Top 5 Movies Filmed in Long Beach, CA

Ever since the early beginning of the 20th century, Long Beach has served as an ideal location for film shoots. It did not have the large landmarks obstructions like Los Angeles, but it was not as desolate or rural as the other parts of Southern California. Much of the growth in Long Beach is due to McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing as well as the film industry's frequent visits to the coastal city. In recent times, LBC has approved nearly 500 filming permits a year. This paperwork allows many TV shows and movies, small and large alike, to create entertainment within Long Beach's borders. Here are a few blockbuster films with memorable scenes that have been filmed in Long Beach.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
I have previously written an entire article on this specific topic. The physical house is still in existence as well as nearby chase scenes filmed in the surrounding neighborhoods. The very same house was also utilized in Donnie Darko as well as American Pie.

The Keanu Reeves/Sandra Bullock vehicle movie (all puns intended) primarily takes place in Los Angeles. Downtown Long Beach and the 710 Freeway offramps make decent replicas for LA's surroundings. Many of the Long Beach scenes feature the bus driving on the wrong side of the road. However, the LBC landmarks can hardly be seen due to the fact that the film revolves around a bus going the minimum of 50 MPH.

This film is known for having the distinct "dream within a dream" premise. In one of these outer dream layers, a team of operatives drive a white van off a bridge and into waters below in order to get a "kick" and wake up from the dream. This location is the Commodore Schuyler F. Helms Draw Bridge which connects Long Beach to Terminal Island.

The focus of this film is the "classy" city of San Diego, CA. Though the city is only 2 hours away, much the movie was actually filmed in Long Beach. Shoreline Village specifically makes a prominent appearance during a confrontation between Channel 4 and Channel 9 newscasters.

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
Jack Black and Kyle Gass both star in this Southern California-based film about the humourous rock duo. The car chase scene in particular takes place in Long Beach as well as several sequences in the punk venue Alex's Bar.

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