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Rosario S.
$ 350
12 hours
50 people
3 years ago
Clean and well organized. Marley was a great host. I really appreciated the extra time she gave us for set up. Her studio rental was perfect for our photography show; plenty of parking and a great location.
Kaylob M.
$ 1080
12 hours
40 people
2 years ago
Large windows and tall ceilings flood this photo studio with natural light. Jamie offered to let us use some additional backdrops as well which was super helpful! Thanks again!
Rosenda L.
$ 300
3 hours
25 people
2 years ago
Tons of backdrops, tall ceilings, and a nice makeup area. For anyone one looking for a creative photography studio the is the place.
Lannie H.
$ 380
4 hours
55 people
2 years ago
Great location, super clean, easy to find parking. We rented this photo studio for my maternity photoshoot. Alex was a great host and always quickly responded to any of our questions.
Layonna D.
$ 112
4 hours
40 people
3 years ago
Well-equipped studio with makeup area, C-stands, and rental equipment to supplement our gear. Good ceiling height and white walls for photo shoot. Recommending this studio.
Antony M.
$ 150
3 hours
10 people
3 years ago
If you are looking for a small green-screen studio, this is a good one. All lighting is there and additional photo backdrops were available to us as well. Big thanks, guys!
Tayten A.
$ 625
5 hours
60 people
3 years ago
Excellent large studio with high ceilings, for all kinds of photo shoots. They had some lighting available for rental, but we actually needed more, so brought our own equipment. The host was helpful parking was good. A+
Omari B.
$ 200
2 hours
60 people
3 years ago
Gym location that quickly can be transformed to a photo studio. Easy to use, plenty of parking, good location. Recommended rental location for photo professionals.

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DTLA Loft Studio Suite 2400 Sq ft, Corner Studio
  • $250/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (18)
  • 18
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
BRAND NEW! JUST LISTED! Stunning 2400 Square Foot Corner Studio, top floor! MINIMUM BOOKING TIME IS 2 HOURS. NOTHING LESS Please, No Live Bands or Performances for music videos. No Loud music. No large crews more than 30 people. PLEASE READ RULES BEFORE BOOKING TO AVOID CANCELLATION AND EXPENSIVE ADDITIONAL FEES: STRICTLY NO STANDING ON OR ITEMS ON FURNITURE. A substantial cleaning fee or replacement fee will be added to booking for guests who stand on, dirty damage our furniture. STRICTLY NO DRINK OR FOOD on FARMHOUSE TABLE (NO GLAM SET UP), our Farmhouse table has a raw finish with no sealant, no items may be placed on it as it will cause marks (if so you must use a placemat or thick table cloth) any marks will result in a refinishing charge STRICTLY NO WATER, LIQUIDS, GLITTER OR OILS IN BATHTUB Our Bath tub is handmade and made from Terrazzo stone. Any damage incurred will result in the cost of a replacement + shipping fees at a cost of approximately ten thousand dollars. STRICTLY NO MOVEMENT OF BATHTUB Our Bathtub is stone but fragile and MUST NOT be moved under any circumstances. Any damage incurred will result in the cost of a replacement + shipping fees at a cost of approximately ten thousand dollars. FLOORS - To match our rustic aesthetic, the floors have been purposefully redone to their natural state; raw, concrete + untreated. Please do not put any personal property on the floor + wear shoes. We have booties. STRICTLY NO LOUD MUSIC. Music may ONLY be played at lounge level. Failure to respect the space and surrounding business by playing loud music will result in the early termination of booking. STRICTLY NO PETS ALLOWED. No exceptions, no Pets are allowed in the space. Turn up with Pet, booking will be immediately canceled. STRICT FOOD + DRINK POLICY. Food and drink consumption only allowed using our fold up furniture. Strictly no dood or drink to be consumed on our furniture. Any spillages incurred will result in substantial fee added to booking. STRICTLY NO PAINTING ALLOWED IN SPACE. PLEASE NOTE YOUR GUEST COUNT WHEN YOU BOOK AND BOOK ACCORDINGLY PER TIER, IF YOUR GUEST COUNT GOES BEYOND TIER AMOUNT, YOU WILL INCUR UPPER TIER PRICING STANDARD OVERTIME RATE IS 1.5X IF OVERTIME REQUESTED WITH LESS THAN 1 HOUR OF BOOKING REMAINING OVERTIME RATE IS 2.0X Two Elevators, One Passenger, and One Freight. Ideally suited for Commercial Photography, Fashion Photography, Product Photography, Catalog Shoots, Video, TV Series, web series, podcasts, interviews, presentations, meetings, fitness commercials, fitness photoshoots, Yoga shoots, product launches, and promotional events. READ THE HOUSE RULES BEFORE BOOKING. FAILURE TO FOLLOW OUR RULES WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE BOOKING CANCELLATION. Crews must respect the space and ensure ALL FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT is exactly how you found it. Please try and arrive on time to ensure a timely check out. Comes with LOTS of Photography Equipment available for all bookings at an ADDITIONAL COST. 1 x 9ft White Seamless Backdrop 1 x 9ft Black Seamless Backdrop 8 x 4ft Backdrops in different colors 1 x Product Photography box 1 x 300W Photography Photo Video Studio Light Head, Film and Television Tungsten Fresnel Continuous Light Spotlight 3 x 400W Strobe Lights with Wireless Triggers 2 x Octobox Softboxes 2 x Square Softboxes 2 x Beauty Dishes 1 x C-Stand 1 x Large Reflector Numerous colored gels
NEW! Vintage Eclectic Multi-Set Studio
  • $50/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (9)
  • 9
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
Located in the Warehouse District, our 750 square foot eclectic vintage studio is perfect for photographers, content creators, music videos, and so much more! The studio is a multi use space, so you can achieve a wide variety of different set ups and looks, and the large west facing windows get unbelievable natural light. It receives direct sunlight from 3pm until sunset, and can be diffused using our sheer drapes. Golden hour in this space is incredible Video tour: Our studio includes: - Vintage settee couch - Frame wall - Blank green wall - Tons of props to shoot with - Vintage 1830s upright piano - Desk - Vintage chairs and other furniture - And so much more! We also provide a variety of modern conveniences: - Wifi - A/C unit - Wall outlets everywhere - Full private bathroom - Plenty of street parking in the alley next to the building - Freight elevator ***Please note this is not a sound proof space. We are located next to a scrap yard that operates until 4pm every day. After 4pm, it is fairly quiet ***No pets allowed ***All furniture and set pieces are able to be moved, however please put them back where you found them when you leave. Repainting and patching fees may apply
Sports bar and Restaurant Set
  • $125/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (4)
  • 4
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
6000 sq ft warehouse with different standing sets, the sports bar restaurant set is about 1100 sq ft with bar area with stools and LED lights, pool table, booths and tables, high rise tables, standard tables and chairs. There's no stairs, stage has a roll up door which makes it easy for your production's vehicle loading. There are 9 parking spots available at gated parking during the week until 4:30 PM and 20 spots after, there's plenty of free street parking on Valjean Ave as well. Weekends come with 25-30 free parking spots. ***PLEASE READ BELOW CAREFULLY:*** Rules: No vaping or smoking on premises No Alcohol or drug use Absolutely no food or drink inside the building beside bottled water No open toes shoes Crafty tables and catering must be set outside the studio by the entrance No minors are allowed on set beside talents with a legal guardian No pets including service animals THERE'S AN ADDITIONAL "SITE REP FEE"/STAGE REPRESENTATIVE on all bookings. Since this is a professional movie studio and we must have trained staff on set, we have to hire our own independent contractors as a site rep to be on set during your entire shoot to make sure our production needs meet on and the shoot goes smooth ; for legal tax purposes we cannot combine this fee with the rental fee on third party websites. For more information on rates please visit our website at: Upon booking the producer is required to send their full name, Email address and a contact number to the host in order to prepare paperwork. The paperwork includes the rental agreement, liability release form and a CC auth for security purposes. *** WITHOUT SIGNED PAPERWORK NO PRODUCTION IS ALLOWED TO ENTER THE STAGE EVEN IF THE BOOKING IS CONFIRMED ON THE THIRD PARTY WEBSITES***
1920s Downtown Los Angeles Warehouse Loft
  • $110/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (18)
  • 18
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
COVID-19: We are still open for rental, and are taking extra cleaning precautions. Please contact us and let us know what you have planned. An additional cleaning fee for events or film/tv fee may apply. Overtime (10 hours+) rate is 1.5x. Rates include use of entire studio (main room + furnished loft set) as well as ladder, diffusion curtains, and black-out curtains. An on-site rep to be available during the duration of your rental period in case you have any questions or issues. Cleaning fees and site-rep fees may vary depending on the project. No pets unless approved prior to your rental (due to allergies, extra cleaning, etc). ____________________________ The space is inspired by the year the building was constructed: 1923. Hints of art deco are combined with the studio's natural industrial elements to give it a unique combo of glam and urban. -Unrivaled workable natural light, no matter the time of year or weather -A total of 24 window-pairs line the entire length of both sides of the studio -Secured Parking (3 dedicated spots) + ample street parking -Central air conditioning and heat -No pillars to obstruct wide, long, or tracking shots -Blackout curtains and diffusion silks to control direct sunlight -Dedicated hair & makeup station with vanity lights -13 foot ceilings -Views of downtown Los Angeles -4100+ square feet of studio space -Conveniently located near all major LA freeways -Options to rent grip as well as additional parking are available -Great for both small and large crews -Private entrance from parking lot -Curtains around "green room" for celebrity talent -Dressing room _______________________________ Please scroll past the map to see our rules & policies below. _______________________________ We are located up one flight of stairs. It is very wide (7ft) and there are no turns. There is not an elevator. _______________________________ Please be advised this is not a sound-proof studio. Lav mics are recommended and be advised there will be a hum from the freeway. _______________________________ Please message us before booking with details of your production. Depending on the number of people, etc. a different rate and/or cleaning fee may be required. Grip and lighting gear on-site is available for rental. Please ask for rates before using any items. For rentals spanning several days: overnight storage is not a problem, but it is at your own risk. We have exterior surveillance, and the area is very quiet at night, but you're more than welcome to hire security for extra peace of mind if you'd like. Event rentals: All events must be fully vacated from the property by 11p, including trash, rentals, glassware, etc.
Sun Drenched Modern fully decorated Luxury Loft
  • $85/hr
  • New
  • 4.7 (12)
  • 12
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
This space is a luxury modern fully decorated loft. We are located in the heart of Downtown LA, same building as The Last Bookstore. This loft features a 650 sq ft single-story floor plan, with one full side of windows. The loft also features a fireplace ,unique furniture and one-of-a-kind wallpapers. There are WiFi, A/C inside the loft, as well as parking lots next to the building. We have been used for photo shoots and films with: - Missoni - Adidas - Free People - Pretty Little Thing - Black Halo - Nordstrom - The Hundreds - Covergirl - Sugarfina - Guitar Center - NBC Universal - Viacom - E! Network - VH1 - Interscope Records - Meredith Corporation - - Legendary - Wendy's - HelloGiggles - Wendy's - Billboard - Amy Poehler - H.E.R. - Claudia Kim - Madison Iseman - @prettylittlefawn - @krissy - @kirakosarin - @caitdelmar - @markdelmars - @limelchert - @officiallyquigley - @madtev - @brandonbored - @filthymouthcreative - @kozyshay - @mikaela - @iamlilimar - @iskra - @jessicakobeissi - @elsie - @aja9 - @laurdiy - @summerwalker
Architectural Dreamscape Structure Room
  • $125/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (21)
  • 21
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
Immersive Architectural Dreamscape located near the Arts District downtown can be used for photography, film, commercial, and small events. This booking is an individual room inside a building that houses multiple studio rooms. Entire building can be booked or rooms can be booked individually (please see our "Tile Room Color Lighting Option near Arts District" listing. Outdoor alley space can be used for small outdoor events/activities/workshops. Has make up/hair/wardrobe room. _____ RGB LED Light Available for Rental: - 5 Lighting Kit ~ $125 for 5 lights - 1 light each ~ $28 _____ Regular studio booking hours are Mon-Sat 8am-8pm and Sun 10am-5pm. Bookings outside of our regular hours will be overtime which is 1.5X the hourly rate per hour over. Cancellation Policy: Guests may cancel their Booking until 7 days before the event start time and will receive a full refund (including all Fees) of their Booking Price. Guests may cancel their Booking between 7 days and 24 hours before the event start time and receive a 50% refund (excluding Fees) of their Booking Price. Booking cancellations submitted less than 24 hours before the Event start time are not refundable.
DTLA Neo Studio, Whimsical Arches, Downtown Views
  • $95/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (8)
  • 8
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
NEW!!!! DTLA Loft newest Studio, A charming + plush whimsical work of art, inspired by neotenic design, curated by Anthony Newman. Spongy, chubby, pillowy, childlike + playful pieces are paired with heavenly arches. Studio Features : -950 square feet -One-of-a-kind designed curved arches, limewashed in a heavenly tone with cloud like textures -Plush neotenic furniture -Built in open arch design creating 2 rooms
SOLAR SPACE DTLA | White Loft, Skyline Views
  • $49/hr
  • New
  • 4.8 (24)
  • 24
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
A stunning space with 14 unique arched windows, abundant natural light and industrial high ceilings. Direct sunlight all day. Grand (3000 sq ft) yet minimalistic in style studio with a very clean look and feel. The space is located on the top (14th) floor, so you get an astonishing view of DTLA out of every window. Seamless backdrops of various colors available. Luxurious cream interior set in one of the corners of the loft. (Furniture can be taken out if you need an empty space) 4 portable stands (8 ft tall x 10 ft wide) for shaping / bouncing / blocking the light. 2 passenger elevators in the building. 2 bathrooms directly across the hall. AC's / ceiling fans. Super convenient parking lot next door - 6$ per day. Coffee shops, a convenient store and restaurants/bars within walking distance. Host representative at your service at all times during your booking. OUR SPACE IS GREAT FOR: Fashion Shoots, Editorials, Interviews, Podcasts, Recording Studio, Voice Overs (ADR), Daily Studio Rental, Castings, Creative Space, Filming, Music Videos, Photographers, Designers, Fashion Stylists, Film Makers, Photo Shoots, Video Shoots, Head Shots, Client Meeting, Creative/Team Meetings, Portfolio Shoots, Social Media Promotion, Kickstarter Videos, Documentary Shoots, Fitness Videos, TV Series Shoots, Workout Videos, Production, Web Series Shoots, Short Film, Lingerie Shoots, Pilates Class, Yoga Studio, Audition, Boardroom, Brainstorm, Conference Room, Corporate Meeting, Creative Meeting, Discussions, Group Work, Planning Session, Sales Meeting, Work Session, Clothing Shoots, Product Shoots, Small Pop-Ups, Team Building, Classrooms, Coaching, Collaboration, Focus Groups, Training and Workshops, Birthday Parties, Parties, Dinner Parties, Art Shows If you are interested in viewing the space prior to booking send us a message and we will respond to you within 1 hour.
Underwater Studio in Los Angeles
  • $144/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (4)
  • 4
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
Our Underwater Studio is 1000 sq. ft. sub-aquatic space with pre-set continuous lights, overhead grid system, shower, LED Tunnel and metal roll-up door. This is the first in the US Underwater photo studio, which consists of a pool with two transparent windows for underwater photography. This allows you to shoot underwater photo and video footage without getting wet or using expensive underwater camera cases/rigs. The water is kept warm at 86 degrees and fully filtered between each client. There is a working shower in the studio. Please keep in mind that we use chlorine to keep the pool clean. Do not swim in the pool if you are allergic or sensitive to chlorine. Our Studio is available for Photoshoots and Film Shoots. Kindly contact us directly for more information.
Downtown 4-Room Multi-Set Studio- The LA Creative
  • $79/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (3)
  • 3
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
The LA Creative brings you a 1,050 sq ft multi-set creative space, featuring 4 unique rooms. In our studio you can find one-of-a-kind props and furniture, professional lighting, and ample power. We also have WiFi and central A/C. There are paid parking lots next to the building and across the street, as well as metered street parking. OUR ROOMS: XOXO: Sexy and sassy, this room is bordered by red LED lights on the floor and ceiling, with a stripper pole as the centerpiece. Other key features include a red glossy lips couch, LED wall of high heels, zebra print wallpaper and neon signs. We also have cheeky props that fit the theme such as a cash cannon, disco balls, and yes, playful handcuffs. POSH DECO: Chic, sophisticated with a touch of glam, this is our largest room. Key features include beautiful green walls, a sophisticated dark grey wall, a diamond checkered floor, velvet furniture, and gold accents. Our favorite part of this room is the chic wall-papered glam nook with large floor mirror, disco ball and champagne bottle props. LUSH FLORA BATHTUB: Lush and serene, this room features claw foot bath flanked by plants. Take a seat in our bird cage chair, or lounge in the tub and escape into a tropical paradise. This room has beautiful large windows with lots of light during the day and fun shadows at night. You can have the windows exposed or block the light with our black-out shades or white drapes. INDUSTRIAL CHIC DTLA: Bright and airy with large windows, this room has been untouched to provide a real dtla loft vibe. Our favorite feature is the fire escape. We've been told this room gets the best natural light. This room also has 6 China ball lights for beautiful soft lighting. INCLUDED IN YOUR BOOKING: ・Located in DTLA ・1050 sq ft ・4 Unique Rooms ・3 Adjacent Parking Lots ・40 Amps of Power ・Wifi ・Central A/C ・Ladder (2) ・Restroom (in hallway) ・Full Length Mirror ・Rolling Clothing Rack ・Rolling Utility Tables (2) ・Rolling Bar Cart for Snacks/Water ・Directors Chairs (2) ・Folding Chairs (3) ・Mini Fridge ・Bluetooth Speaker ・Various Props (disco balls, money gun, champagne bottles, etc.) *If there is something you need that is not included in the above list, it is likely available as an add-on*

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need my own production or event insurance in Los Angeles?
Yes. All renters are required to carry Comprehensive Liability and Property Damage insurance with liability coverage of no less than $1,000,000.
What protection plans are available for bookings in Los Angeles on Giggster?
Giggster offers Damage Protection coverage that you can add to a booking at checkout. Learn more about Giggster's Damage Protection coverage.
What types of locations can I book in Los Angeles?
You can choose from 42 types! Just search for locations in Los Angeles at, then click 'Filters' to look for something specific.
How many Photo Studio venues are available in Los Angeles?
Right now, there are 1917 Photo Studio venues available in Los Angeles.
What payment methods does Giggster accept for Los Angeles bookings?
You can pay for your booking with a credit card, or with ACH or wire transfer for bookings over $4k.
What is the cancellation policy for Los Angeles guests on Giggster?
Refund options vary, based on when the booking is canceled. Learn more about Giggster's cancellation and refund policy.
What are the cleaning and safety policies for Los Angeles locations on Giggster?
Now more than ever, your health and safety is our number one priority. We've outlined specific health and safety requirements for both hosts and guests. Learn more about Giggster's COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures.
What locations available near Los Angeles?
You'll find up to 42 different types of locations in Los Angeles. Just start a search at and narrow things down with the 'Filter' option.
Is there an extra cost to add more attendees to my Los Angeles booking?
Yes. Pricing tiers are based on group size. For example, if you booked a space for a group of 1-5 for $30/hr, the price per person is $6/hr. Each additional person would increase the rate by $6/hr.
How much are average location rentals in Los Angeles?
Rental rates vary with the type and features of the location, but the average rate in Los Angeles is $111 per hour.
Why should I choose Giggster over other platforms offering rentals in Los Angeles?
Giggster's got your back — and we know our stuff. Our Customer Support team is knowledgeable and accessible, we offer white glove Concierge service to help you find the perfect location, and we're experts on the unique needs of production teams.
What is the price range for Photo Studio venues in Los Angeles, CA?
Booking prices vary with the property type, features, and rental length, but generally a 1-hour booking will be in the range of $49 to $250.
Which Photo Studio venues are most popular in Los Angeles, CA in 2022?
How do I book a Los Angeles location on Giggster?
When you find the right venue, you can connect with the host to get additional info and work out the details. Once everything is all set, you can book and pay for the location in a couple of clicks. Learn more about booking locations.
How do I cancel a Los Angeles reservation request?
You can contact our team to request a cancellation. Learn more about our cancellation policy.

Find Photo Studio venues in Los Angeles, CA

About Los Angeles

Los Angeles takes pride of place as the biggest metropolitan center in the state and the second largest in the country. A city that is a unique and interesting mix of cultures from all around the world, Los Angeles attracts many visitors to its picturesque shores who come for the bountiful amounts of sunshine, beautiful beaches, and interesting nightlife and cuisine.

Found along California’s Pacific Coast, Los Angeles is a natural haven for those with a love for food and fun. There are many interesting things to see and do in this city. One of the most popular attractions is Hollywood, a suburban area that is home to such iconic landmarks as the Hollywood sign and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The hunt for the perfect professional photo studio venue can be a lot of fun. Whether you’re looking for a stand-alone building with beautiful natural light, a unit in a strip mall for a video shoot, somewhere that could double as an event space or a place you can easily set up a cyc wall for commercial shots, you’re sure to find the right photo studio rental in LA.

Photo Studio Venue Options in Los Angeles, CA

Finding the right photo studio in Los Angeles can be quite a rush. Once you’ve signed on the dotted line, it’s time to partner with some of LA’s top professionals to help you get the place sorted and ready to open for business.

Hair and Makeup

For that extra special touch, it’s a great idea to hire some local professionals to do hair and makeup for your clients to ensure the perfect photoshoot. There are many LA-based hair and makeup specialists that will come directly to your Los Angeles photo studio venue. You will have no trouble finding the right ones to help your clients get ready for their headshots and photo shoots.

Coffee Service

Providing on-site coffee service during photo shoots is something clients appreciate. The right coffee catering service can equip your professional photo studios with everything from disposable coffee and tea carafes to a full-service espresso bar and a fully qualified barista.


Having a good supply of props and décor items on hand is helpful in creating photos that are unique and distinctive. There are many Los Angeles designers and furniture rental companies that can help you source everything you need. Many places allow you to rent or lease furniture pieces on a short-term basis, giving you the option of frequently refreshing your photo setups with new and interesting items.

Photo Studio Venue Companies in Los Angeles, CA

Once you’ve found the best photo studio Los Angeles has to offer, the hard work is done, and the fun can begin. Though setting up shop and equipment rental in Los Angeles can feel like a grand adventure, it also takes a lot of planning and elbow grease. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, why not call on some of LA’s top professionals to help lighten your load?

Specialty Office Coffee Service

Serving Los Angeles and the surrounding area since 1994, Specialty Office Coffee Service offers a unique java experience that is ideal for businesses: the automated espresso machine. Delivering the feel of a coffeehouse and the rich taste of espresso beverages your clients have come to know and love, Specialty Office Coffee Service’s machines are affordable, reliable, and the perfect addition to your photography studio.

Omega Cinema Props

Omega Cinema Props stocks a wide selection of equipment rentals and props suitable for use in residential, institutional, studio spaces and commercial settings. Among the items found in their inventory are furniture, light fixtures, draperies, linens, costumes, and even custom-designed items.

Hollywood Makeup Studio

Hollywood Makeup Studio employs a team of professional beauty specialists skilled at helping their clients look and feel their best. Serving their Los Angeles customers for more than 12 years, Hollywood Makeup Studio stays current with the latest trends for the industry to ensure they bring the very best to your clients, assisting them with achieving picture-perfect looks for their photo session.

Pros and Cons of Photo Studios in Los Angeles

LA is the perfect place to set up a photo studio or photo shoot. Still, big cities come with their advantages and disadvantages.


  • Beautiful year-round weather

    Los Angeles consistently enjoys beautiful weather. Its perennially blue skies, warm climate, and sunshine-filled days are a drawing card for tourists and residents alike.

  • Scenic beaches

    Since Los Angeles is a seaside city, it has many beaches to offer. Coupled with its consistently beautiful weather, you can be guaranteed many days of fun in the sun at one of LA’s many beaches.

  • Efficient public transportation system

    Though LA has heavily congested roads year-round, it also has a public transit system that is quite efficient and affordable, making it quite easy to get around the city.


  • Heavily congested roads

    Los Angeles is a heavily trafficked city, seeing the worst congested highways in the country. Excessive traffic and long commutes are the norms in LA.

  • Spread out attractions

    Los Angeles is a city that has immense urban sprawl. This means you may need to do a fair bit of traveling to get to your photo studio rental. Thankfully, the public transit system is efficient and affordable.

  • The excessive cost of living

    The City of Angels has one of the most expensive income taxes in the country. In addition to this, LA is a very costly city in which to live, work, and play. You may need to bulk up your budget when you rent photo studios here.

Famous Filming Locations in Los Angeles

Warner Bros Studio Tour

The Warner Bros Studio Tour consists of a two-hour guided trip through the TV sets and studio lots found on the premises. Here you will have the rare opportunity to see some of your favorite TV stars filming and to visit some of the most iconic film sets from TV and the movies including Central Perk from Friends, DC Universe: The Exhibit, and a selection of Batmobiles that saw screen time in several different movies and TV series.

La Brea Tar Pits

The La Brea Tar Pits are found in one of LA’s most trendy areas, near Wilshire Boulevard. Considered to be at least 65 million years old, you can enjoy such attractions as archaeological digs and asphalt pits. Then, pop down the street for some tasty eats at places such as the very popular El Chato Taco Truck.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Founded in 1953, the Hollywood Walk of Fame is among the most frequently visited hotspots in the city. A stroll along this iconic boulevard covers 15 blocks that bear the names of over 2,600 of the world’s most beloved stars. Some of the highlights include Elvis Presley, Humphrey Bogart, and even Bugs Bunny.

A car driving through the Hollywood Hills beneath the Hollywoodland sign.

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Written by: Madison Troyer

20 photos of LA in the 1920s

The 1920s marked a huge period of growth for the city of Los Angeles. At the start of the decade, just over half a million people called the sunny, Southern California town home. By 1930, that number had jumped to just over 1.2 million. Gone were the days of LA as a farming town, changed forever by the arrival of the film, oil, and aviation industries.

Without a doubt, one of the most famous industries to stem from LA's growth was the motion picture business. While filmmakers first began migrating to SoCal in the late 1910s, the '20s brought the big studios, major stars, and all the money. If not for studio heads' desire to escape the Northeast's temperamental weather and patent restrictions, LA certainly wouldn't be the city we know it to be today.

With that massive population growth came a number of other changes—the suburban sprawl, a reliance on automobiles and the freeways constructed to get those automobiles around the spread-out city, and a burgeoning desire for luxury and leisure. It can be hard to put into words just how unique LA was in the 1920s. For that reason, Giggster combed historical archives to create a collection of pictures that best demonstrate what life was like in the City of Angels during the decade.

From snaps of old Hollywood to glimpses of everyday life, these photos perfectly exemplify the history of the nation's second-largest city.

Rehearsal for a silent film at a motion picture studio in Hollywood

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The birth of the film industry

In the mid-1910s, many movie makers began heading to Hollywood to shoot, hoping to avoid the fees they were charged when shooting on the East Coast, not to mention taking advantage of Southern California's year-round temperate weather. By the 1920s, nearly every major studio, and many independent filmmakers, were doing the bulk of their work in the LA area.

Pacific Electric Rail Car on Hollywood Boulevard

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The Pacific Electric railway system

In the 1920s, the Pacific Electric railway system was the largest interurban electric railway system in the world. With more than 1,000 miles of railways, the public transit system connected cities in the counties of LA, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside. Here, one of the famous red cars carries commuters along Hollywood Boulevard.

Crowds of Sunday bathers enjoying the warm waters at Ocean Park Beach in Santa Monica

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Santa Monica beach clubs

In the 1920s, dozens of fancy beach clubs sprung up along the beaches in Santa Monica, California. These gathering places, which were whites-only, attracted some of the area's most wealthy and notable restaurants, who'd all crowd together under the clubs' beach umbrellas and around dining room tables.

Crowds line the streets of downtown LA to see Herbert Hoover's motorcade

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A presidential parade

In 1927, two years before he was elected president, Herbert Hoover visited LA. The Republican politician had seen his popularity skyrocket (as evidenced by this reception) thanks to the assistance he had offered Mississippi Flood victims earlier that year in his role as Secretary of Commerce under President Warren Harding.

The Los Angeles motor corps with their new fleet of Indian motorcycles

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The LA Motor Corps

With its wide boulevards and crisscrossing freeways, LA is known around the world for its car culture. This reliance on automobiles really took off during the 1920s, when the number of registered private cars exploded from 161,000 to more than 800,000. To keep up with these Fords and Chevys, the LA Motor Corps (pictured above) took to riding around on Indian motorcycles.

Aerial view of Stage 6 at the Fox Movietone Studios

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Major movie studios move in

One of the biggest independent film studios of the 1920s, Fox Film acquired the rights to the Movietone sound system—a sound-on-film technique that allowed for the synchronization of sound and image in recorded film—in the mid-1920s. The company's West LA studio, pictured here, was dedicated to producing these new talkie pictures.

Cars converge on the intersection of Western Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard

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Wilshire Boulevard

Wilshire Boulevard runs from the heart of the city's downtown district to the Pacific Ocean. One of the first parcels of land for the street was donated by millionaire socialist Henry Gaylord Wilshire, in the late 19th century on the condition the street be named for him and remain absent rail lines or streetcars. The properties surrounding it were only just beginning to be developed by the 1920s.

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LA's yellow cabs

Folks without a private car, and who couldn't be troubled to rely on the regularly striking Pacific Electric railway system, would use cabs to get around the sprawling city. Here, a yellow cab driver helps his passengers disembark after their ride.

Crowds attend a bathing beauty contest in Venice Beach

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A beachy beauty pageant

In the early years of the 20th century, beach resorts began hosting beauty pageants as a form of entertainment for vacationing middle classes. These contests, like the Bathing Beauty pageant pictured above, would eventually lead to the Miss America pageant we're so familiar with today.

Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford canoe along the swimming pool at their Pickfair estate.

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LA's most famous face

A pioneer in the film industry, actress Mary Pickford was one of the most recognizable faces in the world in the 1920s. Dubbed the "Queen of the Movies," Pickford is often regarded as the first movie star and is best known for movies like "Coquette," which won her the second-ever Academy Award for Best Actress. Here she's pictured with her husband, fellow actor Douglas Fairbanks, at their sprawling mansion in the LA hills.

The famed Hollywood sign reading Hollywoodland

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The Hollywood sign

Conceived as an advertisement for a new suburban housing development, LA's most famous sign originally read Hollywoodland. Erected in 1923, the wooden sign was meant to be temporary, but in the late '70s, the still-standing marker was replaced with a more durable steel structure (the "land" had been dropped in the 1940s).

Hopeful female extras lined up in front of Paramount Studios in Hollywood

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Extra, extra

Two industries helped drive LA's growth in the 1920s: oil and movies. Here, a group of well-dressed young women line up outside a studio office, hoping to be chosen as extras for a movie.

A boy in a small carriage is pulled by two Russian Wolfounds at the Los Angeles Kennel Club

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A winning duo

In 1920s LA, pageants and performances weren't restricted to humans. Here, a young boy poses on a studio backlot with two Russian wolfhounds, the winners of an LA Kennel Club dog show.

A group of men gather outside a radio store to listen to the world series.

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Field of dreams

Days before Black Thursday, a group of relatively stress-free men crowded in front of Sturgis Radio store to listen to a World Series game. They had no skin in the outcome (the LA Dodgers wouldn't move from Brooklyn until the '50s), but the gathering proves that the city had been primed to host a Major League Baseball team for years before it happened.

Actress Elizabeth Allan stands in front of the 'Pig Barbecue' food stand in Hollywood

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The programmatic movement

The 1920s marked the beginning of an architectural movement in LA architecture when kitschy novelty buildings began popping up everywhere. These structures were designed to catch the eye of motorists and were often large-scale versions of the wares sold inside—for example, the pig pictured above was actually a barbeque joint. The trend continued until the end of the 1940s, and many original examples still exist in LA today.

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An ostrich farm adventure

Described as the first theme parks in Southern California, ostrich farms were hugely popular (and quite abundant) in LA in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Visitors would flock to these ranches for a chance to look at the exotic birds, and the brave would hop in ostrich-drawn carriages or wagons for a ride around the property. Gift shops sold clothes and accessories decorated with the birds' feathers, which were considered luxurious at the time.

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The University of California, Los Angeles opened

Founded in 1919, the University of California, Los Angeles, now the second-largest university in California, was still in its infancy in the 1920s. Here, a group of aspiring dentists train in the school's state-of-the-art medical center.

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Aviation Fever

During the 1910s and 1920s, LA caught a severe case of flight fever. Dozens of aircraft manufacturers popped up around the valley, enticed by near-perfect year-round flying weather, plenty of space to lay down runways, and cheap, plentiful labor. As the industry grew, so did the number of demonstrations, where gravity-defying tricks like this one (where a young man refuels another airplane midair) would be performed.

A movie being shot on a backlot set replica of New York

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Movie magic

A prime example of the movie magic that LA has created behind countless films, this picture shows a film crew on a Hollywood studio lot working on a set constructed and dressed to resemble midtown Manhattan.

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A hedonistic lifestyle

In the 1920s, actors and actresses flocked to LA. They saw the city as their playground, not a real place but a fancy backdrop for their hedonistic lifestyles. Here, actress Miss DuPont drives a car up a set of hotel steps, demonstrating just how wild things could get in the City of Angels.