If you don’t know much about the City of Angels, then let us tell you that picking the 10 coolest warehouses in Los Angeles isn’t all that easy. Why? Because there are simply too many cool industrial locations to count.
They’re all part of Tinsel Town’s history, and today, they’re extremely popular with filmmakers and photographers because they make amazing studios. You can build and take down sets indoors, which, of course, gives you the ability to film away from the prying eye of the gawking public. They’re also jaw-dropping event spaces, so don’t overlook them if you’re searching for a venue that guests will be talking about for weeks.
Looking for a high-fashion photo-shoot with the city skyline in the background? There are warehouses for that. Want to set up some quarter-pipes and film a skateboard documentary? Los Angeles has got warehouses for that too. Want a rustic open space for a wedding reception? You guessed it — there’s a warehouse for that.
So, without further ado, here are the 10 coolest warehouses in Los Angeles.
1. This urban warehouse in Central LA
This 1,500 square foot warehouse is a verifiably excellent place to film. The owner of the place is actually a neon sign maker and a prop maker by trade, so you’ll probably have plenty to talk about. And they’re super flexible and are happy to accommodate you and your crew. There’s also roof access at this warehouse with an incredible view of the city. The roof itself is pretty plain and industrial looking, but it does have that aforementioned view of the city.
2. This blank-canvas warehouse downtown with incredible views
This warehouse fashions itself as “perfect” for photo shoots, and it’s hard to disagree when 80-something other creatives say the same thing. With its huge white walls and all that moody light, you can get some incredible things on film here. Rent it all day, because the photos you get at sunset are stellar.
3. This open, artistic warehouse with tons of texture
This 12,000 square foot warehouse in Vernon is stunning. Check out its gorgeous textured-concrete walls, as well as its unique architectural elements in golds, whites, and deep blues. With a little imagination, there’s basically nothing you couldn’t do here.
People have transformed it into a high-fashion impression of a rich person’s garage –– glimmering lights and bright Ferraris. Others have used it for music videos. It’s been filmed for club scenes. Others have outfitted the place to be an office building. It’s also been filled it with weight benches and turned it into a gym.
It really can be anything you want. Which is why this place has been in basically every magazine you can think of — including Vogue, as well as some feature films.
4. This gorgeous whitewashed studio
This place is another super-flexible location. The high white ceilings and the all-white walls and floors make this an interesting, bright place to shoot. The place gets a surprising amount of natural light, which warms up all that white and makes it almost glow. Like others on this list, it’s also got a pretty big freight elevator, so you should be able to get your film or photo gear up (as well as your crew) with no problem whatsoever. The owners also have an assortment or really interesting antique furniture on hand that you can use to stage photos — or of course, you could bring your own.
Like many warehouses in Los Angeles, this one is pretty busy, usually having multiple photo or film shoots a week. But the owner is known to respond to inquiries really quickly — and sometimes can get you into the space as soon as today.
5. This North Hollywood warehouse/film studio
This studio in North Hollywood has a pristine White Cyclorama wall as well as enough space to accommodate a cast and crew of up to about 50 people. You should know that there is an additional fee for any crew over 15, which is pretty standard. The main stage area is over 4,000 square feet, and the cyclorama is 30 feet x 30 feet, and 14 feet tall. There’s also a nice closed-off backstage area with greenrooms and meeting rooms.
6. This artsy, raw warehouse in South LA
This place is pretty unique, in that it has two distinct sides with two distinct “looks.” One side is bohemian and fairly artsy-looking, and the other side is raw and gritty with sheet-metal walls, rust, spray-painted notices, and so on. It would be easy to film part of the warehouse as an artists’ loft. And just as easy to film an interrogation for a spy film in the same warehouse, just by turning your camera around. And, just so you know, the listing mentions that set and prop builds are a–OK.
7. This mesmerizingly bright space in Central LA
This is another very popular place, especially for fashion shoots and for Instagram photography. It has such a romantic bright look that it could easily be styled as a ballet studio, or even as a retro office building. It can really fit just about any creative need.
The main area is over 4,000 square feet. Additionally, there’s a fully-furnished room on one end of the space, set up to look like a trendy studio apartment. It’s a popular spot for photography –– especially for Instagram shoots. There’s also a pretty stunning outdoor space with a great view of the city.
Make sure to check out their photos. They include some example from photoshoots that have taken place in the warehouse, and those are sure to spark your imagination.
8. This plexi-covered warehouse
This place is one-of-a-kind. On the one hand, sure, it’s a big open space. On the other hand, everything about it has character. The concrete floor is weathered to a marble look. Those dark walls seem to just disappear under the crazy plexi-glass ceiling. And, the whole place is lit by LED lighting arrays, which can change color with the press of a button. The place looks creepy bathed in red, and incredibly posh bathed in blue.
There aren’t many warehouses in Los Angeles or anywhere else quite like this space. It would be the perfect spot to shoot a music video, for a high fashion photo-shoot, for glamour shots of Lamborghinis. Whatever floats your boat. It’s the perfect place for all of that.
9. This 5,500-square-foot warehouse that doubles as a set
This space is just five minutes from downtown and is designed with filmmakers and photographers in mind. There are multiple sets under one roof: bohemian living spaces, fancier rooms with tall white wainscoting, a cyclorama wall, a beautifully laid-out meeting area, a kitchen, and plenty of places to explore. There’s a nice spacious freight elevator available. And this place is booked all the time, and often by some pretty big studios, so the staff here is extremely professional and knowledgeable.
10. This huge, gritty, industrial warehouse space
With its high ceilings, gritty concrete and brick, and the light that pours in from the 17’ high skylights, this is a popular place for film and photoshoots. It’s been in commercials, music videos, high-fashion and luxury car photo-shoots. It’s hosted art events, as well as some some amazing parties.
The warehouse itself is 5,000 square feet. It’s surprisingly well lit, due to the six skylights (which can of course be blacked out, if necessary). There’s also a greenroom, as well as a makeup room. And there are additional filming spots outdoors with views of LA. All in all, this is an incredible place to film, and it can accommodate larger crews than the other warehouses on this list.
These are just some of the many, many warehouses in Los Angeles, and each of them — even the ones we didn’t mention –– have their own charm. We hope something we’ve shown you today has sparked your creativity, gotten you thinking about something you’d like to film or photograph yourself.