Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were Shot (on Location)
of TV Shows,
Made-for-TV Movies & Music Videos.
TV has always loved partnering-up cops with eccentric characters,
Fox's "Lucifer" takes that trope to a new extreme, pairing up
police detective with (you guessed it) the devil.
In the screencaps above and below, we see
'Lucifer Morningstar' outside his glitzy nightclub, "Lux",
What we see as the entrance to club "Lux". is actually just a doorway
right next to the Disney Studio Store & Ghirardelli Soda Fountain,
and a few steps east to the El Capitan Theatre, on Hollywood Blvd.
You'll find it at 6884 Hollywood Blvd, in Hollywood, CA.
at the northeast corner of the El Capitan building.
That's right across the street from Hollywood & Highland
and Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
As far as
I know, that particular doorway leads only to a stairway
leading upstairs to office
space above the Disney Studio Store.
Here is a Google StreetView of the space:
But that is only the exterior of the club "Lux" on the show.
The interior of Lucifer's club was filmed inside this real nightclub:
What you're looking at is the interior of the
Emerson Theatre Nightclub, at 7080 Hollywood Blvd.
That's just three blocks west of the "Lux" location,
right next to the Walk of Fame Gazebo.
Here is a Google StreetView of the club.
You can read an L.A. Times review of the club here.
Alas, the Emerson closed its doors for good around the time
that Lucifer began filming (which may be why they shot there -
location scouts love empty locations where they know they
won't be disturbed by customers during filming).
In the second season, I noticed that they began shooting some of the
scenes up in Vancouver, Canada. And around the same time, they
stopped showing the exterior of Lucifer's Lux club
(see above) and instead
began showing a fairly stock aerial shot of a
tall building on Sunset Blvd
(seen below), which is two miles to the west.
(It appears they moved most of Lucifer's filming to Vancouver,
until 2017, when they opted to move back to Los Angeles.)
That tall building is the Sunset Tower,
at 8358 Sunset Blvd, on the Sunset Strip.
It has been used in a number of productions over the years.
Earlier, it was known as The Argyle Hotel. Before that, it was known as the
St. James's Club & Hotel, a grand old 13-story building, the
Strip's first high-rise
(built in 1929), and one of Hollywood best
examples of Art Deco design.
But at the start, as now, it was called the Sunset Tower hotel, and virtually
every star in Hollywood stayed here at one time or another. It was a
favorite of Howard Hughes, who kept a number of suites here for his
various girlfriends; other guests included Clark Gable, Jean Harlow,
Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and John Wayne.
As the St. James, it housed a private club, hotel and restaurant, with
members that included Liza Minnelli, Elizabeth Taylor, and David Bowie.
It was also the locale for memorable poolside scenes from 1992 the movie
"The Player," and has also appeared in the "The Italian Job",
"Get Shorty" and "Strange Days".
Other productions shot there include
"Freaky Friday" and "Dinner For Schmucks"..
Perhaps the tower's most memorable role (at least to fans of 70's detective shows)
was as Frank Cannon's home office in the detective series, "Cannon".
Here's a Google StreetView of that actual station.
America Ferrera (from "Ugly Betty"), the NBC sitcom Superstore revolves around the
lives of the employees at a large discount store like Walmart or Target.
So, it's not altogether surprising to that they shot the pilot episode in an actual store.
That "superstore" is really a Kmart, located at
1000 N. San Fernando Blvd., in the city of Burbank, CA.
They had to redecorate the interior of the store to
change Kmart's normal red color scheme to blue, and they put up a fake
"Cloud 9" sign out front.
you can't miss that line of jutting timbers along the front of the
(a holdover from back when it started out in 1960 as a Zody's store).
And that scene in the pilot episode where they played a form of shopping cart
hockey (see below) made it fairly easy to verify, since you can see some
of the surrounding stores in the background.
The store stayed open while they filmed, with shoppers coming and going.
once they had shot the pilot, they built a replica of the store's
interior at the studio, a common practice for TV series production.
Here is a Google StreetView of that Kmart store..
Anyone with an eye for dazzling architecture will have taken notice of the
headquarters of "Anderson Vaughan Investigations", where private detective
'Alice Vaughan' works. Your first question might be "Is that real?"
Yes. It is.
Your next question is probably: "Where on Earth is it?"
The answer is: right on Sunset Boulevard, in the heart of old Hollywood,
right across the street from some of the oldest studio lots in town.
This is the new Emerson College building, located at
5960 Sunset Blvd, next to Sunset-Gower studio.
It shouldn't surprise you that Emerson teaches skills
needed in the entertainment business.
Here is a Google StreetView of the building.
So, where does Alice Vaughn live? Where is her house?
That depends upon whether you're judging that by the view from her window,
or from the exterior shot of her house, because they cheated a bit.
I spent a long time studying that view out her window, and pinpointing
exactly where it would be in the Hollywood Hills. But when I went and
looked there for the house they show, it was nowhere to be found.
Turns out that the house you see above is actually a long way from
Hollywood. The actual house they show us is way over in the Valley,
at 3649 Crownridge Drive, in Sherman Oaks.
Here is a StreetView of the house.
[ Warning: this is a private home. Do not trespass on their property,
knock on their door, or do anything to disturb the residents. ]
And here are a few other key Catch locations from the early episodes:
- The art museum where Ben steals the painting (and later gives it to Alice) is actually the Japanese-American museum, at 100 N Central Ave, in downtown L.A.'s Little Tokyo. (Here is a Google Streetview of the museum.)
- The luxury hotel where Ben meets & charms Princess Zara Al-Salim, is the Loews Hollywood, at Hollywood & Highland, just a short walk from Grauman's Chinese Theatre. The address is 1755 Highland Ave. (Here is a Google Streetview of the hotel.)
- The park with a big fountain, where Alice meets Ben, while she's wearing a wire to entrap him (but where she changes her mind after he confesses his love for her), is Grand Park, in downtown Los Angeles, a large park that runs east/west between the Music Center to City Hall. (Here is a Google Streetview of the park.)
Click on the links below for entire pages full of new TV locations:
See the locations for the show "Riverdale".
See the locations for the show "This is US".
See the locations for the show "Rosewood".
See the locations for the show "The Good Place".
See the locations for the show "Jane the Virgin".
See the locations for the cult show "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend".
Detailed locations for the Fox series, "The Last Man on Earth".
See the locations for the show "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D".
See a page of locations for the show "Teen Wolf".
See a page of locations for the show "Scandal".
See a page of locations for the show "How To Get Away With Murder".
* Locations marked by an asterisk (*) may be located
in areas with high crime rates.
Exercise reasonable caution.
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being taped live in the studio, see the separate page about getting tickets
to live TV tapings.