Destroyer (2018)

The 2018 crime drama “Destroyer,” starring Nicole Kidman, is set in Los Angeles, California, where the production likewise took place. The film begins and ends on a scene of Detective Erin Bell, played by Kidman, parked under this overpass near The Bowtie. While The Bowtie is a popular walking trail, this area nearby is not the safest of areas.

LOCATION: Near W Casitas Ave / Carillon St, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (GPS coordinates: 34°06’41.4″N, 118°14’47.8″W)

A key murder scene at the beginning of the film was shot at The Bowtie. Named for its bowtie shape, the area is an undeveloped stretch of land in an industrial section of town next to the L.A. River. In 2003, the California State Parks Department purchased the property and it is currently being restored into a state park.

LOCATION: 2780 W Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (GPS coordinates: 34°06’28.1″N, 118°14’41.8″W)

The body is seen under this electrical tower. Next to the body is a died bill linked to a robbery sixteen years earlier, which Bell was working undercover at the time.

The area is one of the few places in Los Angeles where the river has a natural floor, as opposed to its more commonly seen concrete bed.

This view is also seen in the film as Erin leaves the scene.

Erin works as a detective at this police station. It is a real police station, located in Skid Row.

LOCATION: 251 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Believing the lead culprit of the robbery, Silas, played by Toby Kebbell, is once again active, Erin follows a lead to this church, in search of a former gang member named Arturo, played by Zach Villa.

LOCATION: 1406 W 98th St, Los Angeles, CA 90047

The painting seen on the side of the church in the film is not actually there at the location.

Artura leads Erin to the home of Dennis DiFranco, played by Bradley Whitford, a lawyer who laundered money for Silas from the robbery. DiFranco’s house can be found in Malibu (27530 Calicut Rd, Malibu, CA 90265), but the home is gated and not visible from the street.

DiFranco gives up the location of the next money drop, at the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round. It has appeared in many other films, including “The Prestige,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Beautiful” and “Twins,” as well as such TV shows as “Alias,” “CSI: NY” and the TV series adaptation of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.” It also famously served as an inspiration to Walt Disney in his decision to create Disneyland.

LOCATION: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Erin follows Petra, the girlfriend of Silas, played by Tatiana Maslany, which eventually leads her to witness a bank robbery from their new crew. They park in this area on the right.

LOCATION: 9800 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 (facing W 98th St)

The bank scenes were filmed at this building, located near LAX Airport. While the address is on S Sepulveda, the entrance seen in the film faces W 98th St.

Erin keeps a storage unit at this facility in Hollywood. Anyone who has driven the 101 Freeway through Hollywood has likely seen this facility, which sits between the north and southbound lanes, but not many people know how to reach it. The entrance is at N Heliotrope Dr, but the view seen in the film is actually from an overpass on N Vermont Ave.

LOCATION: 620 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90004 (as seen from N Vermont Ave, GPS coordinates: 34°04’47.8″N, 118°17’30.5″W)

In a flashback from sixteen years prior, the events of the robbery are revealed at this building, located in Palmdale. Depicted as a bank in the film, the real building is a masonic lodge.

LOCATION: 2231 E Ave Q, Palmdale, CA 93550

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

The 2014 Marvel sequel “Captain America: The Winter Solder” was largely filmed in Cleveland, Ohio, with some additional footage shot in Washington D.C. and California. The lobby of the Triskelion S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters, where Captain America (Chris Evans) meets with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), is actually the interior of the Cleveland Museum of Art (11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106).

Captain America goes on the run with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), posing as an engaged couple as they examine the contents of a drive at a computer store inside the Tower City Center. The same shopping mall was seen in the 1994 film “Double Dragon.”

LOCATION: 230 W Huron Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113

The Winter Soldier, played by Sebastian Stan, attacks Captain America, Black Widow and The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) as they drive along the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway (State Route 2). The vehicles stop near the overpass near W 3rd St / Summit, where most of the action takes place. Black Widow escapes from gunfire, leaping from this overpass down to the street below.

LOCATION: W 3rd St / Summit, Cleveland, OH 44114

The Winter Soldier jumps down onto the roof of a car in pursuit.

Captain America shields himself from gunfire in this area near Summit.

The Winter Soldier walks one block up W 3rd St to W Lakeside Ave, where he and Black Window battle in front of the Justice Center Complex.

LOCATION: 1200 Ontario St, Cleveland, OH 44113 (facing W Lakeside Ave)

The S.T.R.I.K.E. team arrives in front of the same building, as The Winter Soldier escapes the scene.

This is located across the street from the Probate Court of Cuyahoga County, seen on the left below, which was featured in “The Avengers.” Only the interiors of the building appear in “The Avengers,” but the exterior is seen several times in the background of this film, as Captain America and The Winter Soldier fight.

LOCATION: 1 W Lakeside Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

Maria Hill manages to extract Captain America, Black Widow and The Falcon to a safe house, which was filmed at the Lake View Dam, located inside Lake View Cemetery. There are roads running by both this area and further down at the base of the dam, making it easy to get a view from the right spots. We’ve provided GPS coordinates below. This area is not far from the John Rockefeller grave.

LOCATION: Lake View Dam, 12316 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106 (GPS coordinates: 41.512387, -81.588209)

Here is where they enter.

Later, Captain America stands at the top of the dam thinking.

The Falcon joins him and the two discuss how to handle The Winter Soldier. The same cemetery appears again later in the film during a scene at a grave site.

The Winter Soldier is examined inside of this building, where Alexander Pierce, played by Robert Reford, comes to visit him. The same building was seen in “Spider-Man 3.”

LOCATION: 900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115

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