The Goonies

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Thursday, June 9th

We had to go in to the office to book tonight's stay too, which got us off to a later start then we really wanted. We got on the road though and headed for Astoria, OR. We had looked it up before and found out that the Goonies was filmed in Astoria.  We missed Goonies day which was June 7th.

When we first got in to town we drove through Astoria and stopped at the visitor’s center. The nice woman there gave us a map that she highlighted different Goonies stops for us on. She also suggested that we go up to the Astoria Column for a nice view of the entire town and the ocean. We headed right up to the column from the visitor’s center so that we could have lunch up there and then climb to the top of the column to see the sights.

The outside of the column is a tribute to the town’s history with murals that celebrate the earliest moments of the Northwest history. The column is 125 feet tall and sits atop Coxcomb Hill, which is 600 feet high. There are 164 steps to the top of the column. We were definitely tired after climbing those. It was a gorgeous view from the top though and well worth the climb.

After finishing up with the column we drove around Astoria to check out the different Goonies sights. Our first stop was the football field that the cheerleaders are having practice at. We also found out that Kindergarten Cop was filmed in Astoria so we stopped by to see the school the filming took place in. Next we parked at the bottom of the driveway to walk up to Mikey’s house. They don’t allow people to drive up, but there is a sign stating Goonies On Foot Welcomed. We headed up the driveway to check out the exterior of the house. Jared was a little upset because there really isn’t a house near enough that would make sense for Data to zip line in to the house, I informed him it is a movie and things are made up. Also there is no awesome contraption for opening up the gate.

Next we headed to the Oregon Film Museum (OFM) which is housed in the old Clastop County Jail. The building was a working jail from 1914-1976 and was used in the scene of the opening jail break from the Goonies. They charged us half price since not all of the exhibits were present in the museum, so it was $2/person. It wasn’t really that great of a museum. We were able to see the jail cells and some paraphernalia from the Goonies.  They also had a room running through clips of a good amount of movies that have been filmed in Oregon. The other room in the museum had some green screens set up and you could read from scripts in front of the green screen and they would email you the final version of it when they put in the background picture. We didn’t do one, but we did watch a young girl do a scene from Twilight. We couldn’t see it with the scene behind it though so it was just her standing in front of a green screen reading from a paper.

Across from the OFM is the Flavel House Museum. The Flavel House is an old house that once belonged to Captain George Flavel. We did not go in to check out the museum but we did get pictures of the outside. You might recognize it as the place where Mikey’s dad is raising the flag in the opening chase scene of the Goonies. They filmed inside the museum for it. After that the only really other place to see was the place that Chunk was standing in when the Fratellis are in the car chase with the cops. The woman at the visitor’s center informed us that it was the bowling alley, but Jared and I both don’t agree. We haven’t seen the Goonies in a while, but we both remember him leaning on the glass window and smashing his pink drink all over the glass and himself when he is watching the chase. I took a picture of the bowling alley, but there is not a large glass window for Chunk to look out of.
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