Due to Long Beach’s diversity, it has become Hollywood’s number one filming grounds. Its close proximity and less recognizable landmarks make Long Beach ideal for movie studios. The LBC has approved over 500 filming permits throughout the years, allowing hundreds of movies, thousands of television episodes, and billions of commercials to be filmed right here in our backyards. Here are just a few of the major productions that were filmed right here in Long Beach and where.
1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Ferris Bueller’s house is actually located in Long Beach in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood. You can drive by it, it’s located at 4160 Country Club Drive.
The famous movie that revolves around a dream within a dream was filmed all over the world, but in one of the main scenes, the characters drive a van off a bridge in order to get the “kick” to wake them up out of their dream. This bridge is the Commodore Schuyler F. Helms Draw Bridge which connects Long Beach to Terminal Island.
The movie takes place in the “classy” San Diego, but if you keep your eyes open, most of the movie was actually filmed in Long Beach. You will be able to recognize the Shoreline Village in the scene in which the confrontation between channel 4 and channel 9 takes place.
4. LA LA Land
Mia’s pink stucco apartment is a lovely example of the Spanish Colonial Revival architecture that helps define the look of LA, Long Beach included. Called Rose Towers, the 20-unit complex, built in 1928, was carefully restored 10 years ago. In writing about that preservation effort, the Los Angeles Times noted the building’s Moorish decorative motifs were “evident in graceful arches, multicolored tiles, wrought iron balconies and carved wooden doors.”
While Dexter does take place in Miami, Long Beach is only 30 miles from Hollywood, making it the ideal filming location. Much of the show is filmed here, there are a few notable scenes in which you would be able to recognize the city. The house in which Dexter and his wife, Rita, live can be found on 1st St. near Redondo. The show also filmed at Cal State Long Beach and Ocean Blvd.