Walk of Western Stars Melissa Gilbert & Bruce Boxleitner
Halfway House Cafe is the scene for numerous shows & commercials
Vasquez Rocks is a famous backdrop for film, TV, and commercials
Valencia Town Center, filming location for "NCIS" and others.
Why is there so much Filming in Santa Clarita?
Santa Clarita falls within the coveted "30-mile zone" (also known as the "studio zone") for filming in Los Angeles. By staying within this production
zone, television shows and and film productions do not need to pay travel time and mileage to members of the entertainment unions. Therefore,
Santa Clarita Valley is a hot bed of filming activity.
Two well-loved and respected men died on November 30, 2013 around 3:30 pm in Valencia (the City of Santa Clarita). High speed was a factor in the
crash that caused their death on the Rye Canyon Loop. For a Google map of the crash site and the official collision reports, please click on the
Gosh, a better question might be, "What's not filming in Santa Clarita?" Recent locally-based productions (including the long-running NCIS
series) totally 69 in addition to commercials and music videos. So, it's likely you'll bump into one of your favorite stars filming on a local street.
Did you know that there are secluded ranches tucked into the canyons of Santa Clarita? Santa Clarita has appeared in countless films dressed to
recreate Afghanistan, Mexico, Southeast Asia, or even the Midwest. You can also seemingly turn back the clock by decades on some of these ranches
in western and 50's towns. Other than Melody Ranch, you cannot presently get on these ranches without an invitation. If you click on the link above,
go to the location library and browse around. You'll find websites and Google map directions to these secret filming locations. But trespassers
beware: you will not be welcomed onto the ranches as these are working, private movie ranches.
Eve Bushman spent some time with Rene Veluzat at his ranch, Blue Cloud, located in Saugus. Click on the link to read
about the goings-on at his ranch.
Where's the Best Place to See a TV Show or Movie Being Filmed Today?
While we can't guarantee there is any filming going on today, these are the some of the best places to check out because they are favorite
locations for filming. Be on the lookout for a cluster of trucks and as you get closer, you may see people walking around carrying boom mikes. The
actors should be nearby. This can be in a neighborhood, on a city street, in a park, or at these favorite filming locations.
Grasshopper Grove has been used in JAG, NCIS, CSI, 24 and Reno 911. Locate Grasshopper Grove by finding the directional for "West Launch Ramp" as it
points precisely to Grasshopper Grove. West Ramp Parking Lot
Favorite places to film here are on the street and in the little courtyard behind the Princess Cruise Line building. Filming is frequent in the lobby
of the Hyatt Regency Hotel as well, which is adjacent to Valencia Town Center. 24305 Town Center Drive, Valencia
This is behind a guard gate, so you may not be able to get into this office park--which is why it is a favorite filming location. The flat cement area
at the lowest part of the park has frequently been used in TV series, including NCIS. You didn't hear it from us, okay? Click on their website for
a nice long list of movies, television shows, and commercials filmed there. 25104 Rye Canyon Road, Valencia
Hundreds of feature films, television programs and commercials have been filmed on the trains at the Fillmore & Western Railway.
Movie credits include "Rails & Ties," "O, Brother, Where Art Thou?" Seabiscuit," and "The Holiday." Hot television series riding the F&WR's rails
include "Dr. Quinn," "Melrose Place," "X-Files," "ER," "Monk," "24," "CSI," NCIS," "Cold Case," "Medium" and "Days of Our Lives." Read a more
complete list of their credits here. This is located just outside of SCV. 351 Santa Clara Street, Fillmore
Tour a Movie Studio
Melody Ranch Studio
This western set is well-recognized from many movies. If you've been to the Cowboy Poetry Festival, you've seen the town crowded with people. Now is
your opportunity to walk the streets almost solo. A guided studio tour of the western town includes a stroll down Main Street and the interiors of the
buildings. Your guide will share with you moments from the exciting days of filming, past and present. The tour would not be complete without a stop
at The Melody Ranch Museum, which houses one-of-a-kind movie memorabilia from the last fifty years including Gene Autry's collection. Best for kids
12 and over. By appointment only; subject to filming. Melody Ranch History
Santa Clarita's Version of Hollywood's Walk of Fame
Western Walk of Stars
Along San Fernando Road, Newhall Avenue, and Market Street in downtown Newhall. John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Dennis Weaver, Jack Palance,
Bruce Boxleitner, and Melissa Gilbert are just a few of the western celebrities honored in downtown Newhall. Western film, stage, television and radio
personalities who performed in the Santa Clarita Valley are honored here in The Downtown Newhall Walk of Western Stars, which began in 1981 and
continues today. Come with your camera and find your favorite stars immortalized with bronze plaques and terrazzo tile set into the sidewalks.
View the list of honorees here. 24330 Main Street, Newhall
Dine Where Celebrities Dine
Halfway House Cafe (Facebook page)
Once you walk in the doors, you'll recognize scenes from some from of your favorite movies, TV shows, and commercials including the infamous 2008
Pepsi commercial with Cindy Crawford. A local's favorite open for breakfast and lunch.
15564 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita
Saugus Cafe (Facebook page)
The history of this unimposing little cafe goes way back to 1887, although it has resided in the current building since 1952. With a renovation in
1994, patrons today will still enjoy generous meals at sensible prices. Where else may one dine within the same walls as presidents and legends?
Former customers of the restaurant include Presidents Benjamin Harrison and Theodore Roosevelt, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Tom Mix,
Charlie Chaplin, Doug Fairbanks, and Mary Pickford. The cast of CSI, as well as Drew Barrymore and Whoopi Goldberg, have filmed here. 25861 Railroad Avenue, Saugus
Explore Historical 'Movie Sets'
The train station has been featured in "The Grifters,"
and "Suddenly." The Ramona Chapel has been used by John Wayne as a movie set, and Gary Cooper, Wyatt Earp, Will Rogers, Joan Crawford and many other
stars have been inside these four walls. The Callahan Schoolhouse was built in 1927 as a tourist attraction and movie set. Likewise, the Pardee House has been used by Tom Mix in one of his
"Mixvilles" and by John Ford and Harry Carey in their films in 1917. While on property, tour the Adobe Schoolhouse. There's also a gift shop and a beautiful historic rose garden. Free. Open weekends, 1:00 - 4:00 pm.
(Enter at William S. Hart Park and make an immediate left.) Free. 24101 Newhall Ave, Santa Clarita
Mountasia Family Fun Center
This is another one of those locations that will show up frequently in movies and television shows. Spend the day riding bumper boats, playing laser
tag, mini golf, and a plethora of arcade games, then enjoy refreshments in Lickity Split by Farrell's. Admission Required. 21516 Golden Valley Road, Santa Clarita
Whether you're a fan of Sci-Fi or Westerns, you've seen these amazing rock formations on the TV and movie screens. This is about 20 minutes outside of
Santa Clarita up Hwy 14 but it is always a favorite stop for movie and film buffs. A new interpretive center is located in the park. Free. 10700 Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce
Tour the Home of a Western Movie Star
Tesoro Adobe Historic Park
Harry Carey and John Ford made some of their western movies on the ranch, which was home for Harry Carey and his family. The western movie elite,
including John Wayne, Gary Cooper and William S. Hart, often visited here. It is now a county-run park. Tours of the grounds and buildings are
available during open park hours. Free. 29350 Avenida Rancho Tesoro, Valencia
William S. Hart Park & Museum
Former silent film cowboy star and director, William S. Hart, resided in this fully furnished Spanish colonial revival-style mansion, now open to the
public. Fans of western art will find many of their favorites here, including works done by Charles Russell, Joe De Young, Charles Christadoro, and
Frederic Remington. Movie props from the 1920s and authentic native American artifacts are found throughout the museum. Make a day of your visit:
take the kids to the barnyard zoo, ogle the bison grazing on the property, and enjoy a picnic under a shade tree. Free. 24151 Newhall Avenue, Santa Clarita
Shop on a Historic 'Movie Set'
Movie buffs will recognize the Speedway from their favorite films, television programs, and commercials. The open-air market held here has been
serving the public rain or shine for over thirty years. Whether its fresh produce or your own idea of 'treasure' you seek, you'll probably find it
here. Sunday's Marketplace draws the largest crowd, and you can stop in Tuesdays and Wednesdays for a flea market. 22500 Soledad Cyn Road, Saugus