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Survey says: 6th Street Bridge is one of LA's most popular film shoot locations

By Hayley Fox
Published: Wednesday, January 02, 2013, at 02:27PM
Maya Sugarman/KPCC

The 6th Street Bridge will be demolished and replaced with an entirely new bridge.

Downtown's 6th Street Bridge -- which is currently slated for demolition -- was named one of L.A.'s most popular film shoot locations of 2012, according to a survey commissioned by the Los Angeles Times.

The survey by Film L.A. Inc. named the spots in L.A. most used in movies, music videos, commercials and other shoots. According to the L.A. Times,) the top of the list includes Malibu’s Point Dume, a former community hospital in Boyle Heights and coming in at number one; the expansive Griffith Park.

According to LAist, other top finishers include Elysian Park, Dockweiler State Beach and Venice Beach.

The 6th Street Bridge ranked number five on the list of most-used locations, and has been featured in films from "Repo Man" to "To Live and Die in L.A." and "The Mask." The 3,500-foot-span and the space underneath has also been used in music videos by Kanye West, Madonna, Kid Rock and Avril Lavigne.

Permits show that in 2011 more than 100 productions shot at the 80-year-old bridge.

Now, the movie star viaduct is set to be demolished and rebuilt because of a condition it has called Alkali Silica Reaction (ASR) -- a type of "concrete cancer" that affects the structural integrity of the bridge. Huizar has even called the structure the "most at-risk bridge in the city to collapse during a major earthquake."

The viaduct will soon be torn down and a new one built in its place as part of a $401 million project that's expected to be completed in 2018.

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