Hilton’s founder Conrad Hilton and the entertainment industry had the same brilliant focus when building their empires: location, location, location. Sometimes our first experience with seeing a new location is on the big screen in feature films. From classic movies, such as Rebel without a Cause, to blockbuster hits, such as Titanic, movies resonate with all of us and create a feeling of awe for every generation to enjoy. Since the early 1920’s, Hollywood has provided picture-perfect locations for movie magic, and I’m excited to share my favorite must-see locations with you.
Los Angeles itself is the prime location for countless films. Where else can an industry shut down a major highway overpass to film the opening scene of 2016’s Academy Award-winning film La La Land? First time visitors to Hollywood should be sure to take a selfie at popular sites, such as the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Walk of Fame and the iconic Hollywood sign. And, here are some special treats for all of you film aficionados highlighting a few film location favorites:
The first is the historic Union Station; one of the most well-known locations in downtown Los Angeles. Films such as Catch Me If You Can, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Pearl Harbor, Blade Runner and The Dark Knight Rises have all been filmed here. One can wine and dine before roaming throughout the station at Traxx, located inside, which pays tribute to local artists’ murals and photography exhibits.
The Griffith Observatory is near the Hollywood sign on a beautiful mountain which overlooks the city. This location rose to fame in the 1955 James Dean movie Rebel without a Cause and was most recently featured in La La Land, where the magical dance sequence was filmed. The Terminator, Devil in a Blue Dress, The Rocketeer, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Transformers, Yes Man, Love and Mercy and San Andreas have also been filmed here. This planetarium, which has been free to the public since 1935, is a perfect family outing and provides hiking trails, including one leading up to the Hollywood sign for picturesque views.
Lastly, one cannot forget the popular sparkling beaches and the iconic entrance of the Santa Monica Pier, which opened in 1909 and became a Santa Monica Historic Landmark in 1976. The pier represents the California coast in many films, such as A Night at the Roxbury, Titanic, Iron Man, Love Stinks, Hancock and Hannah Montana: The Movie. There are restaurants and a family amusement park called Pacific Park along the pier. One of the most memorable films for which the pier is known is 1994’s Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks. On the pier you’ll find the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant, Forrest Gump’s bench and box of chocolates for a picture-perfect moment.
Hollywood is much more than all of the glitz and glamour. Visit these must-see locations and you will feel as if you are starring in your very own feature film. Be sure to get camera-ready and make memories as you enjoy these sights. From the sun-shaped Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier to Mount Hollywood, where the Griffith Observatory sits overlooking a starry view of the City of Angels, to the historic Union station, all of these locations tell timeless stories.
This article was originally published by Hilton Suggests.