West Hollywood has been featured in countless movies and television shows over the years. Use this list as your guide to see the locations up close and in person!
Starting on The Sunset Strip:
The Rainbow Bar & Grill (9015 Sunset Blvd) was featured in Guns N’ Roses music video November Rain.
The Roxy Theatre (9009 Sunset Blvd) can be seen in the 2009 movie Fame and in 2012’s Rock of Ages.
Whisky a Go Go (8901 Sunset Blvd) was home to a rock concert scene in the movie The Doors, which told the story of the famous and influential 1960′s rock band and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison. This famous Sunset Strip nightclub was also seen in the movies A Night at the Roxbury and Rock of Ages.
In front of 8524 Sunset Blvd (where Dino’s Lodge once stood) you will find a plaque on the sidewalk in front of the arching doorway declaring that this is indeed the site where the series 77 Sunset Strip was filmed at from 1958 to 1964. The old TV show showed shots of Dino’s Lodge each week.
The Mondrian hotel (8440 Sunset Blvd) is featured in Entourage at the end of season three when Vince moves into the hotel after selling his house to buy the script for Medellin.
The House of Blues Sunset Strip (8430 Sunset Blvd) is the set of the concert scene in the 2003 movie Freaky Friday, when the mother, trapped in her daughter’s body, has to play the guitar in her daughter’s band.
The Andaz West Hollywood (8401 Sunset Blvd – was Continental Hyatt Hotel at the time) – is seen in the 2000 movie Almost Famous, a movie about an up-and-coming rock band set in the 1970s.
Saddle Ranch Chop House (8371 Sunset Blvd) – had its own 2011 reality show, aptly named Saddle Ranch and was also featured in an episode of Sex and the City – when Miranda decided to let loose on their visit to LA and ride the bull!
The beautiful, art deco Sunset Tower (8358 Sunset Blvd) hotel has been featured in many movies including the Italian Job, the men stayed here while planning their heist, and Dinner for Schmucks, where the hotel was actually shown as the exterior of the apartment building where Paul Rudd or “Tim” lived.
The Standard Hotel (8300 Sunset Blvd) can be seen in the 2011 movie The Green Hornet during a party scene with Seth Rogen in which a chair flies through one of the windows. The hotel is also in an episode of Entourage where Drama ends up getting hung upside down from a balcony overlooking the pool deck.
Heading down La Brea Avenue:
High Voltage Tattoo (1259 N. La Brea) was home to the popular TLC show LA Ink which ran from 2007-2011.
Heading back west on Santa Monica Boulevard:
Both the interior and exterior of Formosa Café (7156 Santa Monica Blvd) are seen in the 1997 movie L.A. Confidential, an intricate noir tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze in the 1950s. Other movies shot here include The Majestic and Still Breathing.
The Lot (7200 Santa Monica Blvd, formally Pickford-Fairbanks Studios, United Artists Studios and The Samuel Goldwyn Studios) is currently home to the set of True Blood. With a history that dates back to the early 1900s, classic movies such as Guys and Dolls and Some Like it Hot and TV shows such as The Love Boat and Dynasty.
Bar Lubitsch (7702 Santa Monica Blvd) can be seen in the 2011 blockbuster Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
The original Barney’s Beanery (8447 Santa Monica Blvd), was featured several times in the movie The Doors, including a scene in which Jim Morisson gets kicked out for urinating on the bar (an incident which reportedly happened in real life).
The West Hollywood IHOP (8461 Santa Monica Blvd) is the IHOP seen in the hit movie The Hangover Part II.
The Palihouse Holloway (8465 Holloway Dr, just off of Santa Monica Blvd) hotel was where Whitney had her going away part when she left the reality show The Hills.
Down on Melrose Avenue:
The very large and prominent Pacific Design Center (8687 Melrose Ave) can be seen in several TV shows including episodes of Entourage, NCIS Los Angeles, Big Love, and several HGTV specials.
Urth Caffe (8565 Melrose Ave) is probably the most reoccurring business featured on Entourage, it’s the boy’s most frequented hangout, whether making business deals, meeting girls, or just hanging out.
And on Beverly Boulevard:
Lemonade (9001 Beverly Blvd) – The Hills, where LC and Whitney said their goodbyes before Whitney leaves for NY to start own show.