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Filed Under: Movie Locations > The Twilight Series
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Added On: January 19, 2009 - 11:41 PM UTC
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1st St, Saint Helens, OR 97051, USA (Saint Helens, Oregon)
 
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Twilight (2008): The Port Angeles Alley
This small alley is located in the heart of the Old Town district of Saint Helens, Oregon and made a memorable appearance in the 2008 vampire/fantasy film, Twilight. The wildly popular film was an adaptation of the book of the same name, which served as the first in a series of equally popular novels by author Stephenie Meyer. The series concerns the relationship between the normal teenager, Bella Swan, and the century-old vampire, Edward Cullen, in the small (and very real) town of Forks, Washington (see Forks, Washington under Literary Sites). The books have become a pop-culture sensation, selling over 40 million copies worldwide.

Given its popularity, the first book in the series was ripe for a film adaptation. While Twilight was set in the real Washington cities of Forks, La Push (see La Push, Washington under Literary Sites), and Port Angeles, the filmmakers opted to use locations in the state of Oregon to serve as the film versions of those cities. The reasons were for primarily budgetary reasons after Oregon offered a variety of incentives to the production that were too tempting to pass. Additionally, the city of Forks and other cities lacked the necessary infrastructure, not to mention the housing, to support a large-scale Hollywood movie production.

The sequence in question was set in the city of Port Angeles in Twilight, which was represented by the city of Saint Helens in the film. Like the locations in Port Angeles in the novel, the Old Town district of Saint Helens borders a river (in the form of the Columbia River) - making it a perfect double for the waterfront city. The scene follows Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) as she leaves the adjoining bookstore (see Twilight (2008): Thunderbird and Whale) and begins walking down this alley when she encounters a group of locals who are up to no good. She retraces her steps to the adjoining parking lot where she encounters even more thugs before Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) comes to her rescue.

Like most of the Twilight scenes shot in Saint Helens, this particular scene was filmed in April 2008. The murals seen on the buildings in back of the parking lot were actually applied specifically for the production and are still visible to this day. Interestingly enough, while the city primarily doubled as Port Angeles and its various locations in the movie, the movie version of the home of Bella and Charlie Swan (Billy Burke) is located only blocks away (see Twilight (2008): The Swan House), even though it is supposed to be located in the city of Forks in the movie. This was done primarily for convenience sake, as well because of recent flood damage inflicted on the buildings in Vernonia, Oregon, which doubled as Forks in the film.

The Location
As mentioned, the alley and parking lot are located in the Old Town district of Saint Helens right off the main street. The alley can be found between two strips of businesses (one of which conveniently includes the building that doubled as the dress shop (see Twilight (2008): Petite Jolie) and directly across from the Columbia County Courthouse and courtyard. Even more convenient, the alley leads directly to the building that doubled as the bookstore, Thunderbird and Whale, as well as the adjoining parking lot just as they appeared in Twilight.
 
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Related Sites
GoSeePortland: Twilight Film Locations
A guide to various Twilight locations around Saint Helens, Oregon on GoSeePortland.com.
Stephenie Meyer.com
The official Web site of the Twilight Saga author Stephanie Meyer.
 
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The Alley Featured in 2008's Twilight
Photo of the alley in St. Helens, Oregon seen in the 2008 dark fantasy, Twilight - January 2009.
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The Parking Lot from Twilight
Photo of the parking lot in the movie Twilight where Edward saves Bella - January 2009.
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View from the Bottom of the Twilight Alley
Photo of the alley that appeared in Twilight (2008) as seen from the bottom/street in January 2009.
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Another Photo of the Twilight Parking Lot
A wider look at the parking lot where Edward comes to Bella's rescue in 2008's Twilight - 01/2009.
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