Off the Beaten Path: Movie Buff Travel

August 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
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
Union Station, Los Angeles, CA (© incite photography)
Used in The Dark Knight Rises, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Hustler, Speed, The Way We Were.

Griffith Observatory - 2800 E. Observatory Way Los Angeles CA 90027
Griffith Park Observatory, Los Angeles, CA (© 2012, incite photography)
Griffith Park Observatory walkways at night. Seen in Rebel Without a Cause and The People vs. Larry Flynt.

The Getty Center - 1200 Getty Center Dr. Los Angeles CA 90049
Getty Museum and Center, Los Angeles, CA (©incite photography)
Location for Star Trek Into Darkness
The Westin Bonaventure - 404 S. Figueroa Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90071
The Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles CA (© incite photography)
Temporary home to Rain Man, In the Line of the Fire,  Nick of Time, Heat, True Lies

Venice Canals - transversed by with Dell Ave. Venice CA 90291
Venice Canal, Los Angeles, CA (© incite photography)
Used in Touch of Evil
Los Angeles County Arboretum - 301 N. Baldwin Ave Arcadia CA 91007
Queen Anne Cottage, LA Arboretum, Los Angeles, CA (©incite photography)
Location for The African Queen

Bradbury Building - 304 Broadway Los Angeles CA 90013
Bradbury Building, Los Angeles, CA (© 2013, incite photography)
Used for Blade Runner, D.O.A., Chinatown, The Artist

LACMA - 5905 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles CA 90036
Rodin sculpture, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA (© incite photography)
L.A. Story, I Am Sam, and The Player were filmed here.

There are many more where these came from. Leave a comment with your own favorites to add to the list.





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