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Blake! We found the secret Bat Cave!

Blake! We found the secret Bat Cave!


Image by Chuck “Caveman” Coker
This is the secret Bat Cave used in the Batman TV series from 1966 to 1968. The real name of this place is the Bronson Caves in Bronson Canyon.

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From the Wikipedia entry Bronson Canyon:

Bronson Canyon is a section of Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California that has become famous as a filming location for a very large number of 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.

Originally named Brush Canyon, the famous hill and cave setting is on the western side of Griffith Park. In 1903, the Union Rock Company founded a quarry 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, known as the Bronson Caves, gave the area its more popular name of Bronson Canyon.

Scenes of the main cave entrance are normally filmed in a manner that shows the entrance at an angle. This is 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 1960′s.

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Movies filmed in Bronson Canyon

(These are films I was able to find. There are probably others.)

• Lightning Bryce (National, 1919)
• Riders of the Purple Sage (Fox, 1925)
• King of the Wild (Mascot, 1931)
• The Lightning Warrior (Mascot, 1931)
• Hello Trouble (Columbia, 1932)
• Hurricane Express (Mascot, 1932)
• Sagebrush Trail (Monogram, 1933)
• The Three Musketeers (Mascot, 1933)
• The Vampire Bat (1933)
• Honor of the Range (1934)
• Mystery Mountain (Mascot, 1934)
• Coyote Trails (Reliable, 1935)
• The Phantom Empire (Mascot, 1935)
• Flash Gordon (Universal, 1936)
• Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island (Republic, 1936)
• Zorro Rides Again (Republic, 1937)
• Lost Horizon (1937)
• Dick Tracy Returns (Republic, 1938)
• Hawk of the Wilderness (Republic, 1938)
• The Lone Ranger Rides Again (Republic, 1939)
• Rancho Grande (Republic, 1940)
• The Adventures of Captain Marvel (Republic, 1941)
• Dude Cowboy (RKO, 1941)
• Call of the Canyon (Republic, 1942)
• Leather Burners (United Artists, 1943)
• The Monster and the Ape (1945)
• Pirates of Monterey (Universal, 1947)
• Silver River (Warner Bros., 1948)
• Superman (Columbia, 1948)
• Atom Man vs. Superman (Columbia, 1950)
• Barricade (1950)
• Mark of the Gorilla (Columbia, 1950)
• Flame of Araby (Universal, 1951)
• Ten Tall Men (1951)
• Unknown World (1951)
• African Treasure (Monogram, 1952)
• Carson City (Warner Bros., 1952)
• Julius Caesar (1953)
• Robot Monster (Three Dimensional, 1953)
• Killers from Space (RKO, 1954)
• King Dinosaur (1955)
• The Day the World Ended (Golden State Prod., 1956)
• Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Allied Artists, 1956)
• It Conquered the World (1956)
• Man Beast (1956)
• The Searchers (Warner Bros., 1956)
• Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
• The Brain from Planet Arous (Marquette Productions, 1957)
• China Gate (1957)
• The Cyclops (1957)
• The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1957)
• Sea Serpent (1957)
• The Bride and the Beast (1958)
• Earth vs. the Spider (American International, 1958)
• The Flame Barrier (1958)
• Monster from Green Hell (1958)
• Night of the Blood Beast (1958)
• The Return of Dracula (1958)
• Teenage Caveman (1958)
• The Cosmic Man (Allied Artists, 1959)
• Have Rocket, Will Travel (Columbia, 1959)
• Invisible Invaders (1959)
• The Jayhawkers (Paramount, 1959)
• Teenagers from Outer Space (Warner Bros., 1959)
• The Cape Canaveral Monsters (CCM, 1960)
• Eegah (1962)
• The Magic Sword (1962)
• Invasion of the Star Creatures (1962)
• Ride the High Country (MGM, 1962)
• The Three Stooges Meets Hercules (Columbia, 1962)
• The Gun Hawk (Allied Artists, 1963)
• They Saved Hitler’s Brain (Madmen of Mandoras, 1963)
• The Human Duplicators (Woolner, 1965)
• Cyborg 2087 (1966)
• Dimension 5 (1966)
• Flaming Frontier (1968)
• The Mighty Gorga (American General, 1969)
• Equinox (1970)
• George Lucas: Maker of Films (1971)
• Octaman (Filmers Guild, 1971)
• Lost Horizon (Columbia, 1973)
• Sleeper (MGM, 1973)
• Mrs. Sundance (20th Century Fox, 1974)
• Flesh Gordon (1974)
• Help Me… I’m Possessed (1976)
• The Choirboys (Lorimar, 1977)
• The White Buffalo (1977)
• The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang (NBC-TV, 1979)
• Raise the Titanic (1980)
• The Return (1980)
• Don’t Go Near the Park (1981)
• The Legend of the Lone Ranger (Universal, 1981)
• The Sword and the Sorcerer (Sorcerer Productions, 1982)
• Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (Universal, 1983)
• Thrashin’ (1986)
• The Phantom Empire (1986)
• Demonwarp (1988)
• The Nest (1988)
• The Wizard of Speed and Time (1989)
• Fortress of Amerikkka (1989)
• Lobster Man from Mars (1989)
• Shadowzone (1990)
• Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Paramount, 1991)
• The Roller Blade Seven (1991)
• Army of Darkness (1993)
• Screamers (1995)
• The Wasp Woman (TV, 1995)
• Precious Find (1996)
• Guns of El Chupacabra (1997)
• The End of Violence (Ciby, 1997)
• The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001)
• The Scorpion King (Universal, 2002)
• Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2003)
• Cabin Fever (2003)
• Vampire Blvd. (2004)
• D-War (2007)

TV shows filmed in Bronson Canyon

(These are films I was able to find. There are probably others.)

• Batman
• Gunsmoke
• The Lone Ranger
• Rawhide
• Bonanza
• Little House on the Prairie
• Have Gun, Will Travel
• Bat Masterson
• The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin
• Star Trek: The Original Series
• Star Trek: The Next Generation
• Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
• Star Trek: Voyager
• Star Trek: Enterprise
• Wonder Woman
• The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
• Salute Your Shorts (The Cursed Skull)
• Combat!
• Beauty and the Geek
• V (TV series)
• The Outer Limits (1960s)

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Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California

This photo is geo-tagged.

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posted by chris in Westerns and have Comments (18)

18 Responses to “Blake! We found the secret Bat Cave!”

  1. Cygnus~X1 - Visions by Sorenson says:

    Now everyone knows the location of my secret lair!

    Terrific capture and interesting background information. Surprised all the Treks were filmed in this area!


    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  2. djade20 says:

    Dayum, that is a cave and canyon with credentials!

  3. Pete Zarria says:

    Raise the Titanic?

  4. bossco says:

    Cool! Na na na na na..BATMAN!
    "Lobsterman from mars"? Wow that’s a classic!

  5. Chuck “Caveman” Coker says:

    Cygnus~X1 — I was amazed at what I found out about this cave. If the kids hadn’t insisted on seeing it, I would have gone right by without stopping.

    djade20 — I had never heard of the Bronson Caves until recently.

    Pete Zarria — Raising the Titanic and moving it inland. What about Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island?

    bossco — I love the old Sci-Fi movies. The special effects were sooo bad.

  6. Jibby! says:

    Totally cool! Was the cave paid for it’s appearances?

  7. Chuck “Caveman” Coker says:

    Jibby! — It’s a child cave. It was exploited, used, but not paid for its work.

  8. socalgal_64 says:

    So cool…love all the info you have! Awesome!

  9. HotshotsSR1 says:

    I’m disgusted that you gave the game away Chuck, if the joker gets out of jail or the penguin escapes then they will know where to find Batman and Robin, tut tut

  10. Chuck “Caveman” Coker says:

    socalgal_64 — Thanks. Now when you become the next Cat Woman, you’ll know where to find Batman and Robin.

    HotshotsSR1 — How do you know I’m not a super-villan? My alter ego is the "Film Developer" (insert evil laugh)—I use fixer to try to fix my problems with Batman and Robin.

  11. djade20 says:

    We’ve definitely found Batgirl on Flickr though! ;-)

  12. Chuck “Caveman” Coker says:

    djade20 — Nice!

  13. dezign189 says:

    i remember these images on the tv…………ahhhhhhhhhh the good ol days

  14. Chuck “Caveman” Coker says:

    dez189 — Amazing how long ago that was!

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