For the month of May, we will be featuring a four-part blog on iconic LaLa Land film locations to visit.
In 2016, La La Land became an instant hit and Oscar nominee for best picture. The romantic comedy musical film highlighted some of the major landmarks in Los Angeles. A great way to visit the city is to retrace the footsteps of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Stop at these filming locations and embrace the "City of Stars".
There are so many fabulous locations to visit, so we broke this self-guided tour into a four-day adventure. The first day is dedicated to all the filming spots located near the Manhattan Beach area.
HERMOSA BEACH PIER: A La La Land tour wouldn't be complete, without dipping your toes in the Pacific Ocean. The Hermosa Beach Pier is the perfect place to take in the ocean breeze. Be sure to bring your dance moves, as this is the pier that Sebastian dances to "City of Stars" with an elderly couple. Set designers added lamp posts, so it may look a little different, but this is the spot. Located at the end of Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
THE LIGHTHOUSE CAFE: The Lighthouse Cafe used to be an exclusive jazz club, but with changing times it now plays music of all types. Only a few steps from the pier, this is a must-see stop on your tour. Jazz is still performed live on Saturday and Sunday for brunch. There is also a happy hour on Wednesday from 6 pm to 9 pm. This is the place where Sebastian introduces Mia to jazz. Located at 30 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
MIA'S APARTMENT BUILDING: Rose Towers, originally known as El Cordova Apartments, is a beautiful pink stucco building that Mia called home. Built in 1928, the building is an extraordinary example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. Don't miss the back alley, Bird Lane, where Sebastian picks up Mia and turns the wrong way onto Gaviota Street. Located at 1728 E 3rd Street, Apt. #16, Long Beach, CA 90802
BLIND DONKEY: Located a mile from Mia's apartment is The Blind Donkey. This club is the location for the interior shots of Seb's jazz club. Placed in an archway at the bottom of the stairs was the sign that Mia designed. The stage was enlarged to accommodate the grand piano. Located at 149 Linden Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802
These locations are all close to The Sea View Inn at the Beach, a Manhattan beach hotel, keeping your traveling time to a minimum. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Pacific Ocean along the way. Hermosa Beach and Long Beach are two spots you don't want to miss when visiting California.
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