When you come to Conejo Valley, don’t be surprised if you spot film crews around town. Because of its picturesque scenery, open spaces and proximity to L.A., Conejo Valley has been an ideal place for movie-making since the 1920s.
The Conejo Valley’s film history is a little-known but fascinating attraction. While you’re here, take a drive around and see if you recognize any of the scenery! Here are a few popular local film spots and some of the movies that have been set there.
This affluent L.A. suburb has been the backdrop of a number of films both past and present, from the 1920s version of Robin Hood to Karate Kid in 1984. More recently, the prom night scene in American Pie was filmed at a local residence, and the engagement party in Bridesmaids took place at the Sherwood Country Club in Westlake Village.
The pastoral, country vibe of this off-the-beaten path area of Conejo Valley is a favorite among filmmakers. While it’s close to L.A., it is beautifully secluded and home to numerous equestrian ranches and wide-open acreage. Roadhouse (starring the late Patrick Swayze) and Seabiscuit were filmed here, among many others.
Home to Paramount Picture’s Paramount Ranch, which began operating as a film set in 1923, Agoura Hills has a storied past when it comes to films. The opening scene for Gone with the Wind was filmed in Agoura Hills, and the old Western Town film set at Paramount Ranch has been the location for hundreds of movies, including The Lake House starring Sandra Bullock.
With well-manicured parks, pretty street views and homes of all sizes, Thousand Oaks has a rich film history, having been the set of hundreds of films over the years. In recent history, the best-known movies set in Thousand Oaks are The Adventures of Robin Hood, Memoirs of a Geisha and Tarzan.
Ready to go scene-spotting in Conejo Valley? Plan your visit now, and if you stumble upon a film set, remember to keep quiet!