Actual Southern California Locations
where 2008's "Hancock" was filmed.
We first see Hancock asleep
on a bus bench, on a city street, a
bottle of booze in his hand.
A young kid wakes him up, telling him that there is a violent police chase
That bus bench was located
on the north side of E. 2nd Street,
in downtown L.A.
just west of San Pedro Street & Onizuka Street, near
the south/SW side
of the Weller Court shopping center in Little
The awnings we see belong
to the back side of Marukai restaurant,
at 123 Onizuka St #101, just SW of the New Ontai Hotel.
In the photo below, the camera
is looking northwest. The church steeple visible in
the left background (in the photo below) is the former St. Vibiana's Cathedral,
located at 2nd & Main. It's the second oldest church in Los Angeles,
but when it was damaged in a 1994 earthquake, the old cathedral
was closed & deconsecrated and is now an art center.
The scenes where a flying Hancock
chases a car full of bank robbers down the freeway were
shot at the west end of the 105 Freeway,
between Sepulveda & La Cienega,
in El Segundo.
That's right next to Los
Angeles International Airport (LAX), west of the 405 Freeway.
In the photo above,
you can see the LAX theme building in the lower middle of the picture.
During filming, they shut down
the 105 freeway for an extended time,
causing major traffic problems for L.A. commuters.
The building seen on the right
(in the photo below) after Hancock crashes through
the freeway sign is the Korean Air
building, at 6101 W. Imperial Highway.
For the most part, the cops
& robbers were heading east on the freeway, but as usual,
they fake us
out now and then - and some shots were filmed while heading west on
the same freeway.
When Hancock catches up with the robbers,
we get a fake cut to a new location, miles away from LAX.
seen in the background when Hancock
picks up the robber's car is the U.S. Bank Tower, at 633 W. Fifth
St. (the corner of 5th & Grand),
in downtown L.A.
At 1,018 feet (72 stories),
the tower is the tallest building on the west of the Mississippi.
impales the robbers' car on a spire atop a round tower, you
may well recognize that
unique building. It's none other than
the landmark Capitol Records Building,
located at 1750 Vine St.,
just north of the famous corner of Hollywood & Vine, in
( The Capitol
Records Building (said to resemble a stack of records) is actually
a good 5 or 6 miles
northwest of that U.S. Bank Tower, seen moments before. )
We next see Hancock hanging
out at a seedy little bar, glaring
at strangers and picking up
on a bimbo (who he takes back to his trailer).
That dive bar is real. It's
the "PrimeTime Pub" - located
at 5556 Santa Monica Blvd.
That's on the south side of the boulevard (across from a Sears store), just west
of the Hollywood (101) Freeway,
and about three blocks east of the Hollywood Forever
cemetery. It even has its own website.
(This isn't a great neighborhood,
so exercise reasonable caution.)