The Oregon Film Museum celebrates the art and legacy of film and television production in Oregon.
The list of film, television, and other media productions in Oregon is stunningly long and impressive: Animal House, The Shining, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion, Twilight, Rooster Cogburn, Stand By Me, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Drugstore Cowboy, Maverick, Men of Honor, Paint Your Wagon, Pay It Forward, The Postman, The General, Indian Fighter, Portlandia, Grimm, Leverage, The Librarians, Coraline, and ParaNorman, to name a few. In fact, there are more than 400 major productions that Oregon provided the backdrop for.
Why does Oregon play host to so many productions? Our unique landscapes allow media-makers to use Oregon as a backdrop for just about anywhere. We’ve got the high desert, mountains, rivers, forests, cityscapes, small towns, and even beaches and the ocean. Oregon has passed itself off as California, Georgia, South Pacific Islands, and dozens of other places.
So how did Astoria and Clatsop County end up with the Oregon Film Museum? While there have been many more productions made in Portland and along the I-5 corridor, Clatsop County owns bragging rights to some of the most iconic films: Benji The Hunted, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Wendy and Lucy, Roaring Timber, Ring of Fire, Kindergarten Cop, Come See The Paradise, Free Willy, The Great Race, Short Circuit, and The Goonies. The television shows Route 66, Movin’ On, and Dexter filmed here. And, of course, our film history, both locally and for the entire state, started with The Fisherman’s Bride in 1909. A production of the Selig Polyscope Company, The Fisherman’s Bride is the first scripted commercial film made in Oregon.
Housed in the old Clatsop County Jail, a working jail from 1914 through 1976, the museum continues the building’s legacy as an actual working set for three movies: The Goonies, Short Circuit, and Come See The Paradise. We invite you to explore the films and production behind making movies in Oregon. Your visit will include the chance to make your own short movie utilizing our sets and green screens.