The David Robert Mitchell film “Under the Silver Lake” was released to mixed reviews in 2018. While the film ventures into many bizarre events, it’s depiction of the mundane aimlessness and isolation of Los Angeles during the 2010s is spot on. The film opens at this coffee shop in Los Feliz, where the words “beware the dog killer” have been written across the front window.
LOCATION: 1948 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Sam, played by Andrew Garfield, lives on the second floor at this apartment complex, located in Studio City.
LOCATION: 11966 Laurelwood Dr, Studio City, CA 91604
Sam watches his neighbors with binoculars, including a woman who walks around topless on the balcony of the second floor unit on the left.
LOCATION: 11940 Laurelwood Dr, Studio City, CA 91604
Sam also watches Sarah, played by Riley Keough, at the pool.
Here’s a view from the pool, looking back towards Sam’s apartment.
The street view of Sam’s apartment is a completely different location in Los Feliz. Despite the building address, this view is from the cul-de-sac on Veselich Ave.
LOCATION: 3205 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (at the cul-de-sac on Veselich Ave)
Sam makes inquiries about a local comic book writer at The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles. The book store also appeared in the film “Gone Girl.”
LOCATION: 453 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
After Sam discovers Sarah’s apartment empty, he follows one of her friends whom he observed gather the last of Sarah’s belongings. Sam hides behind this tree as he follows her, which is located on Veselich Ave, just up from his Los Feliz apartment exterior.
LOCATION: Garden Ave / Veselich Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Sam continues following Sarah’s friends to Echo Park Lake, where he hides behind another tree.
LOCATION: Echo Park Lake, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Sam continues following the girls down the Second Street Tunnel in Downtown Los Angeles. The tunnel is a popular filming location, appearing in such films as “Kill Bill,” “Blade Runner,” “Con Air,” “Independence Day” and many more.
LOCATION: 620 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Sam tracks down the author of the comic books at this home in Los Feliz.
LOCATION: 1977 N New Hampshire Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Sam visits his friend, played by Topher Grace, at a house perched on a hillside in Angelino Heights in East L.A. The same house was seen in the films “Seven Psychopaths” and “Crazy/Beautiful” and is located just around the corner from Jake Gyllenhaal’s apartment in the film “Nightcrawler.” The home has since been demolished.
LOCATION: 1016 White Knoll Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (now demolished)
The shot of Sam walking up White Knoll Dr to the home can still be matched up.
Sam follows a series of clues leading him to the iconic Griffith Observatory. The location is a staple of film, appearing in such movies as “Rebel Without A Cause,” “La La Land,” “The Terminator,” “Devil In A Blue Dress” and dozens more. Sam appraches from this path behind the observatory.
LOCATION: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Sam is specifically searching for this statue of James Dean.
Sam then sits at the Astronomers Monument and waits, until he is approached by a mysterious man.
Late in the film, Sam follows more mysterious clues to the back of Bronson Cave, also known as the “Bat Cave,” which can be found in Griffith Park. A very popular hiking spot, simply take the Bronson Cave Trail for about a quarter of a mile and the caves are on the left. Although the walk is uphill, it’s so short that anyone without medical issues should be able to handle it. The caves have appeared in hundreds of productions, perhaps most famously in the 1966 TV series “Batman.”
LOCATION: 3200 Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (the trailhead can be found at 2950 Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068)
Sam finds a a man and three women living in a small hut behind the Bronson Cave.
Sam is held captive at the Old Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park. The zoo permanently closed in 1966, but the enclosures remain in tact and visitors can freely explore inside. The zoo has appeared in many films, including “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “The First Power” and “Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment”
LOCATION: 4801 Griffith Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Sam is seen climbing near Bee Rock, which can be seen easily from the Old Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park. There is a trail from the zoo leading to Bee Rock.
LOCATION: Bee Rock, Los Angeles, CA 90027