Have Your Own La La Land

Filming Locations You Can Visit

La La Land, which won a record seven Golden Globe awards, captures the sweetest version of Los Angeles with its cotton candy sunsets, iconic architecture, neon signs, quiet streets, and towering palm trees.

“You can’t have a better tourism brochure than this movie,” Mayor Eric Garcetti told The Wrap at the musical’s Los Angeles premiere. “It highlights 60 locations. It shows that L.A. is not just about the stars. It’s about the romance.”

With help from Fandango, we’ve identified more than a dozen of those locations. Enjoy!

Courtesy of Lionsgate

1. 105/110 freeway interchange

No one has ever handled LA’s notorious traffic jams as gracefully as the characters in La La Land‘s opening musical number, which was shot over two hot days on the 105/110 freeway overpass.

Interstate 110
Los Angeles, CA 90061  |  Directions

It’s true that many aspiring actors work day jobs in the service industry, but Mia’s workplace, at a coffeeshop on the Warner Bros lot, is actually fictional. The Los Angeles Times says the production team “plastered the walls with vintage photographs of actors like Lucille Ball and Spencer Tracy.” The faux cafe was set up on the lot, right across the street from a window used in Casablanca. Director Damien Chazelle “was so jazzed when he found out about the historic window that he added a line into the script where Mia gushes over her love of the 1942 classic,” the Times said.

4000 Warner Blvd
Burbank, CA 91522
(818) 954-6000  |  Website

3. Mia’s pink apartment

Mia’s pink stucco apartment is a lovely example of the Spanish Colonial Revival architecture that helps define the look of LA, Long Beach included. Called Rose Towers, the 20-unit complex, built in 1928, was carefully restored 10 years ago. In writing about that preservation effort, the Los Angeles Times noted the building’s Moorish decorative motifs were “evident in graceful arches, multicolored tiles, wrought iron balconies and carved wooden doors.”

1728 E 3rd St #2
Long Beach, CA 90802  |  Directions

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4. Mt. Hollywood Drive

On a paved street hugging a hillside in Griffith Park, Mia and Sebastian tapdance to the movie composer’s original song, “A Lovely Night.” The location overlooking the Valley is called Cathy’s Corner, and, if what’s seen on-screen looks unfamiliar to the local eye, that’s because the producers brought in the street lamps and park bench.

Mt Hollywood Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027  |  Directions

5.Smoke House Restaurant

The interior of the restaurant where Sebastian begrudgingly plays Christmas tunes was filmed inside the old-school the Smoke House, which is right across the street from Warner Bros.

4420 W Lakeside Dr
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 845-3731  |  Website

6. “You Are the Star” Mural

This Hollywood Walk of Fame mural, depicting such famous actors as Richard Pryor, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and James Dean, sitting in a theater, serves as the exterior of the fictional restaurant from which Sebastian is fired.

Wilcox
Los Angeles, CA 90028  |  Directions

7. Jar Restaurant

The upscale, retro-modern restaurant where Mia ditches her boyfriend also made an appearance in I Love You Man.

8225 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-6566  |  Website

8. Rialto Theatre

Built in 1925 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the single-screen theater where Mia and Sebastian catch Rebel Without a Cause has been closed since 2007. In its heyday, in addition to flicks, it also staged vaudeville acts. It’s a romantic setting for a first date, even if Mia and Sebastian’s doesn’t play out quite as planned. The National Park Service website describes it this way: “The interior … is a lavish example of flamboyant eclecticism. Multiple rows of crown molding surround the first level of seating, and below the massive balcony, also finished with extensive molding, hang chandeliers mounted in Moroccan-influenced ceiling fixtures.”

1023 Fair Oaks Ave
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 799-1824  |  Directions

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9. Griffith Observatory

The observatory is “a monument the same way that the Arc de Triomphe or Big Ben are monuments, but those rise out of a clustered urban environment. Griffith sits atop a hill as if it’s in its own world. That speaks to the sprawl and the spirit of Los Angeles. It’s totally, authentically, ironically its own thing,” director Damien Chazelle told Entertainment Weekly. It’s an architectural stunner made all the more majestic by a beautiful couple floating through the air inside its planetarium.

2800 E Observatory Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(213) 473-0800  |  Website

10. Griffith Park Fern Dell

Fern Dell, in the lower part of Griffith Park’s western entrance, is one of the city’s better kept secrets. It’s shady, lush, and green, but it’s void of the pastel flowers you see blooming when Mia and Sebastian walk through the parklet.

Western Canyon Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90068  |  Directions

11. Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market, Downtown LA’s open-air market, featuring Chinese and Mexican food and hipster coffee and wine bars and pricy cheese and meats, is one of city’s trendiest food destinations right now. It shows up only briefly in a montage of Mia and Sebastian’s first dates.

317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 624-2378  |  Website

12. Colorado Street Bridge

Their summer romance also brings Mia and Sebastian to this stunning concrete bridge. Spanning nearly 1,500 feet over the Arroyo Seco and built in 1913, it made its first movie appearance eight years later in the silent hit The Kid.

504 W Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105  |  Directions

13. Watts Towers of Simon Rodia State Historic Park

As they continue to explore LA, Mia and Sebastian visit this famous folk art monument made from scrap metal and concrete and bedecked with drawings and tile and glass.

1765 E 107th St

Los Angeles, CA 90002

(213) 847-4646  |  Website

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14. Angels Flight Railway

From 1901 to 1969, Angels Flight, a short railway, ferried passengers up and down Bunker Hill, which, at the turn of the 20th century, was one LA’s most fashionable neighborhoods. Service resumed in 1996 after it was rebuilt and relocated, but was suspended again in 2013 for safety reasons.

La La Land got it up and running again for a shoot, though Downtown News has reported that the state public utilities commission said that should never have happened.

351 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 626-1901  |  Website

15. El Rey Theatre

A John Legend performance was filmed inside the Art Deco music venue on the Miracle Mile.

5515 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 936-6400  |  Website

16. The Lighthouse Café

Jazz isn’t huge in LA anymore, but it still is at this cafe near the Hermosa Pier, so it’s a natural den for Sebastian. In the 1950s, the Los Angeles Mirror called the venue “the top citadel of jazz on the south coast.”

30 Pier Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 376-9833  |  Website

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17. Château Marmont

Booking a ($435) room at The Chateau is proof you’ve made it in tinseltown. Congrats, Mia!

8221 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 656-1010  |  Website

18. Orcutt Ranch

The interior shots of Chateau Marmont were filmed inside a Spanish-style adobe at this Los Angeles County Park and popular wedding venue.

23600 Roscoe Blvd
Canoga Park, CA 91304
(818) 346-7449  |  Directions

19. Blind Donkey

The lowkey bar in Downtown Long Beach served as the interior of Seb’s.

149 Linden Ave Ste B100
Long Beach, CA 90802  |  Website


Source with full map — Curbed LA