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Historic Orange

Orange is a very modern city with traditional charm in the heart of Orange County. We are about 30 miles south of Los Angeles and 5.6 miles southeast of Disneyland.

The charming historic section of our city known as the Plaza Historic District, the Orange Circle, and the Orange Traffic Circle, has become a choice location for filming crews. Tom Hanks' movie "That Thing You Do" was filmed in our historic town. It was exciting to drive through the Plaza at night when it was opened back up for traffic and you could get a good look at the shops which were transformed into 1960s-era style. "Clockstoppers" was another movie filmed at our Plaza, along with several commercials and lesser-known films.

**Update from our City News:
May 24, 2005
ORANGE – Actors Rob Schneider and Molly Sims were at Watson's Drug & Soda Fountain on Monday to film a movie called "The Benchwarmers," city spokeswoman Tara Finnigan said. Watson's plays the role of an ice cream shop. The movie crew shot scenes at a house on Rose Avenue last week and plans to film at the Army-Navy Store downtown.
— Jit Fong Chin

Old Town Charm

I was excited to find this photo of our Plaza showing it back in the early 1900s. The beauty of it is that the buildings you see in the photo are still here at our Plaza. The park is still there but slighly changes and has a different fountain. The original fountain was moved in 1937 to its current location at 330 E. Chapman.

The historic City Plaza in Orange is a perfect place to window shop on a weekend day. Come here on a Saturday to browse our antique shops, eat lunch at Watson Drugs & Soda Fountain, and relax in the park. Well, with the heavy traffic constantly swirling around the park, it's not that relaxing but it's a good place to take a load off your feet for a few minutes.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great antique shops, very nice weather, mostly clean streets, college town atmosphere.
  • Cons:We have our share of gangs, bad traffic, high cost of living.
  • In a nutshell:A good mix of old and new, traditional and modern.
  • Intro Updated May 24, 2005
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  • Redlats's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2006 at 10:24 PM

    People still bowl? It seems so 60's ish. Orange seems like a quieter place - away from the craziness of LA. My kids watch the O.C. Is Orange anything like it?

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