Taylor Swift’s music video for her song “Delicate” (2018) features quite a few different locations in Downtown Los Angeles. Let’s follow Taylor on her journey through LA!
Taylor starts at a red carpet entrance to an unnamed venue, surrounded by paparazzi. She is handed a note by an anonymous man. This opening scene was filmed at the ramp entrance to the main hallway of the Biltmore Hotel!
The Biltmore Hotel opened in 1923, designed in the Beaux-Arts architectural style. It features frescos and murals painted by Giovanni Battista Smeraldi, known for his work in the White House and the Vatican. The hotel is credited as the birthplace of the Academy Awards, and the ceremony was held in its grand Biltmore Bowl ballroom several times.
The Los Angeles Theatre opened in 1931 among the glittering lights of Broadway, the last movie palace constructed downtown before the movie industry embraced Hollywood. Charlie Chaplin invested some of his own money to ensure its completion, for the world premiere of his movie City Lights (1931). Of the twelve extant downtown movie palaces, the Los Angeles Theatre is recognized as one of the most extravagant!
Finally, Taylor walks to the Golden Gopher bar. She smiles once she sees the person she was hoping and searching to find.The Golden Gopher originally operated as the “Golden Sun Saloon,” and was once rumored to be owned by Teddy Roosevelt! It has been the Golden Gopher since 2004, and is located about a 5-minute walk from St. Vincent’s Court.
Some of these sites can be visited on our Filming Locations tour. Or you can visit these locations on your own. Below is a map of the fictional route that Taylor takes in this music video.
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S. Grand Avenue 90071
Los Angeles Theatre
615 S. Broadway 90014
7th Street / Metro Center station
660 S. Figueroa Street 90017
St. Vincent's Court
7th Street between Hill and Broadway
417 W. 8th Street 90014