Unable To “Bridge” The Gap: The End of The 6th Street Bridge in LA

imagesWhen making a movie, location scouts have to determine if their story should be filmed on location (to wherever) or if it’s best shot in a studio behind green screen and then digitally add whatever location you need later. It all depends on things like budget and setting of story. Many, many times one particular location has been used in more than one movie.

Example: Professor Xavier’s Institute of Higher Learning in the 2000 film “X-Men” was also the same mansion used in the 2002 comedy “Mr. Deeds.”

There are even special tours you can take to certain places in cinema history when a film is shot on location. The most famous still is probably the trek through New Zealand for “The Lord Of The Rings” experience.

But there’s one piece of American engineering that has been used in countless movies spanning several decades. I’m talking about the 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles. The bridge opened in 1932 but will be demolished next week and a new one will be built set to complete construction in 2019. I’ve driven on the bridge a few times since moving to Los Angeles and I never realized just how historic it is both to the city of Los Angeles and to cinema itself.

Below is a link to a video that a friend sent me showing 11 of some of the most memorable scenes filmed on the 6th Street Bridge. Some of the films also filmed on the bridge not shown in this video that I remember was “Grease” and “The Italian Job.”


What about you? Do you live near where a famous movie scene was filmed? Let me know.




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