The 2014 Dan Gilroy film “Nightcrawler,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, was filmed around Los Angeles, California. The film tells the story of a Louis Bloom, an ambitious freelance photojournalist, who increasingly crosses moral boundaries to obtain captivating footage to sell to news stations. The production made use of locations all around the city. During the opening credits, the Griffith Observatory is seen. The Observatory is of course a staple of film and television, appearing in such films as “The Terminator,” “Rebel Without A Cause,” “La La Land” and dozens more.
LOCATION: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Capitol Records building also makes an appearance during the opening credits. It can also be seen in countless films, including “Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood,” “Get Him to the Greek,” “Rush Hour” and many more.
LOCATION: 1750 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Lou’s apartment can be found in Angelino Heights, near Dodger Stadium.
LOCATION: 1045 Figueroa Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90012
LOCATION: 1234 Bellevue Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Lou starts filming a police arrest in front of this building in Echo Park, prompting the officers to threaten him with arrest.
LOCATION: 1123 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Over in Koreatown, Lou arrives at the aftermath of a car jacking, where a man has been injured. He once again oversteps his bounds, causing him and another photojournalist to be kicked out of the crime scene. In the film, the characters state the location as 1st and Western, which is accurate.
LOCATION: S Western Ave / W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90004
After eavesdropping on a call of another photojournalist selling his footage, Lou heads to a news station, where he successfully sells his footage as well. This was filmed at 5808 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, but the building has since been demolished. The corporate offices for Netflix now stand in its place.
Later in the film, Lou rejects an offer to work for Joe Loder, played by Bill Paxton, in front of another TV station just down the road, which still stands.
LOCATION: 5800 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
LOCATION: 6521 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Lou attempts to interview a witnesses next door to another crime scene in front of this home.
LOCATION: 1415 N Coronado St, Los Angeles, CA 90026
He then enters the home of the crime scene, which is one house to the left, to get more footage.
LOCATION: 1411 N Coronado St, Los Angeles, CA 90026
After Rick, played by Riz Ahmed, spills some gas on his car at this gas station in Studio City, Lou threatens to fire him.
LOCATION: 12007 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
Joe Loder lives at this home, located in Venice.
LOCATION: 808 Royal Ct, Venice, CA 90291
Royal Ct is a very narrow road, but there is a pedestrian walkway from Pacific Ave, which offers easier access and parking.
Joe Loder’s van crashes into a light pole at this intersection in Studio City.
LOCATION: Ventura Pl / Laurel Canyon Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
Lou captures an active crime scene where a shooting is taking place in Tarzana. The home sits down a long drive and cannot be seen from the street.
LOCATION: 4808 Topeka Dr, Tarzana, CA 91356
Out front on Topeka Dr, however, the area where he parks on the street can easily be seen.
Lou uses his video footage to track down the shooting suspects. He follows them after they leave their apartment, located in Echo Park.
LOCATION: 1701 Clinton St, Los Angeles, CA 90026
The shooting suspects stop at this Chinese restaurant, where Lou sets up to videotape their capture, before calling the police to report them.
LOCATION: 252 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004
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