L.A. Noire film reels and landmarks guide

50 film noir classics and 30 old-Hollywood sights are yours for the taking. Here's where to find them

L.A. Noire may be the most mature, character-focused open-world game we've ever played %26ndash; but just like any other sandbox game worth its salt, its streets and alleywayshide a ton of hidden collectibles for players to track down. In Noire, these take the form of 50 exceptionally well-hidden film reels (each emblazoned with the name of a classic noir movie), and 30 less-well-hidden landmarks, which you can "find" just by driving past them.


Above: This is what you're looking for %26ndash; now keep a sharp eye out

You could spend countless hours searching every shady backalley anddead-end street for these, or you could use our guide to huntthem all down in a hurry, and grab theHollywoodland (30G/Silver, for reels)and Star Map (15G/Bronze, for landmarks) Achievements/Trophies that much more quickly. If you'd prefer help with the story cases and/or newspapers, be sure to check ourfive-star walkthrough, and if you're angling for 100 percent completion, you'll definitely want to look over ourvehicle achievement guide.(And if you somehow wound uphere accidentally while wondering if L.A. Noire is even worth picking up, you might want to check out oursuper review.)

CENTRAL

FILM REELS
1. Notorious %26bull;2. Double Indemnity%26bull;3. Body and Soul%26bull;4. Detour%26bull;5. Scarlet Street%26bull;6. Gun Crazy%26bull;7. House of Bamboo%26bull;8. Pickup on South Street%26bull;9. Leave Her to Heaven%26bull;10. Key Largo%26bull;11. The Maltese Falcon%26bull;12. Angels With Dirty Faces%26bull;13. Strangers on a Train%26bull;14. The Big Heat%26bull;15. Touch of Evil%26bull;16. The Asphalt Jungle%26bull;17. Out of the Past%26bull;18. The Big Carnival%26bull;19. Mildred Pierce%26bull;20. This Gun for Hire%26bull;21. Rififi%26bull;22. Sweet Smell of Success%26bull;23. Murder, My Sweet%26bull;24. Night and the City%26bull;25. The Big Clock%26bull;26. The Naked City

LANDMARKS
1. Mayfair Hotel%26bull;2. Good Samaritan Hospital%26bull;3. Intolerance Set%26bull;4. Christ Crown of Thorns%26bull;5. Los Angeles Public Library%26bull;6. Pershing Square%26bull;7. RKO Theatre%26bull;8. Los Angeles Examiner%26bull;9. Main Street Terminal%26bull;10. The Bradbury Building%26bull;11. Angels Flight%26bull;12. Hall of Records%26bull;13. El Pueblo de Los Angeles%26bull;14. Union Station%26bull;15. Chinatown%26bull;16. LA Cold Storage Co.%26bull;17. 4th Street Viaduct%26bull;18. 6th Street Viaduct%26bull;19. National Biscuit Company%26bull;20. MacArthur Park%26bull;21. Park Plaza

WILSHIRE

FILM REELS
27. Shadow of a Doubt%26bull;28. The Killing%26bull;29. The Set-Up%26bull;30. Laura%26bull;31. The Lady from Shanghai%26bull;32. The Third Man%26bull;33. The Killers%26bull;34. M%26bull;35. Crossfire%26bull;36. Thieves' Highway

LANDMARKS
22. Westlake Tar Pits%26bull;23. L.A. County Art Museum%26bull;24. Bullocks Wilshire

HOLLYWOOD

FILM REELS
37. White Heat%26bull;38. The Narrow Margin%26bull;39. Sunset Boulevard%26bull;40. The Woman in the Window%26bull;41. The Spiral Staircase%26bull;42. The Night of the Hunter%26bull;43. Odd Man Out%26bull;44. In A Lonely Place%26bull;45. Where the Sidewalk Ends%26bull;46. Gilda%26bull;47. The Letter%26bull;48. Brute Force%26bull;49. Nightmare Alley%26bull;50. The Big Sleep

LANDMARKS
25. The Brown Derby%26bull;26. Crossroads of the World%26bull;27. Musso %26amp; Franks%26bull;28. Max Factor Building%26bull;29. Grauman's Theater%26bull;30. Hotel Roosevelt

UPDATE: At present, this guide is still incomplete.Images, maps and walkthroughsarein placefor all 50 reels and 30 landmarks, but we'll be adding videos and larger maps in the next few days. Check back soon for moreupdates.

Film reels %26ndash; Central

While the entire game world is open to you from the beginning of the game, Cole Phelps begins his career in LA's Central district. With that in mind, we'll start our search at the southeastern corner of the map, and gradually work our way northwest to Hollywood from there.

1. Notorious

At the eastern edge of the map, there's a nameless road that intersects with Olympic Blvd. Just north of that intersection, you'll find a dirt road that leads to this warehouse:

Drive inside the open loading doors to the south, and you'll see a little office on your right. The first reel is waiting on the floor.

2. Double Indemnity

Not too far north of where you found Notorious, and off the same nameless road, you'll see a military base. Its front entrance, which you should smash right through, looks like this:

Drive up to the first building on your left. Just to the west of it, you'll see a pathway sloping downward. Follow it.

Follow the path behind the building pictured above, and you'll find a practice range. The second reel is sitting on one of the tables in front of it:

3. Body and Soul

This one's tricky, because you'll need to actually get inside of the 7th St. bridge. If you're coming from the direction of the nameless road, squeeze past the bridge's right side, like so:

This will bring you to one of LA's many drainage canals. Just drive straight across to the other side.

Once there, hang a left and head for the collection of bridge supports that look like this:

Hidden behind them on the big support, you'll see a little door. Head on in.

Climb the stairs and head to bear right,pasta couple of hobos:

Just past the barrels pictured below, you'll find the next reel:

4. Detour

A few blocks southwest of the 7th Street bridge, there's see a railroad depotsituated just north of Bay Street (the image below is what it looks like if you're coming from Alameda). Head for its western end.

Curl around to the north side of the depot, and you'll see a couple of red cars standing close together under the awning. The next reel is on the ground between them.

5. Scarlet Street

Once you've got Reel 4, head up to 6th Street and find the alley to the north of it (near 6th and Alameda):

Once you're in the (surprisingly spacious) alley, head for the northern edge of the loading dock to the east.

The reel is on the ground, next to a dumpster. Looks like someone got a little too careless with their print of Scarlet Street.

6. Gun Crazy

After grabbing Scarlet Street, head north to 1st Street and follow it east (or just fast-travel, whichever). Shortly after crossing the bridge, you'll see train tracks headed south, past this parking structure. Your target is the small water tower just visible under the arrow:

Head over to it, and you'll see the next reel laying on the ground, semi-hidden by a pipe.

7. House of Bamboo

Head back west along 1st Street, and head south at Alameda. There's a factory on the eastern side of the street; here's what it looks like when you're coming up from the south:

Smash through the gates in front of the place and drive on it. If you're approaching from Alameda, you'll see a staircase on the right that looks like this:

Climb that sucker and look to the right. The next reel is in plain sight near the corner of the catwalk.

8. Pickup on South Street

Here's an easy one: just go to Union Station. If you haven't found it (which you normally will in the second Traffic-desk case), take Alameda north and it'll be on your right. Once you've find it, you can tick alandmark off your list and head inside the southernmost entrance.

Run around the locker kiosk, and you'll see a little gift stand on the right.

The next reel is on the counter, freely available for you to grab.

9. Leave Her to Heaven

Northwest of Union Station, nestled at the corner of a couple of nameless streets, you'll find a decrepit public pool. Here's what it looks like from the street to its north:

As you're heading over to the entrance on the pool's east end, take a look a tthe fenced yard. You'll see the next reel sitting near a tree.

To get to it, just head in through the front door and hang a right.

10. Key Largo

Did you think the last location was spooky? It can't touch this one for remoteness, even though this place is reallyjust afew blocksnorthwest of the pool. While you'll visit this eerie ranch house in the final hours of the game, you may as well head over there and grab the reel now. On the north side of the nameless road shown below the "Player" icon above, you'll see the entrance to the ranch's dirt road, which looks like this:

Follow it around until you've driven through the ranch's entry arch, and look for this ramshackle farmhouse:

Head up to the front door, and the reel will be on your left, just waiting to be taken to safety.

Next page: Continue through the Central district with Reels 11-18

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

After graduating from college in 2000 with a BA in journalism, I worked for five years as a copy editor, page designer and videogame-review columnist at a couple of mid-sized newspapers you've never heard of. My column eventually got me a freelancing gig with GMR magazine, which folded a few months later. I was hired on full-time by GamesRadar in late 2005, and have since been paid actual money to write silly articles about lovable blobs.
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