Red Dragon (2002)

The 2002 film “Red Dragon” was shot around Baltimore, Maryland, Southern California and the Florida Keys. In the opening scene, Will Graham, played by Edward Norton, successfully captures Hannibal Lector, played by Anthony Hopkins. In the aftermath of those events, Graham has retired to a quiet life in the Florida Keys. Graham’s house is said to be located in Marathon, Florida. The home is actually located about 30 miles north of Marathon, in the village of Islamorada. The house sits far back from the road, behind another property and many trees, so it is unfortunately not visible from the street.

LOCATION: 183 Carroll St, Islamorada, FL 33036

The other side of the property is briefly seen when Jack Crawford, played by Harvey Keitel, visits to persuade Graham to assist in the pursuit of a serial killer known as Tooth Fairy.

Graham visits the Tooth Fairy’s crime scene at the Leeds family house, which is supposedly located in Atlanta, Georgia. In reality, the home can be found in Long Beach, California. The house, seen under the cloak of night, may not be immediately recognizable to viewers, but it was more famously featured as the home of Ferris in the 1986 comedy “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” The same home was also featured in the films “Not Another Teen Movie” and “American Dreamer.”

Francis Dolarhyde, played by Ralph Fiennes, picks up a morning newspaper at this corner, where he has a brief confrontation with the man selling the papers. The same alley, which leads to the back of the Los Angeles Theater, can be seen the film “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.”

LOCATION: Lindley Pl / W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Fight Club (1999)

David Fincher’s 1999 film “Fight Club” was shot primarily around Los Angeles, California.  Early in the film, the unnamed narrator, played by Edward Norton, attends support groups for diseases he does not have.  He visits the St. Brendan Catholic Church, which has appeared in numerous productions, including “Spider-Man 3,” “Armageddon” and the Guns N’ Roses music video for “November Rain.”

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LOCATION: 310 S Van Ness Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020

After meeting Marla Singer, played by Helena Bonham Carter, he follows her to this laundromat, where she takes clothes that don’t belong to her.  The laundromat is still in business.

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LOCATION: 4371 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

The vintage clothing store where she sells the clothes was located just across the street.

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LOCATION: 4314 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

The narrator’s apartment can be found near downtown Los Angeles.  It’s located just across from the 2nd Street Tunnel, a popular filming location seen in such films as “Blade Runner,” “Kill Bill,” “The Terminator” and many more.  Known as the Promenade Towers, the property consists of two main towers.  The one seen in the film is closest to the W 1st St overpass.  He calls Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt, from a phone booth at the front entrance between the two towers.

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LOCATION: 123 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Fight Club begins at Lou’s Tavern.  The building was a real bar, located near Wilmington.  It had closed by the time the production came along, which added the neon signs.  Not long after filming completed, the building was demolished altogether.  It’s now just some empty land at the corner of S Figueroa St and W Harry Bridges Blvd.

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LOCATION: S Figueroa St / W Harry Bridges Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90731 (now demolished)

The building where Tyler holds a man at gunpoint and urges him to go back to school was also filmed at a nearby liquor store at 1109 W Harry Bridges Blvd, Wilmington, CA 90744, but was also demolished.

Tyler’s house, supposedly located on Paper Street, was a set built by the production on Neptune Ave in Wilmington.  It was removed at the completion of filming and is likewise now just empty land.

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LOCATION: 240 N Neptune Ave, Wilmington, CA 90744 (now demolished)

As Fight Club begins to expand, the club begins taking on homework assignments by trying to start fights with the public.  A man sprays a preacher with a hose as he walks by this tire shop.

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LOCATION: 505 N Avalon Blvd, Wilmington, CA 90744

Another public fight takes place in front of these geometric art pieces, found in the Citigroup Center in Downtown Los Angeles.  The same area was used as the exterior of the bank in “Heat.”

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LOCATION: 444 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

The car dealership fight was filmed at 5151 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, but the building has since been demolished, with a new building standing in its place.

As the assignments escalate, things go wrong when the space monkeys try to destroy a piece of corporate art.  This was filmed at Two California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles.  There is no actual ball or fountain there.  To get to this area, look for signs for the Water Court from S Grand Ave.

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LOCATION: 350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Three scenes were filmed at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.  The first is where Tyler appears in a corporate video, welcoming the narrator to his hotel room.  The second is when Tyler works in a hotel restaurant where he defiles the food.  This was filmed in the hotel’s Emerald Room.  In a third scene, Tyler threatens to cut off the police commissioner’s balls in the men’s restroom of the Regency Room.

LOCATION: 506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Marla lives in the Hotel Bristol, also in Downtown L.A.

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LOCATION: 423 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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A computer store gets blown up in Downtown L.A., near the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

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LOCATION: 501 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Video tapes are erased with magnets at a former video store on Wilshire Blvd.

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LOCATION: 6340 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Marla is put on a bus at the corner of S Broadway and W 8th St in Los Angeles.  The narrator is then seen walking towards the former Olympic Theater.

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LOCATION: 313 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

The final scenes with the buildings collapsing were a CGI composite.

It’s unfortunate that some of the most iconic locations from the film were either sets, CGI or since demolished.  However, if you’re a fan of the film, there’s still a lot of locations to be seen.

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Birdman (2014)

In the 2014 Alejandro G. Iñárritu film “Birdman,” Michael Keaton plays Riggan Thomas, a former superhero actor who is trying to breathe new life into his career by putting on a Broadway play.

The theater where Riggan stages his comeback, and where much of the film takes place, is the St. James Theatre, which really is located right in the heart of Broadway.  Although crafted to look like a single take, the film was in fact shot in many different takes across several locations, which are not always as close together as depicted in the film.  Some of the interior shots of the St. James Theatre, for example, were actually sets built at Kaufman Astoria Studios (34-12 36th St, Astoria, NY 11106).

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LOCATION: St. James Theatre, 246 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

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During a couple scenes in the film, Sam, played by Emma Stone, sits on the rooftop of the neighboring Helen Hayes Theatre, where she is joined by Mike, played by Edward Norton.

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LOCATION: 240 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

The Majestic Theatre, which sits across the street, can also be seen many times throughout the film.

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LOCATION: 245 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

American History X (1998)

In the 1998 Tony Kaye film “American History X,” Derek, played by Edward Norton, lives at this house in Venice, California.  After a racially motivated assault in front of the house, Derek is sent to prison.

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LOCATION: 2206 Meade Pl, Venice, CA 90291

Derek and his friends play a basketball game at the Venice Beach Recreation Center in order to determine which race wins rights to play on the court.

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LOCATION: 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

Derek and his skinhead crew vandalize the former Archie’s Ranch Market in North Hollywood, which has since closed and is now a gym.  This angle seen in the film is from the rear parking lot. The same market appeared in the film “10 Items Or Less.”

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LOCATION: 7500 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91605

Danny, played by Edward Furlong, attends school at the famous Venice High School, most well know for its use in the film “Grease.”

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LOCATION: 13000 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Derek escapes a confrontation with his former supremacist friends and disposes of a gun in a dumpster at this intersection.  This is located just one block up from the basketball court seen earlier in the film.

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LOCATION: 18th Ave & Speedway, Los Angeles, CA 90291

Later in the film, Derek and his brother Danny visit Johnie’s Coffee Shop Restaurant in midtown Los Angeles.  The restaurant closed many years ago, but still operates as a filming location.  It has appeared in “Reservoir Dogs,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Miracle Mile,” “Gone in Sixty Seconds” and many more.

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LOCATION: 6099 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048