Scientology Headquarters (Gold Base/Int Base)

The international headquarters of Church of Scientology, also called the Gold Base or Int Base,1 is located on a 500-acre parcel of land in San Jacinto in Riverside County, California.  The Church of Scientology purchased the site, a former resort used by celebrities, in 1978.  Many of Scientology’s organizations are headquartered there, including the Religious Technology Center, the Commodore’s Messenger Organization International and Golden Era Productions. Golden Era Productions manufactures the E-Meter and produces and distributes all church audio-visual materials, both internal and promotional.  The motif of the facility is designed to look like a Scottish castle, perhaps as a reference to one of Hubbard’s largest ideological inspirations Aleister Crowley.  Like Mr. Crowley’s Boleskine House, which is located near Loch Ness, Scotland, Mr. Hubbard also refers to his house in a singular epithet “Bonnie View”. 2 The two facilities also share architectural similarities and the Boleskine House is considered to be of great importance in Thelema, Crowley’s own psuedo-religious magical organization.

A 2008 article in the Press Enterprise, a local newspaper in Riverside, describes  the facility and its history:

Cine Castle

Scientology has a long, sometimes stormy history in the Inland area, dating to the 1960s, when the first mission opened in Grand Terrace. In 1974, the church opened a mission — then the largest worldwide — near University Avenue and Lime Street in Riverside, in what is now the Life Arts Center.

But Scientology’s largest presence here is the Gold Base — home to Golden Era Productions, where all the church’s training videos, books and audiotapes are made.

The compound is nestled against rolling green hills and bisected by winding, two-lane Gilman Springs Road. The movie studio is designed after a Scottish castle, with conical turrets and a sky-blue tiled roof.

Each of the three dozen buildings in the complex shares the motif. Flagstones line bright white exterior walls and gates are made of rough-hewn oak on wrought-iron hinges.

Fraser joked that people stop “about 50 times a day” just to ask what the place is.

The church bought the site, formerly a resort popular among Hollywood moguls, in 1978.

Golden Era’s high-tech studios produce 300 different videos, films and audiotapes a year for distribution worldwide, along with books, television commercials and E-Meters — the electronic devices used for personal counseling, an underlying feature of Scientology.

About 500 staff members live and work at the base, and another 100 or so non-Scientologists are employed there.

Photographs of Hubbard are everywhere, and several corridors are lined with signed photos of celebrity Scientologists, including John Travolta and Isaac Hayes.

Fraser said the site has hosted more than 100 fundraisers for local charities. She serves on the board of a youth museum, and another staff member is on the Hemet Public Library board and helped with a plan for San Jacinto’s Main Street.

Fraser gives free tours of Golden Era and has hosted Riverside County leaders. 3

Notable buildings and features in Gold Base include:4

  • Upper Villas—RTC offices and housing, where David Miscavige and other high level Scientologists live and work
  • BonnieView—L. Ron Hubbard’s fully-furnished mansion, still maintained and staffed in the belief that he will return in another body.
  • Cine Castle—main film studio in the shape of a castle, for producing church A/V materials
  • OGH buildings—Old Gilman House. Formerly “isolation” space for physically ill staff. Possibly now used for auditing or solo auditing.
  • Del Sol—CSI offices, and auditing rooms for staff.
  • Staff berthing—four buildings where staff live.
  • Qual Gold—Headquarters for Qual Sec, in charge of “quality control” as per the Hubbard organization policies. In practice this mostly means facilities staff auditing and training.
  • MCI—This large building is the staff dining hall, known as “Massacre Canyon Inn” from the building’s pre-Scientology name when the property was a resort.

Unusually Strong Security Measures at Gold Base

Gold Base has a number of unusually strong security measures, including razor-tipped fences, motion sensors, snipers nests and a large number of regular and infrared CCTV cameras.  However,  it is unclear whether the purpose of many of these security measures is to protect the base from outside threats or to keep unruly members inside the compound.  The outer fences are lined with razors and motion sensors at regular intervals of approximately 20 ft.  The facility also has infrared cameras, anti-protester speaker systems as well as floodlights arranged at regular intervals.  There are are also “lookout posts” that are akin to snipers’ nests in the sides of the hills surrounding the complex.

Razor-tipped fences at Gold Base point both inward and outward.

Motion sensors are positioned at regular intervals along the outer fences of Gold Base.

Infrared cameras are positioned around Gold Base.


19625 Gilman Springs Road
Gilman Hot Springs, California 92583

Golden Era Golf Course
19871 Gilman Springs Road
San Jacinto, CA 92583-2105
(951) 654-0130

The large mansion at top right is L. Ron Hubbard's former house "Bonnie View".

Close up of L. Ron Hubbard's former home. The Religious Technology Center Building is in the bottom right. David Miscavige's office is located in the RTC building

Golden Era Productions and Golf Course. The building at right is "Building 36". Building 36 contains the Gold Executives and administrative staff, marketing, and manufacturing.

Production studios for video and audio in upper portion of photo. Auditing rooms and "the Ranchos", which are the book compilation, editing, design and typesetting units, are located to lower right. Flat-roofed building to the left is CMO International and Exec Strata are located in atemporary building, called “The Trailers”. In the nearby “200’s” are the offices of L. Ron Hubbard’s Public Relations staff and the LRH Biographer, Dan Sherman.

Cine Castle. "The Castle" is a large, state-of-the art sound studio for filming. It also has alarge area for set and prop construction and storage, costumes, and makeup.

Garage and motor pool at top. Massacre Canyon Inn is at lower right, where the staff eats, and where they have military-style “musters” three times a day.

The Running Program Track is used for punishment. The Rehabilitation Project Force uses the track to force offending members of the Sea Org to run consistently in circles, without stopping, for up to 12 hours at a time.

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Source notes:

  1. Inside Scientology.  Rolling Stone.  February 23, 2006. []
  2. Boleskine House.  Wikipedia. []
  3. Scientologists’ presence in Inland area dates back to 1960s.  The Press Enterprise.  January 15, 2008. []
  4. Gold Base.  Wikipedia. []

12 comments for “Scientology Headquarters (Gold Base/Int Base)

  1. Janana
    April 9, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    The compounds at Gold Base are surrounded by security fencing with Barb wire and Razor Spikes facing inward,also motion sensors of all shapes and sizes,security floodlights,security cameras,infra red cameras,an Anti-Protester Speaker System.
    they a system to record an photograph all vehicles entering and leaving the compound.
    and several underground pedestrian tunnels and
    Hill top observation lookout,labeled the Eagles nest.
    The heaviest security seems to be reserved for the Rehabilitation Project Force(RPF)intended to rehabilitate members of the Sea Organization (not everyday parishioners) who have not lived up to the Church expectations or have violated certain policies.
    with cramped living conditions and Hard Labor for the internees.
    photos of the security here:

  2. xenu-awaits
    April 11, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    a overhead map showing the Eagles nest and the outlines of the fences,tunnel locations,and the locations of the RPF/OGH (Rehabilitation Project Force) also the running program track where RPF inmates run around a pole for punishment for hours on end.the lake and pool where “Overboarding”(a form of punishment)takes place.
    and the VIP accommodations and the functions/locations of each building.

    St Petersburg Times/

  3. WildBill
    April 11, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    extreme ecclesiastical punishments.
    Here are pictures of the “running program track” At Goldbase (you’ll notice it on the first map on the page above) the RPF internees can run up to 12 hours a day. running until “complete exhaustion” there are mist devices at intervals across the track,members can even walk the duration of it,with permission, at times. but must continue to be ‘in motion’ at some considerable pace.without stopping.they do get water to drink randomly,and vitamins usually without being allowed to rest.or stop circling the track.
    they are guarded at all times,without being allowed to communicate,when the allotted time of punishment is met,only and then they can rest.
    children as young as ten have been subjected to this program.
    all in the extreme heat of the California Desert.

    The RPF is a long term program, sometimes for years of hard manual labor,and they run from job to job.and are not allowed to speak,without permission.

  4. Tommy
    July 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    The Running Program Track is such unbelievable OUT-POINT that its hard to Imagen any one seeing or knowing about it,with out starting a investigation/ask questions?!!
    The Staff at this base is the most dedicated and high-level Scientologists in the world..

    • October 24, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      OUT-POINT? Cult-speak is only good for talking to other scientology weirdos.

      • Jacinda
        February 10, 2013 at 10:29 pm

        Actually, the fact of the matter is that L. Ron Hubbard is now (very thankfully) LONG DEAD, and his meaty flesh that worms and maggots fed off was his only contribution to the universe. His mere existence only made the world more frightening and awful to live in, as do each and every one of his disgusting brainwashed followers. I look forward to the day when the last one of you sick fucks is dead and gone, for there will be no return for you or any other.

  5. Francis Drake
    February 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Long live L. Ron Hubbard

  6. Carla
    June 29, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Bonnyview is not L Ron Hubbard’s former home. It was built by Miscavige after he died. LRH had a much smaller house there, a one or two bedroom cottage, which he only spent a few days in before leaving the base forever.

  7. Andy
    July 31, 2011 at 3:10 am

    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucken crazy over-paranoid weirdos!!!

    • Jacinda
      February 10, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      Thank you!!! After hearing only a brief mention about “Scientology” from Stephen Colbert (I had next to no previous knowledge about these sick fucks, except that “King-Dick of Shit-Island” Tom Cruise is deeply involved with them), I was both curious and disturbed enough to find out more information about this appalling cult. After wasting six hours of my life looking at my monitor in horror as I read articles, comments and blogs, among many pictures, I now wish I could unlearn all of it.

      I am disgusted, outraged and creeped out to say the least, and now torn between feeling pity for those poor delusional brainwashed zombies, or simply wanting them to just get the fuck off of our planet!!!

  8. steve
    March 7, 2014 at 11:07 pm
  9. Justin
    March 30, 2014 at 3:12 am

    L. Ron Hubbard stole Jack Parsons’ boats and owes the O.T.O. money! Pay us back!!!

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