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Movie & TV Locations in Malibu

Unloading lighting and other equipment, early in the morning, at a location in a Malibu Canyon neighborhood.  This is a common sight around Malibu.Copyright MalibuComplete.com
Unloading lighting and other equipment, early in the morning, at a location in a Malibu Canyon neighborhood. This is a common sight around Malibu.

Movie & TV Locations in Malibu

A Malibu house is taken over for filming.  All this equipment, and a crew of about 35 people, are involved in shooting a 60 second commercial.  A movie would require far more.Copyright MalibuComplete.com
A Malibu house is taken over as a location for filming. All this equipment, and a crew of about 35 people, are involved in shooting a 60 second TV commercial for a headache remedy. A movie or music video would require far more.

The first recorded use of Malibu as a loation for a film was in 1926 when Warner Bros. was given permission to use a beach in Malibu for their film "Across the Pacific" about the U.S. Army in the Philippines, starring Myrna Loy. Ever since then, Malibu has been the star (or at least had a supporting role) in more feature movies, TV shows and commercials, music videos, magazine covers, and commercial photography than can ever be fully documented.

Film crews are so common in Malibu that it is a non-event. Most days a drive down PCH would include passing one or more locations where something is being filmed. The City of Malibu issues an average of 500 filming permits per year (based on 2000). Malibu has recently been the backdrop to many TV shows and movies such as "Baywatch," "Diagnosis Murder," "Terminator 2," "Lethal Weapon 4," and over the years the total number is staggering. With its many and varied scenic locations, proximity to Los Angeles, and familiarity to talent and location scouts, its just natural.

Locations, Locations, Locations

Malibu is full of recognizable locations, such as the "MTV Party House", a state-owned property built in the 1960s, on a bluff overlooking the ocean on 11 acres straddling the L.A./Ventura County line. Besides filming for the MTV series, the house was featured in the 2000 film "Cast Away" starring Tom Hanks, and in the television series "Melrose Place." While Malibu is naturally the location for beach/surf movies and "Malibu's Most Wanted", Hollywood has converted Malibu locales into Cape Cod, Tarzan's jungles, MASH's Korea, the Planet of the Apes and many more far flung sites as well as the expected Old West.

By one estimate, there are over 1,000 Malibu Locations used for filming regularly or at least occasionally. Homes may be rented for as short a time as one hour, while others are scheduled for weeks at a time. Rates vary from $1,000 on up to $35,000 a day (2004 rates). The best deal for a homeowner who wants the income would be a house used for a popular TV series -- the production company will return to shoot new footage year after year.

Significant locations in Malibu include these, with more added all the time:

  • Malibu Creek State Park
  • Paramount Ranch
  • Westward Beach
  • Surfrider Beach
  • Malibu Mansions
  • Homes on the Beach
  • Pacific Coast Highway
  • Mountain Roads
  • Other Malibu Locations

The 6,000 sq. ft. main house at 26800 Pacific Coast Highway, called Gull's Way, was completed in 1971. The owners, Rick and Luella "Billie" Ulrich, rented the property to movie studios and hundreds of films and television shows have been filmed there including "Fantasy Island," "Hardcastle & McCormick" and "It's Only Money," starring Jerry Lewis. The house was later sold to Pepperdine for a confernce center, but was never used due to zoning problems. Dick Clark bought the house in 2002, for about $15 million.

Not all Malibu Filming Permits are Approved

In a unanimous vote during June 2002, the City Council turned down an MTV proposal to tape a reality show called "Tough Enough," at a home on Broad Beach. The Malibu Municipal Code restricts filming permits to 14 days while MTV wanted 60 days in the 24x7 reality format. Long-term beach shoots were objected to the previous year and the Council wanted no repeat performance.

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