Film locations in Sonoma County, California

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Film locations in Sonoma County, California are a diverse set of sites throughout this California county, where all or parts of notable motion pictures have been produced.[1] Due to the scenic and varied aspects of Sonoma County, a large number of films have been made within this County. Some of the earliest U.S. filmmaking occurred in Sonoma County such as the 1914 production 1914 Salomy Jane and Bronco Billy Anderson produced in 1915. Many of these films are classics in American cinematography such as the 1947 film The Farmer's Daughter, starring Joseph Cotten and Loretta Young, and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds produced in 1963, which was also partially filmed in adjacent Marin County. Many other more modern classics have used Sonoma County as a filming venue, including the 1990 production of the Flatliners and the 1992 film Basic Instinct. A few of the other representative films produced partially in Sonoma County are:

McDonald Mansion, Santa Rosa, exterior used in 1960's Pollyanna

Representative film locations[edit]

Washoe House, Petaluma, used in True Crime (1999)
Kunde Winery, used in Bottle Shock (2008)

Sonoma County has hosted several major motion picture films:






Glen Ellen



  • 1993 Nowhere to Run - Taylor Lane and Occidental with farmhouse and pond scenes.



  • 1973 American Graffiti- Many scenes filmed in and around downtown Petaluma. Drag race scenes on Petaluma Blvd and near the end of the movie on Frates Rd.
  • 1984 Impulse - Farm sequences filmed in Petaluma.
  • 1986 Howard the Duck Flight scenes with Petaluma Bridge.
  • 1997 Inventing the Abbotts Downtown scenes. They brought in a snow machine.
  • 1999 True Crime - The Washoe House restaurant on Stony Point Road
  • See also: Petaluma

Rohnert Park

Russian River

  • 1914 Salomy Jane - Guerneville, Monte Rio (also Marin County, near Mount Tamalpais).
  • 1925 Braveheart - Along the river.
  • 1942 Holiday Inn - Village Inn Lodge in Monte Rio as the "Holiday Inn" with tons of artificial snow.


Santa Rosa

  • 1943 Shadow of a Doubt - Courthouse Square, Railroad Square, Library, Hotel La Rose, Tower Theater.
  • 2003 S.W.A.T. (End of Movie where private plane gets hijacked - @ Sonoma County Airport /"Charles Schulz Airport") -

See: Santa Rosa, Larkfield , Windsor ,Wikiup California#Film locations


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Daly, James (January 2016). "Big Directors Who Filmed in Small Sonoma County Towns". Sonoma Magazine. Archived from the original on January 17, 2016. Retrieved January 9, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Flatliners filming locations
  3. ^ "Behind the Scenes of American Graffiti". PETALUMA CELEBRATES AMERICAN GRAFFITI. Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2006-10-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Stack, Peter (1996-12-20). "FILM REVIEW -- Satirical `Scream' Is Out for Blood -- and Lots of It". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-01-27. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)