New York has Woody Allen and Chicago had John Hughes. It sometimes seems like Los Angeles has yet to find that director who treats the city as his or her primary muse. While many movies and television shows are set in L.A. and countless more have filmed here, only a handful of productions focus as much on the city itself as the characters who live here. Read on for L.A. locations featured in 12 movies and television shows that prominently showcase Los Angeles.
Los Angeles has never suffered from a shortage of fabulous places to grab a bite to eat. From Downtown to Hollywood, Santa Monica and Pasadena, there is a unique bistro, café, delicatessen or gastropub situated on virtually every street corner ready to welcome a hungry patron. For those who prefer their meals with a side of show biz history, here are 11 famous film and TV restaurants that you can visit in L.A.
First incorporated by Harry Culver in 1917, Culver City began as an incubator for the film industry in the early 20th century, when Hal Roach and MGM Studios built their studios. The Hughes Aircraft Company opened its plant in Culver City in 1941, as seen in Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator.” Discover the Culver City of today during its renaissance as a destination for art, dining, theatre and more. Thanks to the ongoing expansion of the Metro Expo Line, the neighborhood can be easily explored without driving a car. Step into one of L.A.'s most walkable neighborhoods and experience the best of Culver City.
Renowned for some of the best surfing waves in Southern California and regarded as the birthplace of beach volleyball, Manhattan Beach is a real-deal beach community. Naturally a day in Manhattan Beach can easily be enjoyed by strolling along The Strand, setting up camp on the white sand and spending hours in the water. But with great shops, restaurants and activities peppered along Manhattan Beach Boulevard, there is so much more to explore on foot. Many Angelenos prefer Manhattan Beach because it's usually less crowded than other local beaches. Come for the day or stay for the weekend - Manhattan Beach is the ideal destination for an accessible beach getaway. Read on for our walking guide to Manhattan Beach.
Hermosa Beach is located in the heart of the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Situated between Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, Hermosa is on the southern end of the 22-mile Marvin Braude Bike Trail, aka The Strand. Besides oceanfront biking, there are many activities that make Hermosa a prime beach destination, including beach volleyball, surfing, paddle boarding and sandcastle building. The hub of the action in Hermosa is centered on Pier Avenue, filled with notable restaurants, coastal-cool shops and fun bars. Read our guide to discover all the great places that make Hermosa Beach special.
The North Valley is just as its name implies, the northern part of the San Fernando Valley, and includes neighborhoods stretching from Chatsworth to Tujunga, Van Nuys to Sylmar, Granada Hills to Shadow Hills, and everything in between. Often referred to as the “Deep Valley,” there are some great restaurants, shops, and even places to hike. Check out our list below of some of the best things to do and try in the North Valley of Los Angeles.
Ah, the ‘80s. Not only did the decade gift us with a vividly colorful clothing scheme and a plethora of catchy pop ballads, but it also endowed us with one of filmdom’s most beloved genres. Though thirty-plus years have passed since many of the best-loved 80s flicks were lensed, quite a few of their locales remain virtually unchanged. Here’s a list of ten 80s movie locations that are found in Los Angeles.