Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were Shot (on Location)
2014 - 2015
of TV Shows,
Made-for-TV Movies & Music Videos.
"American Horror Story: Hotel"
The 5th season of this horror anthology moves back to Los Angeles,
taking place at the fictitious "Hotel Cortez".
In reality, this building is a 1927 Art Deco landmark known as
the Oviatt Building, at 617 S. Olive Street, in downtown L.A.
That's just south of 6th Street, near Pershing Square.
It's not really a hotel, but it's actually a very pleasant place,
the home of the chic Cicada restaurant (which has, on its
own, appeared in a number of Hollywood productions).
It is also a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, and is on the
National Register of Historic Places in Los Angeles.
Here is a Google StreetView of the Oviatt Building.
The 2014 cop sitcom "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is, as the
title suggests, supposed to take place in Brooklyn.
So naturally, it is filmed completely in Los Angeles.
But, ironically, the one location that probably stands out in viewers'
minds, is the exterior of the police station:
And it is just an establishing shot which actually was taken in Brooklyn,
For the record, if you happen to be in New York, you can find the
but is then just dropped into the middle of all the normal L.A.
footage (at regular intervals) to give the illusion that they're in NY.
building (which is the Brooklyn 78th Precinct Police station) at
65 6th Ave (at Bergen Street), in Brooklyn.
Here's a Google StreetView of that actual station:
Some other "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" locations include:
the weekly opening credits, there is a brief city street scene, which
is supposed to be New York. It isn't. That scene was actually shot on
the 500 block of S. Broadway, in downtown Los Angeles, as 'Detective Jake Peralta' (Andy Samberg) crosses from the west side of Broadway to the east side.
That credits clip was excerpted from the very first scene in the pilot (episode 1), where Jake is doing a monologue from "Donnie Brasco" as he walks in slow motion across Broadway.
He is then seen (with Detective Amy Santiago) inside an electronics
store, where (after showing his face on a dozen big-screen TVs as part
of the joke) Jake solves the robbery case by discovering that
there's a nanny-cam hidden in a stuffed bear, which has captured
video of the suspects caught in the act. In real life, that storefront electronics store is "L.A. Superstar", at 528 S. Broadway, in downtown L.A., in what was once the Cameo Theatre. [StreetView]
( Downtown L.A. often poses as New York in Hollywood's movies and TV shows, since its
older tall buildings and narrow streets resemble parts of NYC.
"Castle", in particular, makes frequent use of downtown L.A.'s streets & alleys. )
- Later, in that same first episode, the detectives go to "Morgantheau's apartment" (seen at 8:31),
while investigating a murder scene involving an expensive ham.
The brick exterior of that apartment building was actually the former
Case Hotel, a 1924 building which is now a YWCA/Jobs Corps. You'll find
it at 1106 S. Broadway, in L.A. [StreetView]
- But the later scene (at 13:40), inside "Beneficio's" deli, where they expose the owner/butcher as the ham-coveting murderer, was shot inside the Monte Carlo Italian Deli, at 3103 W. Magnolia Blvd, in Burbank. [StreetView]
The short-lived ABC sitcom, "Mixology" is still available for streaming on Netflix.
The entire show was set in a single bar on a single night. If you've seen the show,
and wonder if that nightclub is real, the answer is yes - and no.
The first (pilot) episode of "Mixology" was shot at a very real restaurant/lounge
But, as is Hollywood's custom, they quickly built a replica of the bar as a set,
named Beso, at 6350 Hollywood Blvd, in Hollywood.
( It's owned by "Desperate Housewives" alum Eva Longoria )
back at the studio, so they wouldn't have to keep running back to the actual
restaurant. And that set is what you see most often. And to complicate things,
the set isn't an identical copy; it's simply inspired by Beso's general look.
So it's often hard to tell what is real and what is not.
You can read more about Beso's here: besohollywood.com
Here is a photo of Beso's actual interior:
(You'll note that the white marble-topped bar and leather stools look familiar.)
Here is a Google StreetView of Beso's exterior.
On the Showtime series "Masters of Sex" (about sex researchers Masters &
Johnson), the Masters' '50s-style home is supposed to be in St. Louis, Missouri.
In reality, you will find it at 3508 Meier Street,
in the Mar Vista section of west Los Angeles,
(between Culver City & Venice).
Here is a Google StreetView of house.
[Warning: this is a private home. Do not trespass on their property,
knock on their door, or do anything to disturb the residents. ]
Likewise, the maternity hospital seen below, supposedly at Washington University,
is actually the west side of the Thalberg Building, at the former MGM Studio,
which is now Sony Studios, at 10202 W. Washington Blvd, in Culver City, CA.
( You can see the Thalberg Building, and much more, on a tour of Sony Studios. )
Click on the links below for entire pages full of new TV locations:
Detailed locations for the new CBS series, "Extant", starring Halle Berry.
See the locations for the show "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D".
See a page of locations for the show "Teen Wolf".
See a page of locations for the show "Scandal".
You can find the first
five seasons' filming locations
for the HBO series "TRUE BLOOD"
by clicking the image above.
You can find all the filming locations for all eight seasons of
the Showtime series "DEXTER"
by clicking the image above.
* Locations marked by an asterisk (*) may be located
in areas with high crime rates.
Exercise reasonable caution.
For information about watching TV sitcoms
being taped live in the studio, see the separate page about getting tickets
to live TV tapings.