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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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  • I don't know that you'd call it a hike. You walk a half mile path that looks like a truck access driveway. It is wide and fairly level with a slight gradient. There are no signs, bells or whistles. Yo...  more »
  • This place is a nice, easy hike up to "the batcave". Also used in several other films and videos. The cave itself is pretty small but is surrounded by some nice trails and scenery. One of the really n...  more »
  • for a fan of "Robot Monster", this place is a must-visit. its free, terrific little walk getting here, and you can feel the magic of the RM movie. Oh yeah something about batman too. Nice park and lot...  more »
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  • Easy and short hike to see the entrance to the Batcave that was used in the original TV series. You can walk through the cave and explore the Bronson Canyon section of Griffith Park.
  • It's very nice. And it's where they filmed the Bat cave for the Batman tv show in the sixties. Lots of beautiful people hiking in the area also!
  • Got there and they were setting up a movie scene. Its a man made cave specially for movies. Good sight to see when in Griffith Park.
  • Great for the whole family, and if you not want or can't walk to the Hollywood sign this is a excellent option,you can take great pics here
  • It's a beautiful and quiet open space between the mountains. You can see Hollywood Sign from there.
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