The producers cheated in the scene where
Hilary & her boyfriend go to the pier.
They used two different piers, which are over 30 miles apart!
For the first part of the scene,
where Hilary and Oliver are sitting at a table at the pier, they
used the Belmont Pier, in Long
Beach. (The same pier also once appeared in "The O.C.")
Pier can be found at the south end
of 39th Place in Long Beach,
For the second part
of the scene, where they are walking on the beach below the pier, with
amusement park overhead, they switched to the Santa
Monica Pier, and its Pacific Park carnival rides.
Monica Pier can be found at the west
end of Colorado Avenue,
in Santa Monica.
Oliver takes Hilary to "The
Blue Moon Club", on an amateur night, so
they can perform on stage in front of a live audience. Hilary panics and
The club exterior is never
shown, only the neon sign outside and a few bricks.
But in the photo above, you can see that as they get out of the car at
the club, there is
a "Ben's Market" right across the street, which tells us where
we are. Ben's Market
is located at 1463 W 3rd St. (on 3rd,
between Witmer St & Columbia Ave.), in
Los Angeles, just a block and a half
east of the "performing arts school".
"The Blue Moon Club"
doesn't exist in real life. Across from Ben's Market is
an old brick building, which appears to be the exterior where they put
the fake neon sign. (Trust me - you don't wanna go there...) *
This unique building is none other than
the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a creation
of famed architect
Frank Gehry (and, coincidentally enough, it's in a Disney film...) Hilary
and her friends walk past it
on their way to her "surprise" destination.
A 2003 addition to the Music
Center, Disney Hall covers an entire block of downtown
immediately south of the Music Center. Located at 111
N. Grand Ave., Disney Hall is
bordered by 1st Street
& 2nd Street and Hope
Street & Grand Avenue.
Hilary leads her musical friends across
1st Street to the original Los Angeles Music Center,
where they join in a spontaneous, night time concert in front of the Center's
The building behind them (in
the photo above) is the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
The sculpture in the center of the fountain is known as Peace on Earth.
The Music Center is located right across the street from (north of) Disney
Hall, in downtown L.A.
and is bounded by Temple Street &
1st Street and Hope
Street & Grand Avenue.
The Center consists of three halls: the Dorthy Chandler Pavilion,
the Ahmanson Theatre and
the Mark Taper Forum. The fountains are
at the south end of the center (near 1st St.),
between the Dorthy Chandler Pavilion and the Mark Taper Forum.