The bench from “(500) Days of Summer,” where Tom and Summer, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel respectively, sit and overlook the city, is another sad story of a film location soon to be lost. The bench was located in a small park area once known as Angels Knoll in Los Angeles, California, now called Angels Landing. Located directly beside Angels Flight from “La La Land,” the bench attracted many visitors after the release of the film, who enjoyed recreating the famous shot.
Sadly in 2013, the City of Los Angeles permanently closed the park, blocking it off with fencing and no trespassing signs. Many years passed while the area sat unused and inaccessible to the public. During this time, the Angels Flight was thankfully restored at put back into operation, so film lovers can at least rejoice that fact. The fate of the “500 Days” bench and the Angels Knoll park in general was less optimistic, however. While the area can still be seen, either through the fencing, or from the restaurant area overlooking the park, it is no longer possible to get an up close shot like seen in the film.
Plans have since been announced for a high rise to be built in place of the park, but for now, the area still remains vacant and fenced off. Here we take a look back to when the park and bench were still open and accessible.
There was even a plaque on the bench commemorating the film, which read “Tom’s favorite place becomes one of Summer’s too.” While the bench is still there (for now), the plaque has been removed.
LOCATION: 356 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (permanently closed, soon to be demolished)
Rachel, played by Chloë Grace Moretz, lives at this house in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles, seen briefly in the film. It sits directly next door to the house of Dave Chappelle’s character in “A Star Is Born.”
LOCATION: 5231 Shearin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90041