West Hollywood on the Silver Screen

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The storied city of West Hollywood and the many events that have taken place there have inspired many a film over the years. So it's no surprise that movies filmed in West Hollywood tell stories that could only take place in L.A. These are just a few of the films that have showcased some of the city's most iconic locales over the years.

Almost Famous

The legendary Continental Hyatt House, now the Andaz West Hollywood, was infamous for the rock star-worthy parties held by bands performing at nearby clubs like the Roxy Theatre and the Whisky-A-Go-Go. Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous set several scenes in the hotel, also known as the "Riot House," and even referenced it in one of the movie's most memorable lines - fictional band frontman Stillwater yells "I am a golden god!" allegedly quoting Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, who is said to have screamed the same phrase from the hotel's balcony.

L.A. Confidential

Set during the 1950s, L.A. Confidential follows 3 Los Angeles cops through a trail of deception and crime, set against the backdrop of many Hollywood landmarks. In West Hollywood they visit the Formosa Cafe, a diner founded in 1925 that initially served as a Red Car dining trolley and called famous folk like Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable regulars. See it in the film when Detective Ed Exley (Guy Pearce) busts a Lana Turner-lookalike prostitute, only to find out it's actually Lana Turner.

Get Shorty

In a film that deals with the morally ambiguous world of film production, it's not surprising that many West Hollywood landmarks appear in Get Shorty. See Cafe Med, a Mediterranean bistro on the Sunset Strip, in the scene with the fateful meeting between Chili Palmer (John Travolta) and Martin Weir (Danny Devito). And just as in the film, it too is a favorite spot for those hoping to catch their big break into Hollywood.

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