Movie Locations In Los Angeles: See Where Your Favorite Flick was Filmed
Pulp Fiction; Kill Bill; Die Hard; Independence Day; True Lies; Ghostbusters... Get your camera ready and relive that film.
In Los Angeles, there is one unavoidable truism you'll quickly discover, the fact, that everyone and their pets are on the constant lookout for THE opportunity. No matter their creed, their station in life, their breed, let alone if they are from this solar system, the Los Angeles native Dreams of that big shot at stardom.
This is a city of false promises, silver screen prophets and of the glassy-eyed; zombies with golden Hollywood dust collecting in the corner of their eyes. Just try and toss a stone out any window and chance are in your favor that it will snap against a desperate starlet, ricochet of her noggin and bounce from the forehead of a starving D.J., pass like a rocket across the eyes of a gaggle of screenwriters, skitter to a halt at the platform shoes of an RB aficionado and, the stone mind you, will no doubt also be in search of his limelight. And despite the massive amount of pandemonium you've just produced, each and every one of your bloody victims will turn and ask, in complete unison: "are you a producer?"
This is not a hyperbole, not an exaggeration, not a grasp at humor for humor's sake, this is a law of life. Los Angeles is nothing more than Tinseltown's way station. And, as you try to explain that you are not a producer, that the very notion of an agent baffles you and, above all, that you do not personally know Lady Gaga, you'll bask at the glory that is the City of Angels, and slowly realize that it is only natural for such stirrings to occur. It is just a common reaction, that surrounded by such pillars of Hollywood, a person's mind would rapidly sink into "What If?" Territory. For Los Angeles is not only every actor's whistle-stop, their obligatory hamlet, it is also a metropolis that screams movie making magic. Each building, each corner, each nook, cranny, cobblestone, and brick featured heavily in the annals of a the well-versed movie collection.
With that introduction laid bare, and taking into account that you read the title of this article, it's about time we dive headlong into the almost endless pool of Los Angeles' film locations. These are my top... I lost count... the ones I consider are worth mentioning. So, grab your camcorder, cell phone, your Wikipedia connection - for those snappy one-liners you will try to remember on that sacred spot - and let's get our cosplaying yokel behinds on the road; costumes are not necessary, but they are highly encouraged.
THE WESTIN BONAVENTURE
404 S. Figueroa St.
"In The Line Of Fire", the film's climax against the deranged assassin; "True Lies", Arnie riding the elevator with the horse.
MILLENNIUM BILTMORE HOTEL
506 S. Grand Ave.
Hundreds of different films have been shot in this historic hotel. It has served as the interior and exterior backlot for classics. My top favorites are:
"True Lies," in the Crystal Ballroom, Helen, and Harry danced their famous tango; "Ghostbusters," served as the Sedgwick Hotel, where Slimer gets taught a lesson.
444 South Flower St.
The bullet-ridden, high-octane, final-heist, locale for that DeNiro and Pacino classic "Heat."
2ND STREET TUNNEL
West 2nd Street.
Whenever a tunnel is needed for a T.V. show or in a Movie, this is the first spot crews flock to.
Famous celluloid depictions? Too many to mention, but here's a taste: "Godzilla"; "Independence Day"; "Terminator"; "Con Air", Kill Bill"; Sneakers"; "Blade Runner"; "Lethal Weapon 2".... Need I go on?
7436 Mulholland Dr.
Although it was an exact replica, that was torn down by Mel and Danny, all exterior and interior shot for "Lethal Weapon 2" were filmed her.
2121 Avenue of the Stars.
It has appeared on "Speed"; "No Man's Land" and various other BluRays, but it will always be remembered as Nakatomi Plaza, from that Christmas favorite: Die Hard.
POINT DUME STATE BEACH
7103 Westward Rd.
Unfortunately, the most recognizable residence, in a Marvel fan's mind, does not exist. Tony Stark's house, was digitally built, with CGI magic, on the bluffs overlooking this beach. Still, you can access the spot, and get your "Iron Man" on through a convenient hiking trail.
SURPLUS CITY JEEP PARTS CO.
11796 Sheldon St.
This little store has appeared on Michael Jackson's music video for "Black And White", as well as the 1984 comedy "The Wild Life". But, you'll instantly recognize it as John Matrix's ""Commando") depot and go to Wallmart for bullets and guns.
RONNIE’S AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE
2012 N. Lake Ave.
“A driver don’t pick the car. The car’ll pick the driver.” .. That's right, "Transformers." Also, cause it's not all fast cars and Megan Fox in this article, you can also pick out this locale in such films as "Million Dollar Baby" and "Dodgeball."
SANCTUARY ADVENTIST CHURCH
The intersection of 198th St. E. and E. Ave. G. Lancaster, California.
"Oh, dear Lord above, 'Nurse Betty' was filmed here... And, gasp, 'True Confessions!'... What's a 'Kill Bill'?... 'Two Pines Wedding Chapel?' You're not making any sense... Who the hell is Quentin Tarantino?"
DOC BROWN'S HOUSE
4 Westmoreland Place. Pasadena.
Need I say more. Do I really have to spell out the film?
DANNY NOONAN'S HOUSE
232 N. Ave. 54.
Much of the movie "Caddyshack" was filmed on location in Florida, but, due to the magic of editing, this is the house where Michael O' Keefe lived stands firm in Highland Park.
DANIEL LARUSSO’S APARTMENT BUILDING
19223 Saticoy St, Reseda.
Where Daniel San start to become a man... "Karate Kid", the original, not the one will Jackie Chan.
GUESTHOUSE INTERNATIONAL HOTEL POOL
12500 Firestone Blvd. Norwalk.
Christie Brinkley skinny dipping, for a teenage boy, one of "National Lampoon's Vacation's" favorite scene.
FRANKLIN HART’S MANSION
10431 Bellagio Rd.
Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton, as well as their bigoted boss - played by Dabney Coleman, graced this mansion's architecture during the famous hostage segment of "9 to 5".
MITCH BUCHANNON’S HOUSE
469 Sherman Canal. Venice.
David Hasselhoff's rocking shed for that seminal TV show: "Baywatch."
800 N Alameda St. Los Angeles.
It has popped up on countless audiovisual extravaganzas. Been blown up a couple of times too. But, for those Sci-Fi fanatics out there, it will instantly be recognized as Rick Deckard's Police Station in "Blade Runner."
1600 Campus Rd.
President Barack Obama's Alma Matter also happens to be a the center of Alicia Silverstone's breakout hit "Clueless"... There's a joke hidden in there.
BOB'S BIG BOY
4211 Riverside Dr. Burbank.
This place is a landmark in Los Angeles. First off, it was heavily featured in Mann's film "Heat", and secondly, and more importantly - even receiving a golden plaque to commemorate the spot - The Beatles dined here in 1965.
7156 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood.
Frequented by the elite in Hollywood, Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Britney Spears, Johnny Depp, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, this exquisite place - housed inside a Red Line Trolley - is where Ed Exley calls Lana Turner a prostitute... The Film? "L.A. Confidential."
THE DRESDEN RESTAURANT
1760 N. Vermont Ave.
Where Jon Favreau's character successfully obtains Brooke Langton's phone number in the 1996 hit "Swingers."
PEACH PIT - THE APPLE PAN
0801 W. Pico Blvd.
Recreated, stool by stool, decoration by decoration, coffee stain by coffee stain, this popular eatery, is where the gang in "Beverly Hills 90210", hung out.
CHEZ QUIS - NOBU LOS ANGELES
903 N La Cienega Blvd.
Skip school, go on a frenetic rampage across town, grab a bite to eat at this swanky restaurant. If you're Ferris Bueller that's a solid plan.
ABIQUIU - WOKCANO SANTA MONICA
1413 5th Street. Santa Monica.
"That’s not bad for a guy his size," mobster turned movie producer Chili Palmer proclaimed; down a couple of flights of stairs, soon-to-be Tony Soprano gawked up in disbelief. Find out what is Asian Fusion while reminiscing about that 90's classic "Get Shorty".
PACO’S TACOS CANTINA
4141 S Centinela Ave.
Before Tom Cruise went insane, and only starred in action flicks, he tossed his ego out the window and asked a single-mom, Dorothy Boyd, out on a date. Tacos si señor! Oh, and memories of "Jerry Maguire."
RAINBOW BAR & GRILL
9015 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood.
This funky little place has appeared on music videos - "November Rain" and "Estranged" by Guns N'Roses as well as numerous "Californication" episodes. The sites claim to fame? Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio's first date in March 1952.
4420 Lakeside Dr. Burbank.
After years of doing the Racheal and Ross routine, Pam and Jim finally tied the knot on "The Office." Although much of the Episode was filmed in Niagra Falls, the rehearsal dinner was lensed in this eatery.
REX II RISTORANTE - CICADA
617 S. Olive St.
Yes, this is the place where Julia Roberts flings an escargot shell across the room in "Pretty Woman", it also happens to be the elegant dining room where Brad and Angie tangoed in "Mr. and Mrs. Smith; where Don Draper wins his first advertising award on "Mad Men" and where Peppy crosses words with Valentin in "The Artist."
JACK RABBIT SLIM’S - WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING
1401 Flower St. Glendale.
"It was a teenage wedding and the old folks wished them well..." Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace got their boogie on in this shutdown restaurant. You can still get a pic' of the "Pulp Fiction" stage, from both Flower Street and Sonora Avenue.
PACIFIC DINING CAR
1310 W. Sixth St.
This richly colored establishment has been immortalized on dozens of films. The top, you'll most likely remember are: "Training Day"; "Chinatown"; "Rampart" and "Street Kings."
SANTA MONICA LOOFF HIPPODROME
200 Santa Monica Pier.
The famous carousel from the movie "The Sting"; where grifter Paul Newman plays on the marks' gullibility with his girlfriend Eileen Brennan.
118 E. Sixth St.
This bar has cropped up on various memorable films. A sort of iconic institution that crews rapidly fall into. "Se7en"; "Jumpin' Jack Flash"; "Rumor Has It"; and finally, Where Forrest Gump has his reunion with Lieutenant Dan.
Frankly, there are hundreds more. Los Angeles crawls with filming locations. Spot overlooked for their historical meaning and remembered for their 15 minutes of fame on the silver screen. From suburbs plagued with murder houses ("Halloween," "Nightmare on Elm Street") to restaurants who's booths and tables have been graced by Oscar-winning performances. L.A. is every Studio's backlot. A place where they can not only leech off the majesty that is this sunbaked town but, more importantly, a site where they can cut back traveling costs. Getting the budget below the belt and feeding Tinseltown's tourist trade.
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