LA Story

The much-lauded La La Land pays tribute to the musical genre and the City of Angels.

Iremember the buzz in our office last year about Ryan Gosling shooting just across our parking lot on 11th Street in Hermosa Beach. At the time, our windows looked directly at the neon lights of the Lighthouse Café—the venerable jazz club and a local haunt since 1949. Little did we know that Mr. Gosling’s shooting duties in the South Bay would eventually play a small part in the stunning movie musical La La Land, now nominated for 14 Academy Awards.

Alongside a perfect Emma Stone, Gosling works the piano keys, dances and even croons as he walks down the Hermosa Pier in a twilight glow. It’s pure Hollywood magic—both nostalgic and contemporary—shot right here in our backyard. Hermosa is even considering adding street lights to the pier and recreating the same ambience from the film. Yes, please!

If you haven’t had the opportunity to view Damien Chazelle’s innovative, funny, romantic and bittersweet film, please get to the theatre while it’s still showing on the big screen. I challenge you to not fall in love with the characters, their passions and the metropolis we call home.