Saturday, January 21, 2017

What or where was the locations of Jim Rockford's house trailer & office on the Rockford Files TV Show - The parking lot of BOB MORRIS' PARADISE COVE BEACH CAFE & the parking lot of the long defunct Tonga Lei Lounge / Don the Beachcomer's Lounge both in Malibu California - 29 Cove Road - 2356 Pacific Coast Highway - 28128 Pacific Coast Highway - Paradise Cove Beach Cafe - 22878 Pacific Coast Hwy

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ABOVE PHOTO: In the first year of filming the ROCKFORD FILES the house trailer used by Jim Rockford was parked directly next to Malibu's Tonga Lei Restaurant & Lounge which was once located at 22878 Pacific Coast Hwy. Malibu, Calif. 90265 456-6444.  This location was actually right on Pacific Coast Highway unlike the later location which was well off Pacific Coast Highway.
Tonga Lei was a popular Malibu restaurant and motel right on PCH in scenic Malibu, and operated from the '60s probably into the '70s, when it became a Don the Beachcomber.

Later on Jim Rockford's house trailer was moved to the parking lot of what is now the Paradise Cove Beach Café located at 28128 Pacific Coast Highway. Although it has a Pacific Coast Highway address it is actually located down a ways from the highway and is situated right on the oceanfront. The road is called Paradise Cove Road, thus the address they used for this location in the TV series: 29 Cove Road Malibu, CA


The outdoor grill located on the beach where Jim Rockford had parked his trailer had several names during the run of the TV series. In this episode the grill was called CASA TACOS.


Bill Anderson said...

...except in the episode Claire. There the trailer is in a third spot. I've speculated that this third spot, for that one episode, is in Santa Monica at the location of the former Ocean Park Pier.

Ocean Park Pier

Veronique said...

Hi --

Great blog! Also, that's my uncredited photo of the Cove sign, via flickr.

Veronique said...

Another shot for you to post if you like: the site of Jim's trailer in Paradise Cove as it looks today:

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Visiting there now!!
No sign of Jim or Rocky!!

Anonymous said...

I remember seeing the trailer and watching some filming while taking my dear Mother to lunch there at Jimmy MacDonald's ??? at Paradise Cove Pier. We also went there to dinner a few times. Good food & good view!!

He actually lived in a nice house out Kentner Caynon. I used to occasionally pick up his housekeeper as she started her walk down to Sunset to get her bus after a day of work. She always spoke highly of James Garner. I was coming down from Crestwood stables where my daughters kept their horse. - Louise Brown

Federalist said...

Sometime after the series finished, some guy somehow got the concession for that trailer, which he was permitted to leave there in the parking lot on Cove Road. He did up the inside so that it looked exactly like the interior of Jim's trailer in the show (the interiors of course were not shot there--who knows what the trailer interior really looked like), complete with cookie jar containing the gun and other nifty details. The admission price to go in, look around, and hear the guy's spiel was $3.00. (He was a real Rockford fanatic and so did a pretty good presentation.) I was there in 1984 in connection with an employment-related visit to Pepperdine University, about six miles or so east of Paradise Cove. Several people came and went during the 20 minutes or so I was there, which, if that is any indication, the guy was doing pretty well. I have no idea how long that lasted, except the next time I happened to be in the area with time to drive down to Cove Road, the trailer was gone. That was several years later.

Ian said...

Thanks for this blog. I used the info and Google Earth to find the 2 sites having been afan of the Rockford Files since the 70s. I have been looking forward to driving down Pacific Coast Highway and finding the parking spots for 40 years and this year I did it. I have pics but can't see a way of posting them! Malibu pier is great, but a word of warning if you drive down to Paradise Cove they will hold your car to ransom and you can't get it out till you pay €40. You have been warned, look on TripAdvisor. Thanks again Ian.

James Rockford said...

Ian you can e-mail those photos to and I will post them.


Unknown said...

Mr Garner , I love your comming from Atlanta. About a year ago i wished tv would rerun Rockford files and they did! Awesome

Lenn Totten said...

Didn't get into Rockford until I had a broken ankle and ruptured quad and started watching. Of course I love anything with a Cali connection, the ratted out trailer Malibu beach, is right up my alley. My only regret is I didn't watch hardly any of these shows in the 70's. That reallife time frame coincided with my mating urges, so not much time for comedy-dramas.
Anyhow I was in Cali in April and only got as far as the Hurst Castle. Next time on to 2654 PCH.

Anonymous said...

rockford files rock!!!!

Frank Black said...

Same location as the cover art for The Beach Boys' Surfin' Safari album, right?