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Movie & TV Location Scouting in the South Bay

Movie & TV Location Scouting in the South Bay

Located less than 30 miles from Hollywood, the South Bay has been the prime location choice for hundreds of movies and TV shows, not to mention countless commercials, over the years going back to the early 1900s! Our beautiful coastline and unique communities present so many opportunities for filmmakers to tell their stories, regardless of where the story is supposed to be set.

Filmmakers are drawn to our area’s scenic natural beauty as well as the industrial, working-port landscapes.  Our gorgeous beaches can stand in for other coastal cities around the world (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End). TV shows Dexter and CSI Miami, both set in Florida, are actually filmed right here in the South Bay.

Historic landmarks, like San Pedro’s Warner Grand Theatre, are great for period pieces (Mad Men).  The San Pedro downtown area in general has a variety of interesting architecture that could be used for San Francisco or similar locales. The Port of Los Angeles docks and warehouses, Terminal Island, Point Fermin Park (500 Days of Summer), and the USS Iowa battleship are other popular filming spots.

Filming SignTorrance High School alone has been the backdrop for more than a dozen movie and TV shows.

Almost daily I spot the telltale yellow & black production signs as I drive around town.  Here’s a sampling of some of the productions filmed in and around the South Bay. Comment below to let me know if there are any movies or TV shows I missed!

palos verdes

Entourage Movie - Palos Verdes
Entourage Movie – Palos Verdes
True Detective - Wayfarer's Chapel
True DetectiveWayfarer’s Chapel

redondo beach

Ray Donovan - Redondo Beach Power Plant
Ray DonovanRedondo Beach Power Plant

hermosa beach

san pedro tv shows

Ray Donovan - with Port of LA in the background
Ray Donovan – with Port of LA in the background
Rosewood - at San Pedro Brewing Company
Rosewood – at San Pedro Brewing Company
Fear the Walking Dead - at Sunken City
Fear the Walking Dead – at Sunken City
Fear the Walking Dead - at Sunken City
Fear the Walking Deadat Sunken City

Live by Night - at Warner Grand Theatre
Live by Night – at Warner Grand Theatre

 

Climate of Fear - at The Sepulveda Home
Climate of Fear – at The Sepulveda Home
500 Days of Summer - Point Fermin
500 Days of SummerPoint Fermin

Have you seen something filmed in the South Bay that I haven’t mentioned above? Please comment below and I’ll add any projects that I missed!

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