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Griffith Park, Point Dume State Beach and Downtown L.A.'s 6th Street Bridge Rank as Most Popular 2012 Filming Locations

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 2, 2013 at 11:59AM

L.A.'s Griffith Park was the most popular filming location in 2012, according to the Los Angeles Times.The canyon area logged 409 production days last year, which is 63 days more than its top-ranking previous year. Gritty TV dramas like "Southland" and "Sons of Anarchy" frequent the 4120-acre Los Feliz park for filming.
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Filming for "The Dark Knight Rises" under the 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles
Filming for "The Dark Knight Rises" under the 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles

L.A.'s Griffith Park was the most popular filming location in 2012, according to the Los Angeles Times.The canyon area logged 409 production days last year, which is 63 days more than its top-ranking previous year. Gritty TV dramas like "Southland" and "Sons of Anarchy" frequent the 4120-acre Los Feliz park for filming.

But movies and TV also love the water. Point Dume State Beach on the Malibu coast and Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey came in as the second and third most popular locations, with shows like "Modern Family" and a host of commercials favoring the former, and everything from "90120," "Parenthood" and "The Office" generating production days at the latter.

The 6th Street Bridge in downtown L.A. ranked in fifith place, most notably serving as one of Gotham's mean streets in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises." A car chase scene for "Seven Psychopaths," starring Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and Colin Farrell, was also filmed there this year.

Many of these locations have a place in film in history. Griffth Park's winding roads and domed observatory most famously appear in Nicholas Ray's James Dean-starrer "Rebel Without a Cause," while Point Dume Beach was the apocalyptic background for the original 1968 version of "Planet of the Apes" and the Coen brothers' writer's-block fever dream "Barton Fink."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.