The River as a Backdrop

 Hollywood has long been fascinated by a vision of the Los Angeles River as a landscape of decay and abandonment. Films such as Grease, Chinatown, the Terminator and many, many others have used the channelized river to create a post-apocalyptic image of the city.


The L.A. River Plays Itself
A selection of films shot on the concrete banks of the river.

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