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Discover the Los Angeles of 1960s: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Discover the Los Angeles of 1960s: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino—the man behind cult classics such as Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Django Unchained, and Kill Bill—has done it again. This time, it’s a powerhouse revisionist tale—very much like Inglorious Bastards—that brings together Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie. And it’s been called a love letter to the Los Angeles of the 60s—and for good reason.

LA in the Sixties: Bell Bottoms, Hippies, and Charles Manson

Tarantino keeps it chic: there is, of course, Hollywood Boulevard. Since the movie retells the story of Sharon Tate’s murder at the hands of the Manson family, Hollywood sits at the center of the plot. It’s also always sunny in Philadelphia Tarantino’s LA. You’ll definitely see a lot of real-life locations in the movie, including:

  • Melody Movie Ranch
  • Musso & Frank Grill
  • Playboy Mansion
  • Pacific Cinerama Dome
  • Cicada Club
  • Spahn Ranch
  • Regency Bruin Theatre

And more! Suffice it to say that watching the movie before or after your LA visit will be a source of great delight for you!

The Inaccuracies

Discover the Los Angeles of 1960s: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

While watching the movie is great entertainment and great build-up for an LA trip, you might not want to dwell too much on it. After all, the time period is different: it’s no longer the 60s, and people in LA today dress very differently.

Tarantino loves LA, and that’s obvious enough from his art. But his vision of LA is a lover’s ode to the city. It’s all sunshine and neon colors and a lot of blood—the actual city might look dreary in comparison, and it’s definitely less violent. Tarantino’s blood and sweat (and a lot of research) went into the production—and it’s as decent a reproduction of LA in the 60s as you could get.

There really is no reason for you to not watch this movie—unless you’re a die-hard Bruce Lee fan. There’s one particular scene that might just offend you.

More Los Angeles Sight Seeing to Do

Interestingly, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood isn’t the only Tarantino movie that takes you through LA. Other Tarantino movies do the same: Reservoir Dogs showcases Pat and Lorraine’s Coffee Shop, Django Unchained showcases Melody Ranch, Kill Bill has the Sanctuary Adventist Church, and more. If you’re a cinephile and love Tarantino movies, you wouldn’t want to leave LA without exploring it thoroughly!

And While You’re Exploring…

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