The retaining walls that line both sides of Academy Road near Morton Avenue in Echo Park were once covered by a mural to detract taggers and graffiti. That didn’t work. The mural was eventually covered up with gray paint and vines, and the walls were subject to more frequent clean ups. But those same retaining walls were apparently too clean for a Hollywood production company, which hired an artist to cover a section of the blank walls today with temporary tagging and street art in preparation for a shooting of “Up All Night.”
The “Up All Night Shoot” production is one of several recent film shoots that have triggered complaints from Echo Park residents. Late last week, neighbors who live near Academy Road complained that the “Up All Night” filming was going to block the street and restrict street parking in violation of an agreement that prohibits film shoots on the street. Meanwhile, on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park, a separate crew working on an episode of the TV show “90210” also attracted complaints from neighborhood business owners for blocking streets and prohibiting parking on Friday night, a typically busy evening for bars and restaurants.