Long Beach and Hollywood studios have an ongoing partnership stretching back more than 100 years. Showbiz website IMDB lists 2,386 film and TV titles shot in Long Beach – which actually sounds a little light – including such classics as “Titanic,” “Clueless,” “Lethal Weapon,” “Airplane!” and “Ferris Bueller's Day Off.”
Filming in Long Beach is commonplace to this day. Take it from Kathleen Schaaf, whose Meow vintage store in Long Beach’s popular Retro Row district has been providing period wardrobe for Hollywood productions since the late 1980s, back to a time when it provided the ‘40s and ‘50s era clothes that defined the “hipster dufus” sensibility of Cosmo Kramer on “Seinfeld.”
And, more recently, she's been sourcing 1980's-wear for Netflix's massive hit, "Stranger Things." Schaaf says she is beyond busy these days, calling the past few months “dizzying.”
“Production has really ramped up since we’ve come out of the pandemic,” she said. “The need for new content and the vast streaming platforms have kept us so busy that, at one point, I was pulling clothes for six period shows at once.”
Long Beach's varied settings has helped maintain its popularity with Hollywood cinematographers. You see, on one side, the city boasts many one-of-a-kind features, such as a five-mile coastline, suspension bridge, a historic ocean liner, and even an Art Deco airport listed as one of the world’s most beautiful.
The historic gem that is Long Beach Airport has its own long list of productions shot there, including “Rush Hour" (1998), “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946), and “The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer" (1947).