Chateau Marmont in the Movies… Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip is home to the legendary Chateau. This infamous retreat is not just renown for the movie stars that have stayed (and died) there but also as an iconic location for movie scenes.
After staying at the Chateau Marmont in 2016, I wanted to see a lot more of it on the silver screen. There are a few websites with some information about movies or scenes filmed at the Chateau, but they don’t always offer grand depths or details. Therefore, I’ve created my own short and subjective list of movies that feature this LA landmark rather than productions that were simply shot there.
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Movies At The Chateau Marmont
Somewhere – Sofia Coppola (2010)
Much of Sofia Coppola’s 2010 movie is set in the Chateau. Actor Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) kills time living at Chateau Marmont. Like most Sofia Coppola movies, this one takes its time to unfold the story. That means we see plenty of time in his rooms, the corridors and more. The movie poster features the two lead characters, poolside at the Chateau.
La Property site Curbed details that room 59 is where most of the scenes were filmed.
La La Land – Damien Chazelle (2016)
The whole movie is like a love letter to Los Angeles and Jazz. Mia’s home – five years later. Chateau Marmont features on screen at the end of the film, we see Mia enjoying her new home, a Chateau villa. You only see a few seconds but, for me, it was a perfect nod to another piece of LA history.
A Star is Born – Bradley Cooper (2018)
Another ‘blink and you’ll miss it cameo for the Chateau. As Ally (Gaga) gets ready in her hotel for one of her shows, Jack (Cooper) shows her the enormous “ALLY” billboard on Sunset.
The billboard, situated right outside the chateau was used in real life to promote the movie.
Myra Breckinridge (Michael Sarne) 1970
Based on the novel from Gore Vidal, this story focuses on a young woman who comes to Hollywood to become an actress. The young actress stays at, and parties in Chateau Marmont. For more about this movie, check out the in-depth article here (or skip to the bit about the Chateau on page 12.) You can also find some excellent stills of Raquel Welch at the Chateau during filming on Dave’s Blog.
The Doors – Oliver Stone (1991)
The Doors and Los Angeles will always be linked. Their album covers and songs reference different parts of Los Angeles (see The Los Angeles of Hotel California).
The hotel makes a brief appearance in the movie when Jim Morrison tries to climb out of the window onto the roof. This incident allegedly took place but at the Riot House, not the Chateau.
Almost Famous – Cameron Crowe (2000)
Crowe’s semi-autobiographical story of the young journalist and the rock band Stillwater takes in many of LA’s rock landmarks, including the band checking into the Hyatt/Riot House and time at Chateau Marmont.
Four Rooms- Quentin Tarantino (1995)
A movie set in a fictional Los Angeles hotel, Four Rooms is actually 4 films in one. Much of the internal scenes for the movie were filmed at Chateau Marmont.
Laurel Canyon – Lisa Cholodenko (2002)
A newlywed couple moves to LA to further their careers. As the film is focused around the Canyon so you can expect to see some scenes from the Chateau. Just don’t ask me which ones, I have yet to see this one!
Echo in the Canyon (2019)
This new movie looks at how musical groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas & the Papas birthed the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene and how the echo of these artists’ creations reverberated across the world.
The movie is only released in the USA, but I would expect to see the Chateau appearing somewhere. I will update once the movie is released here in the UK.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood?
We know that Quentin Tarantino has used the bar at Chateau Marmont for screenplay writing and his latest movie is set in an around Los Angeles. But will it feature the Chateau? We’ll have to wait until July to find out.
Bonus – TV Shows
In 2011 there was much fanfare that Aaron Sorkin would be writing a show set in and around the Chateau. I’ve never seen it and I don’t see any reference on his IMDB resume so I am not sure it saw the light of day.
Sky TV in the UK aired a wonderful program about the Sunset Strip. It included lengthy interviews with Sofia Coppola and Keanu Reeves discussing their love for the hotel.
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