If you’ve got stars in your eyes, you don’t have to leave the quiet comfort of Manhattan Beach to get a little taste of Hollywood. There are several film locations right here in Manhattan Beach. On 9th Street, Mel Gibson peered out from a bedroom window – with Michelle Pfeiffer standing next to him – toward the Manhattan Beach Pier in Tequila Sunrise.
The opening scene of 2012 was filmed at 45th Street in north Manhattan Beach, which is also where parts of the movie Blow were not only filmed, but where the action on which the movie was based took place.
And at the southern end of The Strand there’s the beach house used in the TV show 90210; it was also in the movie My Stepmother’s An Alien featuring Dan Aykroyd and Kim Basinger.