Notre-Dame, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey: While we can’t claim hometown ownership over these historic edifices, Angelenos can take pride of the fact that our local churches represent a unique and diverse culture that is distinctly Los Angeles. As a result, L.A.’s churches have become the locations to some of cinema’s most memorable moments. Here, productions can find lonely desert sanctuaries just a short drive away from expansive metropolitan parishes. From Kill Bill’s “Massacre at Two Pines” to Spaceballs’ First Intergalactic Temple of the Druids, here are some of L.A.’s most filmed houses of worship.
Jared Cowan is a photographer, camera operator and avid filmgoer living in Los Angeles. In 2002, he graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a B.F.A. in film and video production. See more of his photography at jaredcowanphotography.com and follow him on Twitter at @JaredCowan1. He’d like to thank the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library and AFI’s Louis B. Mayer Library for their assistance.