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Bronson Caves, Los Angeles

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Bronson Canyon, or Bronson Caves, is a section of Griffith Park in Los Angeles that has become known as a filming location for many movies and TV shows, especially westerns and science fiction, from the early days of motion pictures to the present. Its craggy and remote-looking setting, but easily accessible location, has made it a prime choice for filmmakers, particularly of low-budget films, who want to place scenes in a lonely wilderness.Location and historyBronson Canyon is located in the southwest section of Griffith Park, thus is easily accessible from Hollywood.In 1903, the Union Rock Company founded a quarry, originally named Brush Canyon, for excavation of crushed rock used in the construction of city streets. The quarry ceased operation in the late 1920s, leaving the caves behind. The caves became known as the Bronson Caves after a nearby street, giving the area its more popular name of Bronson Canyon (the same street indirectly provided the stage name for actor Charles Bronson, who chose the name of the Bronson Gate at Hollywood's Paramount Studios, which in turn derived its name from Bronson Ave).Scenes of the main cave entrance are normally filmed in a manner that shows the entrance at an angle because the cave is actually a very short tunnel through the hill, with the rear opening easily visible in a direct shot. The most well-known appearance of the tunnel entrance is likely as the entrance to the Batcave in the Batman television series of the 1960s.
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  • This place is amazing and beautiful and has 2 labyrinths made out of Rick's that are beautiful. the cave is fin fir kids to explore and they can climb the surrounding mountains. It's a very short and....  more »
  • great place to hike. very close to hollywood. parking is mostly full but you get to find one eventually since people frequently getting out. dont forget to bring water!  more »
  • It's a cool little place tucked away from the tourism and such.. bat caves are cool but that isnt much of a hike. Fun place to go explore and find new trails though!
  • Love this little spot! I visited LA and was disappointed in the poor view of the Hollywood sign from the streets. My sister and I decided to walk to Bronson Cave. We went through the cave, which was cool, and when we emerged from the other side, we had such a good view of the Hollywood sign! That is where we took all of our cliche Hollywood photos LOL. It's a pretty short walk to the cave once you're inside the park. It's really a nice area and worth checking out if you have time. Go see the bat cave!

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