ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD in 10 mythical filming locations


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, 1960s Journey

Back in 1969 with star Rick Dalton and his best friend, stuntman Cliff Booth… A time when New Hollywood was about to change the game for an entire industry and when the Summer of Love was living its last moments…

Spahn Ranch

7001 Smith Road, Simi Valley, California, USA

Charles Manson (Damon Herriman) and his “family” have found refuge on this ranch, which was once built to accommodate the filming of Westerns. This is where Cliff Boot (Brad Pitt) finds himself after dropping off one of the guru’s daughters (Margaret Qualley) . Quentin Tarantino first wanted to shoot on the original site of the Spahn Ranch, where the real Manson raged in the late 1960s, but the location was demolished. So he turned to Corriganville, which is right next door. Another former filming site, where John Ford’s classic Fort Apache was filmed.

Casa Vega

13301 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, California, USA

Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his understudy Cliff Booth meet in this Sherman Oaks bar-restaurant on their return from Europe, where Rick has restored his reputation as a star of the big and small screen. Established at this address since 1956, this Mexican restaurant is an institution. The boss wanted to pay tribute to Tarantino by naming a new cocktail after him. Feel free to try it if you pass by.

The Bruin and Village Theatres

948 Broxton Avenue, Los Angeles, California, USA

Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) parks in the parking lot of the Fox Village Theater and walks down the street looking for the shop where she ordered a gift for her husband. While passing in front of a cinema, the debutante actress realizes that the film she has just shot, Matt Helm settles her account, is on the screen. Having some time ahead of her, she decides to enter the room… Here, time seems to have stopped since the 1950s and 1960s. Ideal to get a glimpse of the atmosphere of the time to which Tarantino rightly pays homage in his film. Fun fact: Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood was actually screened in this very cinema when it came out. So Margot Robbie could have gone there to see herself playing Sharon Tate on the screen?

Playboy Mansion

10236 Charing Cross Road, Los Angeles, California, USA

The parties at the Playboy Mansion have always been legendary. The one that Sharon Tate and her husband Roman Polanski (Rafał Zawierucha) attend is no exception. It is here that they meet Steve McQueen (Damian Lewis) and Mama Cass (Rachel Redleaf). Luckily, Quentin Tarantino was able to turn into the real Playboy Mansion. A place forbidden to the public, which has become much wiser since the death of Hugh Hefner, the famous creator of the long-eared magazine.

Paramount Drive-in Theatres

7922 Rosecrans Avenue, Paramount, California, USA

Cliff Booth lives in a mobile home hidden behind the screen of this famous drive-in.

Musso and Frank Grill

6667 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA

Cliff Booth and Rick Dalton meet the famous producer Martin Schwarz (Al Pacino) in this mythical Hollywood bar-restaurant… Sitting on a bench at Musso and Frank Grill is a direct entry into the golden age of Hollywood. Founded in 1919, he counted among his regulars such personalities as Lauren Bacall, Frank Sinatra, Charles Bukowski, William Faulkner, Orson Welles, Steve McQueen, Jack Nicholson, the Rolling Stones, Johnny Depp and Warren Beatty. It was also seen in Ed Wood by Tim Burton and Ocean’s Eleven by Steven Soderbergh. It is also the headquarters of the two main characters of the series The Kominski Method, with Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin.

Cinerama Dome

6360 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA

This is where the premiere of Rick Dalton’s new movie… Opened on November 7, 1963, this emblematic cinema can be recognized from afar thanks to its immaculate white dome. The city of Los Angeles has declared it a cultural-historical monument.

Super A Foods

2925 Division Street, Los Angeles, California, USA

Charles Manson’s disciples are going through the trash cans at this supermarket… A department store like the others? Not really, because if you can briefly glimpse him in Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, she is most famous for having been the scene of the birth of the hit Shallow in the film A Star is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. It is indeed here, in front of the supermarket, that Lady Gaga sings her Bradley Cooper composition for the first time.

Melody Ranch

24715 Oakcreek Avenue, Newhall, California, USA

Rick Dalton shoots in these studios Lancer, the western series of which he is the hero… If the Melody Ranch is not accessible at all times, it can nevertheless be visited by booking in advance. It’s not the first time Quentin Tarantino had set up his cameras here. The filmmaker had already shot sequences of Django Unchained there.

Cicada Restaurant

617 S Olive Street, Los Angeles, California, USA

Rick Dalton is being assaulted by paparazzi in this restaurant… The Cicada did not wait for Leonardo DiCaprio and Quentin Tarantino to become famous. This is where the famous snail scene in the cult film Pretty Woman was shot.

Rick Dalton’s house

10969 Alta View Drive, Studio City, California, USA

Rick Dalton rents this beautiful house in the hills above Los Angeles. In the film, the character of Leonardo DiCaprio lives near the home of Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate. The real couple lived at the time of the Manson family murders on Cielo Drive in a house that has since been destroyed. It was their former home, where the horrible murders took place on August 9, 1969, that Trent Reznor, the leader of the group Nine Inch Nails, transformed into a recording studio. It was when he in turn moved out that the building was destroyed to make way for a Mediterranean-style house.

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By Anthony Thibault

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

From the "Casimir generation", Anthony has kept (in addition to a passion for Goldorak) a taste for inventive images, experimentation and curiosity. Passionate about travel and pop culture, he co-founded Fantrippers with Nicolas Albert to share his passion with as many people as possible.

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