Boardwalk featured in latest 'Transformers' film

"Bumblebee" Director Travis Knight gives instructions to some of the film’s actors on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk can be seen in Paramount Picture’s new "Transformers" spin-off movie "Bumblebee," which is now playing in theaters.

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug. 

Bumblebee’s large production spent two days filming on the “Brighton Falls Boardwalk” in September 2017. Many local extras, including some Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk employees were hired for the Boardwalk scenes.  

“It’s always exciting for our staff to work with Hollywood, especially on professional projects of this scale,” said Brigid Fuller, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk publicist. “We really enjoyed our part in 'Bumblebee' and look forward to seeing ourselves on the big screen.”  

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has scenes in many Hollywood movies, including the cult-classic vampire movie "The Lost Boys," Clint Eastwood’s "Sudden Impact," as well as "The Sting II," "Killer Clowns from Outer Space" and many other feature films and TV programs.

In addition, director Jordan Peele's latest film, "Us," set for release in March, was also filmed at the Boardwalk.


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