3 Days of Fabulous LA Film Locations

Raptor Encounter at Jurassic World - The Ride | Photo: Universal Studios Hollywood
Raptor Encounter at Jurassic World - The Ride | Photo: Universal Studios Hollywood
Overview

Even film buffs have to get out from in front of the screen sometimes. Star in your own getaway with this award-winning film location planner. While we can make the argument that everywhere in LA is a film location, we've pulled out a few no-brainers and included some fun things that every fan of the movies must do. Make sure to check out "film locations" on discoverlosangeles.com for more.

NOTE: Hours and opening dates change frequently. Check individual websites for updated information.


Day 1

And we're rolling...start with breakfast at Westfield Century City, built on the grounds of the former 20th Century Fox backlot. Then it's off for a whirlwind trip through Hollywood history - including the Warner Bros. Studio Tour and classic Film Noir locations - that ends with spectacular views from the one-of-a kind Yamashiro restaurant.


Westfield Century City
Westfield Century City

Breakfast at Eataly or Randy's Donuts? Yum.

Fox Plaza
Fox Plaza

Best known as Nakatomi Plaza from "Die Hard" (1988).

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

This behind the scenes tour is a must for movie fans.

TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX
TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX

Check out the hand/footprints of Hollywood icons.

Red Carpet Entrance at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood
Dolby Theatre

Take a selfie at the world-famous red carpet entrance.

Larry Edmunds Bookshop
Larry Edmunds Bookshop

A mecca for movie fans seeking books, posters and more.

The Studios at Paramount
Bronson Gate at Paramount Studios

Norma Desmond enters the studio here in "Sunset Blvd."

6301 Quebec Dr.
“Double Indemnity” House

Private residence appeared as the Dietrichson home.

Formosa Café
Formosa Café

Step into a Film Noir bar right out of "LA Confidential."

Musso & Frank Grill
Musso & Frank Grill

As seen in Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood."

The Hollywood Roosevelt
The Hollywood Roosevelt

Enjoy a poolside nightcap at the home of the first Oscars.

Day 2

It's Day 2, what's your 20? Start the day with the world-famous Studio Tour and movie-themed rides at Universal Studios Hollywood. Head to Downtown LA for some LA LA Land goodness, a stunning Blade Runner location, and two iconic hotels with Hollywood history, the Millennium Biltmore and Westin Bonaventure. And finally it's "all aboard" for a stop at Union Station - site of the 2021 Oscars - and dinner at a Chinatown favorite serving up authentic Chinese cuisine with vegan options.


Mosasaurus attacks in Jurassic World: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood

The Studio Tour, Harry Potter, Jurassic World and more.

Sarita's Pupuseria
Sarita's Pupuseria

Grab a bite at this popular "La La Land" scene-stealer.

Angels Flight® Railway
Angels Flight® Railway

Ride the 1901 funicular railway from "La La Land."

Bradbury Building
Bradbury Building

As seen in "Blade Runner" and countless Film Noirs.

Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Millennium Biltmore Hotel

Visit the historic hotel that hosted eight Oscar ceremonies.

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites

The glass elevators were featured in "True Lies" and more.

Union Station entrance
Union Station

The travel hub played the police station in "Blade Runner."

Bruce Lee statue in Chinatown's Central Plaza
Bruce Lee Statue

Chinatown pays tribute to the martial arts legend.

Hop Woo- Chinatown
Hop Woo BBQ & Seafood Restaurant

Family owned favorite serving authentic Chinese cuisine.

Day 3

Set jet out to the beautiful LA Arboretum, which has transformed into faraway lands for classic Tarzan movies, The African Queen, and modern hits like Jurassic Park and Terminator 2. Enjoy an old school Mexican lunch from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, check out legendary "Hollywood Dream Machines," then spend Magic Hour on Venice Beach for a show-stopping sunset. That's a wrap.


Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Take a beautiful walk through LA's cinematic "jungle."

The Langham Huntington Pasadena, Los Angeles
The Langham Huntington Pasadena, Los Angeles

Book a private film location tour at this historic hotel.

Colorado Street Bridge
Colorado Street Bridge

Take a stroll like Mia and Sebastian did in "La La Land."

El Coyote Mexican Cafe in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | Photo: Sony Pictures
El Coyote Café

Traditional Mexican fare and stiff Margaritas since 1931.

DeLorean Time Machine from Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future II (1989), and Back to the Future III (1990) | Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum

View Batmobiles, the DeLorean time machine, and more.

Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign office at Johnie's Coffee Shop
Johnie's Coffee Shop

Featured in "The Big Lebowski" and "Reservoir Dogs."

El Matador Beach
El Matador State Beach

“If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.” - Ryan Gosling, The Notebook

"Touch of Venice" mural by Jonas Never
Venice Beach

"Touch of Evil" and "White Men Can't Jump" were made here.

Santa Monica Pier Carousel
Santa Monica Pier Carousel

Ride the carousel from Best Picture winner "The Sting."

Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier

A film location for decades and a lot of fun.