Check out iconic locations where ‘LA LA Land’ was filmed!
105/110 Freeway Interchange
La La Land‘s opening musical number was shot over two hot days on the 105/110 freeway overpass.
Mt. Hollywood Drive
On a paved street hugging a hillside in Griffith Park, Mia and Sebastian tap dance 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.
6.5 miles away from the Villa
Warner Bros. Studios
It’s true that many aspiring actors work day jobs in the service industry, but Mia’s workplace, at a coffee shop 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.
5.3 miles away from the Villa
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.
5.3 miles away from the Villa
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.”
12.8 miles away from the Villa
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.
4 miles away from the Villa
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.
18.4 miles away from the Villa
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.
13.4 miles away from the Villa
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.
6 miles away from the Villa
Booking a ($435) room at The Chateau is proof you’ve made it in tinsel town. Congrats, Mia!
2.8 miles away from the Villa
The low key bar in Downtown Long Beach served as the interior of Seb’s.
14.7 miles away from the Villa