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THE ART AND FILM LOVERS' GUIDE TO LA
The best places to see art and film in the City of Angels.
Tinseltown, art and movies are inextricably linked. To highlight the best the city has to offer, we've partnered with arthouse movie streaming service, MUBI, to curate a special guide featuring the city's top galleries and indie movie theaters (not to mention classic movie locations). Plus, there are plenty of hidden gem eateries and shops so you can make the most of Los Angeles even when not viewing art or catching a flick.
And in celebration of our partnership, MUBI is pleased to offer a 30-day free trial so you can experience its unparalleled catalog of noteworthy cinema.
Los Angeles Plays Itself
MOVIE: LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF (dir. Thom Andersen, 2003)
Synopsis: Of all the cities in the world, few are depicted and mythologized more in film and TV than the city of Los Angeles. Carefully weaving together footage from films made in or about the city, Thom Andersen gradually builds his thesis about how Hollywood has represented – and misrepresented – its hometown.
MUBI’s Take: Both a moving homage to his adopted hometown and an insightful work of film criticism, essayist and professor Thom Andersen has made a wide-ranging epic that explores how the City of Angels has been used in TV and cinema in the 20th century. It features clips from more than 200 LA-set films.
1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The Aero Theatre, its name a tribute to the aerospace industry, was built by the Douglas Aircraft Company. The Streamline Moderne-styled structure was designed by architect R.M. Woolpert and originally opened its doors to moviegoers in 1940.
1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA
This sprawling campus overlooking LA is home to the J. Paul Getty Museum and a host of other related institutions founded by the late industrialist, John Paul Getty III. Its manicured lawns and striking architecture make for one of the most scenic spots in town.
THE HAMMER MUSEUM AT UCLA
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Operated in partnership with UCLA, this museum houses an extensive collection of over 2,000 artworks ranging from old master paintings and drawings to those by contemporary giants, like Kara Walker. And it is accessible to all thanks to the institution's free admission policy.
LANDMARK NUART THEATRE
11272 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Construction began on The Nuart Theatre in 1930 and the picture house first opened its doors on August 16 of the same year. Its inaugural screening was the world premiere of Marshall Neilan's Sweethearts on Parade starring Alice White.
LUMIERE CINEMA AT THE MUSIC HALL
9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA
Designed in 1936, the Music Hall (called the Elite during its first decade of operation) is one of only a few theaters still standing that hints to Beverley Hill's past as an entertainment center which rivaled that of Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles.
ARCANA: BOOKS ON THE ARTS
8675 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA
This iconic bookstore is devoted to the arts and a must-see for bibliophiles of any stripe. You’ll be able to find everything from an edition of Ruscha's Every Building on the Sunset Strip to an obscure monograph you never knew you needed.
2660 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Though it started out as a platform to promote local LA talent, Anat Ebgi has grown to include an international roster of artists who embrace new forms of production in their practice.
MOVIE: THE LIMEY (dir. Steven Soderberg, 1999)
Dinah’s Family Restaurant
6521 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Synopsis: An extremely volatile and dangerous Englishman goes to Los Angeles to find the man he considers responsible for his daughter’s death.
Location: Dinah’s Family Restaurant, a popular diner-style restaurant featured in numerous films
MUBI’s Take: The Limey is an often overlooked revenge thriller that takes us on a winding ride through Los Angeles with extraordinary editing and a captivating sense of tension. The protagonist, Wilson, played by Terrence Stamp, hunts down his daughter’s killer but stops off for dinner at Dinah’s Family Restaurant along the way. This historic Westchester eatery is adored by filmmakers and has also made appearances in films like The Big Lebowski, Little Miss Sunshine, and Nightcrawler.
MOVIE: INHERENT VICE (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)
4210 The Strand, Manhattan Beach
Synopsis: Stoner hippie and private detective Doc Sportello becomes embedded in the criminal underworld of 1970s Los Angeles when he is called upon to investigate the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
Location: Larry's apartment in the fictional “Gordita Beach” is located at 4210 The Strand, Manhattan Beach
MUBI’s Take: Paul Thomas Anderson’s psychedelic neo-noir feature uses Los Angeles as the framework for a dizzying labyrinth of lies, cults and crazy dentists. Among the many dreamy Southern California backdrops, the film both opens and floats around detective protagonist Doc Sportello’s Manhattan Beach apartment. While it is known that Anderson frequents Southern California in most of his films, Manhattan Beach is also where the adapted novel’s author, Thomas Pynchon, lived in the '60s and '70s.
Trousdale Estates, Beverley Hills, CA (by appointment only)
Fit for a king. This shoppable design showroom is situated within the former home of Elvis Presley where customers can find some of the best furniture, ceramics and kitchenware around.
PRO TIP (Courtesy of LA-based artist Liley Stockman): Founder David Alhadeff throws some of the best parties in LA!
THE ELDER STATESMAN
607 Huntley Dr, West Hollywood, CA
Stop by this cashmere mecca in a West Hollywood bungalow for its handsome outdoor terrace and a vibe so good it might just convince you to spend $2,000 on a knit “smoking jacket.”
PRO TIP (Courtesy of Platform's Director of Marketing, Richard Thayer): Say hi to Beau!
NEW BEVERLY CINEMA
7165 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The New Beverly Cinema is a historic theater and one of the oldest revival movie houses in the region originally built in the 1920s. Since 2007, it has been owned by filmmaker and Old Hollywood devotee, Quentin Tarantino.
MAK CENTER FOR ART & ARCHITECTURE AT THE SCHINDLER HOUSE
1137 S Cochran Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Constructed in 1922, this “unique constellation” of buildings designed by R.M. Schindler includes his original house and studio in West Hollywood.
7954 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA
Proof that great food can be found where you least expect it. This stripmall taco spot is perfect for a late bite after a night out in West Hollywood.
Richard Thayer's PRO TIP: If you’re not “post-gaming,” pick up a tallboy of Modelo at the 7-11 next door before you go. You can get the lime wedge at Los Tacos.
BRAIN DEAD STUDIOS
611 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Brain Dead is a creative studio and global collective composed of artists, designers, musicians and filmmakers. In October 2020, the brand took over the historic Silent Movie Theater space and reopened it under its current moniker. The studio's latest venture hopes to bring great films, music, art and culture back into one of Los Angeles’ historic cult cinema venues while also operating a shop and restaurant within the same space.
MOVIE: MODEL SHOP (dir. Jacques Demy, 1969)
The "Model Shop"
7235 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Synopsis: With the threat of the Vietnam draft looming over his head and the realities of unemployment sinking in, 26-year-old Californian George Matthews (Gary Lockwood) becomes increasingly hopeless about his future. Failing to relate to his live-in girlfriend, Gloria (Alexandra Hay), the young man finds himself drawn to Lola (Anouk Aimée), a model whom he photographs. In a desperate bid to make a meaningful connection, George decides to take a chance on having a romantic tryst with Lola.
Location: The "Model Shop" in the film is located at 7235 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
MUBI's Take: Los Angeles is the centerpiece of this film, acting as a powerful backdrop as main character George Matthews wanders through its endless streets and expansive neighborhoods. The location of the "Model Shop” has changed many times since the film was released, but is still highly recognizable over 50 years later.
THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE HOLLYWOOD
6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The Egyptian Theatre is a beloved movie palace originally built in 1922 during the silent film era. A fixture during Hollywood’s Golden Age, the Egyptian was the site of the world premiere of Robin Hood starring Douglas Fairbanks and remains a destination for moviegoers nearly a century later.
ARENA CINELOUNGE OUTDOORS
1625 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Arena Cinelounge is the premier boutique art house cinema located in the heart of Hollywood. Its regular schedule includes the best in new feature films as well as industry and press screenings, special events, premieres, and more.
FELIX ART FAIR
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Co-founded by Dean Valentine, Al Morán and Mills Morán, this art fair highlights the work of contemporary galleries, like Parker Gallery, Kayne Griffin and Bel Ami.
The Long Goodbye
MOVIE: THE LONG GOODBYE (dir. Robert Altman, 1973)
"The High Tower"
2178 High Tower Dr, Los Angeles, CA
Synopsis: Private detective Philip Marlowe (Elliott Gould) is asked by his old buddy Terry Lennox (Jim Bouton) for a ride to Mexico. He obliges, and when he gets back to Los Angeles is questioned by police about the death of Terry's wife. Marlowe remains a suspect until it's reported that Terry has committed suicide in Mexico. Marlowe doesn't buy it but takes a new case from a beautiful blond, Eileen Wade (Nina van Pallandt), who coincidentally has a past with Terry.
Location: Marlowe's apartment and main location of the film is at The High Tower – 2178 High Tower Drive
MUBI’s Take: Built in 1920, The High Tower apartments are the central set piece in the film. From the intro featuring his cat to the shady characters that come into Marlowe’s life, his High Tower apartment serves as a Hollywood hideout. If you head up to Hollywood Heights, be sure to check out the elevator tower that leads up to Marlowe’s apartment.
5240 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA
Established in 1938, Laemmle Theatres is a group of family-run, arthouse movie theaters in the Los Angeles area operated by the father-son team of Robert and Greg Laemmle. There are eight locations across the city, including Claremont, Glendale, Santa Monica, West LA, Pasadena, Encino, North Hollywood and Santa Clarita.
2441 Glendower Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Parker Gallery champions under-recognized artists, presenting a multigenerational program of solo and historically-minded group exhibitions with a focus on Northern California.
LOS FELIZ THEATER
1822 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Designed by architect Clifford A. Balch, the Los Feliz opened in 1935 as a single-screen theater and was converted to a triplex in the early 1990s.
BARNSDALL ART PARK
4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
This park in East Hollywood is home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Hollyhock House, which is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lily Stockman's PRO TIP: It makes for one of the best sunset picnic spots in all of LA thanks to its hilltop locale.
3133 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
The latest venture from revered sushi chef Morihiro Onodera, this high-end Japanese eatery has a stellar menu of seasonal bento boxes and multi-course omakase feasts.
2490 Fletcher Drive, Los Angeles, CA
Nestled under the freeway and hidden away next to the LA River, this mechanic's garage turned magical outdoor taco joint is one of the best places to meet up on the east side.
Lily Stockman's PRO TIP: Bring the dog and order the prickly pear margarita – even if it isn't on the menu.
918 Ruberta Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Located in a former mechanic’s shop, The Pit stands out for being founded by two artists Adam D. Miller and Devon Oder. Its program focuses squarely on contemporary art produced by emerging and mid-career artists working in a variety of mediums.
NORTON SIMON MUSEUM
411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA
A must-see for sculpture fans. The entrance to this tranquil Pasadena museum is populated with significant works by Rodin and has a strong collection of European and Asian paintings, prints, and tapestries.
library, art museum and botanic garden
1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA
Situated on the same grounds as a lush botanic garden, this collections-based institution is home to a vast catalog of European art stretching from the 15th to early 20th centuries.
14 E Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA
Founded by graduates of The French Culinary Institute and Le Cordon Bleu, you’ll find platters of cookies and rich cakes at this Arcadia favorite.
PRO TIP (Courtesy of LA-based musician and producer, Hrishikesh Hirway): Be sure to get the mocha fudge cookies and ask for a sprinkling of Maldon salt.
KNEELAND AND CO. RARITIES
design and homewares store
4767 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
A by-appointment shop for those in the know, this spot is primarily a purveyor of fine vintage textiles but also has rare homewares, jewelry and stationary.
CHRIS SHARP GALLERY
4650 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Founded by its namesake gallerist, curator and writer, Chris Sharp Gallery centers its roster on active contemporary artists, including Alexandra Barth and Ishi Glinsky.
3054 S Victoria Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Reparations Club, also known as Rep. Club for short, this concept bookstore celebrates the Black experience with an expertly curated (and extensive) list of available titles.
KRISTINA KITE GALLERY
3400 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
A roster of artists with deep LA roots – Lisa Lapinski, Michael Queenland and Nicole Miller – are this gallery’s calling card along with programming designed to engage the local community.
THE UNDERGROUND MUSEUM
3508 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Located behind an unassuming storefront, this 6,000-square-foot space was founded by the late artist Noah Davis with the mission of showcasing world-class art to diverse, underserved and at-risk communities.
5400 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
If you're looking for excellent grab-and-go Israeli food, look no further. The well-edited menu reflects the restaurant's ambition to refresh traditional Mediterranean cuisine while staying true to the classics. After you order at the counter, set up on the roomy patio to people watch as you chow down.
PARK VIEW / PAUL SOTO
2271 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
This art gallery specializes in contemporary works by Los Angeles-based and international artists, primarily of a young generation. It has also staged shows of historical works by older artists and artist estates which are in the process of being rediscovered.
COMMONWEALTH AND COUNCIL
3006 W 7th St STE 220, Los Angeles, CA
Champions of women, queer and POC artists, this gallery builds a program with generosity and hospitality as central tenets.
BLOOM & PLUME
1638 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA
Part cafe, part floral studio, this Black-owned shop – which aims to uplift customers through aesthetics – is a favorite stop for locals.
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE LA
700 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is an American cinema chain founded in Austin, Texas. It's famous for serving dinner and drinks during every screening, as well as its strict policy of requiring audiences to maintain proper cinema-going etiquette during the movie.
REDCAT CALARTS THEATER
theater and performance space
631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA
REDCAT CalArts' downtown center for contemporary arts is a multidisciplinary center for innovative visual, performing and media arts located in downtown's Walt Disney Concert Hall complex. Through performances, exhibitions, screenings and literary events, REDCAT introduces diverse audiences, students and artists to the most influential developments in the arts from around the world, and gives artists the creative support they need to achieve success.
709 N Hill St, Los Angeles, CA
Bel Ami takes its name from the Guy de Maupassant novel of the same name which details the corrupt rise of an ambitious young man. The gallery is best known for curating exhibitions of unusual or overlooked artwork.
374 East 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA
This much-loved, Asian-owned shop specializes in creating collections of design-conscious goods meant to help cultivate a complete creative lifestyle.
Lily Stockman's PRO TIP: It’s an ideal stop to pick up gifts when venturing through Little Tokyo and it’s nearby Japanese eatery and local ramen institution, Daikokuya.
805 Traction Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Providing the public with historical context for the artists it represents is one of The Box’s primary goals. A multi-generational roster of artists creates an interconnected approach to contemporary work.
THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES
1717 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA
A non-collecting institution, the ICALA is dedicated to sparking discovery, challenging viewers with its curations and upending traditional hierarchies with its program of free exhibitions.
PRO TIP (Courtesy of David Zwirner's Senior Director, Robert Goff): Stop by the new Ditroit Taqueria after your visit for a mini-taste of the Enrique Olvera (of Pujol fame) experience.
1700 S Santa Fe Ave #460, Los Angeles, CA
Founded by a husband-and-wife duo, Wilding Cran represents noted contemporary artists, including February James, Karon Davis and Herald Nix.
2276 E 16th St, Los Angeles, CA
Over the course of 11 years, this centralized space – located in what The New York Times called “the epicenter of the underground art world in Los Angeles” – has acted as a springboard for emerging talent in the art world.
Killer of Sheep
MOVIE: KILLER OF SHEEP (dir. Charles Burnett, 1978)
Watts Towers Arts Center
1765 E 107th St, Los Angeles, CA
Synopsis: Filmmaker Charles Burnett’s 1978 feature-length debut and student diploma film, examines the Black Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the toll of working in a slaughterhouse.
Location: Various locations across Watts, Los Angeles; Watts Towers - 1765 E. 107th Street, Los Angeles
MUBI's Take: This film’s dream-like, neo-realistic narrative is laced with provocative imagery taken throughout the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Just over a decade after the race riots in 1965, Charles Burnett shines a light on the crushing poverty experienced in parts of the City of Angels.
WATTS TOWERS ARTS CENTER
1765 East 107th St
A national historic landmark, this collection of towers, small structures and sculptures was solely designed and erected by a construction worker over a period of 30 years beginning in 1921.
For their invaluable support and contributions, sincere thanks to Robert Goff, Hrishikesh Hirway, Jeremy Schmidt, Lily Stockman and Irene Villar.