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Go On Location: The Best Movies & TV Shows Starring Los Angeles


Lindsay Blake

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.

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl: The Story of an L.A. Icon


Elina Shatkin

After playing home to concerts, theatrical productions and an Easter Sunrise service, the Hollywood Bowl kicked off its first official season in the summer of 1922. It was a barebones experience for spectators, who sat on temporary wooden benches to watch Alfred Hertz conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The scenery and the sounds, however, were hard to beat. Located in a bowl-shaped area of the Hollywood Hills that was once called Daisy Dell, the spot where the venue now stands was chosen, in part, for its natural acoustics. Those are amplified by electronics as well as the bandshell with its distinctive white arches. It's actually the Hollywood Bowl's fourth bandshell. The first two were designed by Lloyd Wright, son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Gallery Bar and Cognac Room at the Millennium Biltmore

Go On Location: Famous Film & TV Restaurants in L.A.


Lindsay Blake

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.

Venice Canals

Los Angeles Through a Chinese Lens: Part 2


Dan Shapiro

In this second part of our ongoing series, Discover Los Angeles dives further into the lives and experiences of five Mainland Chinese students currently enrolled at the University of Southern California (USC).