The Goonies is one of the best-loved 1980s adventure movies. The tale of friends searching for One-Eyed Willy’s hidden treasure was a huge hit on its release in 1985 and continues to win the hearts of audiences today.
The story is set in a picturesque fictional town in Astoria, Oregon on the Pacific coast. It’s here where our teenage heroes set off on their quest for the pirate’s loot to save their homes from demolition.
Whether you’re a fan of the movie or just visiting Astoria as part of your travels, the movie’s filming locations are worth checking out. They provide a fascinating insight into Astoria’s history and showcase its stunning shoreline, idyllic Douglas fir-lined streets, and neighborhoods sporting picture-postcard Colonial Revival-style houses.
More than a movie – why The Goonies is still loved today
The Goonies was one of the biggest box office hits of the 1980s. While it’s now nearing its 40th anniversary, the film continues to be adored by fans new and old. It’s no surprise the film has transcended the silver screen. It spawned the much-loved top 10 single “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough” by Cyndi Lauper and coined the phrases “Truffle Shuffle” and “Hey You Guys.”
Its role in pop culture is undiminished today. For example, Funko released the board game “Goonies Never Say Die” in 2021. Elsewhere, Blueprint Gaming created The Goonies Jackpot King game which can be played at popular online casinos like MrQ. The five-reel, three-row game features many recognizable elements from the film – from Mikey’s copper medallion to skulls, gold coins, and pirate ships.
Where To Visit In Astoria
One of the most visited places is the Astoria Jailhouse which features in the opening scene. This is where the Fratelli family (played by Anne Ramsey, Joe Pantoliano, and Robert Davi) escape the clutches of the local sheriff.
Today it’s home to the Oregon Film Museum. Here, at 732 Duane Street, you can discover stories from the making of The Goonies and find out about other notable films shot in Astoria, including Kindergarten Cop and National Lampoon’s Animal House.
The property known as “The Goonies House” is where Mikey (Sean Astin) and Brand (Josh Brolin) live. It’s located at 368 38th Street off Franklin Avenue. There’s no parking, so you have to make your way up to the house on foot. In the movie we see Data (Ke Huy Quan) use a zipline from his bedroom window to enter Mikey’s living room. As you’d expect, his house is located just across the street.
Other must-see locations include the Fratelli’s hideout in Ecola State Park. Although the bar they’re holed up in was purpose-built for the movie and removed afterward, there’s a small structure marking its location today.
While here, check out the coastal views the Goonies witnessed when they checked the treasure map before going underground. You can’t miss Haystack Rock, one of the most famous local landmarks when walking along the Indian Beach Trail. Other scenes were shot in this area, such as when Brand gets thrown off the cliff while riding the pink bicycle he stole.
Astoria is a wonderful place to visit whether or not you’re a Goonies fan. However, the classic adventure movie adds a little extra magic to your trip, so it’s well worth checking out some of its most notable filming locations.
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