Iconic Sun Valley junkyard, filming location to close by end of year

Thursday, December 24, 2015
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After more than five decades, the Sun Valley junkyard - Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking - is taking its final bow.

SUN VALLEY, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- After more than five decades, a Sun Valley junkyard is taking its final bow.

The junkyard was full of iconic items and not only housed Hollywood history, but became part of it. The site became a production location.

Nathan Aadlen, owner of Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, said many productions took place at the junkyard over the years.

"We came out here in 1961, 62. There's been over 200 movies, TV shows, and as well commercials and music videos," he said.

Not only has the lot turned into a location spot, it also houses some of Hollywood's most memorable items.

"It's tied to the movie 'Jaws' in that it was made from the mold that made the three sharks that were actually used in the movie. Some 'Mad Max' looking cars that have been in music videos," Aadlen said.

But soon, the 26-acre spot will close. The land will either be rented or sold, Aadlen said. For now, everything on the lot is up for sale.

Aadlen said it no longer pays to run the operation, but he said it had been "a lot of fun" while it lasted.

The final curtain will come down on the historic junkyard on Dec. 31.