You find the filming location in California on Highway 127 between Shoshone and the Amargosa Valley, NV in a tiny little small desert town named Death Valley Junction. It's 84 miles northerly of Baker, CA - 110 miles to the west from Las Vegas, NV - 260 miles away from Los Angeles Downtown, and approx. 20 miles to the Death Valley Nat'l. Park East Entrance via Highway 190. This place is always worth a trip (ya know what kinda trip I'm talking about).
History: When Marta Becket, a New York dancer in her forties, had a flat tire in a lost town with a dead theater in the middle of the desert more than 25 years ago, she decided to stay there and settle down. A run-down decaying place in the middle of the desert became a magical town, filled with the pure beauty of a hot desert breeze and this fantastic kind of mood which may have always been there and might have been the reason for Marta Becket's decision in the first place. She renovated the theater, opened the curtains and played in the Amargosa Opera House with or without an audience. Or let's say, she painted the audience on the walls, so there were always a lotta people appreciating her performances.
Now the building known as the Lost Highway Hotel is of course not named Lost Highway Hotel neither is it a hotel at all. It says Death Valley Junction on the building and if you look very closely on the painted letters you can still read the overpainted words LOST HIGHWAY HOTEL in the same font and color. The Death Valley Junction Building is locked and, as a matter of fact, decaying in- and outside. But its beauty is undenied.
The interior Lost Highway Hotel scenes were shot in a different building right across the street which is a real hotel the Amargosa Hotel. The proprietor told me they'd be shooting movies there all year long and on the two occasions I was there they were in fact shooting a movie. Don't ask me what movie that was. I asked and they told me the title and the name of the director but I forgot. It was a small budget independent movie production. The crew made a very relaxed impression, actors were hanging out on the beds in their hotel rooms and just being there seemed to be pretty cool.
Inside the Hotel, when I walked down the hall just like Fred Madison in Lost Highway, you know, knocking on that particular door and opened it, the room was NOT empty. But instead of Dick Laurent there was a horse-size DOG occupying the room standing right in the doorway and scared something people in such a situation usually refer to as shit out of me. So instead of punching the dog in the nose I decided to shut the door like a bolt of lightning hits a head and
...to be continued
The Lost Highway Hotel Pictures
Death Valley Junction Building and Neighborhood, Amargosa Hotel, Amargosa Opera House.
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