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Mason S.
$ 324
3 hours
60 people
3 years ago
Well-stocked professional kitchen with space to move equipment easily. Flexible kitchen space for film purposes, and the site host, Amy, was super helpful.
Dylan J.
$ 354
6 hours
15 people
3 years ago
Filming a church scene was easy with this fully set-up church. No worries about an active congregation in the way--office space, parking for all vehicles in large lot. Nice stained glass and pews.
Tate B.
$ 990
9 hours
25 people
4 years ago
Filming with the whole background of housing from this well-situated home was a hit for our small crew. Everything worked fine and we really appreciated the location for our group project! Thanks!
Carmelo W.
$ 356
4 hours
25 people
4 years ago
Versatile studio space with elevator access and nearby parking. Filming in this space is easy and they even have a bit of equipment available as well. Backdrops for green screen or photo shoots all available too. Nice site manager.

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SuperHost
Affordable Film/Video Multi-Standing Sets
  • $80/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (197)
  • 197
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
Raise your production value by shooting on our high end sets! We offer a hospital room, nurses station, jail, executive office, classroom, living room and interrogation room! You will have access to all standing sets with in your rental time. Between our standing film sets and keen knowledge of "cheating" camera angles, we can help you come up with a vast array of versatile locations allowing you to possibly film your project in one location. 4 hours minimum for the $80 per hour special rate YOUR END TIME IS TAILLIGHTS: Meaning all of your equipment must be out the studio AND everything must be put back as it was when you arrived. IF YOU ARE STILL IN THE STUDIO AFTER YOUR END TIME, YOU WILL BE CHARGED OVERTIME AT AN HOUR AND A HALF RATE. 2 hours is $125.00 per hour 3 hours is $100.00 per hour PARKING: You will have 3 parking spaces marked "A" in front of studio. There is plenty of street parking on El Dorado St. adjacent to the parking lot. Any vehicles parked in other businesses spaces will be towed, we are not responsible for any vehicles towed. Although we have made efforts to reduce the outside noise level, our studio is not 100% soundproofed. Our clients have been very satisfied with the sound quality of the studio.
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Baroque Photo Studio With Colorful Sets
  • $85/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (84)
  • 84
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
Luxurious and spacious photo studio, equipped with strobes, continuous LED and grip. Over 3,500 rentals in thirty years! Air conditioning! Free all day parking! White cove and colorful sets in the studio! Movable fillable bathtub! Restaurant/ Bar on site in walking distance! Lights rental: $20/hour Lighting Catalog CONTINUOUS -LOWELL Hotlight 500-750 Watts (x4) -BOWENS Daylight Half Size bank 200 Watts -BOWENS Daylight Full Size 440 Watts (x2) -LED Panels Daylight Tungsten 40 Watts (x4) -GVM 80 Watts Daylight LED Spotlight (x3) -VIDEOLUXE Florescent bank Daylight 220 Watts -DAZZNE Tungsten/Daylight adjustable 100 Watts (x2) -18” diameter Ring light Florescent Daylight (x2) -Rolling Fluorescent Daylight 600 Watts -NANLITE LED RGB Color mix Panel 60 Watts STROBES -Einstein Monoblocs 640 W/s (x5) -Triggers -Grids -Dishes -Softboxes (assorted) GRIP -Sandbags (x13) -Apple boxes (x3) -Half Apple box -Pancakes (x2) -C Stands (x7) -Light Stands (x11) -Clamps (assorted) -12’ Rolling Boom -V Flats (x2) -Stingers (assorted) -Black/White Foamcore -Silver Bounce Boards -Diffusion and Scrim -Gels MISC. -9’ Backdrop Paper Rolls (assorted colors) -Green Screen -Movable and Fillable Bathtub -Folding Makeup Chair -Rolling Camera Cart -Rolling Clothing Rack -Ladders (assorted 2’-15’) -Tripods (assorted) -Furniture Dolly -Fog Machine -Wind Machine 600 Watts
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Fairytale-style storybook house in Eagle Rock
  • $160/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (75)
  • 75
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
Note that there is plenty of flat, open space right outside the door into the main filming area of the house. There is plenty of unlimited street parking in this film-friendly area of Eagle Rock. Rooms are bigger in person than what they seem like in pictures. The storybook architect-designed house is a unique structure in an exclusive location set on a prominent location with amazing light from sunrise to sunset. Almost every room in this two story house from 1923 has carved wood fixtures, raw stone, stone inlay and stained glass windows. Unique original features include 3-D relief murals, nine built-in sconce lights adorned with floral touches. The most striking room is the entryway, with a 11-foot tall arts and crafts-inspired arched stain glass window. The entryway ceiling is over 25 feet tall and features a Juliet balcony and a "Norman Village" with external features on the inside of the entryway. The French architect, Jean-Louis Egasse put it best when asked in 1923 where he got inspiration, “In this particular instance, Norman lines, such as were left by the descendants of the Vikings, following their peregrinations of an ante-mediaeval period, were the main source of inspiration. Saxony and Northern Italy were also borrowed from in carrying out the exterior. The curves and arches, although not symmetrical, are all geometrically related, in order to create an ensemble of harmonious lines suggestive of spiritual truths.” Some of the long-time neighbors still call the house "The Good Will Hunting House" since Matt Damon and Ben Affleck rented the house from a previous owner during the time they were working on their award winning screenplay. There is a lot of creative energy remaining in the house.
SuperHost
#1 Rated - All Inclusive Production Space
  • $95/hr
  • New
  • 4.7 (83)
  • 83
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
Our film studio is excellent for use as a photo studio, video studio, warehouse as well as a loft location if need be. Our stage is perfectly suitable for building standing sets and can accommodate up to 50 people at once. Both Green Screen & White cyclorama are fully pre-lit & ready-to-use. We are less than 10 minutes away from Burbank and North Hollywood. We don't charge any additional fees - The price you see is the price you pay. SPACE FEATURES 3,600 ft² industrial space Green, White Cyc Video lights Freight elevator Loading dock Parking lot + all day free street parking ----INCLUDED IN THE PRICE---- Green Cyc - 26' W x 20' D x 10' H White Cyc - 24' W x 20' D x 13' H Video Lights: (Rigged-Up & Pre-Lighting Cycloramas) - 5 Kino Flo Lighting Systems ParaBeam 410 - 5 Kino Flo Lighting Systems ParaBeam 210 - 5 Kino Flo Lighting Systems Image 47 Can you record clean dialogue? No Insurance required? YES Deposit required? No Architecture Type? Industrial Square Footage? 3,600 Number of Rooms? 1 Number of Restrooms? 1 Fridge? Yes Chairs? 15 Wireless Sound System? Yes Trailers allowed? Yes Printer? Yes Microwave? Yes Tables? 8 A/C? Yes Heater? Yes Basement? No Coffee Maker? No Sink? Yes Pets allowed? Management approval Child-talent allowed? Yes Generator allowed? NO Furniture/wall art movement allowed? Yes Movable Furniture? Yes Drones allowed? No Wifi speed? 200 megabytes per second Mobile/cellular network reception? Very Good Student Rate? Same Noise restrictions? Some Fireplace/fire pit usage? Nope Pool heated/usage? None Ground floor or elevator/stair access? Freight Elevator What is the noise in the surrounding area? Airplanes (Burbank Airport) How many outlets are available? Where are they? 20 Outlets (everywhere) Is there dedicated space open for hair & makeup? Yes What is the natural light like (exposure, # of windows)? None Are all areas of the space accessible for production purposes (including the exterior) Yes What are the power capabilities like in the space? 120 amps Will there be an on-site manager present during the booking? No, unless requested by production What are the parking and load-in / load out options on site? Loading dock, parking lot + all day free street parking on the street.
SuperHost
Our Bunker, Warehouse is your Bunker, Warehouse
  • $110/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (59)
  • 59
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
NEW COVID INFO: Dear MoonHut Fans, We are so happy to be able to offer our space again for your video and photo shoots. We missed you all during the months of the pandemic lockdown. While we were shut down we made some alterations to our space to help everyone stay safe while working here. We no longer allow anyone in our live space, which includes the bathroom. We keep a portapotty outside that is cleaned professionally, and we installed an outside sink for handwashing. We encourage you all to take your breaks outside in our back patio area, where we also have a sanitizing station. Unfortunately, with the pandemic has come extra security issues, and so we have had to board up our back windows on Hut 2, and add more bars. This should not affect your shoots, but the windows no longer open. If you need the privacy of a separate costume changing area, please let us know, and we can accomodate you. Please let us know how we can make your shoot better. I've made a video tour to cut down on one point of contact - though you are still welcome to scout the location.Copy and paste https://youtu.be/ZuFCcvwcTh0 Everyone involved with your shoot will have to sign a covid-19 liability waver when they arrive. Moon Huts are a photo and video location near Downtown Los Angeles, at the end of the 710 Freeway and Cal State LA. The Huts are a readymade and unique property for anyone needing a grunge, dystopian, urban feel. We have no cove, but we do have round walls and a look like no other space in LA. We can also accommodate meetings, rehearsals, set construction, and other events and productions. We have onsite parking and industrial roll up doors with loading docks. ​ The Moon Huts are three WWII era Quonset huts plus studios. Our steel 1947 buildings originally housed military personnel, and have a led a colorful life since then—including as an iron works, a Harley Davidson biker club, a murder and crime cleanup service, and an “herbal” grow house. We are now all cleaned up and ready to serve your needs!​ The space is a total of 4000 square feet—each hut is 1000 square feet. Hut #1 is a cool living/office space. Hut #2 has an interior structure inside that can accommodate lights. Hut #3 is clean and smooth, like the inside of a whale.
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JAIL PRISON CELLS W/ BARS, PAYPHONE STANDING SET
  • $65/hr
  • New
  • 4.8 (50)
  • 50
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
STANDING SET PRISON / JAIL CELL SMALL MINI STUDIO +cells are in a 500 SF industrial space near the Van Nuys airport that's perfect for small productions and short projects. +Two jail cells each with a cot and mattress. +Both have rolling bar doors +Payphone is real. Can be removed to have a clean wall. +Comes with 2 cots and foam mattresses. NO LINENS +includes a rolling set piece with "bulletproof" glass that is used for inmate and visitor scenes. +Has two payphone handsets You can also film from inside the cell looking out using the same set-piece but flipped around backward. It works as a hallway if you are shooting a guard interaction, for example, and want to see the guard's face or over the inmate's shoulder. +Comes with 1 folding table (not to be used by art dept) and folding chairs +A/C. (it's old but works fine in the small space) +Parking for 2 1/2 vehicles (motorcycle) right in front of the door. Street parking isn't terrible. Note, cell bars do not SLAM but they do close with a strong magnet and make a nice stick. The studio must be returned to the condition it was delivered. No to all of the following: adult content, fire, burning, SFX, painting, rigging on set, drilling into set, taking apart or modifying ANY part of the set in ANY way, etc without written permission. PLEASE NOTE: PLEASE BE ON TIME FOR YOUR RENTAL. If you are more than 20 minutes late for your start time and you do not communicate with me prior to that, I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LOCK UP AND LEAVE. Rental would not be refundable in this situation. Your rental starts at the reserved time not when you arrive. IF YOU ARE GOING LONG AND DO NOT COMMUNICATE PRIOR TO WRAP TIME WE CHARGE $30 PER HALF HOUR OF STANDBY TIME WHILE WE WAIT FOR YOU. If you let us know early, WE WILL HAPPILY WORK WITH YOU. ALSO, If members of your group are <21, you are required to hire a site rep @ $20 / hr you are here paid directly to the rep. MUST set up prior to shoot date.
SuperHost
Tesla Model 3 in red
  • $33/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (13)
  • 13
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
Tesla Model 3
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Casa Blanco
  • $350/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (3)
  • 3
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
Pricing based on low impact 10 hour stills shoot with under 15 people. Please inquire with project details for accurate rate. Additional fees may apply.
SuperHost
Airy & bright modern Tudor with yard.
  • $65/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (16)
  • 16
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
Our home is an airy and bright 1925 Tudor that was taken down to the studs and completely renovated in 2018. It is sleek and modern with subtle, stylish details. Lot's of open space and windows.
SuperHost
Bright Spacious Home with Breathtaking Views
  • $175/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (5)
  • 5
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
Nestled at the top of a hill, this bright and airy home features breathtaking mountain and city views with a resort-like feel. The open floor plan, high ceilings and double doors throughout bring in lots of beautiful natural light making it ideal for filming and photo shoots. The aesthetic of the home has minimalist wabi sabi influences featuring lots of warm, natural, and organic tones and textures. As featured in Allure Magazine, Clairol, Article Furniture, Saatva Mattress, Chime Bank, and more! **Currently not booking weekends but if there is a weekend request, please reach out first for availability. Unfortunately no music videos allowed at this time.

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About Los Angeles

Renowned as an international hub for the film and entertainment industry, Los Angeles in the state of California is a city that needs no introduction. It’s the home of Hollywood, which has drawn aspiring actors, directors, and crews for decades in search of fame and fortune, as well as some of the most iconic film venues on the big screen.

From the Griffith Observatory that appeared in La La Land to the USC campus that served as a backdrop in Forrest Gump and Legally Blonde, there are flickers of the film industry around every corner for aspiring filmmakers.

Los Angeles has the perfect locations for shooting anything from beach scenes in Santa Monica to forest scenes in Griffith Park. No matter if you want a location that‘s like Planet of the Apes or like something out of Iron Man, Los Angeles can deliver!

Production Options in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles area abounds with iconic filming locations, ranging from private homes to purpose-built studios and standing sets, as well as publicly accessible movie locations that tick all the right boxes.

Homes

L.A. is renowned for its diversity of architectural styles, with everything from Mission Revival to Mid Century Modern and Chateauesque represented in its energized streets. Filming in Los Angeles allows you to find homes and residences that reflect the period in history you are recreating or the design aesthetic you desire. You can find fairytale storybook homes or Spanish Colonial villas, as well as leafy ranches just a stone’s throw from Downtown LA.

Film Studios

If you’re after a purpose-built studio, Los Angeles has no shortage of options, with everything you need to get the job done. Wrap-around black curtains, lighting grids, and soundproofing come standard in a motion picture studio, as do staging/production areas, private dressing rooms, and kitchens.

Hotels and Motels

Looking to film a pink motel or Beverly Hills hotel scene in Los Angeles? There are plenty of choices catering to all budgets and styles, ranging from ‘70’s motel parking lots to high-end hotel suites. You can take advantage of the establishment’s swimming pool or chandelier-lit lobby, as well as its stunning views across Los Angeles.

Churches

From whitewashed Mission-style churches to vintage parish halls, you can find the church to suit your filming needs in Los Angeles. Some are working houses of worship that come “as-is,” while others have been revamped to offer a clean and timeless canvas that can be styled to suit your historical requirements.

Standing Sets

Whether you need a standard office set, a hospital patient room, or a low-lit bar, Los Angeles boasts an incredible choice of standing sets that are ready to go. There’s no need to worry about getting shooting permits and managing crowds or being restricted by the days or times you’re allowed to film. Step into a realistic airplane cabin, utilize a customizable subway station, or get your legal scenes shot in a paired-back courtroom.

Production Companies in Los Angeles

While Los Angeles is synonymous with Hollywood, it’s also home to a large number of production companies. They’re responsible for many of the shoots that take place in the city, including content for some of the world’s biggest brands, celebrity names and probably your favorite movies!

Indigenous Productions

With Emmy and Webby awards under their belt, this LA-based film production company has been in the industry since 2011. They’ve worked with some of the world’s biggest brands, creating visually-immersive films for Red Bull, Subaru, and fashion designer, Rachel Zoe.

Fluid

Run by just two individuals, Nina Leidersdorff and Alonso Mayo, Fluid produces everything from commercials to documentaries and feature films. They’ve worked on introductory videos for UCLA and The Story of Luke , an award-winning feature film that follows the life of a young man with autism

Optimist Inc.

Based in Los Angeles and with offices in London and Prague, Optimist Inc.’s work includes visual interpretations of Sekou Andrews’ Grammy-nominated collaboration with the String Theory Orchestra, “Love Says,” and they partnered with Uber Eats to deliver a series of culinary-based experiences at SXSW 2019.

Pros and Cons of Filming in Los Angeles

While the advantages of filming in downtown Los Angeles outweigh the disadvantages for most content creators, there are a few things you should be aware of before taking the plunge.

Advantages

  • It’s a thriving scene.
    There are few places in the world with such an energized film industry as Los Angeles. Look at how many movies have been shot here already: Blade Runner, Grease, and Back to the Future to name a few!

  • Diversity of filming locations
    Whether you’re after an Art Deco mansion, a seemingly deserted ranch, or a ready-to-go airplane cabin. Or maybe you are after an authentic Chinatown, Mulholland Drive, or a street in Pasadena, you‘ll find the filming location you desire in Los Angeles.

  • Recognizable landmarks
    Los Angeles is filled with locations that will set your film production right in the middle of LA if that's your goal. Consider iconic locations like Hollywood Boulevard, Westwood Village, Venice High School, and the Millennium Biltmore Hotel to let people know where they are.

  • Easy-to-find production companies
    As the main hub of the United States’ film industry, Los Angeles abounds with experienced production companies who can meet your needs whether you want to shoot a TV show, a music video, or the next Pulp Fiction type blockbuster!

  • An abundance of aspiring actors
    Los Angeles lures aspiring actors from across the United States and beyond, waiting to be the next a star is born on anything from television shows to becoming the latest Ghostbuster!

  • Experienced crew
    When filming in Los Angeles, you have some of the world’s most talented crew members at your disposal, as well as hard-working, up-and-coming individuals or even the next rebel without a cause!

Disadvantages

  • High costs of living
    Los Angeles is expensive when it comes to living, with housing 127% higher than the national average and groceries 12% higher.

  • High costs of location fees
    Compared to many other cities in the United States, you’ll have to fork out more in fees for memorable locations and may be restricted by dates and times due to the high demand.

  • Difficult to shoot season changes/inclement weather
    With over 180 sunny days each year, finding a day with “bad” weather to shoot non-summer scenes can be challenging, however, shooting ”500 days of summer” is much easier!

  • High permit fees
    Permit fees can be extremely costly when shooting in some movie locations in downtown LA, so it’s important to check these when scouting.

  • Locals can be wary of movies being filmed in their neighborhood
    With so many films shot in Los Angeles, locals don’t always welcome film crews with open arms when they arrive in their neighborhood. Please be respectful, you don‘t want them to call the Beverly Hills Cops on you!

Famous Locations in Los Angeles, California

Remember the junkyard in Pulp Fiction? It was shot in Sun Valley. Or perhaps the Vista Theatre on Sunset Boulevard that appeared in Get Shorty and Cafe Society? The Victorian-style Heritage Square Museum served as a backdrop in Saving Mr. Banks while the Last Bookstore made its mark in David Fincher’s Gone Girl.

Not only is Los Angeles overflowing with famous shooting locations like Malibu, Hollywood, and Sunset Boulevard but it’s home to sites that are inextricably linked to the city’s film industry. Think of the Hollywood Sign, El Capitan Theater, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as well as the spot where the Oscars’ red carpet is laid down each year.

Filming in Los Angeles means not only the perfect location but being immersed in the industry and being inspired around every corner.


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10 iconic filming locations in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is flooded with sites that have appeared in movies, TV shows, and even music videos. Some locations have been used numerous times, while other locales are memorable for a single acclaimed scene.

Giggster researched L.A. filming locations and highlighted 10 places across the city from famous films that you can visit—complete with address—on a cinematic pilgrimage.

Filmmakers sometimes use particular sites that have a range and can be used during any period, such as the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Some film locations, such as the John Sowden House, are used for their aesthetic appeal. In the case of the Sowden House, detailed fixtures such as an ornate fireplace and sculptured concrete walls lent an air of historical authority to Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator.”

Sometimes a particular LA location may be set decorated to represent a location in another state or even another country if it’s more affordable for the filmmaker to go this route. Whatever the reasoning is, for the storyteller all that matters is securing the ideal film location.

Santa Monica Pier
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Multiple movies at Santa Monica Pier

- Location: 200 Santa Monica Pier

The iconic Santa Monica Pier, one of California’s most popular piers, opened to the public in September 1909. It took 16 months to build the pier, which is now known for its amusement park (Pacific Park) that houses a solar-powered landmark Ferris wheel, which opened in 1996, and fishing remains a recreational favorite for many who visit.

The pier provides filmmakers with ocean views, sandy beaches, and a boardwalk—so it makes sense why this landmark location has been the backdrop for countless films, commercials, and other productions.

The pier appears in “Beverly Hills Cop III” in a scene where backup officers investigate a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot on the West End of Colorado Avenue. And in the Oscar-winning 1994 film “Forrest Gump,” the pier appears in a scene after Gump takes off running “for no particular reason” and runs straight to the ocean.

The runway at Van Nuys airport
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The ‘Casablanca’ airport

- Location: Van Nuys Airport, 6590 Hayvenhurst Ave.

Van Nuys Airport, located in the San Fernando Valley, was built in the 1920s by a group of Californians who formed a corporation. From the 1930s, Van Nuys became a popular location for filming; the airport’s owners were quite welcoming to filmmakers, as it proved to be profitable for the airport. Most of the 1942 romantic drama “Casablanca” was shot at a soundstage in Burbank, but the hangar used in the scene where Capt. Strasser (Conrad Veidt) arrives was filmed at Van Nuys Airport.

Over the years, the hangar has gone through many changes, having moved to another location, and even being destroyed and then replaced. During WWII, the U.S. government used the airfield as a military installation, and in the 1950s, the California Air National Guard built new facilities; the airport didn’t actually gain its present name until 1957.

Other productions filmed at Van Nuys Airport include the 1999 John Travolta film, “The General’s Daughter” and Michael Bay’s 2001 historic drama “Pearl Harbor.”

The entrance o Pacific Design Center
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Theodore’s apartment lobby and the airplane art installation from ‘Her’

- Location: Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave.

The Pacific Design Center opened in 1975, establishing West Hollywood as a design district. The center serves as a meeting space for creatives for screenings, lectures, special events, and yes—even as a filming location.

In the 2013 Spike Jonze film, “Her,” there is a scene where Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) stops to marvel at an airplane installation at the Pacific Design Center, portrayed as an art plaza in the flick.

A majority of the filming for “Her” took place over the summer of 2012, with most scenes shot in LA.

The Sowden House designed by Lloyd Wright
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Ava Gardner’s house in ‘The Aviator’

- Location: John Sowden House, 5121 Franklin Ave.

The John Sowden house, designed by architect Lloyd Wright, is a 6,000-square-foot mansion situated on a busy street that runs through the heart of LA. The home encompasses Mayan and Aztec design features and commands attention due to its unique exterior and visible location. John Sowden, the original owner of the residence, was a painter and photographer and only lived at the house for a few years. He asked his friend Lloyd to design the house.

The seven-bedroom, four-bathroom mansion gained popularity in the 1940s as it’s believed to be the site of the real-life alleged murder of Elizabeth Short and other victims in the Black Dahlia case.

The home was famously used as a shooting location to depict Ava Gardner’s (played by Kate Beckinsale) home in the 2004 film, “The Aviator.” Other productions that have been filmed at the residence include the 1998 TV movie “Brave New World,” and the 2012 film “Ruby Sparks.”

The Grand Olympic Auditorium
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Multiple movies at Grand Olympic Auditorium

- Location: 1801 S. Grand Ave.

This Grand Olympic Auditorium was built in the 1920s, and throughout the 1930s and 1940s was home to some of the biggest headlining events in sports such as boxing, wrestling, and roller derby.

The indoor arena was used in the fight scenes for 1976’s “Rocky.” Several other films have used the Grand Olympic Auditorium as a shooting location, among them Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” and “Million Dollar Baby.” It was also the location of Elvis Presley’s last live concert. The venue, which over the years became known as the “Madison Square Garden of the West,” is now a Korean American church called Glory Church of Jesus Christ.

Aerial view of Elysian Park
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Sarah Connor’s apocalyptic nightmare park in ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’

- Location: Elysian Park, 929 Academy Rd.

Elysian Park is LA’s oldest public park. It is the second largest park in the city after Griffith Park. While it is well known to Angelinos as a favorable recreation location, Elysian Park was also one of the filming locations for the 1991 movie “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”

In the film, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) has a recurring nightmare about judgment day, and the scenes from the nightmare, in which atomic fallout destroys the cityscape, took place at Elysian Park.

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Multiple movies at Venice High School

- Location: Venice High School, 13000 Venice Blvd.

Venice High School is renowned for being used as the location for Rydell High School in the 1978 film, “Grease.” Filming for “Grease” began the summer of 1977 with opening scenes showing excited students on their first day of school walking across the campus and a shot of the Myrna Loy statue. The statue, sculpted in the 1920s, has become a landmark for Venice High.

A couple of the movie’s most well-known musical numbers were also filmed at Venice High—Rizzo’s (Stockard Channing) ballad “There Are Worse Things I Could Do,” which takes place along the school’s outside corridor, and “Summer Nights,” where the school’s bleachers and outdoor cafeteria were used. The bleachers and cafeteria locations look entirely different today due to renovations that have taken place over the years.

Other films that have used Venice High School as a filming location include crime drama “American History X,” serial slasher flick “A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master,” and “Matchstick Men,” the 2003 Nicolas Cage comedy directed by Ridley Scott.

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Multiple movies at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel

- Location: 506 S. Grand Ave.

When it opened in 1923, the Millennium Biltmore was called the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel. Its ornately embellished design featuring gilded moldings and marble columns has made it a go-to filming location for several movies and TV shows.

The hotel’s location—situated minutes away from the Walt Disney Concert Hall on foot and just a quick cab ride away from Dodger Stadium—and its popularity for notable film projects also helped to establish downtown LA as a vibrant entertainment hub.

For the 1982 film, “Rocky III,” the hotel’s ballroom was transformed into a boxing ring for the scene where Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) prepares for his big fight. In the 1984 action-comedy, “Beverly Hills Cop,” Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is in the hotel lobby and attempts to check-in, claiming he is a reporter for Rolling Stone. Later the hotel’s exterior can be seen as Foley attempts to evade the cops trailing him by sending a room service order to their squad car. And if that isn’t enough, the famous Slimer scene from “Ghostbusters” was filmed at the Biltmore.

Most recently, in season two of the Netflix period romance series “Bridgerton,” the Queen’s Ball was filmed in the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom.

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The ‘Reservoir Dogs’ diner

- Location: Pat & Lorraine’s Coffee Shop, 4720 Eagle Rock Blvd.

Pat & Lorraine’s Coffee Shop, a cozy diner that serves breakfast and lunch, has been open since the 1970s.

In the opening scene of Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 film, “Reservoir Dogs,” Mr. White (Harvey Keitel), Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), Mr. Brown (Tarantino), Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), and the rest of the heist crew engage in a discussion about tipping and the nature of the lyrics in Madonna’s “Like A Virgin.”

This diner also happens to hold a special memory for director Tarantino. It was the first film location he ever used, and he chose the diner because it was more affordable to film there—and it was located kitty-corner from the warehouse where a bulk of the film’s runtime takes place.

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Griffith Observatory

- Location: 2800 E. Observatory Rd.

Since the Griffith Observatory opened in the 1930s, it has become one of LA’s most popular public locations. The Observatory and Park were inspired by Welsh-born American, Griffith J. Griffith, a former reporter and mining adviser.

The Observatory has a long history with Hollywood; its iconic status can be traced to 1955’s “Rebel Without a Cause,” where James Dean both engages in a knife fight at its rear lookout and at the film’s close returns to try to rescue a disturbed Sal Mineo from harming himself. It can also be seen in the 2003 film, “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” where the modern angels (Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu) find out that the villain, Madison Lee (Demi Moore), was a former angel.

In the 1991 flick “The Rocketeer,” a night scene at the observatory features a faceoff between the Rocketeer against a pack of Nazi villains. The location can also be seen as a backdrop in 2007’s “Transformers” and appeared in the 2016 film “La La Land,” starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.