Movie Location for Twilight
With the book’s debut in 2005, the Twilight series
became an instant bestseller and continues to steal
young girls’ hearts and turn the fantasy world of
vampires into a pop culture phenomenon.
In the books, the story is set in the town of Forks,
Washington, near the Puget Sound peninsula. However,
when it came time to film the first movie in the series,
the producers headed to Southwest Washington and then
Portland, Oregon, area to shoot most of the scenes.
An integral part of this high school drama was the high
school itself. With its alluring mystery and old brick
architecture, Kalama High School in Kalama, Washington,
became the perfect setting. In 2008, the town was taken
by storm by a fleet of semis and movie trailers carrying
cast, crew and sets to Kalama High School for filming.
Vampires, movie sets and screaming fans have become the
norm for this small community of 1,700 residents.
Exit 30 on I-5 takes you into the heart of Kalama. Head
up the hill at Elm Street, take a right on 4th Street
and, if you’re a fan, you’ll recognize the parking lot.
This small lot is usually home to the vehicles of Kalama
High seniors. But in March 2008 it became the designated
parking area for Edward, Alice and Rosalie and the set
of one of the most memorable scenes in Twilight when the
handsome Edward rushes across the parking lot and halts
an out-of-control van seconds before it pins Bella
between it and her truck. This scene is a turning point
in the movie and certainly the most popular site for
tourists and fans to pose for pictures.
Located at the parking lot is a box containing maps of
the school campus; the map includes numbers correlating
with scenes from the movie and directions on how to get
to them. Some of the additional scenes shot at Kalama
High include the hill Bella and Edward walk up as they
go into the woods, where she says for the first time
that she thinks he’s a vampire and the PE class scene
where Bella hits a classmate with a basketball.
If you’re a Twilight fan, be sure to stop by Kalama High
School and have your picture in the parking lot where
Edward and Bella once stood!
Twilight merchandise is available for purchase upon
request at the campus office, with 100 percent of the
proceeds going to the Kalama Student Body Association to
fund student activities. If you are visiting while
school is in session, please remember to stop by the
Kalama High School office to pick up a visitor’s pass.
Office hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through
Call 360.673.5212 for information.
The movie’s hospital scenes were actually shot in the
Kalama High School wrestling room. During filming, the
crew needed a large open space to construct a hospital
set. Since March is off-season for wrestling, the room
was the perfect place for the scene to be shot.
Although the Pacific Northwest is known for its rainy
season, the pavement in the parking lot wasn’t wet
enough on the day the crash scene was filmed. To fix
this problem, a large water truck was brought in to
spray the area.