Seven Los Angeles Locations 'La La Land' Fans Should Visit

BY: VIRIDIANA ORTIZ
 

One of the most popular films that emerged during the awards season this year was “La la land” written and directed by academy award winner Damien Chazelle. "La La Land” tells of the story of an aspiring actress, Mia [Emma Stone], and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a jazz musician, who are both struggling to fulfill their aspirations in a city that is known for crushing hopes and dreams.

This original musical, takes place in modern time Los Angeles and it perfectly captures the essence of Los Angeles. Filmed in over 60 locations, “La la land” features the beauty of the architecture you can find in LA, the radiant sunsets and of course the towering palm trees California is known for. However, did you know that “La La Land” was filmed in Long Beach?

Here are seven of the several locations featured in “La La Land” that every fan should visit, starting off in downtown Long Beach.

Mia’s Apartment

Mia’s vibrant apartment featured during the second musical act, is the perfect example of the beautiful architecture you can find here in southern California. The Rose Towers, originally known as the El Cordova Apartments, were built in 1928 and are located in Long Beach. The Rose Towers apartments have a gorgeous courtyard and style that it is not hard to see why director Chazelle picked this spot in Long Beach.

1728 E 3rd St #2
Long Beach, CA 90802

The Blind Donkey

Near the Rose Towers you can find the location of the bar used for Sebastian’s jazz club, Seb’s. The Blind Donkey, a whiskey and game room bar, was transformed into the jazz club where Mia and Sebastian encountered each other towards the end of the film. The Blind Donkey is a popular laid back bar with a large collection of whiskey, wine beer that is a hot spot in Long Beach.

149 Linden Ave. Ste B100
Long Beach, CA 90802

 

The Lighthouse Café

In the film, Sebastian takes Mia to a jazz club, where he introduces her to what he calls “pure jazz”. This nightclub has actually been a jazz hotspot since 1949 and notable jazz legends Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and Chet Baker have all performed here. The Lighthouse Café continues to be a well known Jazz club and even host salsa, country, reggae nights.

30 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Hermosa Beach Pier

The scene where Gosling strolled along at sunset singing “City of Stars," took place at Hermosa beach pier. In the film there are a number of street lamps that lined up in the pier but in real life they actual do not exist. However, according to article published by Curbed Los Angels, the residents of Hermosa Beach liked the film’s transformation of the pier and are lobbying to place permeant streetlamps.  

1 Pier Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Angels Flight

Although the Angel Flights is currently closed to the public, this did not stop director Chazelle from shooting at this iconic LA spot. These railways cars have given over 100 million rides to passengers between Hill and Olive Street on Bunker Hill. The Angels Flights permanently closed in 2013 but on March 1, 2017, Mayor Rice Garcetti announced that this iconic railway will reopen to the public by Labor Day this year.

351 Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Grand Central Market

Photo by Stephanie Perez

Photo by Stephanie Perez

While the grand central market only makes a quick and brief appearance in the film during a date Mia and Sebastian go on, this market is actually ranked as one of the best places to get food in Los Angeles. This market has been opened since 1917 and it reflects the diversity found in Los Angeles. The market is home to over 30 vendors and you can spot Mia and Sebastian at Sarita's Pupuseria in the film.

317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Griffith Observatory

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The Griffith Observatory is one of the most popular attractions in southern California and a national leader in public astronomy. The Griffith Observatory sets on top of the Mount Hollywood and has an astounding view of the Hollywood sign and of all of Los Angeles. In the film, during one of their dates, Mia and Sebastian end up at Observatory where they spend the night wandering and dancing throughout the planetarium. This is a great spot to visit in LA because of the scenic view and free admission.

2800 East Observatory Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90027