Traveling to Los Angeles is often like deja vu: “Have I been here before? “Why do I feel like I’ve seen this place somewhere?” “Why is all this scenery so familiar?” It’s probably because you’ve seen it before: in your favorite movies. While most Hollywood movies are shot in Motion Pictures studios, many of the scenes are also shot in prime locations to the.
Although Motion Pictures Studio might not have its doors open to tourists, these places are open for you to come in and take some pictures. From romance to The Earthto action in Planet of the ApesLA is full of places to remind you of your favorite movies.
The bench – 500 days of summer
500 days of summer is an iconic indie film and has been a fan favorite since its release in 2009. One of the best scenes in the movie that’s when Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer (Zooey Deschanel) talking on a bench overlooking the city. Luckily for you, this bench is accessible to tourists and is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles at Angels Knoll, right next to Angels Flight and Grand Central Market.
A few blocks from the legendary Bradbury Building, the bench is closed at night. If you visit during the day, you can enter and take a photo.
Randy’s Donuts – Mars Attacks, Iron Man, and more
With the massive donut sign, some have speculated that Randy’s Donuts is visible from space. Founded in 1953, Randy’s Donuts (805 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood) has been a constant appearance in many of your favorite movies, Martian attacks, iron man 2, Get Shorty, and Earth girls are easy. Located just off Highway 405, the store is a sight that draws you in.
That being said, Randy’s Donuts is one of LA’s most popular landmarks. People from all over the world come to Inglewood to click pictures with the donut sign.
Union Station – 24, Catch Me If You Can, Nancy Drew, and more
Opened in 1939, Union Station LA is an architectural masterpiece. It is the main train station in Los Angeles and is close to Chinatown and the Civic Center. Serving as the backdrop for many epic movies like blade runner, Catch Me If You Can, and The dark knight rises, the train station looks amazing on film.
One of the most famous places in Los Angeles, Union Station is more than just a train station. The monument has also adapted to the organization of events and fairs, which makes it a real cultural center.
Point Dume – Planet of the Apes
Point Dume is perhaps one of the best beaches in Los Angeles. Thanks to its proximity to the film and television industry, the beach west of Point Dume has been a popular location for the filming of films, television, commercials and videos, popping up whenever a beach scene is required.
While fans of the iconic film Planet of the Apes strength recognize bluffs from the movie’s climaxit should be noted that Point Dume was also featured in Iron Man and The great Lebowski.
Griffith Observatory – Rebel without a cause, La La Land, and more
One of the most iconic and beautiful places in Los Angeles County, the Griffith Observatory sits atop Griffith Park and overlooks the entire city. The views from the observatory are spectacular and breathtaking. The observatory is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and offers the most magnificent view of the iconic Hollywood sign.
It’s hard to name more than a few movies that didn’t feature the observatory, but moviegoers will recognize it from rebel without a cause,The Earthand Charlie’s Angels: full throttle.
Old LA Zoo – Presenter
The Griffith Park area is full of stunning sights, and one of the best of them is the Griffith Park Zoo, more often referred to as the Old Los Angeles Zoo. The Old LA Zoo is simply the remnants of the original Los Angeles Zoo that was left as it was when the zoo changed location. A few park benches were added in place after its adoption in Griffith Park, which sees thousands of visitors each day.
The zoo has also been featured in Presenter. While the film was shot all over LA, the party at the end with the cages and Ron Burgandy jumping in it was filmed at the Old LA Zoo.
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – Wall Street, Men in Black 3, and more
Built in 1926, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel once housed Marilyn Monroe, who lived at the hotel for two years early in her career and posed for her first commercial poolside photoshoot. Opened on May 15, 1927, the hotel features elegant architecture and is minutes from Times Square and Grand Central Terminal.
The Roosevelt had appeared in a long list of Hollywood films, including (but not limited to) The Irishman, quiz show, Men in Black 3, 1408, Wall Street, The French connection, Malcolm X, The dictator, Man on the edge of the abyss and Made in Manhattan.
Pink’s hot dogs – Hell’s Kitchen, House of Lies, and more
Found in 1939 as a rolling cart bought for $50, Pink’s Hot Dogs is Los Angeles’ favorite hot dog restaurant. Officially a city-recognized “LA treasure,” Pink’s Hot Dogs serves two dozen feet long and passes between 1,500 and 2,000 hot dogs a day.
Pink’s Hot Dogs has been featured in countless movies likeHell’s Kitchen, Mulholland Drive, Donkey, Today’s show, house of lies, Huell Howser, and Leno. Pink’s was also where Bruce Willis proposed to Half Moore.
Santa Monica Pier – Forrest Gump, The Kissing Booth 2, and more
If you’ve ever received a postcard from Los Angeles, you’ll recognize Santa Monica Pier for its iconic Ferris wheel and spiraling roller coaster. Just 20 miles east along the coast is a crowded carnival for tourists, amusement park rides and the best fast food around.
After its construction in 1901, the Santa Monica Pier quickly gained a reputation among locals as the best fishing spot, and fishing is practiced in the area to this day. The pier has been featured in many films, including Jhe Kissing Booth 2, The bite, and Forrest Gump.
Bradbury Building – Blade Runner, the artist, and more
A dazzling architectural gem, the Bradbury Building is a remarkable sight thanks to the atrium that floods the building with light. The building was constructed with ornate brick, wood, and iron in 1893. With five open stories showcasing geometric staircases, the Bradbury Building is the perfect backdrop for a number of classic Hollywood movies.
The building has seen more roles than most leading actors, appearing in many incredible films including blade runner, Double Indemnity, DO A., The artist, and 500 days of summer.
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