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Savanna M.
$ 882
6 hours
15 people
4 years ago
Easy access through the alley swing door, great natural light, and excellent hosts make this a standout production location. The host has worked with lots of film crews, and she knows just how to help out when needed. I highly recommend this space!
Addisyn W.
$ 300
3 hours
60 people
4 years ago
Sweeping views, enough space indoors for equpment and movement, and a good site rep. This hills house has classic indoor spaces and nice outdoor locations with full views. Easy host/ rep to work with in Sara.
Megan G.
$ 660
3 hours
60 people
4 years ago
Can't imagine a better production space for a modern home location. Extra rooms for staff, helpful host, and a well-appointed house. Great location for the price!
Harrison T.
$ 118
2 hours
60 people
3 years ago
Our production team loved this location. Lots of room, outdoor space for crafty (with a clear cover) and great interior shots. Really useful to have a range of rooms and well-finished walls/floors.

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Located in the heart of the Hollywood studios. We have a 2500 sq. ft. Black out studio with cyc, kitchen, make up room, wardrobe room, client area and offices. We also offer photography rental equipment. Weekday OT (Mon-Fri, 6pm-8pm) $128 Weekday OT after 10hrs (Mon-Fri, 8pm-12am) $250 Weekend (Sat-Sun, 8am-6pm) $125 Weekend OT (Sat-Sun, 6pm-8pm) $188 Weekend OT after 10hrs (Sat-Sun, 8pm-12am) $375 If they are more than 15 people during OT, an additional $15 charge will be added per hour.
SuperHost
N. Hollywood Studio Amazing TopBox Light Cyc
  • $120/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (34)
  • 34
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
TOP-LIGHT SOFT-BOX INCLUDED FOR FIRST TIME RENTERS! AND 50% OFF IF YOU ARE A RETURNING GUEST! 10 hour minimum rental. We’ve made it easy to shoot commercials, films, tv shows, pilots, music videos, shorts, and VR work on our stage! Our LightCube is a curved cyclorama, pre-rigged with a fabulous 28'x28' Top Light LiteGear LED panels with DMX control, and diffused with The Rag Place Magic Cloth. The LightCube is flip-of-the-switch fantastic, and definitely not your average pre-lit-cyc! Light panels can be turned on all at once for one solid continuous light source, or individually controlled for custom looks. Typically our clients will run the lights at only 30% power. However, if you crank them up to 100% you are ready to shoot high-speed photography! Color is also DMX controlled and allows you to slide the color between daylight and tungsten. This is a $100,000.00 rig, that will save you thousands in time and labor trying to achieve the same look! On the other side is our black box stage, complete with lighting grid. Having both the LightCube and BlackBox side by side allows for easy access to a diverse range of looks and setups. Easy access, conference room, hair/makeup room, gated entry, kitchenette, wifi, and more! Space Features: 6,180 ft² Studio Space 4,000 ft² Stage Two Wall White Cyclorama - 40’ x 35’ x 16’ 16’ Ceiling on stage 12' wide x 9'6"tall Garage Door for Easy Access LightCube Toplight (12,000 watts of light): 15 Litegear LiteTile Plus XL LEDs Fully DMX Controlled (Basic Lighting Console Included) 2600-6000K Color Temperature Range 28’ x 28’ Rag Place Magic Cloth Diffusion Truss Parking: 8 dedicated parking spaces in a shared lot. (Parking for 8 cars or 3 cars and 2 Trucks, up to 24ft in length) Street parking rules are: North side - No parking 6pm to 6am South side - No parking 10pm to 5am Power: 495 Amps Total 375 Amps 3 Phase (125 amps per leg), Camlock distro with Bates/Edison (West Side) 2 - 30 Amp Edison Lunch Boxes (East Side) 60 Amps of Additional House Power Paint: Cyc is rented as is. If you would like a fresh coat of white paint on the floor before your shoot it will cost $200.00. Please notify us within 48 hours of your shoot so we can schedule a repaint if needed. Upgrades Available: - LightCube Toplight Add On ($500/day) - G&E 3 ton lighting package on site for rent ($500/day) - Ask about our additional gear available - Production Suite ($150/day) - Additional Parking ($20/spot if given 72hr notice) - Large Production Impact - Over 15 people is an additional $45/hr - Overtime - over 12 hours (1.5x/hour + $50/hr Site Rep OT Fee.) - Overnight Fee - Productions shooting past midnight incur a $100/hr fee Included: Site Rep ($100/day) Conference Room Kitchenette Hair / Makeup Room Bathrooms (2) Parking (8 dedicated spots) AC Wifi MAXIMUM GUESTS/LARGE PRODUCTION IMPACT FEE: For Productions over 15 people we add an additional $45/hr Large Production Impact fee. This covers trash, cleaning, electric, gear sponsors, etc. OVERTIME: A Full Day is considered 1-12 hours, anything over 12 hours is considered overtime. Overtime is 1.5x/hour + $50/hr Site Rep OT Fee. CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE: You will be asked to provide a Certificate of Insurance that adds us as additionally insured. This is to cover any damage to the property or to rented equipment. The Producer is responsible for all Workman's Compensation and Production Insurance.
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Sweet Mid-Century 'Brady Bunch' Suburban Home
  • $60/hr
  • New
  • 4.9 (36)
  • 36
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
My home is located in beautiful, tranquil Elysian Valley, surrounded by the Los Angeles River, Elysian Park, and flanked on one side by Interstate 5, for easy, quick access to Downtown Los Angeles, Silver Lake, and Glendale. The streets in Elysian Valley are large, stately sycamore or eucalyptus trees. My home is on a deep lot, which encompasses a detached guest house, detached garage, a full. luscious avocado tree, rose bushes, and a few tropical plants.
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Downtown Post Apocalyptic Rustic Edgy Neon Loft
  • $115/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (34)
  • 34
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
Our space brings you to our fully decorated urban jungle loft. We are located in the heart of Downtown LA, same building as The Last Bookstore. This loft features around 550 sq ft single-story floor plan, with one full side of windows. The loft also features different neon signs, vintage pinball machines, vintage arcade, vintage phone booth and one-of-a-kind motorcycle. The track lights inside the room are equipped with RGB LED light bulbs where you could change the colors of each individual light bulb via our wall mounted tablet. There are WiFi, portable A/C inside the loft, as well as paid parking lots next to the building. Our Studio has been used for photo shoots and films with: - H&M - Missoni - Adidas - K-Swiss - Billboard - Gibson - Black Halo - Nordstrom - Freepeople - Savage X Fenty by Rihanna - Covergirl - Sugarfina - Guitar Center - NBC Universal - Viacom - E! Network - VH1 - Interscope Records - Meredith Corporation - AXS.com - Legendary - Wendy's - HelloGiggles - Funko Pop - Amy Poehler - H.E.R. - Claudia Kim - Madison Iseman - Bretman Rock - @prettylittlefawn - @bryant - @lexijayde - @kimlee - @krissy - @kirakosarin - @caitdelmar - @markdelmars - @limelchert - @samdameshek - @officiallyquigley - @madtev - @brandonbored - @filthymouthcreative - @kozyshay - @mikaela - @iamlilimar - @iskra - @jessicakobeissi - @elsie - @aja9 - @thelaceyclaire - @bryanasalaz - @cherienoel - @laurdiy - @thelifeoflibs - @balletzaida - @elsie - @haileebobailee - @brennahblack - @hungryhipsters - @trungywin - @raquelsantolaya - @thelaceyclaire *** Your setup / clean up has to be WITHIN your booking period. The starting time you've booked here might be landing exactly right after the other group's booking period as there is no a way to put buffer in between booking here. Please ASK to confirm. *** Please note, this is NOT a sound proof space. We would highly recommend bringing in great audio recording equipment and sound proofing tools as we could not control the sound from our surrounding area.
SuperHost
Mid-Century // 70's Southern California Pool Home
  • $200/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (53)
  • 53
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
The Valley Capri is a private residence that features the quintessential vintage California aesthetic. **Rate listed is for low-impact Still Photography projects with a crew less than 15 people. We offer test rates, low-impact handheld video, and standard film rates. Please inquire about your project for correct rates. Built in 1953, The Valley Capri has been restored from the ground up, bringing it back to it's glory days in the 70's of North Hollywood. Within the 1,400 sq ft single-story floor plan, you can find an array of backgrounds that suit your retro theme or time piece project. Everything in this property is authentic and true to the decade -- making it a unique location with access to a plethora of 50's - 70's references that would be near impossible to rent or recreate for a single project. The interior offers various backgrounds including two separate living rooms, dining area, kitchen, bedroom, and wallpapered bathroom. Each room dressed to the nines, with an assortment of curated vintage pieces to highlight the era. The backyard teleports you to a poolside getaway featuring cactus-lined white washed walls, striking 8x20 ft. breeze block wall, mid century lounge chairs and patio sets. Covered patio surrounded with hanging plants and bohemian shell hangers . Furthest corner of the yard features a wood burning malm with 70's spectrum patio dining furniture and a smaller breeze block section. Back and front yards are lit most of the day due to south facing position of the home. There is one open room used for HMU, wardrobe, and rest area. Provided in that space is seating, folding tables, and a rolling rack. Due to the delicate and irreplaceable contents of our home, we do not offer any other spaces indoors to set up HMU, wardrobe, or hold non-working bodies and equipment. The entire property works as a hot set and is best suited for low-impact, still photo shoots with minimal equipment and crew. Use of the furniture is for talent only, however, we offer limited folding chairs, tables, and outdoor seating for cast + crew. For larger productions and video rates, please inquire within regarding rate and accommodation requirements for larger crews. We have a 1987 White El Camino and 1978 Dodge American Clipper RV on the property that are available for rental. Please inquire within as these are not included in the hourly rate and will not be available for shooting without rental.
SuperHost
Downtown LA Arts District Daylight Loft Studio (East/North facing)
  • $60/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (27)
  • 27
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
Downtown Loft Studio with lots of natural light and makeup station, kitchenette. Great for fashion and ecommerce, fitness, edgy look productions and Artists / Creative space. Also perfect for interviews and commercial and tv productions. STUDIO AMENITIES and FEATURES INCLUDE: • Lots of open space with EAST and NORTH facing industrial multiple pained windows • 12 foot high ceilings; Eastside is 1620 square feet • Diffusion silks to control direct sunlight • Polished concrete floors • Air conditioning throughout • Hair and makeup area with 2 stations and vanity lights • Wardrobe racks, steamer and director chairs, hair stylist chairs • Client dressing space • Private bathroom • Wireless internet access • Optional Furniture • Sets, backgrounds, seamless and chairs are available • C-stands, apple boxes and grip equipment are available • Multiple shooting areas for daylight and artificial light • Secure client parking (guaranteed 3) and more on street • Movable 8 ft. wall ​ THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOOD offers a HOST of DIVERSE CREATIVE OPTIONS: • Stairwells • Back alleys • Buildings with mural art • Construction zones • Streets and buildings exemplary of historical, industrial and contemporary design • Brick walls • Concrete walls • Metal walls • Bridges
SuperHost
Red and White Corvette Convertible Sports Car
  • $130/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (5)
  • 5
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
A great head-turning look for your next film or commercial! This one of a kind has been featured on Corvette magazines and in car shows. It runs well enough to be a daily driver. The sound of this muscle car is hard to ignore!
SuperHost
Colorful Retro Kitchen with Island
  • $90/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (11)
  • 11
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
Bright, airy kitchen with island and unique, vintage turquoise cabinetry. Kitchen is open to the living room so there's space for crew and cameras to shoot in either direction. Living space has eclectic gallery walls, taxidermy, and vintage furniture. NO SMOKING No nudity (lingerie/bikini OK) Alcohol - ask No feet on counters *Accessible by stairs only.* This is a home, not a studio. Homeowner will monitor shoot. We have cats who will be stowed away, but this location may not be appropriate for people with allergies. Trailers must be parked at an offsite location due to limited parking and incline on our street. Tuesdays are trash day - please book another day if you need to record sound. Our house is not soundproof and helicopters and sirens happen. Examples of videos shot here: Gabbie Hanna "Shut Me Up" Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z6d1DFgpIg Jay1 + Blueface "Curvy" Music Video https://youtu.be/1bEeSoeo4y0?t=102 Detox's Life Rehab https://youtu.be/tdrqBEfyiQg?t=50
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Grungy Interrogation Room | CreatorLA
  • $115/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (4)
  • 4
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
NOTE: *Sets do NOT come pre-lit!* Photos of sets have been taken utilizing our Diamond Lighting Package. 3hr minimum. No exceptions. These are artist, small guest count rates. For commercial rates, please inquire within. 6hrs time slots: 7am-1pm OR 2pm-8pm Please note, we are a small business - one person handling multiple locations all at once. This listing is not monitored 24/7. Please collect your questions into a single email. If you need more customer service, please purchase our VIP package. As per industry standard, you only get access to the set/s booked. No additional sets. Exteriors, lounge hair/makeup shots are NOT allowable (unless specified and paid for). Location: DTLA *Add-ons cannot be refunded.* Add-OnOptions: - Diamond Package - 16 x Astera Titan Tubes, 2 x Aputure Novas, 8 x Aputure MCs, 2 x Aputure B7C Bulbs - $300/day - Gold Package - 8 x Astera Titan Tubes, 1 x Aputure 120D - $200/day - Lighting Operator (save time and money with a trained operator) - $150/day - Fog Machine - $65/day - Playback - $80/day - Kingpin Package - assorted prop weapons + drug bricks - $100/day 10"H x 13'W x 11'D 140 amps Makeup Room Green Room Bathrooms 15-20 Parking Spaces We do not provide gear or drinking water. Lights have to be set by your crew, unless you added the Lighting Operator add-on (Asteras only). VIP PACKAGE ADD-ON: Due to a high volume of inquiries, gigs under 12hrs receive limited support. 12hr+ gigs and above receive standard support 9-5 M-F. If you need extra support, we offer our VIP package. RULES: - Site reps have no authority to allow, change, or switch anything that has not been part of our written agreement here. - Showing up with more guests than booked: production gets shut down at no refund - Date/time change fee applies if available. - To avoid overtime, ALL guests and equipment must be outside studio AND parking lots before hard-out. - if additional guests (more than booked) the production is shut down at no refund. - 6hr+ bookings include a 30m tour, if available. Bookings less than 6hrs can purchase a tour if available. - Client must reset space as found and remove trash. If extensive clean-up is required, higher fees will apply. - All correspondence is strictly kept on Giggster. - Insurance: Bookings $1200+ must provide COI min. 2 business days prior to first shoot day. - Security deposit: Bookings $1200+ must pay $1000 security deposit min. 2 business days prior to first shoot day. -Bookings outside regular hours will incur additional fees. - Prohibited Items include: Drugs/alcohol, fire, feathers, confetti, sand, rice, flour, paint, fireworks, glitter, oil-based fog machines or fake blood, weapons - when in doubt, please ask. - No drills, nails or screws. Damage fees apply. -We assume no responsibility for lost items. - Prop weapons must be accompanied by an armorer. -Do not tamper with security cameras. Footage is strictly confidential and recorded 24/7. Fees apply -Damages: Accidents happen, just let us know! A walk-through inspection will be conducted before and after all bookings. -Children must be accompanied by parent or guardian. - Stunts require a stunt coordinator
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Beautiful Spanish House
  • $150/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (2)
  • 2
  • Instant book
  • Los Angeles, CA
This 2.800 sq. foot Spanish style home constructed in 2012 is in the heart of Los Feliz. This Spanish beauty is secluded and nestled behind lush hedges with both indoor and outdoor areas for location shooting. This location includes: OPEN CONCEPT kitchen, living and dining INDOOR OUTDOOR cascading doors to allow access to covered living space with fireplace WALKOUT DINING off of kitchen KITCHEN – Chef’s kitchen TWO ENSUITES – One downstairs and one upstairs STUNNING CURVED STAIRCASE UPSTAIRS VERANDA off of ensuite with views of downtown LA and Silverlake hills EXTERIOR EXTRAS - Large secluded grassy area TWO CAR ONSITE PARKING – all other will be street parking with alternating street cleaning days. Fiber Optic 1000 mbs internet

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About Los Angeles

You probably already know that Los Angeles is known as the City of Angels since Los Angeles in Spanish means “the angels,” but did you also know that it is known as the entertainment capital of the world? That is because the television and movie industries are found here, and thousands of films have been made in LA. It is also the home of Hollywood, which is where the Walk of Fame and the famous Hollywood Sign are located.

Los Angeles has spectacular weather with an average daily temperature of 66 degrees all year long. Summers are a bit warmer with an average high of 81 but winters are pretty fantastic with an average high of 68. And it is one of the sunniest cities in the US with over 3,200 hours of sunshine per year. So, it just makes sense to choose a production space in Los Angeles.

Production Space Options in Los Angeles

As the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles is not just the perfect place for production, it is also the best place to find help with all the details in planning the production. You can find the top caterers, photographers, and videographers as well as the best equipment rentals and car services in LA.

  • Photographers and Videographers
    You may have your own film and photography specialists already, but it is also a good idea to hire a photographer and/or videographer to record the process of the production. Videos and photographs of the team setting up, filming, and breaking down are fantastic ways to record and show off what you do.

  • Equipment Rental
    Whether you are a large company with your own equipment or a small company with just the basics, it is often best to rent the equipment you need on site. This is especially true if you are traveling by airplane because you do not want to have to trust your expensive equipment to the airlines. Choosing a production space in Los Angeles means you have access to plenty of companies with film lighting gear, camera lenses, sound equipment, and whatever else you need.

  • Car Service
    Even if you are producing on a tight budget, having a car service for you and your crew can be a time and money saver. It helps everyone get to where you need them on time, which allows you to start on schedule. It is much better than relying on public transportation to get everyone there at a certain time and it may be cheaper in the long run.

  • Catering
    As good as the car service is, you do not want to rely on them to bring you and the team your food. It is better for everyone if you just hire a caterer to take care of the whole thing. Then you have someone to plan the menu and prepare the food as well as setting up and cleaning up the whole deal. That is one less thing you have to worry about.

Production Space Companies in Los Angeles

  • Big Door TV
    Big Door TV has been working in production planning since 1993 and has worked with every major network from ABC to PBS as well as many fortune 500 companies. Whether you need someone for full-service production with equipment and everything or just a bit of help planning a shoot, this company can do it for you.

  • Stoelt Productions LLC
    This experiential marketing agency knows exactly what you need when you need it, even if you don’t. They have serviced top companies and brands all over the world to conceive and execute the best experiences that produce the best results. Some recent projects include the Louis Vuitton Rodeo Popup, Pandora x Larabar Live DJ & Flow, and the Billboard Latin AMA Fest.

  • The Visionary Group
    Another huge branding team, the Visionary Group has worked with big names like Warner Brothers, Amazon Prime, and Nickelodeon to name a few. Even if you have not chosen your Los Angeles production space yet, they can help you get everything going and take care of all the details. From art direction to strategy, the Visionary Group has done it all.

Pros and Cons of Production Space in Los Angeles

There are some things about Los Angeles that make it the perfect city to find that production space. But there are also a few negatives you may want to know about as well. Check out these pros and cons of having a production space in Los Angeles.

Advantages

  • The weather is great
    If you like sunshine and warm (but not hot) weather, Los Angeles is where you want to be. With average temps in the upper 60s and sunshine almost every day, Los Angeles is probably the most pleasant place on earth. Unless you like cold or hot weather.

  • Film locations are abundant
    If you are looking for a beach, empty warehouse, or glamourous city lights, the locations to shoot are everywhere. Maybe that is why they call it the entertainment capital of the world.

  • Things to do
    Whether you want to hang out in the park, visit an art gallery, or spend the day shopping and eating, you can do it all here. They don’t call it the entertainment capital of the world just for film and TV production.

  • Plenty of cast and crew
    Another benefit of having lots of movies produced in LA is that there is plenty of cast and crew on hand and ready to work. Everyone seems to be just waiting for a gig so you can find who you need when you need them.

  • A variety of food
    You can find some of the best food in Los Angeles whether you want tacos off a taco truck or a full five-course meal at a fine dining establishment. And they have 10 Michelin-starred restaurants if you want a real treat.

Disadvantages

  • Traffic is horrible
    Los Angeles used to be the number one city in the country with the worst traffic, but now the city stands at number two (after New York), which is still horrible. Drivers in Los Angeles sat in traffic for 365,543 hours in 2020. That is a lot of time sitting in your car.

  • Parking is worse
    If you thought traffic was bad, wait until you try to find a parking spot. The reason so many businesses offer valet parking is because there is not enough parking anywhere. Take a car service or get a cab.

  • High crime rates
    You will also find more crime in Los Angeles; rates recorded have been an average of 32 crimes per 1,000 people. That means you have a one in 31 chance of being affected by a crime in LA. Stick to the safer spots like Riviera, Brentwood, and Pacific Palisades.

  • Permit fees are high
    In many locations of Los Angeles, you will be paying quite a bit to film. It is better to book a space and film in that space to reduce costs.

  • High cost of living
    Speaking of costs, Los Angeles is one of the most expensive cities in the world, which should not come as a surprise. It’s true, no matter what you are buying, expect to pay more.

Famous Locations in Los Angeles

  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
    You cannot visit LA without seeing the walk of fame. Get pics of stars featuring Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp, Harrison Ford, Sally Field, and even Big Bird. You can even nominate a star or get a t-shirt with your own personalized star on it. Book a brick manor estate near the Hollywood Walk of Fame and chill out by the pool after the production.

  • The Getty
    Found on a hill in Brentwood, The Getty is one of the most popular art centers in the state and they have stellar views, gardens, and architecture as well. Close to two million people per year visit The Getty for its art dating back to the 1500s. Don’t miss the 1889 painting of Irises by Vincent van Gogh.

  • Santa Monica Pier
    This famous pier has been delighting locals and visitors of Los Angeles since 1909. From the amusement park to the aquarium as well as several restaurants, shops, and pubs, you can stay busy there all day. Relax near the Santa Monica Pier in a mid-century modern boho after the production.
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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.”

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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.

Venice High School
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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.

The architecture of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
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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.

A blurred-out diner
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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.

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