Do you ever wonder if the places you see in the movies actually exist and dream of exploring these places yourself? Or maybe a place looks familiar that it feels like a déjà vu: Where did I see this place again? Have I been here before?. Be it one way or another, an iconic film could really transport you into the scene. Good news is, there are a handful of famous movie locations you can actually visit. Brace yourself and pack your excitement as we take you to different iconic movie locations in California that are worth adding to your travel list once you visit the state.

Bradbury Building

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When it comes to filming locations, Los Angeles offers a lot of architectural sites, one of which is the iconic Bradbury Building. The L.A. landmark was built in 1893 and is known for its elaborate atrium. Bradbury Building is the perfect backdrop for any Hollywood films– featured in some film classics such as Blade Runner (1982), 500 Days of Summer (2009), The Artist (2011), Double Indemnity (1944), and D.O.A. (1950). 

The gorgeous historical landmark of Bradbury Building fits like a puzzle piece to every film and helps drive the audience’s feelings that there’s something about this place.

Location: 304 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, United States 

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

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For billions of people, the Golden Gate Bridge serves as a never-ending grandeur place to capture endless photographs but its steel structure also exists as part of the movie screen. Since its opening in 1937, a ton of stories have been told, which the golden gate bridge witnessed. Here are some of the memorable movies featuring the international orange bridge– Terminator: Genisys (2015), San Andreas (2015), Godzilla (2014), Pacific Rim (2013), and Superman: The Movie (1978).

Location: Connecting the city of San Francisco to Marin County, California.

The Alabama Hills of Lone Pine

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If you have seen old Hollywood and a staple of more cowboy movies with recognizable piles of rock, Alabama Hills might be it. The surrounding mountain and sweeping desert appeared in hundreds of films, including Iron Man (2008), Man of Steel (2013),  Django Unchained (2012), and The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938).

Location: Located in the shadow of Mt Whitney and the Eastern Sierras

Fox Plaza, Los Angeles

Completed in 1986, the Fox Plaza offers a contemporary Modern feel in the Late Modern building design. The skyscraper played the part of the fictitious Nakatomi Plaza in Die Hard, the first and by most accounts best of the Die Hard series, and served as a location for numerous other Fox films.

Location: 523 W. Sixth St., Suite 826, Los Angeles, CA 90014

ANGELS FLIGHT 

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The Angels Flight was built in 1901 on Downtown Los Angeles Hill Street. Famous for its narrow-gauge and funicular railway, Angels Flight became an iconic site for its appearance in classic noir films, like 1952’s The Turning Point, when William Holden and Alexis Smith rode the funicular to find a witness in a corruption investigation. Two 1950s noir films—Joseph Losey’s remake of M (1951) and Kiss Me Deadly (1955)— both feature Angels Flight and exteriors of Bunker Hill’s tenements.

Location: Bunker Hill district of Downtown Los Angeles, California. 


Written by Karisma Primero

Karisma Primero is currently a Digital Marketing Intern of PS Media Enterprise, and a 3rd year Broadcasting student at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines - Manila.

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