Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ready for its closeup

SANTA CRUZ — The Boardwalk has hit the big screen lately, and will continue to do so with the release of Jordan Peele’s movie thriller ‘Us.’

Marq Lipton, the Boardwalk’s vice president of marketing and sales, said the frequency of films shot at the Boardwalk is cyclical: in the 1980s, there was an intense run of movies filmed, including the 1987 movie ‘The Lost Boys.’ He said recently there’s also been a series of films shot there, including “Us”, “Bumblebee” and “Chasing Mavericks.”

Feature films, commercials, music videos, documentaries and more have been filmed at the Boardwalk.

“Whatever could be shot has been shot,’ Lipton said.

The Boardwalk is a favorable place for filming because it is one of the sole surviving seaside amusement parks in California, he said.

Director Jordan Peele filmed his movie “Us” on the Boardwalk September 17-21, 2018. (Contributed: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk)

“We have a sense and respect for our history. The Boardwalk is a unique place in that it is a modern amusement park and it’s nostalgic.”

Lipton calls it a ‘little time travel experience.’

To film at the Boardwalk, a film crew needs permission from Santa Cruz Seaside Co. and then the crew and the Seaside Company reach an agreement for shooting.

Filming within the City of Santa Cruz creates a few more challenges.

The city has a moratorium for special events permits. The moratorium puts limits on new large-scale events and stops existing events from expanding.

It was put in place because there is a lack of public safety officials available to work at special events, said Susie O’Hara, the city’s assistant to the city manager.

“The moratorium is ensuring that the city can provide equitable access to the community [and visitors] and create a safe space,” said O’Hara.

The moratorium began in 2015 and is in a three-year extension. Within this extension is a 12-month pilot program, in which the city is exploring the use of alternative resources to maintain public safety. This includes private security as well as public safety officials from California Highway Patrol, UC Santa Cruz police, and the sheriffs department.

“It’s striking a balance between having that promotion for the city, while it’s putting a strain on our resources,” O’Hara said.

O’Hara said ‘Us’ requested permits to film in the beach flats area adjacent to the Boardwalk, as well as near the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. She said the city was able to meet the

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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