For locals and tourists alike, scouting out some of the most famous movie locations in the world can fill a day of fun (and instagram pics). Living so close to Hollywood, we tend to forget that we have famous filming locations just around the corner in Silicon Beach! We’ve compiled a list of some of the biggest filming locations in Silicon Beach and Los Angeles!
The Santa Monica Pier
This one is a given. A shot of the pier is in almost every LA based movie and tv show. From Forrest Gump to Iron Man, the Santa Monica Pier has played a role in countless movies. The critically acclaimed 1950 film “Quicksand” is one of the earliest and most recognizable scenes filmed on the pier as it’s the location of the movie’s dramatic climax. A great filiming location right in Silicon Beach.
One of the L.A.’s most famous beachside restaurants is a tiny shack-like eatery known as Neptune’s Net. Originally established as Jake’s Diner in 1958, the seaside restaurant has only changed hands twice since its inception - first in 1974, when it was purchased by Paul and Dolly Seay (when it was renamed Neptune’s Net), and in 1991, when it was sold to Michelle Lee and her husband, Chong Sun. Throughout the decades, the landmark has remained mostly the same, barely changing between it’s appearance. Next time your tooling around in Silicon Beach stop by and see the landmark. Neptune’s Net has been featured in movies and tv such as Fast and the Furious, Losin’ It, Point Break, People Like Us, So Little Time, Gossip Girl and The Hills. The exterior was also used in the filming of Iron Man 3.
Leo Carrillo State Park
Summer Lovin’ is one of the most iconic songs in movie history, and the state park where the summer love began isn’t too far north of us. At the beginning of the 1978 classic, Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson gets friendly in the sand at Leo Carrillo State Park.
The 1.5-mile coastline, which features rocky cliffs, reefs, tide pools and caves, has been immortalized on screen countless times over the years, in classics like Grease and The Karate Kid. It has also been featured in blockbusters like She’s All That and Furious 7. Another Silicon Beach Favorite that should not be missed.
El Matador State Beach
“If you’re a bird, I’m a bird!” That’s right, one of the most romantic movies of all time was filmed in Malibu at El Matador State Beach. Though most of the 2004 flick was shot in South Carolina, producers chose El Matador’s arresting rocky landscape for the romantic scene between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. The beach is also the scene of Madonna’s Cherish music video. Although it’s not the easiest beach to access - beachgoers have to travel down a steep dirt path to reach the sand - El Matador’s sparkling blue waters, large rock formations, scattered boulders and unique caves make it one of L.A.’s most picturesque sites.