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The Pasadena House Where the Prom in “Twilight” Was Filmed

Jul 30th, 2010 | By | Category: Movie Locations

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One location that I have been on the lookout for for what seems like forever now is the Pasadena-area home where part of the prom scene from the original Twilight movie was filmed.  I first found out about this location while browsing through Catherine Hardwick’s fabulous book Twilight: Director’s Notebook at my local bookstore.  According to Hardwick, after filming of the 2008 flick had been completed, it was decided that an additional conversation between Bella Swan (aka Kristen Stewart) and Jacob Black (aka Taylor Lautner) was needed to complete the prom scene, which had been filmed at a picturesque hotel in Oregon named the View Point Inn (pictured above).  Because the cast and crew had long since returned to Southern California, the movie’s location manager was called upon to find a property in the area that looked similar enough to the View Point Inn that a scene could be shot there without the audience realizing it was a different locale.  He found that location at a private residence in Pasadena and filming took place there in late August of 2008.  And even though I wasn’t a huge fan of the vampire movie, I was absolutely DYING to stalk the house.  The only problem was that, for the life of me, I could NOT find it.  Until I called in Mike, from MovieShotsLA, that is, who tracked down the property in record time – and without the aid of screen caps, I might add!

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Mike, who had yet to watch Twilight, knew that the prom scene had been filmed at a Tudor-style property with a long driveway, so armed with those two rather vague descriptions he went to work.  Late Wednesday afternoon, he ended up stumbling upon some sort of Twilight message board where a girl had posted a comment saying that a scene from the flick had been shot in her neighborhood on Arroyo Boulevard near the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.  From there, Mike used aerial maps to search the area for a Tudor-style house with a large driveway and eventually landed upon the right location.  Yay!  Thank you, Mike!  And, as soon as he gave me the address, I ran right out to stalk the place.  Sadly, though, not much of it can be seen from the road. 

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While not gated, as you can see in the above aerial images, the home is set quite a ways back from the street and is surrounded by a massive amount of foliage.

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And while a bit of it can actually be spotted through the tall trees which line the front of the property, because the view is so limited, this house, unfortunately, makes for quite a disappointing stalk.

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But that’s why God created real estate listings, which is where I snagged the two images pictured above.  :)  The house, which was designed in 1915 by architect Stiles O. Clements, is currently for sale at a price that is only given “upon request”.  The property boasts seven bedrooms, TEN bathrooms!, five fireplaces, a separate one bedroom, one bathroom guesthouse, and sits on over 3.5 acres of land.  You can visit the home’s real estate listing and see a more close-up view of the property here.

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The scene shot at the Pasadena house was a very brief one in which Jacob warns Bella upon entering the prom that her boyfriend, Edward Cullen (aka Robert Pattinson), may be a dangerous individual.  Bella blows off his warning and then walks arm-in-arm with Edward around the corner and into the prom, at which point the location miraculously transforms into the View Point Inn.

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The scene was filmed on the lawn in front of the north portion of the home’s wrap-around driveway, which is denoted with the blue “X” in the above aerial image.

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I find it absolutely amazing that the location manager was able to find an area home that not only looked quite a bit like the View Point Inn, but one that was also situated in an Oregonian-like setting.  When I first heard that the scene in which Jacob walks out of the woods to talk to Bella had been filmed in Pasadena, I wrongly assumed that fake trees had been brought in to make the property appear more wooded and forest-like.  But in reality, the scene pictured above is what the grounds surrounding the house actually look like.  It truly is an incredibly piece of property! 

Big THANK YOU to Mike, from MovieShotsLA, for finding this location!  :)

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  :)

Stalk It: The house where the beginning portion of the prom scene in Twilight was filmed is located at 1200 South Arroyo Boulevard in Pasadena.

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  1. Davidete says:

    I have not watched too those movies, in fact, I’m still confused about this scene for being from 1st, 2nd or 3rd part… :p I’ll have to ask Marta, who LOVES all about it, I’m sure she would like to stalk this location if we knew before, two months ago :p

    Thanks for the post, it’s amazing you find the exact place!!

  2. Lavonna says:

    How cool is that! I can’t believe you found it…JEALOUS! I have that book by Catherine Hardwick – love it! I also read that they had to refilm the meadow scene and went to a golf course in Griffith Park. Melissa wanted to stalk it but I told her we’d never figure out the location since I’m sure they brought in props etc. GREAT POST!!!!!


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