California is prime territory for film locations. No production team is going to turn down perfect scenery surrounded by perfect weather. Where can you go to find yourself eating like John Wayne or exploring like Indiana Jones? Stockton, California, of course! So why not relive your favorite movies by visiting the places they were filmed?
1. Fly with flubber
Did you ever wonder where great innovators go to school in the movies? One answer is Stockton, California’s University of the Pacific. Take a trip to the famous campus and look around for an absentminded scientist and his flying rubber, or flubber. Yes, Disney’s 1997 film Flubber starring Robin Williams took place in and around the historic university. (Rumor has it, at Halloween residents give out green bouncy balls.) Although the film renamed the university Medfield College, the beautiful exterior shots reveal that the school’s grounds and architecture were left exactly as they were. When you’re on campus, see if any staff or alumni are there who were in the movie. They’d surely be glad to point out all the scenes where students and staff were used as extras!
2. An Indy exploration
Don’t leave University of the Pacific just yet! Head on over to the Conservatory of Music’s Faye Spanos Concert Hall. Look familiar? If not, envision a professor with a leather jacket and bullwhip. That’s what you’d find in 1980 when the action/adventure classic Raiders of the Lost Ark was filming. This time, the school served as the home of Marshall College in the late 1930s. The building, which opened in 1927, was the perfect backdrop for the historical fiction film and, again, allowed students to participate in the making of the film by being extras. The same footage was used once again, 27 years later, for the 2008 addition to the series, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.