Los Angeles is the home to many magical movie-making moments.
Los Angeles is the home to many magical movie-making moments. For this reason, it also welcomed 45.5 million visitors in 2016. La La Land – this year’s award show sweetheart – was shot in 40 different locations through the City of Angels. Directed by Damien Chazelle, the movie about struggling artists make us fall in love with the sunny city all over again. To check out where Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone spent hours singing and dancing, check out these hotspots:
This is where Mia (Emma Stone) works as a barista at a coffee shop, and where she took off with Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) past Stage 6 where numerous classics were shot, including “42nd Street,” and “Dial M for Murder.”
Mia stares at the mural of Hollywood icons, who gaze right back at her as well. Created in 1983 by Thomas Suriya, this has become one of the most symbolic murals of the city, featuring Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe…and many more.
Where Sebastian played Christmas songs on the piano where he disputed with the manager played by J.K. Simmons. Then Mia came in.
Colorado Street Bridge
504-, 532 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105 (map)
This is where Mia and Sebastian take a romantic walk together. Although the bridge has appeared in films, it’s also been famously known as the “Suicide Bridge,” where dozens of people have leapt to their deaths.
Swoon over Sebastian singing to “City of Stars,” the movie’s romantic track. When the cameras aren’t rolling for a blockbuster, Hermosa is popular for The city’s beach is popular for sunbathing, beach volleyball, surfing, paddleboarding and bars.
Mia and Sebastian is captured during their summer love. The Watts Towers are a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural structures. Designed and built by Sabato (“Simon”) Rodia – an Italian immigrant construction worker and tile mason – the towers were made over a period of 33 years, from 1921 to 1954. It’s representative of outsider art and Italian-American naïve art.
On a bench, Sebastian said, “Not much to look at, huh?” Mia responded, “I’ve seen better.” Then together, they dance to “A Lovely Night.” Afterward, they float through an empty observatory. The observatory is a popular tourist attraction with an excellent view of the Hollywood Sign, and an extensive array of space and science-related displays.
In the film, this is where Mia and Sebastian sat and snacked inside a market downtown, then took a ride on the cable car. The market has become a landmark in Los Angeles since 1917. Today, it has some fantastic eateries that travelers can’t miss!