establishing shot of the real Orange County was first seen on "The
in Episode 11
(of season two) - "The Second Chance"
looking north, from the Balboa Peninsula (in the foreground), across
the Newport Harbor bay,
to Balboa Island (in the background) - all in Newport Beach.
large building near the center of the photo is the historic Balboa Pavilion,
which is located
at the north end of Main Street. Built in 1906, the Balboa Pavilion
was a popular dance club
back in the Big Band days. Today, it houses a restaurant, and places where
can book boat tours of the harbor or trips to Catalina.
The Balboa Pier lies at the other
(south) end of Main Street, a short walk away.
The Balboa Fun Zone & Balboa Ferry
lie just to the west (off camera, to the left in this photo).
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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