The Lost World: Jurassic Park, 1997


Steven Spielberg


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Los Angeles: Flights: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Humboldt County Tourism: Humboldt County is located on northern coast of California, with the city of Eureka situated about 300 miles north of San Francisco and 100 miles south of the Oregon border. Driving time from the San Francisco Bay Area is five or six hours, through Sonoma, Mendocino and Humboldt Counties. The main route to and from the Redwood Coast is U.S. Highway 101 which parallels—and in Humboldt County, touches—the Pacific Ocean. Further inland, Interstate 5 takes you up California's central valley, and provides access to the coast via Highway 299 at Redding and Highway 199 at Grants Pass, Oregon.

Eureka/Arcata Airport, with daily flights from San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles and Portland, is located in the town of McKinleyville, 12 miles north of Eureka.

Patrick’s Point State Park, 4150 Patrick's Point Drive, Trinidad: 25 miles north of Eureka

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park


The ‘Endor’ scenes for Return of the Jedi were filmed in Tall Trees Redwood Grove in the northern part of Humboldt County. Frank Darabont’s The Majestic, with Jim Carrey as a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter, was filmed in the Victorian Village of Ferndale.

The Lost World location: Golden Mall, Burbank

The Lost World location: T-Rex on the loose in ‘San Diego’: Golden Mall, Burbank

Funny, nobody mentioned ‘Isla Sorna’ – Site B – in Jurassic Park. And, if the T-Rex was held below deck, what ran rampage on the ship and shredded the crew? Plot holes apart, the sequel to Steven Spielberg’s summer blockbuster is a hugely enjoyable ride.

The Lost World location: Mayfield Senior School, Pasadena, Los Angeles

The Lost World location: John Hammond’s house: Mayfield Senior School, Pasadena, Los Angeles

The mansion of John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), where Dr Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) has his arm twisted to travel out to the previously unmentioned Isla Sorna, is actually a Catholic girls’school in Pasadena, Mayfield Senior School, 500 Bellefontaine Street (seen also in Devil in a Blue Dress, with Denzel Washington, the Steve Martin noir-pastiche Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid and the Eddie Murphy remake of The Nutty Professor).

Site B again used Jurassic Park’s main location on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, for scene setting. The beach, where the unfortunate family decide to hold a picnic, is Kipu Kai Beach, on Kauai’s south shore (accessible only by boat), much of the action was filmed on mainland USA, in northern California north of Eureka, in Patrick’s Point State Park and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

The T-Rex wreaks havoc on landing at ‘San Diego’, supposedly in the city’s Gaslamp district. But once again, there’s a bit of sleight of hand. San Diego only features in a bit of Second Unit aerial footage to establish the locale.

The Lost World location: Balboa Boulevard, Granada Hills, Los Angeles

The Lost World location: T-Rex trashes the gas station: Balboa Boulevard, Granada Hills, Los Angeles

Most of the filming was much closer to the studio in Burbank, at Golden Mall on San Fernando Boulevard between Palm Grove and Orange Grove, which were renamed with ‘San Diego’ street signs.

The Starbucks coffee shop is at 300 San Fernando Boulevard. The bookshop where the screenwriter David Koepp, in a cameo as ‘Unlucky Bastard’ gets chomped by the T-Rex, is Crown Books, 301 San Fernando Boulevard.

The ‘InGen’ dock where the T-Rex boat crashes ashore is San Pedro Harbor, to the south of Los Angeles.

The house where T-Rex takes a drink from the swimming pool and snacks on a dog is 17917 Mayerling Street, part of the Greyhawk Ranch development, northwest of Granada Hills, a Valley suburb of Los Angeles. In the heart of Granada Hills is the gas station, where the trademark ‘76’ ball rolls down the street. It’s the Chevron Filling Station, Balboa Boulevard at the corner of Rinaldi Street.


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