establishing aerial shot of the real Orange County
was first seen on "The O.C." in Episode 1 of Season one: "The
during the show's credits, and has been seen in the opening credits of
While the photo
below of the same Pier was first seen in Episode 6 (of season two),
"The Chrismukkah That Almost Wasn't".
The photo below was first seen
in Episode 10 (of season two), "The Accomplice".
And the photo below was first seen
in Episode 14 (of season two), "The Father Knows Best".
All of these photos show The
The pier is located at the south end of Main Street,
near the east end of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach.
The white building at the end of the pier is Ruby's Diner.
Originally a bait shop, this 1930's-themed
diner is a favorite in Newport, and spawned a chain of similar Ruby's diners
on other piers and in malls
around Southern California. It may have also inspired the pier
diner seen often on The O.C.
These "establishing shots" of Orange County are not locations
where The O.C. is actually filmed.
The O.C. is not really filmed in Orange County - it is filmed in
Los Angeles County. These "establishing shots"
are brief aerial snapshots of actual Orange County locations, which the
producers drop into the show to add color and
to help create the illusion that we are seeing the real Orange County.
I have included this list of their "establishing shots"
to supplement the main list of actual filming
locations. You can tell the difference by color: the actual filming
pages are gold, while the "establishing shot" pages are blue.
To see a list of the L.A.
locations where The O.C. is actually filmed,
click on the OC Filming Locations logo below.
By Episode - By Category -
By Geographical Location - Clickable Map
of All O.C. Locations - Establishing Shots
screenshots from the show and all related characters & elements are
trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
All other photos & text are copyright 2006 © Gary J. Wayne and
may not be used without written permission.
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