In Marc Webb’s 2009 romantic comedy “(500) Days of Summer,” Tom and Summer, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel respectively, break up at the former Quality Cafe in Downtown Los Angeles. The diner was a one-time staple of films, appearing in “Seven,” “Training Day,” “Ghost World,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “Million Dollar Baby” and dozens more. However, it was not an actual restaurant open to the public. Instead it was used solely for filming. Sadly, it ceased to function as a filming location and was completely renovated in 2014. The property no longer bears any resemblance to how it appeared in so many films.
LOCATION: 1238 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (now closed and heavily remodeled)
Tom and Summer rent an adult movie from this building in Downtown Los Angeles. The same building was used as the bank in “Killing Zoe.”
LOCATION: 401 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
The fountain where Tom begins to dance is the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain in Grand Park in Downtown L.A. The same fountain was seen in “Pretty Woman.”
LOCATION: Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain, Los Angeles, CA 90012
The bench where the couple sits and looks over 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
Near the end of the film, Tom has an interview at the Bradbury Building in Downtown L.A., famous of course for it’s use in “Blade Runner.”
LOCATION: 304 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013