MOVIES

On Lo­ca­tion

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SANTA YNEZ VAL­LEY

The Santa Ynez Val­ley re­poses in Santa Bar­bara County be­tween the Santa Ynez Moun­tains to the south and the San Rafael Moun­tains to the north. The 2004 film Side­ways was shot on lo­ca­tion here and prompted a surge in tourism to the area that con­tin­ues to this day.

For more than a cen­tury,

with Cal­i­for­nia as a back­drop, movie-mak­ing master il­lu­sion­ists have in­flu­enced at­ti­tudes, shaped per­cep­tions and fash­ion glob­ally through mem­o­rable quotes such as, “Just one word…plas­tics” from The Grad­u­ate (1967) to Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger’s line in The Ter­mi­na­tor (1984), “I’ll be back.” In­spired by the Golden State’s strik­ing land­scapes, mul­tidi­men­sional cul­ture and laid-back life­style, film­mak­ers have cre­ated a breath­less di­ver­sity of movies rep­re­sent­ing the hu­man con­di­tion.

Film Lo­ca­tions by the Hun­dreds

So many movies have been filmed in Cal­i­for­nia that cot­tage in­dus­tries have cropped up guid­ing tourists to film lo­ca­tions. There are hun­dreds of places to visit in Hol­ly­wood and greater Los An­ge­les, the cra­dle of the movie busi­ness. One of the bet­ter-kept se­crets is Grey­stone Man­sion and Park in Bev­erly Hills, which sits on 16 acres and is the set­ting for dozens of movies, in­clud­ing Star Trek Into Dark­ness (2013), The So­cial Net­work (2010), the Spi­derman se­ries (20022007) and X-men (2000). Go back in time and get a taste of Los An­ge­les as evoked in La La Land (2016) where the film was shot in 48 lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing An­gels Flight Rail­way, Grand Cen­tral Mar­ket, Watts Tower and the Colorado Street Bridge.

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