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Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant

Go On Location: Star Trek Filming Locations in Los Angeles

07/26/2016

Lindsay Blake

Star Trek is turning 50! The franchise’s first export, The Original Series (TOS), first hit the small screen on Thursday, Sept. 8, 1966. It continued for three seasons, airing 79 episodes, before proceeding to launch a prolific legacy that includes six spin-offs (the latest, Star Trek: Discovery, premieres in 2017) and 13 feature films, most of which were shot in and around Los Angeles. Read on for a list of ten spots from the franchise, all of them tourist-friendly, easily accessible and inviting you to boldly go where Star Trek crews have gone before.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum peristyle

Go On Location: Los Angeles Sports Venues Starring in Movies & TV Shows

07/20/2016

Lindsay Blake

Los Angeles has long had ties to the Summer Olympics, hosting the games in 1932 and 1984. The City of Angels is in the running to once again host the summer games - L.A. is one of the four candidate cities vying to host the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad in 2024. The Los Angeles Olympic Bid proposes to utilize many of the city’s existing sports arenas. From baseball fields to football stadiums and ice rinks, L.A. is filled with world-class athletic venues. Not only have the spaces been the site of countless baskets, touchdowns, home runs and goals over the years, but virtually all of them have also appeared onscreen. Read on for a list of ten of the city’s most iconic athletic venues and the movies and television shows in which they have appeared.

Rendezvous Court at Millennium Biltmore

Go On Location: "Independence Day" Filming Locations in Los Angeles

06/21/2016

Lindsay Blake

“Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!” The immortal words, spoken by President Thomas Whitmore (Bill Pullman) before the climactic fight sequence at the end of Independence Day, rally his ragtag group of troops to save the world from alien invaders. In July, we not only celebrate our real life Independence Day, but also the film’s anniversary - the blockbuster movie hit the big screen on July 3, 1996, breaking several box office records in the process. Though it employed heavy special effects and elaborate sets, many of the locations that were featured are real. Shot across the U.S. in cities such as New York, New York and Wendover, Utah, several L.A. spots also made an appearance. Read on for eight Los Angeles locations from Independence Day.

The Bueller house from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

Go On Location: "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" Filming Locations in Los Angeles

06/08/2016

Lindsay Blake

John Hughes’ iconic tale of truant teen Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) originally hit theatres on June 11, 1986. Though it's set and largely filmed in Hughes’ beloved Illinois, the movie also made use of several Los Angeles locales. Read on for a list of 12 L.A. filming locations for Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

A special thank you to Michael Amundson and Owen Lockwood, who provided invaluable help in tracking down many of these locations.

The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Go On Location: Historic Los Angeles Theatres Featured in Film

04/13/2016

Lindsay Blake

In the early 1900s, lavish theatres and movie palaces began popping up across Los Angeles. Though a large number of them have been transformed, altered or razed over the years, several of the historic venues remain in operation and in pristine condition. While the opulent sites are not always open to the public, they can be accessed a number of ways, such as the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Broadway Historic Theatre and Commercial District Walking Tour, and the Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats film series program.

Because the theatres are regularly used for filming, you can also catch a glimpse of them onscreen. Read on for a list of ten historic venues and the productions they have appeared in.

Jonathan Gold eating lunch in "City of Gold"

The Guide to Los Angeles Restaurants in "City of Gold"

03/11/2016

dine L.A.

Los Angeles is regarded as one of the top dining destinations in the country, a multicultural mecca for foodies and chefs alike. From Michelin-starred restaurants to humble street carts, Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold has written about it all for more than two decades. The first food writer to win the Pulitzer Prize in criticism, Gold is the subject of a new documentary, City of Gold.

Directed by Laura Gabbert and featuring some of L.A.’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurants, City of Gold takes the audience on a journey to discover Los Angeles through the eyes of one of its foremost cultural writers and a true ambassador of the city. Read on for a guide to L.A. restaurants featured in City of Gold.

Samuel Oschin Planetarium at the Griffith Observatory

Go On Location: The Best Film & TV Locations for a Rainy Day in L.A.

11/10/2015

Lindsay Blake

Los Angeles is world-famous for its year-round sunny weather. For those days when L.A. gets some much-needed rain, Angelenos and visitors alike will surely be looking for ways to keep dry. Catching a movie is one good approach to beating the rain. The following ten filming locations can also provide respite on a rainy day.

The Gamble House aka Doc Brown's house in "Back to the Future"

Go Back to the Future With These L.A. Film Locations

10/19/2015

Discover Los Angeles

When you're in Los Angeles, you don't have to go far to go Back to the Future. You can time travel back to "Hill Valley" in 1985 and 1955, just by exploring some of L.A.'s neighborhoods. Read on and discover film locations from the iconic 1980s movie that can be found in or around Los Angeles.

Back to the Future Day

Celebrate Back to the Future Day at Los Angeles Theaters

10/19/2015

Discover Los Angeles

For Back to the Future fans, the future has finally arrived. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, is the day that Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) time travels to the future in Back to the Future Part II, directed by Robert Zemeckis and released by Universal Pictures in November 1989. To celebrate Back to the Future Day, theaters across the country are showing the entire movie trilogy. Many of the screenings will start at 4:29 p.m., which every BTTF fan knows is the exact time that Marty arrives in the future on Oct. 21, 2015.

Besides the screenings, other tributes include a Universal trailer for Jaws 19 (seen on a movie theater marquee in the future), a Hoverboard commercial and Pepsi Perfect, which Marty orders at an 80s-themed diner in the future and is being sold online in limited quantities starting Oct. 21.

Jamie Lee Curtis in "Halloween" (1978)

See the Scariest Movies in Los Angeles

10/02/2015

Discover Los Angeles

Get ready for a month of spooky screenings at landmark theatres and unique venues across Los Angeles! Enjoy horror classics and modern masterpieces that will surely get you in the Halloween spirit.

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