Lake Arrowhead & the Movies

Professional man with camera at motorbike exhibition

Only a short hour and a half drive apart, Tinseltown and Lake Arrowhead are a match made in movie heaven. Lake Arrowhead’s alpine scenery — courtesy of the Bernardino National Forest, — along with its scenic lakefront location and picturesque Old World-style village make it an ideal location for film scouts in search of rustic mountain beauty. For 10 years, the area has also hosted the Lake Arrowhead Film Festival, which attracted native celebrities and film buffs across Southern California.

Early Hollywood

Cinema film reel and out of focus movie clapper board
Lake Arrowhead’s natural splendor features prominently in many early films, including the “The Romance of the Bar O” in 1911, “The Courtship of Miles Standish” in 1923, and later, “A Swingin’ Summer,” which starred screen icon Raquel Welch. Another film, “Her Splendid Folly,” which was released in 1933 is noted as the first official film shot to be shot in Lake Arrowhead Village. All told, more than 120 movies include scenes shot in Lake Arrowhead. And that number will likely increase as Hollywood directors and producers opt to film here because of the beauty and close proximity to Hollywood.

Memorable Modern Movies
Old Hollywood Film CountdownEven after the golden Hollywood era of the 1920’s, stars made their way to Lake Arrowhead for work and play. Here are some modern movies filmed in the area:

  • “Next” – This Nicolas Cage “see the future” movie might have a convoluted plot, but it includes some great mountain scenery shot near Lake Arrowhead.
  • “The Parent Trap” – The 1998 remake, starring a young Lindsay Lohan, featured scenes from nearby Crestline and the casting of child extras from Lake Arrowhead and other neighboring communities.
  • “Dr. Dolittle” – Eddie Murphy’s 1998 film had him talking directly to animals — with scenes shot in and around the region.
  • “The American President” starring Michael Douglas and Annette Benning, included the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead as a stand-in for Camp David, after Douglas’ President asks his date (Benning) if she’s ever been to Camp David.

Notable Residents and Celebrity Sightings

Movie premiere poster deisgn with cinema curtains, seats and sig
With its proximity to Los Angeles and secluded privacy, Lake Arrowhead is an attractive relaxation destination for busy Hollywood actors and musicians. Many celebrities own homes in the area, and some are long-time residents of the mountain community. Here are some of the notable celebrities that have been spotted in and around Lake Arrowhead:

  • Legendary actor Rock Hudson owned a home in Lake Arrowhead, as part of a collection of places throughout Southern California.
  • Hugh Laurie from “House” was spotted at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, filming several episodes of season six of the acclaimed series.
  • Longtime resident Brian Wilson of Beach Boys fame recently put his Lake Arrowhead house on the market for the asking price of $3.3 million. The stunning home is more than 4,500 square feet and features a deck overlooking the lakefront.
  • Actor Mark Harmon has and his wife, actress Pam Dawber, have owned a Lake Arrowhead home for many years, first purchasing a cabin built in the 1920’s.
  • Ernie Hudson, star of Ghostbusters and The Secret Life of the American Teenager, calls Lake Arrowhead home.
  • Christopher McDonald, best known for his role in Adam Sandler’s Happy Gilmore, calls Lake Arrowhead home. Celebrity fleeing for paparazzi

Red carpet

Anytime of the year, vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable. But during the autumn, when the leaves are putting on a spectacular show, you can’t improve on the beauty of the San Bernardino Mountains. Whether you’re looking to spend two nights of luxury with 20 of your closest friends with a gourmet kitchen or would prefer to hunker down in a modest cabin for several days, weeks or months, at Arrowhead Property Rental in Lake Arrowhead, California, we offer lodging to fit all tastes and budgets – for individuals, couples, families and groups — all at great prices, with unbelievable amenities. Check out the possibilities. Don’t delay. Book today.

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