This is our first blog post. Yay! And since “La La Land” is
this year’s Oscar winner for Best Picture such a great film, we wanted to highlight all its most beautiful, famous Los Angeles locations.
1. Angels Flight Funicular Railway in the Bunker Hill district of Downtown Los Angeles
One of the most recognized Los Angeles landmarks, this long-inclined railway is 115 years old. It has two funicular cars, Sinai and Olivet, running in opposite directions on a shared cable. Unfortunately, they haven’t been working since 2013, but they sure make the film’s love story montage all the more romantic.
Address: 351 Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
2. The Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach
For Ryan Gosling’s character, Sebastian, owning his own jazz spot was a dream come true. To find the perfect location, Director Damien Chazelle had to go to the very southwest corner of Los Angeles county, to the iconic Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach. The café has been a jazz club since 1949, serving brunch and hosting an eclectic range of bands.
Address: 30 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
3. Griffith Observatory
You can’t talk about “La La Land” without mentioning the place also famously featured in “Rebel Without a Cause.” The world-famous Griffith Observatory, located in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park in Los Feliz, features the Zeiss and solar telescopes mounted on copper-clad domes. But as the sun sets, it’s clear to see the true reason so many couples visit: The spectacular view.
Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
4. Colorado Street Bridge
Once dubbed the world’s highest concrete bridge, the Colorado Street Bridge spans nearly 1,500 feet over the Arroyo Seco. Built in 1939, it offers visitors a fantastic view of Pasadena, perfect for summer romance… and for the setting of a great film, of course.
Address: 504-, 532 W. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105
5. The Ramp Connecting the 105 and 110 Freeways
Freeways aren’t exactly a prime destination, but they do represent the oldest and truest of Los Angeles traditions: Sitting in traffic. Shot over two extremely hot days, this unique dance scene was shot on the actual shut down freeway, no green screen required. So now, whenever you’re crawling along these roads, you can say you’ve been to a “La La Land” filming location. How exciting!
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