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Famous L.A. Restaurants and Bars in Movies and TV Shows


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Confidential where shot. “After looking all over creation it just sort of stared us in the faceMiss Donuts on Sherman Way in Reseda from Boogie NightsJohn PanzarellaMiss Donuts on Sherman Way in Reseda from Boogie NightsJohn PanzarellaMiss Donuts on Sherman Way in Reseda from Boogie NightsThe PrinceMiss Donuts on Sherman Way in Reseda from Boogie Nightswas established in the 1920’s and has also been used in films such as Thank You for SmokingMiss Donuts on Sherman Way in Reseda from Boogie Nightsand The Incredible Burt WonderstoneMiss Donuts on Sherman Way in Reseda from Boogie NightsMad MenMiss Donuts on Sherman Way in Reseda from Boogie NightsMad MenMiss Donuts on Sherman Way in Reseda from Boogie Nightsthe restaurant at the Best Western Hollywood Hills Hotel was calledMiss Donuts on Sherman Way in Reseda from Boogie Nightsthe Hollywood Hills Coffee Shop. The interior was completely remodeled when it became the 101 Coffee Shop. 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In a city with thousands of restaurants and bars, it can be a daunting task for film or television production to find the perfect location for an eating or drinking scene. Does the film take place in modern day or 1950s Los Angeles? Does the script call for an Italian restaurant or a coffee shop, a dive bar or a lounge? Can the screenplay be adjusted in order to better suit the story and fit the budget?

While for most business comes first, appearing as a location in a film or TV show no doubt has its merits and, in more cases than not, brings additional customers through the door. Here are some of L.A.'s most memorable movie restaurants and bars.

Special thanks to the Location Managers Guild of America, Teamsters Local 399 Hollywood, and the Writers Guild Foundation Shavelson-Webb Library for their assistance.

See also: Your Favorite Movies Were Filmed at These L.A. Restaurants and Bars

All photos by Jared Cowan. Follow him on Twitter at @JaredCowan1.