Lights! Camera! Issaquah!

June 28, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

“Twin Peaks” put North Bend on the map, but the TV cult classic filmed some scenes in the Issaquah area, too.

Tiger Mountain is not as recognizable to outsiders as Mount Si — thanks, David Lynch — but Hollywood called on Issaquah and the surrounding area in recent decades for productions in need of suburban streets and forested backdrops.

“Twin Peaks” aside, most productions filmed in the Issaquah area faded into pop culture ephemera.

Remember “Hot Pursuit” — a short-lived ’80s thriller about a couple on the lam? Or “An Upstanding Citizen” — a 1998 Lifetime movie melodrama, in true Lifetime movie melodrama form, about a tragic car accident and the aftermath?

Both productions included scenes shot in the Issaquah area.

The crew for “The Secret Life of John Chapman” filmed in the Issaquah area and included local extras. Ralph Waite — the father on the homespun TV series “The Waltons” — starred in the 1976 film about a college president on sabbatical as a laborer.

Perhaps the most notable film to feature Issaquah scenes is “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.” The 1992 flick about a psychotic nanny turned into a moderate hit at the box office.

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