MAGDA in Blog, Music Industry, 23rd August 2016

Inside Hollywood: Movies Filmed at Leo Carrillo State Beach

Where John Travolta kissed Olivia Newton-John in legendary musical Grease (1978) – best filming locations in Los Angeles revealed, part 2 of 7


It was a sunny April afternoon as I was sitting on the top of Loews Hotel Hollywood, drinking refreshing lemon water, watching busy Hollywood Boulevard and discussing best beaches in California with a friend from L.A.

She recommended me to visit Leo Carrillo State Park with a beautiful beach known for legendary movie scenes.

Movies filmed at Leo Carrillo are:

  • Grease
  • Inception
  • Furious 7
  • The Karate Kid
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Crossroads (the Britney Spears movie)
  • and many more.
My visit to Leo Carrillo beach

Tempted by the story, soon I found myself on Pacific Coast Highway on the way to Santa Barbara. After about 45 km from Santa Monica I found myself at Leo Carrillo Beach.

The beach

It was a very bright day: blue sky, sandy beach, turquoise sea with big waves smashing into rocks, just like in a movie.

My visit to Leo Carrillo beach
Magda at Leo Carrillo beach

Except us, there were no people at the beach, and the scenery was outstanding.

At Leo Carrillo beach
At Leo Carrillo beach

Here is a small video of the atmosphere.

Pacific Ocean

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Grease (1978)

Here is another clip from the opening of the movie Grease where Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) hang out on the beach.

Which are your favourite Hollywood movie scenes?