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Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Goonies' jail

This scene may look familiar to a lot of people. The gray building is the jail used in the film, The Goonies. Their house (which I'll show some other time) is also in Astoria, and is the most asked-about landmark as far as I can tell. A lot of locations from the film are in Astoria and nearby. The writing on the building says "1914" and "1976" with "COUNTY JAIL" in the center. The tan building is the County Court House. Handy, yes? The new jail is just up the street, and there is some talk of turning the old jail into a film museum featuring, of course, the making of The Goonies. There have been so many films set all or partly in Astoria that I think it would be a great idea to use the building for that. It's central and easy to find, which is not at all true of the Goonies' house!

I like the reflection of the tree in one of the courthouse windows. I took the pic on April 10, a very rare clear day for that month.

Have any films been made in your town or city? And if you live in Hollywood, don't even bother to list them!


Jacob said...

I don't think I saw the Goonies. I like the photo and the background you provided.

Will you get more sunshine during the summer months?

Anonymous said...

I spent a few nights in there...As for turning it into some kind'a tourist attraction I'd say no..parking around the courthouse is already tight-tourists just get in the way

tapirgal said...

Hi Anonymous, parking is an issue, but I think it could be managed. Most of the tourists I find asking about such locations are on foot by the time they're in the downtown area - cruise ship visitors, etc.

fred King said...

I enjoyed the movie Goonies. Thanks so much for posting this photo for us Goonie fans!

Lee Spangler said...

I remember when the jail was in use. As you can see with the size of the new jail which is purported to be too small, times and criminal justice has changed, considering especially that the population number hasn't changed much.

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