Off the Beaten Path: Movie Buff Travel
La La Land, Tinseltown, the Dream Factory - Los Angeles has been the movie industry's playground for decades with 'Hollywood' players swapping the exotic for equally scenic but closer (and cheaper) locales.
From broad comedies to science fiction and action/adventure to iconic classics, few areas of the city remain virgin host territory. While neighbors sometimes complain about occasional blocked roads and late night shoots, they still point out the familiar landscapes that have been transformed by movie magic and re-interpreted for the big screen.
Recently, I played "name the location" with friends while screening Star Trek Into Darkness (hint: see if you recognize the Getty Center). There's a certain thrill (not to mention civic pride) in seeing your local haunts on screen. Even if you never want to be "in pictures", it's still fun to tell visitors "I've been there and there and there."
Multiple tour companies offer hop-on / hop-off access to geographically convenient (and frequently visited) but you can also take the self-guided route and curate your own. If you have some time and are not afraid of driving, you can try these:
Union Station - 800 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles CA 90012
Griffith Observatory - 2800 E. Observatory Way Los Angeles CA 90027
The Getty Center - 1200 Getty Center Dr. Los Angeles CA 90049
Venice Canals - transversed by with Dell Ave. Venice CA 90291
Bradbury Building - 304 Broadway Los Angeles CA 90013
LACMA - 5905 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles CA 90036
There are many more where these came from. Leave a comment with your own favorites to add to the list.
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