street bridge into downtown LA.
Another driving shot was pretty familiar to me as it's right by the Burbank Airport. This shot is on North Hollywood Way approaching the North San Fernando Boulevard bridge.
We are back at 4255 Enoro Drive for the scene where Matt Bomer shoots everything up.
The next day, we come back to the house. As you can guess, the palm trees at the front of the house were fake.
One of my favorite actors, Lois Smith, has a great part in this movie. It was this scene that helped me locate the house as you can clearly see the numbers behind her on the garage, at 4259 Enoro Drive.
And finally we return to West Hollywood, where Ryan drives down North Olive Drive to the back of the former House of Blues, located at 8430 Sunset Boulevard.
I will try to hit up more locations on future trips!