– Astoria Signs Feature Goonies House Viewing Alternative –
Astoria, Ore., Dec. 10, 2018: Love movie trivia? The Historic Oregon Film Trail, designed to showcase iconic set locations in the state, will be dedicated on Jan. 10 (time to be determined) at Alameda Park in Astoria. Signs marking the scenic spots will feature facts and anecdotes from the “The Goonies,” “Kindergarten Cop” and “Short Circuit” – films shot on Oregon’s North Coast.
One sign in particular has been positioned at the East End Mooring Basin near the Astoria Riverfront Trail to give an alternative view of the “Goonies House” in an effort to eliminate trespassing on the hill of the privately owned residence. “Goonies” fans, it turns out, never say die, or no, to a photo opportunity. While the sign signifies a location
for that viewpoint, the sign copy shares information about the nearby Astor Elementary School which was featured in Kindergarten Cop. The lesser-known Alameda Park offers a great viewpoint of the Astoria-Megler Bridge and it is the topic of the Short Circuit sign located there.
The sign for The Goonies is located by the Oregon Film Museum and
speaks to it and the Flavel House’s roles in that film. “Historical markers are typically about famous people and events. Movies filmed here are also an important part of Oregon’s history and culture, so ours offer a twist on that convention. The new signs will provide an interesting insight into this history to passersby while acting as a beacon to visitors seeking out film locations and stories,” said Tim Williams. “Placed at photo-worthy locations, we hope the signs will encourage fans to learn more and share about our state’s film destinations.”
Oregon Film, in partnership with the OregonMade Creative Foundation, created the Historic Oregon Film Trail featuring signage located at strategic points around the state. Showing Oregon’s unique and varied locations ? from the coast to the desert ? new markers will be rolled out one location at a time to reinforce the correlation between the film/TV industry, economic development, and tourism. Development of a Digital Trail Map is underway.
The Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Oregon Film Office developed the initial concept and identified the Astoria movie locations in partnership with the Oregon Film Museum. Oregon Coast Visitors Association provided additional funding for the signs.
About Oregon Made Creative Foundation: The OMCF is a program of The Charitable Partnership Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. It was founded through the efforts of Oregon Film (a/k/a the Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television) as a stand alone non-profit foundation focused on providing opportunity and grants for #OregonMade creators through strategic partnerships and creative connections. www.oregonmade.org
About Oregon Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce:
The Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce has served the local business community since 1873. Today, with 570 businesses joining forces for common benefit, it also provides visitor services and tourism promotion for the area. For more information, call Astoria (800) 875-6807 or visit http://www.oldoregon.com.
About the Oregon Film Museum:
Ready for your 15 minutes of fame? Housed in the old Clatsop County Jail, the museum celebrates the art and legacy of Oregon film and film making. Visitors learn about the film industry and get to make their own Oregon movie on three “hot sets.” Opened in 2010 by the Clatsop County Historical Society, the museum has experienced stunning growth in attendance. For more information, call 503-325-2203 or visit www.oregonfilmmuseum.org.
About the Oregon Coast Visitor’s Association: (OCVA) is the official Regional
Destination Management Organization (RDMO) and promotional entity for the Oregon Coast, as designated by the Oregon Tourism Commission, DBA Travel Oregon. Our association is comprised of Chambers of Commerce, Visitors Centers/Bureau, resource
management entities and 100+ (approx) private tourism businesses along Oregon’s 363 miles of coastline. We advocate on behalf of the coastal tourism industry by facilitating industry alignment, coordinating industry management efforts and by engaging in cooperative promotional activities which achieve maximum, measurable benefits for our coastal economy with minimal negative impacts on its quality of life and natural environment.