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  • Official Guide to West Hollywood

    A Tour of West Hollywood’s Legendary Film Locations

    A Tour of West Hollywood’s Legendary Film Locations

    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 the music video for Guns N’ Roses’ 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 the location of a rock concert scene in the movie The Doors, which told the story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison. This famous Sunset Strip nightclub was also shown 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 television series 77 Sunset Strip was filmed at from 1958 to 1964. The show showed shots of Dino’s Lodge each week.

    The Mondrian Hotel (8440 Sunset Blvd.) was featured in Entourage at the end of the third season, when Vince moves into the hotel after selling his house to buy the rights to the script for the fictional film 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., formerly the Continental Hyatt Hotel) can be seen in the 2000 movie Almost Famous, a movie about an up-and-coming rock band set in the 1970s. It was also used as the location of an NBA star’s penthouse apartment in the first episode of Ray Donovan.

    Saddle Ranch Chop House (8371 Sunset Blvd.) had its own reality show in 2011, aptly named Saddle Ranch, and was also featured in an episode of Sex and the City, when Miranda decided to let loose and ride the bull on the girls’ visit to Los Angeles, as well as several episodes of The Girls Next Door!

    The beautiful, art deco Sunset Tower Hotel (8358 Sunset Blvd.) has been featured in many movies. In the original 1969 version of The Italian Job, the men stayed here while planning their heist, and in Dinner for Schmucks, was used as the exterior for Tim (Paul Rudd)’s apartment.

    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—Drama ends up hanging 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 to 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) was home to the TV series True Blood during its entire run, from 2008 to 2014. The studio has a history that dates back to the early 1900s, and was a filming location for classic movies such as Guys and DollsSome Like it Hot, West Side Story and The Big Lebowski; and TV shows such as The Love Boat, The Fugitive and Dynasty.

    Voda Spa (7700 Santa Monica Blvd.), an updated version of a classic Russian sauna, is a common destination for the contestants and trainers on The Biggest Loser.

    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 is 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 same IHOP seen in the hit movie The Hangover Part II.

    The Palihouse Holloway Hotel (8465 Holloway Dr.) was the location of Whitney’s going-away party when she left the reality show The Hills.

    PUMP Lounge (8948 Santa Monica Blvd.), restauranteur and reality show star Lisa Vanderpump’s new restaurant, is a common setting for the housewives’ antics on both The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and her spinoff, Vanderpump Rules.

    Down on Melrose Avenue:

    SUR (606 N. Robertson Blvd.) is Lisa Vanderpump’s first restaurant, and it’s also featured on her reality shows.

    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 frequently depicted business on Entourage—it’s the boys’ most frequented hangout.

    And on Beverly Boulevard:

    Lemonade (9001 Beverly Blvd.) On The Hills, this restaurant is where LC and Whitney said their goodbyes before Whitney left for New York to start her own show.