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The Lost Boys Filming Locations

AKA:
The Lost Boys Picture
1987


Featured Movie Location: The Pier and Boardwalk
Wanna see the real life filming location used for The Pier and Boardwalk in the movie? These scenes were actually shot at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, located in Santa Cruz, N. California. [Google Map]


Locations Manager(s): Huw Davies

On Location

At the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the "Looff Carousel" used in the movie was made in 1911 and the "Giant Dipper Roller Coaster" was built in 1924.

Much of the Lost boys was shot on location in and around the northern California coastal community of Santa Cruz, the movie crew used such locations as Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Lighthouse Point and West Cliff Drive.

The Pogonip Country Club, located on golf Club drive in the pogonip was the location for Grandpa's rustic lodge-style home. The lodge was built in 1921 and is perched atop the highest rolling hills above Santa Cruz and affords a dramatic view of the town, the Boardwalk and the sea. Apparently the inside of the house however, was shot somewhere else... Just the outside of this house was used in the film. [Thanks to John]

The Lost Boys Cave is located in Palos Verdes, California near to the former site of the "MarineLand" theme park. [Thanks to Adrian Leister]

The sequence where they were hanging from a bridge was shot in Santa Clarita, CA. One mile east of Magic Mountain, below what is now the Santa Clarita Studios. If you pull off of Magic Mountain Parkway (via the 5 fwy) while going east (away from MM), look to your left and u can see it in the middle of the field. I believe the road I used to access that area is now closed. [Thanks to M.D.O]

There also is a similar bridge located right next to the boardwalk. Just go to the boardwalk and follow the traintracks towards Capitola and it's about a 3 minute walk. We suspect both bridges were used in the shots that made it into the movie. [Thanks to Backlash]

The beach band stand at the boardwalk at the beginning of the movie where they first meet the girl at the concert, is no longer there. It was destroyed in the big earthquake there in 1989. Now when bands come to play they set up a temporary bandstand for each performance. A lot of the landmarks shown in the movie were destroyed in the earthquake. [Thanks to Leanne Hosmer]

The 3D whale that comes out of the wall in a mural, seen in opening shots, was sadly destroyed too. Not by an earthquake -Unfortunately, it's demise isn't as glamorous as that. My understanding (I've heard this from several people) is that a delivery truck hit the whale and it broke off the wall... The business opted not to repair or replace it which is unfortunate because it was a well known landmark. [Thanks to Morgan]

Max's video store must have been one of the many shop located on Santa Cruz Wharf, 5mins north of The Beach Boardwalk. It is the only location that would allow you to see the Big Dipper lit up at night, which you see in the background as Lucy is walking around looking for a job. The Wharf is also home to the restaurant that Max invites Lucy to and which she is pulled away from when Sam sees 'the flying nun' outside his bedroom window. There are still quite a few restaurants towards the end of the pier. Again, it's the only view that allows the Boardwalk to be seen in backdrop. [Thanks to Dr Yogesh M Bhatt]

The comic book store was originally at 707 Lower Pacific Avenue, and was called Atlantis Fantasyworld. The wall in front of the store was fake, to make it look like it was part of the boardwalk. The store has since moved, under the same name.

The exact location for the resturant is Olitas Cantina and Grill, 49-B Municiple Wharf, and the video store is now the Santa Cruz Bay Company, 17-D Municiple Wharf. Both have the view of the boardwalk.

The first meeting between Michael and David, where the motorcycle challenge happened, was behind Neptune's Kingdom miniature golf and arcades, under shelter, by the fence. They then ride down the steps onto the beach. [Thanks to Stacey Panton]

Ian Burris said "Max's house was filmed in Santa Cruz. It is in Rio off of Beach Drive. Me and my friends have checked it out, it is a cool house and I dont think anybody currently lives there. Actually, my band is called the Lost Boys after the movie." But a recent Rewind excursion failed to find this place -- can anyone please help?

Can you help? Do you know any of the N. California (or any other) filming locations used for The Lost Boys, particularly Max's House address? [Please send them in]


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