Thursday, February 16, 2006

Fight Club

Fight Club is actually set in Wilmington, Delaware, home to many credit card companies. Funny, then, that much of it (at least, all four of these locations) was filmed in Wilmington, California (which was named by Phineas Banning, a native of Wilmington, Delaware).

The workplace of Raymond K. Hessel was a liquor store on Harry Bridges Blvd. (formerly B St.), somewhere between Figueroa and Neptune (where two other Fight Club locations were)(Possibly on Wilmington Blvd., I'm still not sure). It was also seen in The Rose.

The "Lou's Tavern" building (shown previously) was on the corner of Harry Bridges and Figueroa. It was Shipwreck Joey's, a former topless bar.

Tyler Durden's house, which served as the base of operations for Project Mayhem, was built for the production on the corner of Harry Bridges and Neptune Ave. It was known as the "Paper Street house", but not refered to as such in the movie.

The tire shop is on the corner of Avalon and E St., and it's the only one of these locations still standing.
Interestingly for such an "anti-consumerist" movie, there are several product placements, including the Goodyear banner seen here, and the coke machine in the back of Raymond K. Hessel's store. (Think about it, when have you ever seen a coke machine outside a liquor store? Much less behind one??)



Blogger Ishwor said...

Pretty wide research you got there. :) Unforunately, I haven't watched any of the movies you've mentioned beside Fight club and Raging bull.

Good stuff! ~:-)

7/10/2006 4:35 PM  
Blogger Andy in San Diego and Elsewhere said...

Shiprwreck Joey's is the strip bar in To Live And Die in LA

7/04/2007 9:14 PM  
Blogger Phillip said...

Yes it is! Check ot my entry on To Live And Die in L.A. here!

7/05/2007 12:23 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Wow, I know you posted this a while ago, but is the Fight Club house still there? I live in the South Bay and would love to take pictures of it!

3/23/2009 1:58 AM  
Blogger Phillip said...

No it isn't there anymore. They tore it down before the movie even came out; it wasn't up more than a couple months. It won't even be a vacant lot for much longer, the "Wilmington green buffer zone" is going in soon.

3/23/2009 5:29 AM  

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