9 Locations From 'A Star Is Born' That You Can Visit IRL And Feel Just Like Ally Maine
We're far from the Shallow now...
If you've listened to The Shallow every day since you saw A Star Is Born (and if you haven't, WHO are you?) then you'll be looking for the next step in your Gaga-Cooper standom... and now we've found it!
Ever since Bradley Cooper blessed us with his directorial debut, we've wanted MORE. And as the Oscar-nominated movie that's captured our hearts as well as our Spotify playlists arrives on DVD to take us on a rollercoaster ride along the rise and fall of super-stardom, what better excuse to go even deeper into the story that had us sobbing last year?
MTV got behind-the-scenes access to nine locations straight outta the film that you can visit IRL. Sit back and let us take you on a real life tour of the already-iconic musical blockbuster...
Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Anyone can book themselves on to the Warner Bros studio tour in LA. Inside, you can see exhibits dedicated to original artwork, lanyards and even Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's actual costumes from the film.
They even have THE Jackson Maine tour posters on the walls which were hanging in Jackson and Ally’s home! Now, how do we get some to take home...?
Found inside the largest urban park in America, this was where the memorable scene was filmed where Bradley Cooper’s character Jackson first brings a resisting Ally out on stage to perform The Shallows to an astounded audience. It was shot here over three nights and using more than five hundred extras. Fun fact: these extras were actually Gaga’s fans, her Little Monsters! Bradley Cooper specifically requested to shoot here as he loves the venue so much: in everyday life, the Greek Theatre is an iconic rock ‘n’ roll venue which has seen likes of Elton John, Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin grace the stage.
Meanwhile, outside the Greek Theatre, the film crew turfed the floor and added trucks to create the illusion of a backstage area. This is where Jackson fired his brother (the Academy Award-nominated role played by Sam Elliott) in the movie.
This is the bar with live music from the start of the movie, when Jackson stumbles in for the drag night and Ally performs her sensational La Vie En Rose, slid across the bar and gazed into Jackson's eyes. Oh, the feels! To film in this real-life bar - which you can visit and take in your own live music, DJs, comedy and more on Santa Monica Boulevard - the filmmakers created their own entrance to the venue, put up club posters on a fake wall, added mirrored tiling to the pillars and a runway off the stage, and spent three days shooting here.
And if you ask nicely, you can even climb up and recreate your very own Gaga performance...
To create the dressing room in the film, where you see Bradley removing Ally’s fake eyebrows, fake walls were put up to black out the light and vanity mirrors were added for proper backstage vibes.
The Short Stop
This bar found in Silverlake was where Jackson took Ally out for their first drink, before she got in a scuffle with an over-eager fan. You can visit it yourself, too! We recommend the *awesome* Motown night on a Monday.
This is where Ally performs on stage in front of an audience, early on in her rise to success, and sings Heel Me. In the movie, you see red light bathe her face after she refuses to take her management’s hired dancers onto the stage. They here filmed over two days, in the style of an actual gig, with the crowd again all made up out of lucky Little Monsters. It’s actually one of the oldest theatres in Los Angeles, having been open since 1914, hosting the likes of Franz Ferdinand and Tenacious D before.
Ally’s House, Arlington Heights
This is the actual house exterior featured in the movie, where Ally lived with her father.
Which means you can get your own cute Ally-nose gesture thing-photo, here too...
Super A Foods, Glassell Park
This is carpark of the exact supermarket where Ally first sings to Jackson after their frozen pea shopping trip to nurse her swollen hand after their altercation with a fan at the bar before it. It's a real carpark and supermarket, and it sells real frozen peas, too!
- By Jacqui Faiman
- A Star is Born is out now on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD