Was “Don’t Worry Darling” Filmed in Palm Springs?
Did Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine?! Do Olivia Wilde & Florence Pugh hate each other?? What about Shia LeBouf ~ was he fired from the production, or did he quit? When it comes to the movie “Don’t Worry Darling,” it seems that all the drama is happening off-screen. So far, reviews of the film itself are mixed, with some even calling it a hot mess. But, there is one central star of this show that’s completely unaffected by all the drama: & that is, the film’s location. Here, we’ll answer the question, “Was Don’t Worry Darling Filmed in Palm Springs?”
And get into specific filming locations below…
Map of Filming Locations
Palm Springs City Hall
Canyon View Estates
The Kaufmann Desert House
Palm Springs Visitor's Center
“Don’t Worry Darling” Filming Locations
1. The Kaufmann Desert House
The photo below, of Chris Pine hosting a group of people in a stylish backyard, is filmed at one of Palm Springs’ most famous addresses: 670 West Vista Chino. This is the Kaufmann Desert House, which was designed by fabled architect Richard Neutra. Built in 1946, this home must have been quite alarming & “New Age” back in its day ~ & that is one trick of mid-century modern architecture: it can simultaneously feel as though you’re stepping back to the 1950’s, while also being highly modern & futuristic. Past and future. And I think this theme works well for the movie itself.
You can’t tour the Kaufmann House, but you can drive or bike past it (take a look at the map above) ~ it’s located in NW Palm Springs, near the tony Las Palmas part of town.
2 & 3. The Palm Springs City Hall & Visitor’s Center
One of Palm Springs’ most famous streets is Tahquitz Canyon, & that’s where you’ll find the city’s vintage City Hall building ~ which was also featured in “Don’t Worry Darling.” Both City Hall & the Palm Springs Visitor’s Center were built by Swiss architect Albert Frey. All this vintage architecture is what helps give the film its distinctive “look,” & it’s also what attracts people to this area, as Palm Springs holds the largest collection of mid-century modern architcture in the country.
If you’re biking or walking around downtown Palm Springs, check out some of the city’s best brunch spots….
4. Canyon View Estates (in Indian Canyons)
The Indian Canyons area of Palm Springs is a very special part of the city, as it’s nestled in a protected alcove surrounded on nearly all sides by the San Jacinto Mountains. I’ve written about this area as a great place for Palm Springs bike tours (especially if you love vintage homes ~ this area is full of them); & Indian Canyons is also home to some of the best hikes in the desert. Canyon View Estates, which is set within Indian Canyons, serves as the home of Jack & Alice in the movie (aka Harry Styles & Florence Pugh).
If you’re looking for places to stay in Palm Springs that will give you the feel of “Don’t Worry Darling,” try adults-only Del Marcos Hotel, which has a “Mad Men” kind of vibe ~ or if you’re looking to spot celebs, there’s no place better than the decadent & very private Parker Palm Springs.
Don’t Worry Darling Filming in La Quinta
5. The La Quinta Resort & Spa
I haven’t heard this location mentioned in any other article, but the poolside scene shown below, which features the film’s lead female characters in it, was shot at the La Quinta Resort & Spa. Over the years, I’ve been to this hotel countless times: it’s one of my top choices for the best hotel pools in the desert, & incidentally, my family owns a restaurant about a mile away, called Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill. This resort has long been a favorite haunt of mine, as it has over thirty pools: there’s almost always a quiet corner to relax in here.
The shot below was taken at one of the resort’s smaller “side” pools, but there are also scenes filmed at what I call the “Main Pool,” which is located next to the tennis courts & Spa entrance. La Quinta Resort’s main entrance, which is quite grand & tree-lined, is also used in the film: it’s the entrance to the fictional “Victory” community, which serves as a central character in the story.
If the La Quinta Resort is too pricey for you (rates can top $500/night) ~ check out the Legacy Villas next-door. They’re newer, large & beautifully-furnished, & all are located around one of many pools.
“Don’t Worry Darling” Filming Locations
Thanks for reading this article on the film “Don’t Worry Darling.” While the film may soon be forgotten, these iconic Palm Springs locations will not….
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Love articles like this. My husband and I HATED this movie, but loved the scenery and overall vibe. We’re planning a trip to Palm Springs and are wanting to stay in a mid-century modern Airbnb or hotel. Is the La Quinta Resort considered midcentury-modern?
Hi Allison, thanks for your question. No, the LQ Resort is not mid-century modern; it’s more like a Spanish hacienda, with beautiful & extensive grounds. The part of the resort that surrounds the lobby is older, built more in the 1920’s & 30’s ~ so if you’re looking for history, you’ll still find it there. Their newer “Spa Villas” (which are typically 2-story & closer to the Spa) are a little more luxurious, but don’t offer the same historical feel.
For true mid-century modern architecture, I’d stick closer to Palm Springs. I’d possibly look for a home to rent in the Indian Canyons part of town! Hope that helps xoxo 🙂