We all know that Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown was an ode to the South Bay. He showed the world Del Amo mall in Torrance, and of course, the Cockatoo Inn in Hawthorne. But his latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is more than a nostalgic fairy tale. It’s a love letter to vintage Los Angeles. We get a glimpse of places like Musso & Franks, Cinerama Dome, the Playboy mansion, and El Coyote’s. But it was this Once Upon a Time in Hollywood scene that stood out to us:

This Once Upon a Time in Hollywood scene looks strikingly familiar to us.
Above: Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in a scene with Quentin Tarantino in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019). Image by Sony Pictures. Inset: Interiors of the Cockatoo Inn, c. 1966.

Notice anything familiar? Brick interior? Check. Red leather? Check. White tablecloths? Yep. It’s really got that Cockatoo feel to it. One could argue this was a popular styling for the time, but seeing it on the big screen only conjured up thoughts of the Cockatoo.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won two Academy Awards in 2020.