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Saturday, June 05, 2010

The Debut of the Oregon Film Museum

Today marked the unveiling of the Oregon Film Museum in Astoria, on the site of the old County Jail that was featured in THE GOONIES.

Timed entries were necessary to handle the crowds, which began gathering shortly before the ceremony at 9:00 a.m. Fans dressed as characters posed with other fans during the jovial wait in the parking lot.

Once inside, the first room of the museum shares a tutorial of sorts that explains many of the jobs that go into creating a film. The explanation below uses MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO to describe the work of the Director of Photography.

The next rooms feature a wealth of GOONIES relics, such as the statue that Chunk breaks in one of the early scenes, Data's high-tech outfit and the Walsh family mailbox, autographed by many of the cast members.

They also have an area with stand-up figures of most of the GOONIES cast. I couldn't resist posing with Josh Brolin's likeness, but the room was so small, my photographer cut most of his face off.

All in all, the museum has room to grow (the upstairs is not yet open to the public), but for the amount of items it does have to show off (provided you're a GOONIES fan like me), it's worth the price of admission.

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