the hit 2002 film "SPIDER-MAN,"
a key scene takes place in New York's Times Square - or so it seems.
In the scene, news photographer Peter Parker (Tobey
McGuire) is covering a "World Unity Festival"
in Times Square, and Macy Gray is
performing, when the crowd is attacked by the villainous Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe),
who has also endangered Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst).
Spidy springs into action, and a battle between the wallcrawler and
the Green Goblin ensues.
Some of the broader shots were taken in the actual
Times Square, but most of the "World Unity Festival" scenes were
actually shot on a huge replica of Times Square, an open-air set constructed
right here in the L.A. area.
The location was the old Rockwell/Boeing/NASA
Defense plant, at Bellflower & Imperial
Highway, in Downey, CA, a 160-acre property with a long history.
It was here, in real life, where the Apollo command & service module
was built (for the mission to the moon), and where the Space Shuttle components
were constructed. The now-empty parcel is bordered by Bellflower Blvd on
the east, Lakewood Blvd on the west, Imperial Highway on the south and
Stewart & Gray Road on the north. The city of Downey is located to
the east of Los Angeles, and about four miles north of the city of
(Unfortunately, a member of the crew was killed in
a tragic accident on this set (on March 6, 2001) when when a crane carrying
metal framework toppled and he was hit by the falling debris, during the
shoot in Downey.)
Some of the scenes in the 2002 movie "Clockstoppers"
were also shot on the same Boeing property.