It is on the rooftop of the warehouse that Kyle makes his “impossible” 2,100-yard shot that takes out an enemy sniper in the movie. Professor of Engineering at the University of Buffalo, the site is actually even more run-down today than it was when was shot.I believe the real life interior of the warehouse was also utilized in the filming. The two-story brick and concrete building was originally constructed in the 1920s and, over time, served as both a grocery warehouse and a cabinet store.I became fascinated by the location due to both the fact that it is abandoned (obviously!) and because cast and crew ventured all the way out to El Centro, an Imperial Valley city situated about 110 miles east of San Diego and a good 200 miles outside of the Thirty Mile Zone, to shoot there.With its dilapidated exterior and surrounding dirt roads, it is not hard to see how the building came to be used in . I literally could have spent the entire day taking photos of it. The building located immediately northwest of the warehouse also made an appearance in . The property suffered severe damaged during the Mexicali earthquake in 2010 and was subsequently set to be demolished, until Stavridis stepped in.Most of the war sequences were lensed on location in Morocco and on outdoor sets at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in Santa Clarita.
(The screen capture pictured below shows the northern side of the warehouse, an area that is, unfortunately, not accessible to the public.
My photograph is of the building’s eastern and southern sides.) I could find virtually no information online about the warehouse’s history, but according to the production notes, the structure is a former milk processing plant that set designers transformed into an abandoned date factory for the shoot.
I have so many locales stock-piled, in fact, that it is almost ridiculous!
One such spot that I visited last February, but somehow failed to do a post on is the abandoned El Centro warehouse that masked as an Iraqi factory in the 2014 drama , during Chris Kyle’s (Bradley Cooper) fourth tour of duty in Sadr City.
As you can see below, the building looks much the same in person as it did onscreen, though the surrounding area was changed significantly via CGI.
I found it fascinating to compare the aerial view of the warehouse shown in the movie to a real life aerial view.