Los Angeles has reigned for more than a century as the world capital of the film industry, a unique and ever-changing city that has been molded and recast thousands of times through the artistic visions and cinematic dreams of Hollywood’s elite. As early as 1907, filmmakers migrated west to avoid lengthy eastern winters. In Los Angeles, they discovered an ideal world of abundant and diverse locales blessed with a mild and sunny climate ideal for filming. Location Filming in Los Angeles provides a historic view of the diversity of locations that provided the backdrop for Hollywood’s greatest films, from the silent era to the modern age.
About the Author
Karie Bible is the official tour guide for Hollywood Forever Cemetery and creator of FilmRadar.com, dedicated to Los Angeles repertory and revival films. She has lectured at venues including the RMS Queen Mary and has appeared on Turner Classic Movies. Marc Wanamaker is a founding member of the Hollywood Heritage Museum and is the owner of Bison Archives, a historical research resource. His books for Arcadia Publishing include two-volume sets on historic Beverly Hills and Hollywood. Harry Medved, who has coauthored books such as Hollywood Escapes, has served as public relations director of the Screen Actors Guild, Warner Bros. Online, and Fandango.
Table of Contents
1 Downtown: The Birth of an Industry 9
2 Hollywood and West Hollywood: The Hills Are Alive 33
3 Malibu to Long Beach: Los Angeles County Coast 59
4 The Westside and Culver City: College Town, Company Town 79
5 Beverly Hills and Mid-Wilshire: Mansions and Cityscapes 93
6 San Fernando Valley: Movie Country 107
7 Other Unique Locations: Classic Hollywood Landscapes 117