Pretty Woman is the classic 1990 romantic comedy that made a star out of Julia Roberts. The film takes place in Los Angeles, and features a number of locations.
The film opens with Vivian and her friend Kit, working Hollywood Boulevard. This busy tourist area with tacky souvenir shops is the backdrop is where they women look for business. Referencing the stars on the Walk of Fame, Kit mentions they work “all the way down to Ella Fitzgerald.” This includes the area in front of “American Cinematheque” which is home to the Egyptian Theatre.
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
When Richard hires Vivian for the week, he brings her to his penthouse suite at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The suite was built on a studio, but the hotel is real, and located in Beverly Hills.
Shots of the lobby and ballroom were filmed at the Ambassador Hotel, which was sadly torn down a number of years ago.
Richard sends Vivian to find some nice clothes, and asks Kit where to go shopping. As Kit puts it, “Rodeo Drive, baby”.
This world famous shopping area is considered one of the most high end shopping streets in the world. Pretty much every major designer has a shop along here, and some stores require appointments.
After walking along Rodeo Drive, Vivian ends up at the Badgley Mischka store at the corner of Rodeo and Santa Monica Blvd. This is the shop where they refuse to help her. After successfully shopping elsewhere, Viv returns to this shop to let them know what a huge mistake they made.
At the end of Pretty Woman, Richard’s limo drives to Vivian’s apartment, and she decends the fire escape to meet Richard with a kiss. The Las Palmas Hotel, just a block away from Hollywood Blvd, is the location of this final scene.
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