Palm Springs, creatively dubbed “Hollywood’s Back Lot,” is only two hours from Los Angeles and hosts several film festivals every year.
With its unique architecture and beautiful landscape, Palm Springs, CA, boasts spectacular opportunities for filming and photoshoots. Palm Springs Film Location is the best location for photographers and film crews seeking a Spanish estate with Mediterranean grounds in the Palm Springs area.
Palm Springs Celebrity Playground Since the 1920s, Palm Springs has been Hollywood’s desert playground for celebrities to relax and escape from the hastiness and challenges of the entertainment industry. Hollywood studios' legendary “Two-Hour Rule” put Palm Springs as the perfect getaway. Actors under contract had to be available within two hours from the studio if last-minute filming and photo shoots had to take place. Several celebrities stayed and purchased hideaway homes in Palm Springs, such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., George Hamilton, Bob Hope, Albert Einstein, Bing Crosby, Kirk Douglas, Cary Grant, and Jack Benny. Several ladies were frequent visitors, including Marilyn Monroe, Dinah Shore, Kitty Carlisle, Lily Tomlin, Elizabeth Taylor and Susan Sommers. A new generation of Hollywood A-listers has succumbed to the lure of the desert and the relaxing privacy it offers. Palm Springs is being rediscovered by today’s Hollywood stars, especially during the Palm Springs International Film Festival held annually in January. Founded by then-mayor Sonny Bono, the star-studded events attract celebrities such as Clint Eastwood, John Travolta, Ron Howard, Halle Barry, Leonard DiCaprio, Anne Hathaway, Dakota Fanning and many more.
Palm Springs Has Always Been Film Friendly
Our panoramic vistas of the desert and mountains of Palm Springs can transport movie buffs to a sun-drenched oasis full of rich Hollywood history. The desert provides a vast canvas upon which early productions could paint a cinema scape of excess, decadence, and exoticism. Let’s slip back in time and go on location to see how Palm Springs has spun some of Hollywood’s most remarkable tales.
Movies Filmed in Palm Springs – The Early Days
It’s not easy to pinpoint the first known film shot in Palm Springs because location scouts were often stealthy and covert in their missions. Perhaps crews were filming action sequences for lost films such as The Lone Star Ranger (1919) or the biblical epic Salomé (1918). The desert provided a vast canvas upon which early productions could paint a cinema scape of excess, decadence, and exoticism.
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