The Last Starfighter Locations
Locations Manager(s): Geoffrey Ryan
Under their watchful eye, the following special places were used for filming "The Last Starfighter":
These scenes were actually shot at An abandoned trailer park and small rural store called "Rio", located in Canyon Country, S. California. Google Map
Craig kindly wrote in to say that the trailer park resturant/general store where many scenes of the movie took place is still standing. It is a small rural store called "Rio," located at 9411 Soledad Canyon Road, Acton, CA 91390. The place behind the store where "The Last Starfighter" video game stood is still recognizable but the small trailer park is gone... It is now mostly a storage lot, but the path leading down to it is still there as well as the steps that lead up to the rear of the store from the park.
Frank Munoz kindly wrote in to add that if you look it up on google street maps, you can also activate the street view by zooming in, then place your cursor over the orange man shaped icon above the zoom in scale, right click and drag the icon to the Soledad Canyon road. Pan around if necessary to view the east side of the road. Then you will be able to see the current condition of the General store, the now gated driveway where the trailer park once existed, and propane tank in the parking lot next to the General store. The storefront has had a facelift with a mansard roof fašade and front porch. I peeked over a wooden fence which has been added on the north side of the general store and found the spot under the patio cover where Alex Rogin "Bust the record" on the Starfigher video game.
This area hasn't changed much since the film was made, and still looks like it could be a rural anytown USA.
Also, Soledad Canyon road goes through tunnel about a mile west of this location, that looks like the one used in the movie, but on closer inspection, it may be a different one was used.
Ty adds: I believe the tunnel in the movie was the tunnel in Griffith Park, the same one used for the Back to the Future movies. [Thanks to Ty]
The trip in the truck to the lake date was filmed on the road through Griffith Park that goes up to the observatory.
Can you help? Do you know any of the S. California (or any other) filming locations used for The Last Starfighter, particularly Centauri's "Star-Car" breakdown site? Please Update Us
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Next Section: LX Preview
LX is our radical new locations feature that we've been beavering away on.. For years!
Each location will have it's own page with then/now pictures, maps, StreetView, discovery story and the most detailed explanations on how the location was used. Most importantly, the locations will have a status that shows whether they are verified correct and by whom. We are working with the actual locations managers or other crew where possible. The whole thing will be very interactive and you will, of course, be able to update everything.
We are pleased to be able to bring you a sneak peek at what LX locations will be available for The Last Starfighter upon release:
The "Starlite, Starbrite" trailer park and general store.
Driving To The Lake
The Star Car Breaks Down
Please Note: The status of some entries in this preview may be wrong because they are in-progress or need updating before release.
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