Not all of California is Hollywood. In fact, Oakland is about 5 hours north of Universal Studios. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find scenes and settings from your favorite movies here. In fact, many movies were filmed right here in Oakland. While you’re visiting Z Hotel, in the heart of Jack London Square, keep an eye out for memorable views from some of these famous movies:

Sorry To Bother You

“Sorry To Bother You” is set in an alternate reality version of Oakland, California, in which the main character, Cassius “Cash” Green, gains success as a telemarketer by using a “white voice.” In reality, it was filmed largely in Oakland. You may notice The Layover in the movie, as well as the tall and stately Cathedral Building.


“Moneyball” is not only filmed in Oakland, but it’s the true story of the assembly of an Oakland Athletics baseball team using sabermetrics. Thus it’s only fitting that “Moneyball” was filmed partly at the Oakland Coliseum, backed with the sharp, wisecracking writing film buffs can expect from Aaron Sorkin and starring big names like Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill.

Angels in the Outfield

The 1994 “Angels in the Outfield” was where Joseph Gordon-Levitt got his start, as a young foster child who loves the notoriously struggling Anaheim Angels baseball team. However, the movie was actually filmed in Oakland, partly because it was filmed during NFL season.


Daveed Diggs rocketed to stardom after he played the roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.” Shortly after he left Hamilton, though, he and real life best friend Rafael Castro wrote, produced, and starred in “Blindspotting,” about a parolee near the end of his sentence who witnesses a police shooting. The film is set and filmed in Oakland, which is also Diggs and Castro’s childhood home.

The Graduate

Time for a real classic. “The Graduate,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, had a number of filming locations throughout California, and Oakland was included among those locations. At one point, the main character drives over the double decker Oakland bridge. At another, he sits in an Oakland cafe, which is now closed.

Mrs. Doubtfire

“Mrs. Doubtfire” is a charming about a divorced father who pretends to be an elderly British nanny in order to see his children more often. Towards the beginning of the movie, Robin Williams’ protagonist gets a job at a TV studio that was, in actuality, KTVU near our own Jack London Square. You can also find the Claremont Resort and Spa in Oakland.

Want to check out these famous film sites for yourself? Visit Oakland and stay in Jack London Square, the real heart of the city. Z Hotel offers easy access to all the amenities you might need as well as beautiful rooms and hospitality. Contact us today for more information or to book your stay at Z Hotel Jack London Square.