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Tuesday November 20th 2018

Demolition Man | 1993

Demolition Man location: Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, Los Angeles
Demolition Man location: the ride to Taco Bell: America Plaza, Downtown San Diego | Photograph: Mal Davis

Los Angeles, and its surrounds, provide the location for the crime-free, politically-correct 21st century West Coast sprawl of ‘San Angeles’, where deep-frozen rogue cop John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone) is thawed out to combat psycho-criminal Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes).

Nigel Hawthorne (who was lobbying to recreate his stage role in The Madness of King George on screen), establishes his Hollywood cred as the regulation British villain. ‘San Angeles’, the Santa Barbara-Los Angeles-San Diego Metroplex, is a conflation of all three cities.

The giant spiral prison set is based on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum in New York – producer Joel Silver is a devotee of the architect and lives in a landmark Wright house in Los Angeles. Note that the poster on the office of Lt Lenina Huxley (Sandra Bullock) wall is for Lethal Weapon III, another Silver production.

Demolition Man location: Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, Los Angeles
Demolition Man location: Sandra Bullock’s futuristic apartment block: Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Lt Huxley’s angular, green and blue glass apartment block can be found in the inner court of the Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.

The ‘San Angeles Police Department HQ’, out of which she works, is the Prudential Building, Thousand Oaks Boulevard, north of Highway 101, Westlake Village in the San Fernando Valley.

The city's transport system is the America Plaza trolley station, One America Plaza, 600 West Broadway, in Downtown San Diego.

More futuristic locations were found at the New Los Angeles Convention Center, 1202 South Figueroa Street between Pico Boulevard and 11th Street, downtown Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 South Grand Avenue, also downtown Los Angeles; Sawpit Dam, Monrovia Mountain Park, North Canyon Boulevard, north of Monrovia, east of Los Angeles; and the San Diego Convention Center; the Park Place Office Campus, 3345 Michelson Drive and the Koll Center, 18301 Von Karman, both in Irvine.