AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL Films at First Congregational Church in Long Beach

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Photos and video by Keeley Smith.

The crew for American Horror Story: Hotel is here today in Long Beach, filming at First Congregational Church and later tonight, on Broadway in downtown.

According to Josh Pierce, an assistant location director for 20th Century Fox, Wes Bentley (known also for his role as Seneca Crane in The Hunger Games and as a next-door neighbor in American Beauty) is the most well-known actor on set today in Long Beach.

“It’s an anthology series, with different characters and locations,” he said. “This season, he plays a detective.”

Lady Gaga is currently at Fox Studios in Century City, where a second crew is filming simultaneously, as the production crews are working hard to finish production of the season by December 11.

Pierce said Fox films often in Long Beach, especially in the past for the series Glee. He said the state’s new tax incentives play a role in mixing up filming locations, so they can “spread the love.”

In fact, American Horror Story was one of the first shows to leave the state of California and return—it was filmed in New Orleans for two seasons (Coven and Freak Show).

Pierce said it’s highly likely filming for other Fox shows will take place in Long Beach in the near future, as it is “well-known as a film-friendly city.”


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