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Now & Then: The Goonies 30th Anniversary 2015

June 7, 2015 marked the 30th Anniversary of The Goonies movie release, and Warner Brothers and the community of Astoria have partnered to make this year the biggest and best celebration yet. Filmed in 1984 before studio sets and green screens were the standard, the beloved cult-classic made iconic landmarks out of a number of Astoria locations, many of which will host visitors and activities throughout the weekend. From June 4-7, 2015, the town will offer tours of filming locations, quote-along film screenings, treasure hunts, trivia events, a cast and crew reunion (pending cast member availability) the largest group “Truffle Shuffle” of all time!
 
In addition to learning what all your favorite Goonies are up to these days, you’ll be able to relive many of the memorable scenes from 30 years ago in modern-day Astoria.  
 
  1. Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach
Kick off your weekend a little ways down the coast from Astoria and Warrenton at Cannon Beach, in the same location as the film’s closing scene. Thursday evening, June 4, gather around bonfires on the beach for the sunset and mingling with other fans. You’ll be greeted by the iconic view of Haystack Rock – and maybe even a surprise guest or two.
 

 
  1. Jail Break
For your first stop on Friday, return to the scene of the crime where Jake Fratelli made his fiery jail break and set the wheels of the movie into motion. Astoria’s Oregon Film Museum, where you can browse the Goonies gallery, take a mug shot, and even make your own feature film.
 
  1. Mikey’s House
The private home known as “Mikey’s House” still stands in Astoria and is the subject of thousands of visitors' photographs every year. On the 30th Anniversary weekend, fans will have the rare opportunity to step inside and get a tour of the private residence (as opposed to viewing from the outside only).
 
Please note:  Access to view “Mikey’s House” from the driveway is now closed.  Visitors are to view the house from a short distance away from either the Astoria Riverwalk (see post number 4) or adjacent to the Columbia Baseball Fields.  See map for locations.

 
  1. Car Chase Down the Docks
Just a short walk from Mikey’s House are the docks where the Fratelli family narrowly escapes from a high-tension car chase. Walk or hop on the trolley line along the Astoria Riverwalk to see (and hear!) the sea lions from the dock entrance at 36th Street. A few blocks further east, you can visit businesses or grab a cup of coffee on Pier 39.

  1. Warren Field
On Sunday, June 7 meet with other Goonies fans at Warren Field, where Andy’s cheerleading squad is shown practicing in the film. The crowd will attempt to set the record for “The World’s Largest Truffle-Shuffle.” To ensure you’ll be in prime form for a true Truffle Shuffle, stop at Bowpicker Fish and Chips for a bite to eat on your way to the field at 20th and Exchange Street. Fans 21 years and older can wind down afterward with a signature Truffle Shuffle Stout, which will be available for the anniversary weekend only at Fort George Brewery.
 
In case you need a refresher, you can see the original Truffle Shuffle in all its glory here.


(photo by Jessica Watts)
  1. Chunk’s Bowling Alley
Though it didn’t make a very lengthy appearance in the movie, the bowling alley where Chunk watches the car chase drive by is one of the most memorable scenes from the film. Lower Columbia Bowl is still open for business, so you’ll be able to rent a lane and have some fun with other Goonies fans or cast and crew. Then, finish the night with a strawberry milkshake from the Snack Bar (as long as you promise not to pull a “Chunk” – try to keep it in the cup instead of all over the window!). LC Bowl is located at 826 Marine Drive.
 

 
The Goonies 25th Anniversary brought 15,000 visitors to Astoria from all over the world, and the town expects to top that number in 2015. Book your lodging now to ensure you get to take part in the 30th Anniversary celebration!
 
Follow along on Facebook or visit The Goondocks 30th Anniversary Page for the full schedule, ticket info and regular updates about event activities. Make sure you’re ready for the big weekend by purchasing Goonies commemorative gear and souvenirs in advance here.
 
Can’t make it out for The Goonies 30th Anniversary in June? Don’t worry – you can nourish your Goonies nostalgia by visiting the filming locations in Astoria-Warrenton any day of the year. Check out our year-round Goonies Guide to Astoria-Warrenton to help plan your trip.
 
 
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