Film crew turns the clock back on Angeleno Heights store

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A film crew took over Bob’s Market, an Angeleno Heights located in a landmark storefront,  today, changing the name of the store to Abarrotes as cast members in period police uniforms and armed with tommy guns gathered outside. A security guard on the set said a commercial was being filmed but a FilmLA permit says the  day-long shoot – which will include simulated shooting – is for a L.A. Noir, a TV drama pilot about the battle between former LAPD chief Captain William Parker and gangster Mickey Cohen. Click on the link below for another photo.


  1. They should keep it that way! I love that place.

  2. Shout out to the source material for the pilot: the excellent “L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City,” by John Buntin.

  3. Anyone notice that Brite Spots’ booths were out in the parking lot this morning? Is Pacino still shooting there?

    • my fave part of the whole Brite Spot thing: yesterday they were blocking the street with their gear, had “lane closed” signs out on Sunset, AND they had a sign that said “share the road.” Classic.

  4. Echo Park Neighbor

    I second the shout out to the fantastic book “L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City,” by John Buntin. A must read if you are interested in LA history. Can’t wait to see the show. I hope it does the book justice.


    I am a little confused about the time line: the vehicle front and center looks like something from the 1920’s. Wasn’t that before Parker v. Cohen?

    • Makes sense to me. Why would you put a 1960’s car out there….

      • The book upon which this pilot is based examines William Parker and Mickey Cohen through their early lives and rises in their respective ranks, both of whom were active in Los Angeles in the late 1920s-early ’30s.

        Parker joined the LAPD in 1927 at age 22. Cohen, who was muling booze by the age of 9 turned to boxing in illegal LA prizefights in his teens.

    • Maybe, but people drove old cars in the 1930s, much like you see cars from the late ’80s-early ’90s on the streets today. It would only be odd if a car from the 1950s were in a movie set in the 1930s.

      • What Edward wrote is true, be it the 1930s, ’50s, or present day. But in terms of a period film the effort is to set a scene that specifically reflects an authenticity of the era it’s portraying, so I doubt they’d film a mid-century scene with a jazz-age jalopy.

        And as seen in that second picture, LAPD officers on the street in the 1950s wouldn’t be dressed in so vintage a style of uniform nor patrolling in so old a prowler.

  6. Bob’s Market was also the hangout in Fast and the Furious.

    Any other productions people can come up with?

  7. Crew pretty much automatically say “commercial” or “student film” whenever asked what the project is… if you don’t and people start hanging around hoping to see somebody famous it can really jam things up. Personally I don’t care if people hang around but my opinion is subject to change when I’m carrying a bunch of heavy gear and I have to negotiate a crowd of people who don’t understand that “points” means “I’m carrying something heavy please get out of the way.”

  8. So much stuff has filmed there- La Confidential, The Mentalist, Spiderman, Drag Me to Hell… SOOOOOO many commercials I couldn’t even count. I lived right across the street until last month- There were crews there monthly. Pop in and say hello to Anna and Andy- the sweetest people in Angeleno Heights. 🙂

  9. It’s crazy to know that Bob’s Market is a gang zone, I always see the words scribbled in that area, “A’hts” or “lls” , “Dst” “chs” back and forth, I have been in this neighborhood over 15 years and most of the time these “Gangsters” seem to be polite when you walk pass them. We say hi, And they respond “how are you doing?” Things of that sort makes me feel safe around here.

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