LA’s Most Famous Film Locations


Ever since the first motion picture was filmed here in 1911, Los Angeles has been widely considered the movie capital of the world. Countless scenes have been shot away from movie studios in LA’s public spaces, residential areas and parks—places that everyone can visit on a regular basis. Although the glamorous perception of the film industry may intimidate the average sightseer, the following locations are frequented by locals and easy for anyone to access.

Griffith Observatory

A popular destination for locals and tourists alike, it’s a rare occasion to find the Griffith Observatory vacant. Whether it’s a public star party, sunset walk and talk, or meteor shower viewings, there’s always something stellar to do at the observatory.

One of the most iconic buildings in Los Angeles, the observatory is featured in several films, including The Terminator, Dragnet, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Transformers and Yes Man.