Redondo Beach may be one of Hollywood’s busiest working actors, and one of its biggest chameleons, playing the parts of Miami, the high seas, and Newport Beach, among others.
It’s time for you to get camera ready and check out some of these Redondo Beach shooting locations for your favorite shows and movies.
This Showtime series about a Miami PD homicide detective who lives a double life as a cop and a vengeful serial killer has Redondo Beach doing its best Miami impression, featuring the Fun Factory Arcade on the Redondo Beach Pier. Now you can stroll around the pier eating a corndog, just like Dexter - but hopefully not exactly like Dexter.
An FBI agent played by Keanu Reeves goes undercover to infiltrate a gang of surfers suspected of robbing banks in this high-stakes movie about brotherhood and surfing. It’s no doubt Redondo Beach would make the perfect location for a movie that encapsulates the surf culture so well. Snap a pic of you and a friend running past Dive N’ Surf to mimic the famous foot chase between the robbers and Keanu Reeves, or stop for gas at the blown-up gas station at the intersection of Beryl and Catalina (Don’t worry. It didn’t actually explode).
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
What made At World’s End such an epic movie were the action-packed ocean scenes. Those shots weren’t on some fake soundstage, either. Redondo Beach lended its waters to Captain Sparrow and his band of pirates during filming. If you were lucky enough to be in Redondo Beach at the time, you would have seen The Black Pearl make its home in King Harbor for quite a few weeks. Get on a boat rental, grab a pirates hat, and try sailing these seas for yourself.
I don’t know about you, but it’s impossible for me to run towards the water without the Baywatch theme playing in my head. Even better, at Redondo Beach’s King Harbor you can run on the very beach David Hasselhoff stamped his footprints into. Don’t forget your red swimsuit.
Taken in by a lawyer and his family, a teen from the wrong side of the tracks finds himself living in Newport Beach - Wait, what? You read correctly. In 2004-2005 exterior shots for The OC were shot in Redondo Beach, even though the show took place in Newport Beach. I guess these sister cities are more like twin sister cities.
The Cannonball Run
One of Burt Reynold’s classics, Cannonball Run follows a wild, illegal race across the country. The race spans from New York all the way to Redondo Beach, but you don’t have to participate in some insane race to get the same feeling Burt did when he crossed the finish line. Just pull your car into the Portofino Inn - the finish line in the movie.
This old classic got a face-lift in 2008, starting a new chapter in the world of West Beverly teens. I’d suggest these fictional characters ditch Beverly Hills and move to Redondo Beach, but they practically already do. You can see scenes shot at the Riviera Village, the Esplanade, and the Pier. There’s no better time to throw on your Giorgio Armani* outfit and walk around the Riviera Village. *Gap board shorts and tank will work just fine too.
You can pack a ton of Hollywood experiences in one location by heading over to the AES power plant. If you really want to get in on the action, check out the power plant tour to snap some pictures mimicking some of the shows below:
Citizens of Redondo Beach had a lot of excitement around the AES Power Plant while filming 24. Explosions and gunshots rattled the area, though thankfully they were all part of “movie magic.” AES played the role of Boyd Powerplant in the series.
“You Drive Me Crazy,” Music Video by Britney Spears
Practice your choreography and get a crew together to act out Britney Spears’ iconic “You Drive Me Crazy” music video while on the AES power plant tour. This isn’t the only power plant in Redondo Beach that Britney has shot videos in. Her video for “Hit Me Baby One More Time” was shot at the Edison power plant.
This modernized classic shot some awesome action scenes in the AES power plant. Squint and look around and you can almost imagine the giant robots in battle all around you (trust me, it's better to imagine).
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