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Do Your Own ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ L.A. Tour

Do Your Own ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ L.A. Tour

The new Tarantino film offers a still-living time capsule of Los Angeles
Posted 5 years agoby Katrina Hunt

In the summer hit Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Brad Pitt spends a lot of time cruising around Los Angeles in a Cadillac, soaking up the late 1960s ambience along Hollywood Boulevard, the San Fernando Valley, and everywhere in between. As a review in The New Yorker notes, that’s not a bad thing. Indeed, while Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are the movie’s lead actors, the Los Angeles Times wrote recently that “Los Angeles is arguably the real star of Quentin Tarantino’s new film.”

Tarantino was just six years old in 1969 and has created something of a fairy tale about the L.A. of that era—happily, a city that has not totally gone away. “The movie was mostly shot in the greater Los Angeles area in locations that have retained their mid-century charm,” according to the L.A. Times piece, “including several restaurants the director frequents to this day.”