Top ten places in Los Angeles, California, a movie buff must visit
Movie buffs must not miss these film locations when in Los Angeles:
- If you loved the movie Wedding Singer, you must The Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens. The Huntington’s sprawling North Vista lawn was where Adam Sandler was left at the altar. It’s Japanese gardens was also featured in Beverly Hills Ninja, and Memories of a Geisha
- The 2nd Street Tunnel, a 1,500ft stretch that connects Figueroa and Hill Streets has been featured in a number of films including Independence Day, Con Air, Blade Runner, Kill Bill, Lethal Weapon 2, Godzilla, Transformers, and The Terminator.
- Fox Plaza, the headquarters of 20th Century Fox was the location of memorable action films such as Speed, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon 2, and No Man’s Land. Although the building is not open to the public, just the mere sight of the building will make you recall the action packed Die Hard.
- Pretty Woman is one of the well-loved movies shot in Los Angeles. You can actually request for the “Pretty Woman table” at Cicada where one of the scene in the movie was shot. It also featured Rodeo Drive and the Beverly Wilshire.
- Leo Carrillo State Beach, Los Angeles River, and Venice High School were seen in the movie Grease starring Olivia Newton-John and Jon Travolta. Its musical numbers were shot at the Paramount Pictures studio lot.
- Casablanca, one of the most memorable romantic movies of all time, was shot at the Warner Bros. Studios back lot including the Paris flashback scenes where Humphrey Bogart’s “We’ll always have Paris” line was uttered.
- You must visit Frankie Dunn’s house where Frankie Dunn, a boxing trainer portrayed by Clint Eastwood in the film Million Dollar Baby lived. The movie swept almost all the major awards of the 77th Oscar Academy Awards. The house is located in eagle Rock.
- Not a single scene was shot in Iran in the movie Argo, based on a true to life event that happened in Tehran, Iran. Most of the scenes were shot in Los Angeles including the VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center, Hancock Park, Smokehouse Restaurant, and the Los Angeles Times Building.
- If you are a sci-fi movie buff, you must the former rock quarry known as Bronson Canyon. Aside from being a popular tourist spot, the canyon has been featured in sci-fi movies including the 1956 classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Robot Monster, The Phantom Empire, the Army of Darkness, and of course, the Batcave from the 1960s "Batman" television series.
- The Wattles Mansion was the setting of the demon-possessed home of Jonathan Graves in the movie Ghoulies. It was featured in other movies such as Rain Man, Troop Beverly Hills, and My Family. The grounds are open to the public.
Whatever movie genre you are fond of; Los Angeles is the city where you can visit a number of film locations. Consult your travel agent for more details.