Los Angeles Movie Locations

Living in Los Angeles means living amongst an immense history of film. L.A. has been the longtime host of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards Ceremony and been unofficial home of the industry. When people say “Hollywood”, they usually aren’t talking about a geographical region. Many angelenos may not realize that with all the filming going on in Los Angeles, they are surrounded by accessible film history.

Grease Filming Location Sixth Street Viaduct

 

SIXTH STREET VIADUCT

Unfortunately, the 6th Street Bridge that connects Boyle Heights to Downtown LA was demolished in early 2016, destroying decades of cinematic history. The bridge was featured in too many films to count, including the famous car chase in Terminator 2 and the race scene in “Grease” - (where Greased Lightning burned up the quarter mile.) A new bridge will be constructed by 2019, supposedly - but the underpass which served as backdrop for so many iconic cinematic moments remains.

Location: E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

 

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF LA VERNE

In stark contrast to the Rock n’ Roll debauchery of the Riot House, this Southern California church has a bit of history behind it. The final scene of The Graduate, where Dustin Hoffman convinces Katharine Ross to leave her fiance at the altar and flee with him on a bus, takes place at this church. Wayne’s World 2 elaborately parodied this final scene nearly shot-for-shot at the same church, with Mike Myers taking over for Dustin Hoffman. If Wayne’s World can re-live that moment, so can you.

Address: 3205 D St, La Verne, CA 91750

 

Andaz West Hollywood Riot House

 

ANDAZ WEST HOLLYWOOD

The oft-renamed Hyatt hotel located in West Hollywood is well known as a resting spot for some of the 60’s and 70’s most famous rock bands - well, when they weren’t trashing their rooms. Rockers and residents used to refer to the place as the “Riot House”; a rhyme from one of its previous names, the “Continental Hyatt House”. Everyone from the Rolling Stones to the Doors to Led Zeppelin to Blur have gotten into some trouble with the downstairs staff. The hotel’s infamy lead to its use as a backdrop in two of the most famous music films that were ever made. In “Almost Famous”, several scenes take place inside the hotel, and likewise, the filming took place there. The rooftop pool was used for a scene in the rockumentary “This is Spinal Tap”. By the time you take a trip to the hotel, it might be called something else, but make no mistake; the West Hollywood Hyatt was once where it’s at, and that’s reflected in film.

Address: 8401 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

 

 

Dinahs Family Restaurant Big Lebowski

 

DINAH'S FAMILY RESTAURANT

Teri Ernst, owner of Dinah’s family restaurant, claims she’s no stranger to getting phone calls from location scouts. “Every time a new season starts, I get phone calls.” Her diner has been in numerous TV shows and movies, perhaps most famously featured in “The Big Lebowski” during the “Nihlist” pancake breakfast. Ernst claims her diner has been in more contemporary projects, given a shout out in Little Miss Sunshine and featured in several TV shows like Modern Family.


6521 South Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045

 

‘CLUELESS’: ELECTRIC FOUNTAIN

Posh Beverly Hills living was partially explored in the breakout teen hit Clueless, the cult high-school favorite which helped Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd launch their acting careers. The Electric Fountain by the Beverly Hilton was the site of a famous scene in Clueless, where Alicia’s character Cher realizes she has romantic feelings for Paul’s character Josh. The fountain is in a park, Beverly Gardens Park, built in 1931. The Go-Go’s also shot at the fountain for their “Our Lips Are Sealed” music video. The fountain has been restored as recently as 2015, keeping this moment in film alive for now.

Address: S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

 

Millennium Biltmore Hotel

 

MILLENIUM BILTMORE HOTEL

What made the Millennium Biltmore Hotel so appealing as a site to so many films? The irresistible glamour of the neoclassical “beaux arts” style architecture built in 1923 appealed strongly to the sensibilities of the hollywood elite. It’s hard not to be taken in awe by the lovely chandeliers, murals, columns and tapestries. The original lobby was used in Beverly Hills Cop as the interior for the fictional “Beverly Palm Hotel” where Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) stays. The hotel’s interiors have been used in scenes for so many other movies, including the original Ghostbusters.

Location: 506 South Grand Avenue

 
Sony Studios Tour


SONY STUDIOS TOUR

After all, this is Oz Moving’s list. We couldn’t pass up talking about the Wizard of Oz. Though the movie wasn’t filmed “on-location” (sorry to inform all of you of this, but the Emerald City was fictional!) it was still filmed in Los Angeles at several of Sony’s sound stages. You can visit the very stages where the movie’s most famous scenes were filmed on the Sony Pictures Studio Tour. The tour markets its relics from Oz first on its guide, so you’ll know you can get to see inside some of the soundstages where Judy Garland once acted.

Location: 10202 West Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

 

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